Calendar

September 2013 – February 2014

Sep
27
Fri
The Great Chicken Wing Hunt: Screen to Plate @ Arts Riot
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm
Director: Matt Reynolds
USA | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 71 minutes
Film source: Filmmaker
Sponsor: Arts Riot
Ticketing Note: Tickets for this VTIFF prequel at the door only. Doors open for bar at 7:00 PM, screening at 7:30 PM

VTIFF and ArtsRiot partner up to bring you wings, a movie, and a party – to celebrate and support the Vermont International Film Festival.
Here’s what Arts Riot has in store: After the screening, there will be a blind taste test that pits two local Burlington chefs against the chosen best buffalo sauce from the movie – Abigail’s Restaurant sauce from Buffalo, NY. The two chefs are all-stars from ArtsRiot’s South End Truck Stop. Brian Stefan from Southern Smoke and Luke Stone from the Hindquarter will make their best sauces to stand against Abigail’s famous sauce. Usually, you cannot taste the amazing food you see on the screen, but this event brings the food to you. See if Burlington can stand against Buffalo even with their world famous culinary delight. $10 gets you to the movie and 2 of each style wings for the blind taste test- dinner and movie! Wash it all down with a tasty drink or a local brew from the new ArtsRiot Kitchen.”

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Synopsis: American expatriate, international journalist and upstate New Yorker Matt Reynolds forsakes a successful life in Eastern Europe, compelled by a singular obsession: find the world’s best Buffalo chicken wing. Joined by his long-suffering Czech girlfriend, a perplexed Slovak film crew, and a ragtag gang of wing-obsessed misfits recruited online, Reynolds embarks on THE GREAT CHICKEN WING HUNT. After 2,627 miles and 284 varieties of wings, the quest ends in the very countryside of Reynolds’ childhood, where he discovers that the perfection he has sought so hard to find was right under his nose all along. The film has been described as “The Big Lebowski of documentaries“.

 

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…

The Crash Reel @ Film House
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm
Director: Lucy Walker
USA | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 108 minutes
Film source: Phase4Films
Sponsor: Anonymous donor
Special Event: Opening Night Film. Special ticket prices for this film – 6-pack and 10-pack discounts don’t apply. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Vermont. Kevin & David Pearce in attendance. Preceded by opening night reception at 5pm in the Lakeside Lobby outside The Film House, Food provided courtesy of Sugarsnap, cash bar. Screening followed by Opening Night party at 8:30 pm, at Signal Kitchen. Announcement and presentation of Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase Awards. Party sponsored by Signal Kitchen.
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Crash Reel

It’s the training season for the 2010 winter Olympics. World-class snowboarder Kevin Pearce swings up the half pipe and launches into the air. He spins into a double cork 1080. It’s one of the toughest moves in his – or any – repertoire, and he comes back down, hard and fast, towards the ramp. The tail end of his board catches the ice. He falls forward with no time to put out his arms. His full weight lands on his head and neck. Academy Award-winning documentarian Lucy Walker’s film seamlessly combines twenty years of stunning action footage with vérité footage and interviews as it follows Kevin and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports. An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma following his accident. Kevin’s tight-knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor. But when he insists he wants to return to the sport he still loves, his family intervenes with his eloquent brother David speaking for all of them when he says, “I just don’t want you to die.” Kevin’s doctors caution him that even a small blow to the head could be enough to kill him. Will Kevin defy them and insist on pursuing his passion? With his now impaired skills, what other options does he have? How much risk is too much?

Awards

Audience Awards: SXSW, HotDocs

Oct
12
Sat
The Slow Food Story @ Film House
Oct 12 @ 6:15 pm
Director: Stefano Sardo
Italy | 2013 | Documentary | Italian w/English subtitles
Run Time: 74 minutes
Film source: Autlook Films
Sponsor: Healthy Living Market
Special Event: Preceded by Reception at 5:15 with food by Healthy Living Market and a food display by Burlington Farmers’ Market & Slow Food Vermont.
Playing with Zergut
Directors: Alisa Lapidus & Natasha Subramaniam | Animation | 4 minutes

