May – August 2014
Reception - snacks and cash bar – at 6pm at the Lake Lobby, screenings at 7pm
Awareness Theater and the The Dance in Film program present:
Still Moving: Pilobulos At Forty directed by Jeffrey Ruoff
Toby MacNutt: Body of Work directed by Elizabeth Rossano and Ashley DeLucco
My Vision of the Good Life, a scene from I am in here by Emily Anderson and Jim Heltz
The 3 films in the program all received awards at VTIFF 2013′s Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase™.
Pilobulos at Forty will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, led by John Killacky.
The evening will also include the trailer for Lukas Huffman’s “Dear Pina”.
Lunafest Burlington: 6pm Reception, 7:30 Film screenings
Short films by, for, about women. This year’s featured short films include stories of reflection, hope and humor from around the world – treating such diverse subjects as – a winning basketball team of grandmothers in their ’70s – a high school wrestler from inner-city Brooklyn preparing for her first co-ed match – and a girl with a high-flying approach to dealing with her Tourette’s syndrome, among other compelling themes.
Special guests at the reception:
- Hannah Dreissigacker - Hannah has just returned from her first Olympics – the U.S. Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia! Hannah hails from Morrisville and competed as part of the U.S. Biathlon Team, of which she has been a member for the past two years. Hannah currently trains full-time with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009, majoring in engineering, sustainable design and studio art. At Dartmouth, she served as captain of the women’s ski team and also helped launch the college’s Sustainable Living Center. Come meet an Olympian and a wonderful role model for young women today!
- Linda Tarr-Whelan - Linda, an expert on women’s equality is a Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos and lives in Burlington. She serves as chair of the Task Force on Young Women & the Vermont Economy, on the board of the United Way of Chittenden County and the National Women’s Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide. Formerly deputy assistant for Women’s Concerns for President Jimmy Carter and Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women under President Bill Clinton, she is the author of Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World.
An event to benefit Vermont Works for Women & the Breast Cancer Fund.
Proceeds: 85 percent of event proceeds will go to Vermont Works for Women; the Breast Cancer Fund will receive 15 percent of proceeds as the nationwide beneficiary of LUNAFEST.
Directed by Ahmed Imamovic | Bosnia-Herzegovina | 2010 | 90 min
Bosnian w/English subtitles
Bianka LeGrand, Bosnian-born Burlington City councilor will be present for Q&A
An emotionally rich portrait of war’s troubled aftermath, Belvedere paints an uncommon image of patience, faith, love, and above all, forgiveness.
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards
Main Street Landing Presents Maidentrip A film by Jillian Schlesinger A BURLINGTON FILM SOCIETY SCREENING (FREE for VTIFF Members, CLICK HERE to find out more about membership) Documentary / First Run Features / English, Dutch w. English Subtitles / 2013 / 82 Min Genevieve Jacobs, a professor, psychotherapist, writer and native Vermonter who grew up sailing and boat-building with her parents, will be introducing the film. Winner Visions Audience Award – 2013 SXSW Film Festival 15-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa. View trailer HERE. BUY TICKETS Co-Sponsored by:
Director: Ngawang Choephel | Tibet | 2009 | 90 min.
Director and musicologist Ngawang Choephel presents his film Tibet in Song. Winner of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, among many other awards, the film weaves a story of beauty, pain, brutality, and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film. Read more…
Directed by Bui Thac Chuyen | Vietnam | 110 min | 2009
Vietnamese w/English subtitles
A disappointed newlywed seeks connections and intimacy outside her marriage in Bui Thac Chuyen’s moody and sensuous second feature. View the trailer HERE.
The film will be introduced by Hyon Joo Yoo, Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Vermont. Hyon Joo teaches film theory and global cinema and will also lead the discussion post screening.
- Marcia Hemley
- Jane Kramer
- Joel & Hinda Miller
Main Street Landing presents:
Beyond the Hills
A film by Cristian Mungiu
Followed by an exclusive live Skype Q&A with Ioana Uricaru!
