2014 Festival dates: OCTOBER 24 – NOVEMBER 2
2013 DIRECTOR’S NOTES
The flagship activity of the Vermont International Film Foundation is to present the annual film festival, and it’s happening now! We have a truly exciting line up this year. The programming committee watched endless films between February and August and gradually whittled them down to 37 feature-length films and over 40 shorts. Many good films never made it to the final round: either because the distributor would not let us show them, or because the license fee was too high, or because their style or theme skewed the overall balance of this curated program. Luckily for all of us, there were enough excellent films to include in the final selection and we hope you will study this guide and have your curiosity piqued. A festival is about total immersion and about making connections: between films and between people. We have a number of filmmakers attending and we hope you will engage in conversation with them. We also have a number of notable speakers at our symposium – this is a rare chance to listen (and question) some of the most expert people in their field. Building on last year’s success of the daily Lunchtime Shorts, we bring you again five programs of shorts. So why not eat your sandwich while nourishing your mind at the same time? The sandwich is included in the price of the ticket. And don’t forget the free screenings of Vermont films. These juried selections will play both weekends. Support your local filmmaker!
We are occupying Burlington’s Waterfront this year! Three screening locations within less than a minute’s walk from each. Festival HQ will be in the lobby of The Film House in Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. There you will always find volunteers or VTIFF board members ready to help you with any questions. There you will also find other filmgoers to chat to and argue about the merits of the film you’ve just seen. Hang out, eat the delicious snacks provided by our concessionnaires and move on to the next film.
And did I mention the receptions and parties? A festival would not be the same without them. Check the guide to see when and where and make sure to come along. You never know which filmmaker, musician or avid filmgoer you might encounter.
Our thanks go to all who have worked tirelessly to make this festival a success:
Design Reserve for the fabulous design work on the posters and program guide; Signal Kitchen for providing their cool space for our parties; BCA Center for their continuous help and support throughout the year; VCAM for projection equipment and unstinting advice; Urban Rhino Visual for helping with our tech work and promotional videos; Subatomic Digital for printing the festival posters and making such a delightful prize object; Main Street Landing for sponsoring the last day of the festival.
We are especially indebted to our major sponsors: Green Valley Media, Healthy Living Market, The Vermont Community Fund, Smuggler’s Notch Resort and our Anonymous sponsor; and to our primary donors and staunch supporters: Bill Stetson, Robin Lloyd, Kate and Bill Schubart, Barbara McGrew, Kevin & Marina Meehan, John Douglas, John Mech and Bob Summers; We’re also very grateful to Wondermind for producing the inspiring festival trailer; to Bobbie Lanahan who livened up the sidewalks with the VTIFF icon; to Jane Kramer who is a passionate proselytizer for what we do. Please take a moment to read through the entire list of sponsors and donors in this program guide. They deserve to be recognized. These also include those who have donated in kind or who have given of their precious time to help. Our volunteers are invaluable and our Development, Marketing and Programming Committees have worked tirelessly.
I’d personally like to thank the VTIFF Board of Directors who have been a pillar of strength and support and who have contributed so much to help make this event possible.
Orly Yadin, Executive Director, VTIFF.
VTIFF was born from the anti-nuclear movement in the 1985, making it the world’s oldest environmental and human rights film festival, although its focus today has broadened to embrace a wide spectrum of social issues and a focus on independent art-house cinema. Founded by two longtime peace and social justice activists, George and Sonia Cullinen, the inspiration for the festival came from the success of their 1981 film, From Washington to Moscow, which documented a Walk for Peace between two rural towns — Washington and Moscow, Vermont. The film won the UNESCO prize at the 1983 Hiroshima International Film Festival in Japan and taught the Cullinens that film and video could motivate people to become involved in their own communities and elsewhere in the world. VTIFF grew out of this vision.