Slow Food Story

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In 1986, Carlo Petrini founded the ArciGola Gastronomic Association in Italy and three years later in Paris, launched Slow Food, an international anti-fast-food resistance movement. An ebullient presence, Carlìn, as he is affectionately known around the globe, has become an ambassador for thinking about food differently. From the tiny town of Bra, the Slow Food movement has grown to become a revolution, that now has roots in more than 150 countries. Cheese-makers, vintners, and artisanal food folk, toast Slow Food for bringing about a change in consciousness that shook the very foundation of gastronomy. Director Stefano Sardo brings a decidedly down home approach, as he follows Carlo and his close-knit group of friends, from their earliest days as political radicals, to later struggles with unexpected tragedy. A joyous romp of a film, filled with all manner of delectable scenes of food, drink and song. The Slow Food Story shows how even the most important cultural adventures can be born of a tongue-in-cheek approach to life.

Late breaking news: Carlo Petrini is to receive the United Nations 2013 Champions of the Earth award. Read More…

Oct
13
Sun
Magnetic Reconnection @ ECHO
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am
Director: Kyle Armstrong
Canada | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 6 minutes
Note: Playing with It’s Such a Beautiful Day

Magnetic-Reconnection

Contrasting the northern lights of Canada’s north with the harsh landscapes and decaying manmade debris littered around Churchill Manitoba.

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!

The Ridge (Pura Vida) @ ECHO
Oct 13 @ 1:15 pm
Director: Pablo Irburu, Migueltxo Molina
Nepal, Spain | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 85 minutes
Film source: Dogwoof
Sponsor: Bobbie Lanahan
Special Note: US Premiere

The Ridge (Pura Vida)

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This exciting and gorgeously photographed film will keep you at the edge of your seat. It tells the nail-biting and life-affirming story of a dangerous rescue mission in the Himalayan Mountains. The south wall of Mount Annapurna in the Nepalese Himalayas is known among climbers as the most dangerous climb in the world. To reach the mountain’s summit at over 8,000 meters above sea level, mountaineers have to traverse a seven-kilometer-long ridge at 7,500 meters – an impossible task, especially for “pure” climbers who brave the thin air without oxygen tanks. So when experienced Spanish climber Iñaki Ochoa de Olza falls seriously ill while crossing the ridge in 2008, his hopes are slim. After his climbing partner Horia Colibasanu sounds the alarm, 12 fellow climbers from all over the world (Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Russia and the United States) mount a highly dangerous rescue operation. We travel the world to let these 12 rescuers tell their stories in their home environments. Why would they risk their lives to reach these mountaintops? Whatever the result of the rescue will be, these 12 heroes show us that the human spirit is alive and well.

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.

The Fatwa: Salman’s Story @ ECHO
Oct 13 @ 3:15 pm
Director: Alan Yentob
UK | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 81 minutes
Film source: Jill Nichols
Additional info: US Premiere
Introduction by: Mark Pendergrast 

The Fatwa: Salman's Story

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Rushdie’s 1988 book The Satanic Verses, inspired in part by the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, was seen as blasphemous by some conservative Muslims and prompted the former spiritual leader of Iran to condemn Rushdie to death. This fascinating BBC film takes us through many of the events described in Salman Rushdie’s latest book – Joseph Anton: A Memoir. Between the narration taken straight from the language of the book, are interviews, news clips, images, and contemporary footage of the places featured in Rushdie’s story. The overall effect is the sense of traveling along with Rushdie through his story from the first moment he heard about the fatwa to his eventual freedom from police protection and the Iranian government’s death threat. We are reminded of the circumstances surrounding the publication of The Satanic Verses, including film clips showing the riots which took place in response to the book and the book burning. Rushdie is fascinating about the role of writers in society: “An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship — it is a crime against our nature as human beings”.

A Passion for Snow @ Film House
Oct 13 @ 4:00 pm
Directors: Producer: Lisa Denmore;  Assoc Producer:  Rick Moulton; Exec. Producer: Steve Waterhouse
USA | 2013 | Documentary | English
Run Time: 60 minutes
Film source: biggreen65.com
Sponsor: Seventh Generation
Ticketing Note: This film is part of a triple bill with White Rock and the presentation: Restoring Olympic Films and includes a reception sponsored by SunCommon.