Unrated | Romania | Romanian w. English Subtitles | Sundance Selects & IFC Films | 2012 | 150 Minutes
In an isolated Orthodox convent in Romania, Alina has just been reunited with Voichita after spending several years in Germany. The two young women have supported and loved each other since meeting as children in an orphanage. Alina wants Voichita to leave and return with her to Germany, but Voichita has found refuge in faith and a family in the nuns and their priest, and refuses. Alina cannot understand her friend’s choice. In her attempt to win back Voichita’s affection, she challenges the priest. She is taken to hospital and the people of the monastery start to suspect that she is possessed. After ruling out all other options, the priest and nuns decide to read her prayers to deliver those possessed by the Evil One. They perform an exorcism, but the result is not what they had hoped, and Voichita begins to doubt the religious choice she has made. She decides to free Alina – but her decision comes too late.
Following the screening, there will be a live Skype Q&A with Ionan Uricaru, who served as a script consultant on Beyond the Hills and was also present at about half the shoot. She has collaborated with the writer/director/producer (Cristian Mungiu) before, and she directed a segment of the omnibus Tales From the Golden Age and the short Stopover, both written and produced by him. At Middlebury College she is teaching production classes and screenwriting.
View trailer HERE.
Iraq | Drama | Arabic w/English subtitles | 90 min | 2010
Directed by Oday Rasheed
Sunday, July 13 – 5:00 pm
North End Studios – Studio A
A broken family lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated Baghdad house. Hard up for money, the family must live with a sullen and imperious boarder, a contract killer. Iraqi filmmaker Oday Rasheed’s second feature gorgeously captures contemporary Baghdad’s moody interior and stunned atmosphere, echoed in performances by a formidable cast who suggest unexpected resilience in the wake of catastrophe.
Joel & Hinda Miller
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.
Best of NYC Children’s Film Festival: Animated Shorts
Animation, 60 minutes
In English or Musical/No Dialogue
Recommended for all ages!
FREE for VTIFF members. Click HERE for information about membership.
A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world. Program includes films from Sweden, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Australia, the UK, and the United States.
The Little Bird and the Leaf
Animation, Lena von Döhren, 2011, 4 min
It’s winter. At the end of a branch hangs a single leaf. A little black bird comes along to water it but just as the bird reaches the end of the branch, a swift winter wind carries the leaf away.
France, Matthieu Gaillard, 2012, 4.5 min
In this stunning watercolor-come-to-life, a young girl is preparing for a trip to the beach with her dad and decides that her pet goldfish should come along for the ride!
USA, Tony Dusko, 2011, 1 min x 3
From NYICFF alumnus Tony Dusko, a series of short, humorous meditations on life calibrated for the self-actualized preschooler. Selected titles include “Believe in Yourself”,” Moving Forward”, and “Sharing”.
Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats
UK. Will Rose, 2012, 7 min
Beneath a fuchsia sky, a goat herder leads his flock of goats up and down the mountains of Spain. Inspired by the filmmaker’s daughter, this multi-award winning film uses a lovely muted color palette, beautiful design and subtle humor to excellent effect.
How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep?
UK, Anna Ginsburg, 2012, 3.5 min
A little boy visits the moon as it exists in dreams an iridescent orb surrounded by translucent jellyfish and cellophane streams. Based on an Italo Calvino short story.
The Squeakiest Roar
UK, Maggie Rogers, 2011, 4 min
The littlest lion in the family just can’t seem to find his big bad roar, but his little squeak might turn out to be his greatest asset.
Australia, Damon Gameau, 2011, 3 min
Dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and
Munggee, Not Again
Switzerland, Rothlin/Walthert, 2011, 6 min
Sleepwalking can be very dangerous, especially in the mountains! In this delightful stop-motion movie, two marmots and a hedgehog attempt to rescue their somnambulant friend.
Apache (Danger Beach)
New Zealand, Ned Wenlock, 2011, 2.5 min
Neon paper cutouts create a continuously spiraling stage for an Apache guitarist and his Yeti band mate, as they perform a twangy throwback to 60′s surf-rock and spaghetti western soundtracks.
The Day of the Dead
USA, Gary McGivney, 2011, 8 min
With sugar skulls, sweet-smelling marigold petals, and joyful songs, a family welcomes back its ancestors in this spirited and colorful tribute to a unique holiday.
France, Audrey Bussi, 2011, 2 min
A little boy picks up a shell on an empty, secluded beach. Putting it to his ear, he becomes lost in the sounds of the sea.
Sweden, Lotta and Uzi Geffenblad, 2012, 9 min
Impatient for his birthday, Aston whiles away the hours giftwrapping everything he can lay his hands on. When the big day arrives, he discovers that the “real”