The 5th annual Hamilton International Film Festival (HIFF), running August 1-4, will bring cinema and legends together as it screens The General, a documentary based on the 1990 Colgate Hockey Team, in addition to other fine films.

Grant and Todd Slater of Slater Brothers Entertainment return to the area they grew up with their festival, which will run in numerous venues in the community.

Todd Slater said, “this year is going to be particularly special, because we have decided to hold an unofficial screening of our own documentary film, The General. It is a story of our dad, the 1990 Colgate University Men’s Ice Hockey Team and the relationship they had with the community of Hamilton, NY.”

The General will be shown on Saturday August 3rd at 7:15 PM at the Hamilton Theater. Several members of the 1990 Colgate Men’s Hockey team will be in attendance. The film will immediately be followed by a Closing Night Party at the Colgate Inn’s Rathskeller Pub.

Grant Slater said, “This is such a fun event for us. Central New York is still home to us, so it is really a great feeling to see how supportive the community has been. From day one, the attendance at all of the screenings has been at or near capacity and the film industry at large has really taken notice. The number of quality films submitted has gone up every year. The Festival is attracting some of the top filmmakers in the industry, to not only submit their films, but actually attend the festival and be accessible to the film enthusiasts. We could not have imagined a better response.”

The Festival kicks off on Thursday August 1st at 7:00 PM at the Hamilton Theater with the basketball film, Long Shot-The Kevin Laue Story. The inspirational true-life story will be presented by the film’s director, Franklin Martin, and star, Kevin Laue. The Thursday screening will once again benefit Hamilton Central School,
with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the school.

The film has had several early reviews from prominent sports enthusiasts, including NBA great Bill Walton, who said “Kevin’s remarkable and perfectly told story will make you laugh, cry and

On Friday August 2nd at 6:30 PM there will be a festival-sponsored reception at the Colgate University Bookstore that’s open to the public. Andrew Mendelson, an internationally acclaimed sitar player will perform. Following the reception, Andrew’s documentary film, A Cricket in the Court of Akbar, will be screened at 8:00 PM at the Hamilton Theater.

Other events include a Boxing Clinic in the Park at 11:00 AM on Saturday August 3rd. The event will focus on self-confidence, and be open to the public. Following the clinic, Jill Morley’s feature documentary film, Fight Like a Girl will be screened at 1:30 PM at the Hamilton Theater. On Sunday, The Sunday Shorts Program—a collection of short films—will start at 1:00. Q&A will follow immediately after each film with the director or producer.

Chuck Fox, longtime friend of the Slater family continued, “Hamilton Theater is delighted to host the fifth annual Slater Brothers Hamilton  International Film Festival! This event has become a highlight in central New York, attracting world-class filmmakers and bigger audiences every year.  The festival represents a wonderful contribution by the Slater brothers to the community where they grew up, this year’s festival promises to be the best ever!”

For additional information and a full schedule of events, visit  www.sbehiff.com. For ticket information, call The Hamilton Theater at 315-824-2724. Each showing is only $5.  Festival ALL ACCESS passes are available for $25.

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