A Passion for Snow

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100-plus years of skiing history from Dartmouth, based on the book “Passion for Skiing” by Dartmouth graduate Stephen Waterhouse. Breathtaking newly-discovered footage and compelling 1st-hand accounts from alumni who helped transform the sport of skiing into the $25 billion industry it is today- are masterfully edited by VT filmmaker Rick Moulton. The film opens with footage of “The Grinch,” created by Dartmouth grad Theodor Geisel – aka Dr. Seuss – sledding downhill towards Whoville. Narrated by Buck Henry and followed by stories on how ski racing, the 10th Mtn Div, ski resorts, the Olympics/Paralympics and much more got started,

SPECIAL EVENT

Q&A led by the filmmakers and Olympic Coach John Morton ,with former Olympians in the audience, including Tiger Shaw (President-to-be of the US Ski Association), members of the Cochran Family, and a number of Dartmouth’s all time racing stars. Followed by reception at 5:30 pm in the Main Street Landing Boardroom to launch the Sport & Film series, food and cash bar. Sponsored by SunCommon.

Voices Unveiled: Turkish Women Who Dare @ North End Studios
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm

Director: Binnur Karaevli
Turkey/USA | 2010 | Narrative | English & Turkish w/English subtitles
Narrative | 69 minutes
Film source: Women Make Movies

Sponsors: The Vermont Council on World Affairs; The World Affairs Councils of America; The Turkish Cultural Foundation

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Can Islamic values co-exist with full equality for women? VOICES UNVEILED examines this timely issue through portraits of three women pursuing life paths and careers of their own choosing in present-day Turkey. Each has defied social expectations in a democratic, secular nation where religious fundamentalism has re-emerged as a political force and patriarchal values still prevail. Well-known textile artist Belkis Belpinar, whose work combines science and kilim rug traditions, resisted her father’s wishes that she study engineering. Dancer and psychologist Banu Yucelar braved family opposition to modern dance, widely perceived as a form of prostitution. Women’s rights activist Nur Bakata Mardin helps women in underserved communities, where old beliefs hold sway, form small business cooperatives.

 As engaging as its subjects, Voice Unveiled punctuates its in-depth portraits with insights from other Turks and lively discussions that include intergenerational debates over veiling.

 

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

White Rock @ Film House
Oct 13 @ 6:45 pm
Director: Tony Maylem
UK | 1977 | Documentary
Run Time: 80 minutes
Film source: IOC
Sponsor: Smugglers Notch Resort
Special Note: North American Premiere. Introduced by Adrian Wood.
Ticketing Note:TICKETS CANNOT BE PURCHASED ONLINE BUT ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE DOOR. This film is part of a triple bill with A Passion for Snow and the presentation: Restoring Olympic Films and includes a reception.

White Rock

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Photograph © IOC. The Official Film of the Innsbruck 1976 Winter Olympics in a brand new restored version. Director’s Statement: “It is never easy to make a film on the Olympic Games that will theatrically engage audiences. By the time of its release most people have already seen the event on TV, so it has to deliver on a very different level than simple reportage. I concentrated on just a handful of chosen events rather than dissipate the focus across every sport and medal. The concept was to take the audience inside those winter sports—to feel the emotion and experience the dangers and majesty that the competitors felt. Rick Wakeman’s score added considerably to the visual and emotional experience. To bring the audience even closer to the action, James Coburn was brought in to act as “everyman,” helping the audience to identify, not only with the obvious dangers, but also with the competitors high levels of skill.” Shot in Panavision utilizing using vari-speed cameras with telephoto lenses up to 2000mm, White Rock was created to take the audience on a ride that was very different from the TV coverage. It resulted in an extensive worldwide theatrical release including the US, the UK and Japan.
The restoration: The film was digitally restored in 4K for the International Olympic Committee by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging using the 35mm original anamorphic negative. The 4-track magnetic stereo sound was restored and re-mastered at Audio Mechanics in Burbank, CA.
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Oct
14
Mon
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters @ ECHO
Oct 14 @ 1:30 pm
Director: Ben Shapiro
USA | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 77 minutes
Film source: Zeitgeist Films
Sponsor: Judy Gerber & Dan Higgins
Introduction by: Dan Higgins 

Gregory Crewdson

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A fascinating portrait of one of the most compelling, mysterious and theatrical photographers of our time. Gregory Crewdson’s photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, albeit large-scale image, many of them taken at twilight, set in small towns of Western Massachusetts or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies. Shapiro’s fascinating profile of this acclaimed artist at work includes stories of his Park Slope childhood (in which he tried to overhear patients of his psychologist father), his summers in the bucolic countryside (which he now imbues with a sense of dread and foreboding), and his encounter with Diane Arbus’s work in 1972 at age 10. Novelists Rick Moody and Russell Banks, and fellow photographer Laurie Simmons, comment on the motivation behind their friend’s haunting images.