The first Vermont International Film Festival was held in 1985 at Marlboro College in southern Vermont. About one hundred people attended the inaugural event. Now based primarily in Burlington, VTIFF also present showcases in other parts of Vermont. Past festival guests have included such activist artists as actor Danny Glover, Bread & Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann, and historian and playwright Howard Zinn, among others.2012 VTIFF ARCHIVE
VTIFF Executive Director
Orly Yadin, Executive Director of VTIFF since Jan 2012, is a filmmaker and producer of both documentaries and animation films and series. Prior to making films, she was a film researcher on historical programs and since 2001 has been Managing Director of Footage Farm – an archival footage collection. Orly has also taught documentary film history and theory in universities in England and at Burlington College. In 1995 she co-founded and ran Halo Productions specializing in animation films. Many of Halo’s short films won international awards at festivals, and one, Silence, was short-listed for the Academy Awards. A Vermont resident since 2004 and a US citizen since 2010.
Photo: Christopher Green
VTIFF Board of Directors
Lorna-Kay Peal, President
Lorna-Kay Peal’s careers have included serving as a public school educator, an art museum curator, executive director of a community arts and business association, and chairperson of the Fleming Museum’s Advisory Board at the University of Vermont. She currently coordinates a literacy-mentoring program in two local school districts, and consults with small businesses and artists.
Luke Baynes, Secretary
A native of Pittsfield, Mass., Baynes is a 2003 graduate of the University of Vermont. After a stint in the Pacific Northwest, he returned to Vermont in 2005 and worked as a reporter on the Williston Observer. He is now a freelance reporter. A student of film since the age of 14, he has particular admiration for the films of Howard Hawks and Yasujiro Ozu. As part of his perpetual search for the American Dream, Luke has 47 states on his travel résumé.
Ben Rinehart, Treasurer
A bat biologist in a former life, Ben completed his doctoral work on tent-roosting bats in Ecuador, but has since transitioned to a career in finance. Three years ago, he moved with his family from Cambridge, MA to Burlington to work as an equities analyst for a Vermont-based socially responsible investment firm. Rinehart brings to the board a background in business and finance as well as a passion for (in no particular order) travel, film, skiing, music, food, and vintage guitars.
Blackmer is a poet and teacher; she worked for many years at Burlington College as a faculty member and chair of arts and humanities. She has volunteered with the Vermont International Film Festival since 1998, and has a special interest in Cuban film and filmmakers. Blackmer oversees the Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase™ in the festival.
Ellis is an award-winning filmmaker and educator and a professor in the Film and Television Studies Program at the University of Vermont. Her film Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, was short-listed in the 2005 Academy Award feature documentary category. Recent work includes a documentary for the Vermont Arts Council 6 Vermont Artists, and a short experimental film Furies. As an independent producer, Ellis works with artists, education and arts organizations, and local non-profit organizations.
Ford is currently the Communication Director at Burlington City Arts, where for the past 6 years in addition to his work roles, has regularly programmed contemporary film series. Ford is also the Co-Founder of the Burlington Film Society, which began in 2012. Eric attended the Maine College of Art and graduated with a BA in Communication from the University of Southern Maine. He lives in Westford, VT with his wife and daughter.
Kevin Meehan is an attorney with a lengthy career helping organizations in all areas of human capital strategy and program implementation. He has testified before the IRS , Department of Labor and committees of Congress on employee benefit programs legislation. Kevin served as an Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors of Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) where he was the Region Manager for North America operations. Kevin has also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Management Consulting Firms. In 2009 he was selected as one of the two integration leaders for the merger of Watson Wyatt and Towers Perrin. He retired from Towers Watson at the end of their 2010 fiscal year. Kevin has a history of supporting innovative organizations in the film industry.
A transplanted Montrealer, Sherrill has lived in Burlington since the late ’60s. She has worked as a free-lance photographer, PR for Champlain Association for Retarded Citizens, Project Director of Humanities Council Grant and producer of audio-visual show, “From Charity to Rights”. Currently, she is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor and serves on the board of Burlington City Arts.
Paula Willoquet-Maricondi is Dean of the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature & Film Studies from Indiana University, and a MA in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the editor of Framing the World: Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film; Pedro Almodóvar: Interviews; and Peter Greenaway’s Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema. Prior to moving to Vermont in 2013, Paula taught film studies at Marist College in New York. She was born and raised in Brazil.