Burlington Film Society Blog

17 August

Documentary Do Not Resist takes a hard look at a pressing, controversial subject

Documentary Do Not Resist takes a hard look at a pressing, controversial subject

Craig Atkinson is no stranger to the world of law enforcement. His father was a police officer for 29 years in a city outside of Detroit; he was also the commander of a SWAT team from 1989 to 2002. However, since the time of his father’s retirement in 2002, there have been some profound changes […]

21 July

Classic Studio Ghibli Film Only Yesterday Not To Be Missed!

Classic Studio Ghibli Film Only Yesterday Not To Be Missed!

The latest Studio Ghibli release, Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday is not brand new, but feels that way. Originally released in 1991, but having never garnered an official US release until now, Only Yesterday is the type of personal story that you would find in a live action film. Takahata, who most recently was nominated for […]

21 June

The Burlington Film Society screens 10,000 KM

The Burlington Film Society screens 10,000 KM

10,000 KM opens with a shot that continues unbroken for over 20 minutes as the viewer falls into the easy rhythms, daily rituals, and casual intimacy of Sergi and Alex, a young Spanish couple contemplating having a child together. But the shot is broken soon after Alex reveals she has been accepted into a residency […]

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 […]