Red Obsession @ ECHO
Oct 14 @ 3:30 pm
Director: David Roach, Warwick Ross
Australia| 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 75 minutes
Film source: Film Buff
Sponsor: Pistou Restaurant 

Red Obsession

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One of the most beautiful films about wine in general, and Bordeaux and its magical product in particular. But the series of aerial shots in golden light that establish the Medoc’s important proximity to the water, the rich combination of soil and sunlight, and the extraordinary architecture of the chateaux built here in the past 300 years are not gratuitous eye candy. They enhance the dramatic arc and the rude awakening about 20 minutes in. The action shifts to Shanghai and Hong Kong, from the people who make and sell the wine to those who buy it. It becomes a rip-roaring documentary tale of power, greed, vanity and increasingly the bricks and mortar of its famous chateaux. China is Bordeaux’s biggest market but also home to the fastest growing wine industry in the world, leading to the tantalizing notion that Bordeaux’s biggest client is about to become its biggest competitor.

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.

Act of Killing @ Film House
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Denmark/Norway/UK | 2013 | Documentary | Indonesian w/English subtitles
Run Time: 120 minutes
Film source: Drafthouse Films
Sponsors: Planet Hardwood & Burlington College

Act of Killing

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You have never seen a film like this one. Director Joshua Oppenheimer interviews the leaders of Indonesian death squads, who were collectively responsible for the deaths of millions of Communists, leftists and ethnic Chinese in 1965 and 1966. But he doesn’t just interview them. As the ambiguous title of the film suggests, he lets them re-enact their crimes and even invites them to write, perform and film skits dramatizing their murders in the style of the American movies they love. This film is about the power of moviemaking and storytelling, sometimes cathartic, sometimes destructive, always illuminating. And, incredibly, you will also find yourself laughing occasionally.

Q&A with director via skype.
Director’s statement:
 The film is fundamentally about how we as human beings use storytelling to create our reality, to justify our actions, and to cope, or to escape from even our most bitter and painful truths. We can commit any kind of crime if we have a story to justify it.

AWARDS

Audience Award – Berlin Film Festival

Oct
15
Tue
Lunchtime Shorts: Reality? @ BCA
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm

A program of some of the most interesting and varied international documentary shorts.
Your ticket includes lunch. Come up to the Loraine B Goode room on the 2nd floor of BCA, grab your sandwich and drink, sit down and watch the films.

The Lunchtime Shorts Series is sponsored in part by Middlebury College

Program curated by: Orly Yadin

No Ordinary Passenger

Director: Cabell Hopkins
UK | 2012 | Documentary | 8 minutes

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86 years old and positively fearless, Stan Dibben recalls his hair-raising, tarmac-skimming career as a World Champion passenger.

Coffee Time

Director: Maria Fredriksson
Sweden | 2011 | Documentary
Run Time: 14 minutes

Coffee Time

A quartet of proper Swedish ladies of a certain age get together for a coffee klatch; they nibble on sweet cakes, sip from fine china and discuss all the usual things: viagra, cock rings and orgasms. Just like your grandmother used to do.

The Stitches Speak

Director: Nina Sabnani
India | 2011 | Documentary | 10 minutes
Sponsor: Documentary Educational Resources

Stitches-Speak

After

Director: Lukasz Konopa
UK | 2011 | Documentary | 7 minutes
Playing in the program Lunchtime Shorts: Reality?

After, Lukasz Konopa

Film about contemporary life in Auschwitz. In an observation from dusk to dawn, it portrays the theatre of everyday life around the grim confines of this former concentration camp.

Americanized

Director: Abhi Singh
USA | 2013 | Documentary | 4 minutes

Americanized

Irish Folk Furniture

Director: Tony Donoghue
Ireland | 2012 | Documentary | 8 minutes

IrishFolkFurniture

A animation film that explores a local craftsman’s restoration of a rural piece of furniture in a small Irish community.

