Calendar

October 2013 – February 2014

Oct
11
Fri
Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase 1 @ Film House
Oct 11 @ 2:30 pm

THE WORST THING ABOUT COMING OUT
Director: Rob Barracano & Champlain Filmmaking Students Documentary
Run Time: 60 minutes
Sponsor: The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and the Vermont Arts Council
FREE SCREENING Screening free, recommended donation of $5+.
World Premiere.
Followed by panel discussion at 3:45
What is the worst thing that happens when coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans-gender or queer? The answers, and much more are revealed in this touching and inspiring film. A feature length documentary derived from the interviews on the website, Worstthingaboutcomingout.com an on-line repository for queer community coming out stories, aimed at serving queer folks that are still in the closet. Read more…

Oct
12
Sat
Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase 2 @ Film House
Oct 12 @ 4:15 pm

FREE SCREENING
Screenings free, recommended donation of $5+
Sponsors: The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and the Vermont Arts Council

PANCAKES
Director: Benjamin Kramer
6 minutes

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They’re not just for breakfast.

IT’S FRESH!
Director: Stephen Maas
Fiction |6 minutes 

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It’s time for dinner, but choosing the right meal isn’t as simple as it sounds. It’s Fresh! is a tongue in cheek look at the new food revolution and what it means to eat right.

THE OWNER
Director: Michael Fisher
Fiction | 10 minutes 

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A hired man who worked for a wealthy reclusive woman is kept spellbound by an irresistible memory.

CHANGING COLOR
Director: Tim Joy
USA | 2013 | Fiction | 6 minutes 

Changing Colors

A man writes a letter to his sweetheart recounting their courtship.

FUCK YOU LUCY PICKENS (THE ORIENTATION)
Director: Matt Lennon
Fiction | 17 minutes 

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Bob Nichols gets ready for the last stage in the job interview process. This isn’t a normal interview, though.

 

Oct
13
Sun
Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase 3 @ Film House
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm

FREE SCREENING
Screening free, recommended donation of $5+

COW POWER
Director: Allison Gillette
USA | Documentary | English
Run Time: 55 minutes
Sponsors: The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and the Vermont Arts Council

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Our environment is in jeopardy and Vermont farmers give a $#*!. With the help of a local utility company, Vermonters are funding a program that turns cow manure into renewable energy: saving farms and our environment!

Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase 4 @ Film House
Oct 13 @ 1:30 pm

FREE SCREENING
Screening free, recommended donation of $5+

STRENGTH OF THE STORM
Director: Rob Koier
Documentary | 42 minutes
Sponsors: The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and the Vermont Arts Council

Irene Storm

This is a documentary about the residents of a trailer park in Berlin, Vermont who came together after losing their homes to tropical storm Irene to create an organization working on issues of system poverty in the state.

Hot Water @ ECHO
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm
Director: Lizabeth Rogers & Kevin Flint
USA | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 82 minutes
Film source: Filmmaker
Also: Q&A with Lizabeth Rogers, moderated by Bill Stetson 

Hot Water

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Hot Water tells the story of the contamination that runs through our air, soil and, even more dramatically, our water. Despite messages from older films, such as Fat Man and Little Boy and Duck and Cover, which led us to believe it was safe to eat, drink and breathe in the shadow of the atomic bomb, the reality is that our ground water, air and soil are contaminated with some of the most toxic heavy metals on the planet. The filmmakers begin in South Dakota witnessing communities overwhelmed by cancer from what they described as constant exposure to uranium from local mining interests. They then follow the story to Oklahoma to explain the economic model of the industry. Interviews with leading scientists and environmentalist such as Dennis Kucinich are interspersed with personal insights: “I took this journey because I was pissed off. I felt like an idiot because I believed the lies. I believed we were safe. I made this film because people need to know the truth.” – Lizabeth Rogers

Oct
14
Mon
A River Changes Course @ Film House
Oct 14 @ 5:45 pm

Director: Kalyanee Mam
Cambodia/USA | 2013 | Documentary | Cambodian w/English subtitles
Run Time: 83 minutes
Film source: The Film Collaborative

A River Changes Course

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This mesmerizing film, in a refreshing departure from polemical envrionmental films, follows three Cambodian families – one living in a floating hut on the Tonlé Sap river, one dwelling deep in the jungle, and one whose daughter moves to Phnom Penh to work in a garment factory – as their world is transformed by forces beyond their power to control or understand. The cinematography and pacing gently transport us into their lives.

