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The opening night of the newly named, and thus inaugural, 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival has ended with a standing ovation. It was James Ivory’s first, at least to his recollection, and a wonderful testament to his extensive and successful body of work. His newest film, City of Your Final Destination, opened the festivities along with the acceptance of the title George Eastman Honorary Scholar with a lovely plaque denoting such. It was my first experience with a Merchant Ivory production and well worth the wait to finally see one, opening my eyes to the artistry, performances, and beauty of story. I cannot wait to visit the duo’s past works—all currently being archived by the Eastman House itself—making tonight’s two and a half hour round trip, half of which through the dark pouring rain, well worth the effort.

Following are a few photos taken from the screening that showcased Jim Kelly as the face of Presenting Sponsor Fifth Year Productions, Partners + Napier’s award-winning new logo and brand for the festival, and Crystal Pix’s introductory short film of dueling cowboy eggs—film was most definitely born here. Review of the film, which was fantastic, to come tomorrow.

Photo: Dr. Anthony Bannon, The Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

Photo: John Richardson, Executive Director, 360|365 George Eastman House Film Festival.

Photo: James Ivory being presented his George Eastman Honorary Scholar plaque.

Photo: James Ivory with Jim Healy, Director of Programming, during a post-screening Q&A.

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