Abuelas (The Grandmothers)

Director: Afarin Eghbal
UK | 2011 | Documentary | 9 minutes

Abuelas

In a small apartment in Buenos Aires a grandmother (abuela) is surrounded by reminders of the tragedy that befell her family during Argentina’s military dictatorship. Using real life testimonials from the Grandmothers of May Square the films is a testament to the tenacity of the women who conitinue to fight for the truth about their missing relatives.

The Bubbleologist

Director: Jan Bednarz
UK | 2012 | Documentary | 6 minutes

Bubbleologist

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Chihuly Outside @ ECHO
Oct 15 @ 1:30 pm
Director: Peter West
USA | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 60 minutes
Film source: Chihuly Workshop
Presented by: Rich Arentzen of AO Glass

Chihuly Outside

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Chihuly Outside covers nearly half a century of Dale Chihuly’s epic outdoor installations. The film chronicles Chihuly’s first experiments with floating glass on water and using ice and neon, his early work at Art Park in Upstate New York and his decade-long exploration of large-scale installations at 12 of the world’s preeminent botanic gardens and conservatories. Among many highlights, the hour-long documentary traces the development of Mille Fiori, a 56-foot “garden of glass” first exhibited in 2008 at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, and his most recent work, Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened May 2012 at the foot of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. What emerges is a portrait of an innovative artist always seeking new ways to adapt his medium to natural spaces, propelled by a desire to move, provoke and inspire viewers. Chihuly Outside completes a trilogy of films exploring Chihuly’s work, which began in 2008 with Chihuly in the Hotshop and continued with 2010′s Chihuly Fire & Light.

Rising From The Ashes @ ECHO
Oct 15 @ 3:30 pm
Director: T. C. Johnstone
USA, Rwanda | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 82 minutes
Film source: First Run Features
Sponsor: Old Spokes Home

Rising From The Ashes

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Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. The young cyclists, whose horrendous personal experiences in the 1994 genocide are still fresh in their minds, are determined to train and learn how to be professional athletes. The film’s journey to the finale at the London 2012 Olympic games is rivetting. We become gradually privy to the boys’ personal traumas and root for them to achieve their new life’s dreams. Narrated (and executive produced) by Forest Whitaker

Make Hummus Not War @ ECHO
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm
Director: Trevor Graham
Australia | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 77 minutes
Film source: Yarrabank Films
Sponsor Burlington-Bethlehem-Arad Sister City Program
Also: Hummus tasting at 5:45PM

Make Hummus Not War Director Trevor Graham

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Can a regional love of hummus be a recipe for peace in the Middle East? One of the oldest-known prepared foods in human history, hummus is claimed by multiple Middle-Eastern nationalities. So when Trevor Graham, a self-described hummus tragic, learned of a Lebanese plan to sue Israel for acting as if it had proprietary rights over the dish, he was intrigued and hungry for more. With Israel, Lebanon and Palestine fighting over who “owns” the hummus heritage, Graham set off on a personal, culinary and humorous journey through the hummus bars and kitchens of Beirut, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and New York. Along the way he encounters doyenne of Middle East cuisine, Claudia Roden, zealots, Jewish settlers, political activists, chick pea farmers, novelists and sheikhs.

Oct
16
Wed
The Ridge (Pura Vida) @ ECHO
Oct 16 @ 1:30 pm
Director: Pablo Irburu, Migueltxo Molina
Nepal, Spain | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 85 minutes
Film source: Dogwoof
Sponsor: Bobbie Lanahan
Special Note: US Premiere

The Ridge (Pura Vida)

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This exciting and gorgeously photographed film will keep you at the edge of your seat. It tells the nail-biting and life-affirming story of a dangerous rescue mission in the Himalayan Mountains. The south wall of Mount Annapurna in the Nepalese Himalayas is known among climbers as the most dangerous climb in the world. To reach the mountain’s summit at over 8,000 meters above sea level, mountaineers have to traverse a seven-kilometer-long ridge at 7,500 meters – an impossible task, especially for “pure” climbers who brave the thin air without oxygen tanks. So when experienced Spanish climber Iñaki Ochoa de Olza falls seriously ill while crossing the ridge in 2008, his hopes are slim. After his climbing partner Horia Colibasanu sounds the alarm, 12 fellow climbers from all over the world (Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Russia and the United States) mount a highly dangerous rescue operation. We travel the world to let these 12 rescuers tell their stories in their home environments. Why would they risk their lives to reach these mountaintops? Whatever the result of the rescue will be, these 12 heroes show us that the human spirit is alive and well.