Director’s statement: ”My approach to documentary filmmaking has been to tell the human story rather than the politcal one [...] Filmmaking is about asking the right questions, not finding solutions and for me the best way to do this is to explore the lives of people and allow them to tell their own stories. The experts for me are the people themselves. When people in Cambodia view this film, it’s often their first opportunity to travel to different parts of the country. Those who live on the lake have never seen the jungle before. The people in the jungle have never seen people working in a factory. So this is really their first opportunity to see their country — how beautiful it is, how precious it is, and how important it is to preserve and protect that beauty”. Adapted from an interview in the Huffington Post.

AWARDS

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize-Best Documentary - Sundance 2013
Golden Gate Award-Best Documentary Feature – SFIFF

Bottled Life @ ECHO
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm
Director: Urs Schnell
Switzerland | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 90 minutes
Film source: Rise and Shine
Sponsor: VT Council on World Affairs

Bottled Life, Nestle

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Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there’s a company which has developed the art to perfection – Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water. Swiss journalist Res Gehringer has investigated this money-making phenomena. Nestlé refused to cooperate, on the pretext that it was “the wrong film at the wrong time”. So Gehringer went on a journey of exploration, researching the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan. His journey into the world of bottled water provides insight into the strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company in the world.

Awards

Winner: GreenMe Festival, Berlin

Presented

by
Jen Fleckenstein, Vermont Certified Class II Water Operator, Clear Water Filtration, and Board Member, Pure Water for the World, Inc.

Oct
17
Thu
Bottled Life @ ECHO
Oct 17 @ 3:30 pm
Director: Urs Schnell
Switzerland | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 90 minutes
Film source: Rise and Shine
Sponsor: VT Council on World Affairs

Bottled Life, Nestle

GET TICKETS
Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there’s a company which has developed the art to perfection – Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water. Swiss journalist Res Gehringer has investigated this money-making phenomena. Nestlé refused to cooperate, on the pretext that it was “the wrong film at the wrong time”. So Gehringer went on a journey of exploration, researching the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan. His journey into the world of bottled water provides insight into the strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company in the world.

Awards

Winner: GreenMe Festival, Berlin

Presented

by
Jen Fleckenstein, Vermont Certified Class II Water Operator, Clear Water Filtration, and Board Member, Pure Water for the World, Inc.

Oct
18
Fri
Hot Water @ ECHO
Oct 18 @ 1:30 pm

Director: Lizabeth Rogers & Kevin Flint
USA | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 82 minutes
Film source: Filmmaker

Hot Water

GET TICKETS
Hot Water tells the story of the contamination that runs through our air, soil and, even more dramatically, our water. Despite messages from older films, such as Fat Man and Little Boy and Duck and Cover, which led us to believe it was safe to eat, drink and breathe in the shadow of the atomic bomb, the reality is that our ground water, air and soil are contaminated with some of the most toxic heavy metals on the planet. The filmmakers begin in South Dakota witnessing communities overwhelmed by cancer from what they described as constant exposure to uranium from local mining interests. They then follow the story to Oklahoma to explain the economic model of the industry. Interviews with leading scientists and environmentalist such as Dennis Kucinich are interspersed with personal insights: “I took this journey because I was pissed off. I felt like an idiot because I believed the lies. I believed we were safe. I made this film because people need to know the truth.” – Lizabeth Rogers

A River Changes Course @ Black Box Theatre
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm
Director: Kalyanee Mam
Cambodia/USA | 2013 | Documentary | Cambodian w/English subtitles
Run Time: 83 minutes
Film source: The Film Collaborative

GET TICKETS
This mesmerizing film, in a refreshing departure from polemical envrionmental films, follows three Cambodian families – one living in a floating hut on the Tonlé Sap river, one dwelling deep in the jungle, and one whose daughter moves to Phnom Penh to work in a garment factory – as their world is transformed by forces beyond their power to control or understand. The cinematography and pacing gently transport us into their lives.

River-Changes-Course

Director’s statement: ”My approach to documentary filmmaking has been to tell the human story rather than the politcal one [...] Filmmaking is about asking the right questions, not finding solutions and for me the best way to do this is to explore the lives of people and allow them to tell their own stories. The experts for me are the people themselves. When people in Cambodia view this film, it’s often their first opportunity to travel to different parts of the country. Those who live on the lake have never seen the jungle before. The people in the jungle have never seen people working in a factory. So this is really their first opportunity to see their country — how beautiful it is, how precious it is, and how important it is to preserve and protect that beauty”. Adapted from an interview in the Huffington Post.

AWARDS

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize-Best Documentary - Sundance 2013
Golden Gate Award-Best Documentary Feature – SFIFF

Oct
19
Sat
Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase 5 @ Film House
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm

FREE SCREENING
Screening free, recommended donation of $5+

I AM IN HERE: A VIEW OF MY DAILY LIFE WITH GOOD SUGGESTION FOR IMPROVEMENT FROM MY INTELLIGENT MIND
Directors: Emily Anderson and Jim Heltz
Fiction | Documentary | Experimental | 35 minutes
Sponsors: The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and by The Vermont Arts Council.

