News & Notes

18 October

Julia’s Festival Picks

Julia’s Festival Picks

Sonita My favorite film at the festival — gave me a whole new perspective on the reality of living in Iran and Afghanistan today.  Starring a teen girl rapper who refuses to be submissive, so much so that she ends up dragging the filmmaker into the story.  She is a force that cannot be silenced […]

18 October

Luke’s Festival Suggestions

Luke’s Festival Suggestions

Nakom I’ve always had a soft spot for movies about conflicted men returning to their hometown, such as Some Came Running or Five Easy Pieces. In Nakom, this familiar narrative device is used to great effect to explore generational differences and the conflict between tradition and modernity in Ghanaian culture. Gorgeous cinematography and solid performances […]

16 October

Orly’s Picks for VTIFF 2016

Orly’s Picks for VTIFF 2016

A Syrian Love Story Rarely does a film convey in such complexity and humanity the multi-layer challenges facing a family torn between the desire to fight for human rights in their country and provide a safe and warm place for their kids and themselves. One of the most honest films I’ve seen. Sonita The appeal […]

13 October

Eric’s Festival Picks

Eric’s Festival Picks

Under The Shadow What can I say? An incredibly scary, political, social gut punch of a film. And, the UK’s submission to the Oscars this year! So much more than a ghost story – takes place during the Iran/Iraq war in the 80s in Tehran. My favorite film of 2016 so far. Best and Most […]

11 October

Paula’s Festival Recommendations

Paula’s Festival Recommendations

Agents of Change What a timely and important documentary. A must see if you care at all about racial conditions on college campuses, then and now. The Interrogation Incredibly acted and masterfully paced. Kept me at the edge of my seat. Powerfully intense in a restrained kind of way, which made it all the more […]

11 October

‘Seth Suggests’ at the Fest

‘Seth Suggests’ at the Fest

Contemporary Color David Byrne & Co. get their collaborative ya-yas on in this exuberant performance film, featuring St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Ira Glass, Ad-Rock, and more. Smells like team spirit in the best possible way. Sixty Six Artist Lewis Klahr’s stop-motion collage is a one-of-a-kind offering, as aurally fascinating as it is visually, merging high art […]

20 September

A fantastic strategic game for 2 or more male players

A fantastic strategic game for 2 or more male players

A fantastic strategic game for 2 or more male players. 1 – Singing while sitting + 5 points 2 – Staring at the sea with one hand on the waist + 3 points 3 – Chewed fingernails – 3 points 4 – Drinking a glass of water + 1 points 5 – Fixing hair with […]

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 […]