The Fatwa: Salman’s Story @ ECHO
Oct 16 @ 3:30 pm
Director: Alan Yentob
UK | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 81 minutes
Film source: Jill Nichols
Additional info: US Premiere

The Fatwa: Salman's Story

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Rushdie’s 1988 book The Satanic Verses, inspired in part by the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, was seen as blasphemous by some conservative Muslims and prompted the former spiritual leader of Iran to condemn Rushdie to death. This fascinating BBC film takes us through many of the events described in Salman Rushdie’s latest book – Joseph Anton: A Memoir. Between the narration taken straight from the language of the book, are interviews, news clips, images, and contemporary footage of the places featured in Rushdie’s story. The overall effect is the sense of traveling along with Rushdie through his story from the first moment he heard about the fatwa to his eventual freedom from police protection and the Iranian government’s death threat. We are reminded of the circumstances surrounding the publication of The Satanic Verses, including film clips showing the riots which took place in response to the book and the book burning. Rushdie is fascinating about the role of writers in society: “An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship — it is a crime against our nature as human beings”.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters @ ECHO
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm
Director: Ben Shapiro
USA | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 77 minutes
Film source: Zeitgeist Films
Sponsor: Judy Gerber & Dan Higgins
Introduction by: Dan Higgins 

Gregory Crewdson

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A fascinating portrait of one of the most compelling, mysterious and theatrical photographers of our time. Gregory Crewdson’s photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, albeit large-scale image, many of them taken at twilight, set in small towns of Western Massachusetts or meticulously recreated interior spaces, built on the kind of sound stages associated with big-budget movies. Shapiro’s fascinating profile of this acclaimed artist at work includes stories of his Park Slope childhood (in which he tried to overhear patients of his psychologist father), his summers in the bucolic countryside (which he now imbues with a sense of dread and foreboding), and his encounter with Diane Arbus’s work in 1972 at age 10. Novelists Rick Moody and Russell Banks, and fellow photographer Laurie Simmons, comment on the motivation behind their friend’s haunting images.

Rising From The Ashes @ Film House
Oct 16 @ 8:30 pm
Director: T. C. Johnstone
USA, Rwanda | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 82 minutes
Film source: First Run Features
Sponsor: Old Spokes Home

Rising From The Ashes

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Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda, Africa to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national team. The young cyclists, whose horrendous personal experiences in the 1994 genocide are still fresh in their minds, are determined to train and learn how to be professional athletes. The film’s journey to the finale at the London 2012 Olympic games is rivetting. We become gradually privy to the boys’ personal traumas and root for them to achieve their new life’s dreams. Narrated (and executive produced) by Forest Whitaker

Oct
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Act of Killing @ ECHO
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Denmark/Norway/UK | 2013 | Documentary | Indonesian w/English subtitles
Run Time: 120 minutes
Film source: Drafthouse Films
Sponsors: Planet Hardwood & Burlington College

Act of Killing

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You have never seen a film like this one. Director Joshua Oppenheimer interviews the leaders of Indonesian death squads, who were collectively responsible for the deaths of millions of Communists, leftists and ethnic Chinese in 1965 and 1966. But he doesn’t just interview them. As the ambiguous title of the film suggests, he lets them re-enact their crimes and even invites them to write, perform and film skits dramatizing their murders in the style of the American movies they love. This film is about the power of moviemaking and storytelling, sometimes cathartic, sometimes destructive, always illuminating. And, incredibly, you will also find yourself laughing occasionally.

Director’s statement: The film is fundamentally about how we as human beings use storytelling to create our reality, to justify our actions, and to cope, or to escape from even our most bitter and painful truths. We can commit any kind of crime if we have a story to justify it.

AWARDS

Audience Award – Berlin Film Festival

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

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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.