I am in Here

“Do you want to know what it’s like to be thought of as stupid?” This was Mark Utter’s experience for most of his life. Mark’s autism prevents him from speaking his thoughts. A day-in-the-life movie using humor to highlight the contrast between perceptions of Mark and the man inside.

Leviathan @ ECHO
Oct 19 @ 2:45 pm
Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
France | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 87 minutes
Film source: Chihuly Workshop
Sponsor: VT Energy Investment Corporation=

Leviathan

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A groundbreaking, immersive portrait of the contemporary commercial fishing industry. Filmed off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Leviathan follows a hulking groundfish trawler, into the surrounding murky black waters on a weeks-long fishing expedition. But instead of romanticizing the labor or partaking in the longstanding tradition of turning fisherfolk into images, the filmmakers present a vivid, almost-kaleidoscopic representation of players, both human and marine. Employing an arsenal of cameras that passed freely from film crew to ship crew; that swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views, the film that emerges is unlike anything that has been seen before. Entirely dialogue-free, but mesmerizing and gripping throughout, it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors..

About the Directors: Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor are filmmakers, artists, and anthropologists, who work at the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. Their work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY) and the British Museum, and has been screened at the AFI, BAFICI, Berlin, CPH:DOX, Locarno, NewYork, Toronto, and Viennale film festivals, and exhibited at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Centre Pompidou, the Berlin Kunsthalle, and elsewhere.

Awards

Sevilla International Film Festival – Non-Fiction Eurodoc Award
Belfort International Film Festival – Grand Jury Award
Locarno International Film Festival – Fipresci jury award

Oct
20
Sun
Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase 6 @ Film House
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm

FREE SCREENING
Screening free, recommended donation of $5+

MFANGANO
Director: Derek McIntire
Documentary | 25 minutes
Sponsors: The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and by The Vermont Arts Council  

Mfangano

Focusing on a community center established to address public health issues, Mfangano is a documentary that explores life on a small island off the Kenyan shores of Lake Victoria.

Vermont Filmmkakers’ Showcase 7 @ Film House
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

FREE SCREENING
Screening free, recommended donation of $5+

STILL MOVING: PILOBOLUS AT FORTY
Director: Jeffrey Ruoff
Documentary | 38 minutes
Sponsors: The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and the Vermont Arts Council

Still Moving

In the 1970′s, the Dartmouth-born collective Pilobolus innovated a collaborative, improvisational style and organization that transformed modern dance. On the eve of its fortieth anniversary, Pilobolus thrives as an arts organism.

Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase 8 @ Film House
Oct 20 @ 2:15 pm

FREE SCREENING
Screenings free, recommended donation of $5+
Sponsors: The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and the Vermont Arts Council

EDSEL THE BLIND MECHANIC
Director: Andrea Grayson
Documentary | 6 minutes

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Within six months of noticing a dark spot in one of his eyes, master mechanic Edsel Hammond was declared legally blind. But with the support of family and friends, he has a thriving car repair business at his garage in Charlotte, Vermont.

TOBY MACNUTT: BODY OF WORK
Directors: Ashley DeLucco & Elizabeth Rossano
Documentary | 7 minutes

Toby MacNutt Body of Work

A short subject documentary featuring the Vermont based fiber artist and dancer Toby MacNutt.

 

DON’T MAKE LOVE TO IT, ANDREW
Director: Andrew Ackerman
Documentary
Run Time: 25 minutes

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Mixed Martial Arts is commonly thought to be one of the violent and brutal sports on the planet. I spent three months exploring the culture surrounding this sport and training for an amateur fight. This is a self documentary of that exploration.

Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase 9 @ Film House
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm

FREE SCREENING
Screening free, recommended donation of $5+

WISCONSIN RISING
Director: Sam Mayfield
2013 | Documentary | 56 minutes
Director’s Cut
Sponsors: The Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and the Vermont Arts Council

Wisconsin-Rising

Wisconsin Rising tells the story of the largest sustained workers resistance in American history. In 2011, Wisconsin was the canary in the coal mine for America as newly-elected Republican Governor Scott Walker suddenly stripped collective bargaining rights from the state’s public employees, undoing eight decades of basic workers’ rights. The people rose up. The future of America hung in the balance.

Feb
21
Fri
Strength of the Storm @ Main Street Landing Film House
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm

“Strength of the Storm” directed by Rob Koier tells the moving story of the residents of Weston park, a mobile home park in rural Vermont, that are brought together to fight against issues of economic discrimination after losing their homes to Hurricane Irene. The film weaves together footage of the flood with interviews with members of Weston park. We follow their recovery process from one week after the flood to six months later.

Watch the trailer