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Reporter's Notebook

July 20, 2013

Local festival to showcase regional films

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The festival is scheduled to take place in early May in order to give students at the Delhi campus an opportunity to participate in the event before they graduate or leave the area for the summer. But the event is not limited to students, Vecchione stressed.

When it comes to festivals, Vecchione has been around the block, and has felt the disappointment of having had her work rejected by Sundance as well as the joy of winning a top honor at an Orlando festival for her acclaimed 2009 documentary on local Mexican immigrants, “Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns — An Immigrant Community in Rural America.”

For those interested in submitting a project for the next Catskill Mountains Film Festival, we’re giving you plenty of advance notice: the cutoff date for entries is April 1, 2014.

“We really see this as an event that is going to grow,” said Vecchione, who owns her own video production and marketing company, Vecc Videography. “And we want to keep it regional.”

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GOP sources say Republican leaders are delighted with a recent New York Times profile on Democrat Sean Eldridge, who is married to wealthy Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and is exploring a run against second-term Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook.

This week, the National Republican Congressional Committee even posted the Times story on one of its web sites, calling its link “Lifestyles of the Rich and the Out of Touch.” The story, written by my old state Capitol colleague Raymond Hernandez, now based in Washington, ran under the headline, “Young, Rich and Relocating Yet Again in Hunt for Political Office.”

It was the first time Eldridge — who has never before run for public office — spoke to a reporter about his interest in the seat. Other reporters have been referred to a Manhattan-based public relations firm.

While Republicans say they are preparing to paint Eldridge as a carpetbagger, they indicate they do not take his potential candidacy lightly, because of what they expect will be his ability to raise huge sums of campaign cash from wealthy donors.

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