Red Obsession @ The Film House
Oct 17 @ 5:45 pm
Director: David Roach, Warwick Ross
Australia| 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 75 minutes
Film source: Film Buff
Sponsor: Pistou Restaurant
Special Event: Preceded by wine & food tasting presented by Dedalus Wines, Pistou and Slow Food Vermont at 5:00PM

Red Obsession

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One of the most beautiful films about wine in general, and Bordeaux and its magical product in particular. But the series of aerial shots in golden light that establish the Medoc’s important proximity to the water, the rich combination of soil and sunlight, and the extraordinary architecture of the chateaux built here in the past 300 years are not gratuitous eye candy. They enhance the dramatic arc and the rude awakening about 20 minutes in. The action shifts to Shanghai and Hong Kong, from the people who make and sell the wine to those who buy it. It becomes a rip-roaring documentary tale of power, greed, vanity and but increasingly the bricks and mortar of its famous chateaux. China is Bordeaux’s biggest market but also home to the fastest growing wine industry in the world, leading to the tantalizing notion that Bordeaux’s biggest client is about to become its biggest competitor.

SPECIAL EVENT

Preceded by reception at 5:00 pm of wine tastings from Dedalus Wine and food tastings from Pistou and Slow Food Vermont.

Chihuly Outside @ ECHO
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm
Director: Peter West
USA | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 60 minutes
Film source: Chihuly Workshop
Presented by: Rich Arentzen of AO Glass

Chihuly Outside

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Chihuly Outside covers nearly half a century of Dale Chihuly’s epic outdoor installations. The film chronicles Chihuly’s first experiments with floating glass on water and using ice and neon, his early work at Art Park in Upstate New York and his decade-long exploration of large-scale installations at 12 of the world’s preeminent botanic gardens and conservatories. Among many highlights, the hour-long documentary traces the development of Mille Fiori, a 56-foot “garden of glass” first exhibited in 2008 at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, and his most recent work, Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened May 2012 at the foot of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. What emerges is a portrait of an innovative artist always seeking new ways to adapt his medium to natural spaces, propelled by a desire to move, provoke and inspire viewers. Chihuly Outside completes a trilogy of films exploring Chihuly’s work, which began in 2008 with Chihuly in the Hotshop and continued with 2010′s Chihuly Fire & Light.

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

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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

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

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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.

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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

Birth of the Living Dead @ Black Box Theatre
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm
Director: Rob Kuhns
USA | 2013 | Documentary | English
Run Time: 60 minutes
Film source: First Run Features
Presented by Introduced by Rob Schmidt Barracano - filmmaker and film teacher.
Ticketing Note: This is a double bill with the late night screening of Night of the Living Dead (11:30pm, FH)- 1 ticket for both screenings
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Birth of the Living Dead

In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low-budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars. Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers – policmen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner – to shoot his seminal film. During that process Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster – one that was undeaded and feasted upon human flesh. The doc also immerses audiences into the singular time in which “Night” was shot – footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence combined with iconic 1960s music puts the film in context.

 

Radio Unnameable @ ECHO
Oct 18 @ 8:30 pm
Directors: Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson
USA | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 87 minutes
Film source: Kino Lorber
Note: This film has been specially selected by  Green Valley Media
Bob Fass will attend the screening and the post-screening Q&A

Radio-Unnameable

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Legendary New York disc jockey Bob Fass revolutionized late night FM radio by serving as a cultural hub for music, politics and audience participation for nearly 50 years. Long before today’s innovations in social media, Fass utilized the airwaves for mobilization, encouraging luminaries and ordinary listeners to talk openly, taking the program in surprising directions. Radio Unnameable is a visual and aural collage that pulls from Bob Fass’s immense archive of audio, film, photographs, and video that has been sitting dormant until now.
With archival audio and visual appearances by: Bob Dylan, Shirley Clarke, Jose Feliciano Kinky Friedman, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, Herbert Hunke, The Incredible String Band, Carly Simon, Dave Van Ronk, Holly Woodlawn, Karen Dalton.

Oct
19
Sat
Magnetic Reconnection @ ECHO
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am
Director: Kyle Armstrong
Canada | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 6 minutes
Note: Playing with It’s Such a Beautiful Day

Magnetic-Reconnection

Contrasting the northern lights of Canada’s north with the harsh landscapes and decaying manmade debris littered around Churchill Manitoba.

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.

