Burlington Film Society Blog

24 May

Burlington Film Society screens The Fits

Burlington Film Society screens The Fits

Newcomer Royalty Hightower is riveting in Anna Rose Holmer’s debut feature The Fits. Whether she’s pushing herself to physical extremes while training as a boxer or struggling to learn choreography to audition for the dance team or standing still in watchful silence, Hightower commands the screen. Her thoughtful, intense performance is essential to the film’s […]

27 April

A Chimes at Midnight Primer

A Chimes at Midnight Primer

Here’s a little primer to help audiences unfamiliar with Shakespeare appreciate Chimes at Midnight which Welles claimed as his best work. Welles and Shakespeare: Welles’ relationship to Shakespeare goes back to when he was given A Midsummer Night’s Dream, his first primer. At 15, Welles was playing both Marc Anthony and Cassius in a production of […]

25 April

Burlington Film Society presents Chimes at Midnight

Burlington Film Society presents Chimes at Midnight

“If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that’s the one I would offer up. I think it’s because it is, to me, the least flawed . . . I succeeded more completely, in my view, with that than with anything else.” —ORSON WELLES Chimes At Midnight is Shakespeare. It […]

1 April

A Vermont Romance

A Vermont Romance

Ever watched a 100-year-old feature film? Ever watched it on a big screen with music, running at the correct speed, at full frame silent aperture and 4×3 aspect ratio? You have?! How about all of the above but also shot on location in Vermont? A Vermont Romance was filmed in June /July of 1916 – on […]

29 March

Burlington Film Society presents Embrace of the Serpent

Burlington Film Society presents Embrace of the Serpent

In this moment, it is not possible for me to know, dear reader, if the infinite jungle has started on me the process that has taken many others that have ventured into these lands, to complete and irremediable insanity. If this is the case, I can only apologize and ask for your understanding, for the […]

21 February

Burlington Film Society screens Heart of a Dog

Burlington Film Society screens Heart of a Dog

Sounds stir memories. Memories evoke emotions. Emotions conjure images. Images create reflections. And so it goes. Thoughts beget thoughts, discursive ruminations give way to associative insights, stories lead to stories in Laurie Anderson’s beguiling, captivating meditation on life, loss, and dogs. Among other matters. “I started with some dog stories and then when it became […]

16 February

Burlington Film Society screens Welcome to Leith

Burlington Film Society screens Welcome to Leith

When a notorious white supremacist moves into a small North Dakotan village with plans of creating a haven and headquarters for hate groups around the country, the residents react with a mixture of outrage, disbelief and dismay. As the limits of free speech are tested and the bounds of local government are challenged, two documentary […]

21 January

The Burlington Film Society screens Mustang

The Burlington Film Society screens Mustang

Moving from last month’s tale of estranged brothers and the wintry Icelandic expanse of Rams, the first Burlington Film Society screening of 2016 switches focus to the tight-knit and loving relationship between five sisters in the sunny, lustrous environs of the Northern Turkish countryside in Mustang. Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated film presents the story of […]

20 January

Favorites of 2015

Favorites of 2015

Here’s a place to share the films that moved, entertained, provoked, and delighted you over the past year. If you would like to add your list of favorites from 2015, just email seth@vtiff.org with your name, movie titles, and a picture.    Seth Jarvis Mad Max: Fury Road The Duke of Burgundy Clouds of Sils Maria […]

10 December

The Burlington Film Society screens Iceland’s Rams

The Burlington Film Society screens Iceland’s Rams

Two neighbors – brothers, estranged for decades, communicating only through notes couriered by collie – find themselves on the same side of a dilemma when the possibility of disease threatens not only their livestock, but their entire way of life in Grímur Hákonarson’s tale of a small shepherding community in rural Iceland. Suffused with droll wit […]