Michael H. Profession: Director @ Film House
Oct 19 @ 2:30 pm

Director: Yves Montmayeur
Austri, France | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 92 minutes
Film source: Films Boutique/box]

Michael H Profession Filmmaker

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Over the past two-and-a-half decades, director Michael Haneke has established himself as a towering figure in modern cinema with his uniquely controversial and challenging films that have polarized audiences and critics alike for decades. Such works as Funny Games (1997 and 2007: he remade his own film), The Piano Teacher (2001), the mysterious Caché (2005), and last year’s Oscar-winning Amour explore both the dark and the loving sides of human existence – often at the same time, and almost always in unforgettable ways. Now, Yves Montmayeur, who has made the “making-of” documentaries for most of Haneke’s films, turns his lens on Haneke himself, unravelling a working method that reveals a great deal about the man. As much a meditation on the nature of film as any of Haneke’s works themselves, Michael H: Profession Filmmaker uses interviews with Haneke’s creative collaborators as well as re-contextualized footage from his films. The documentary finds a compelling tension between the warmth of the man and the horrors in his films, and is a fascinating portrait of one of the most important filmmakers of our day.

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

Meat Hooked! @ Film House
Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm
Director: Suzanne Wasserman
USA | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 55 minutes
Film source: Filmmaker
Sponsor: Kate & Bill Schubart
Special Event: Q&A w/filmmaker and talk by Cole Ward, the Gourmet Butcher. Preceded by food reception at 4pm sponsored and provided by Guild Fine Meats, cash bar.

Playing with: Ô DIVIN BOVIN (OH DIVINE BOVINE)
Director:
Alexandre RufinCanada | 2013 | Documentary | 6 minutes

Meat Hooked

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“Why is a nice Jewish girl like me making a film about pigs and bacon?” Suzanne Wasserman, the writer and director of Meat Hooked, asks in the beginning of her film. In her absorbing and graphic documentary Wasserman introduces us to butchers and meatpackers, chefs and farmers who are part of the current meat craze of artisan butchers and meat CSA’s and includes interviews with Jonathan Sayles and Julie Powell (Julie & Julia). The film follows the rise and fall and rise again of butchers and butchering featuring several butchers, 3 of whom are Jewish but not kosher butchers. With humor and some fascinating insights Meat Hooked concludes that urban butchers, butcher shops and butchering fills an acute yearning for a sense of space and allows the consumer to have more of a sense of control over what we eat.

Awards

Best Feature: NY Food Film Festival

Ô Divin Bovin (Oh Divine Bovine) @ Film House
Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm

Director: Alexandre Rufin
Canada/Quebec | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 6 minutes
Short: Playing with Meat Hooked! .

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Just an ordinary day in the life of a farmer: birth/death of a calf.

In the Wrong Body @ Arts Riot
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm
Director: Marilyn Solaya
Cuba | 2010 | Documentary | Spanish w/English subtitles
Run Time: 55 minutes
Ticketing Note: This screening is affiliated with VTIFF. Tickets may be purchased at the door only.

IN THE WRONG BODY

The story of Mavi Susel, who underwent the first gender reassignment operation in Cuba in 1988. In the Wrong Body explores such timely issues as the meaning of femininity in the macho and patriarchal society in Cuba where many stereotypes and prejudices still exist. Mariela Castro, Director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) was a primary consultant on the film.

Special Note:

Q&A with director

In The Wrong Body @ Arts Riot
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm

Director: Marilyn Solaya
2010 | Cuba | Documentary | Spanish w/English subtitles
Running Time: 55 mins
Ticketing Note: at the door, on the night. Printed guide says film is playing Fri 10/18. This is incorrect. It is playing Sat, 10/19.
Sponsor: Americas Media Initiative
Q&A with filmmaker
Note: In the printed festival guide the screening is listed for Friday. Oct 18. This is incorrect. The film plays Saturday, oct 19.

IN THE WRONG BODY

The story of Mavi Susel, who underwent the first gender reassignment operation in Cuba in 1988. In the Wrong Body explores such timely issues as the meaning of femininity in the macho and patriarchal society in Cuba where many stereotypes and prejudices still exist. Mariela Castro, Director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) was a primary consultant on the film.

Brothers Hypnotic @ Film House
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm

Director: Reuben Atlas
USA, Netherlands | 2013 | Documentary | English
Run Time: 85 minutes
Film source: Reuben Atlas
Sponsor: Duncan Wisniewski Architecture 

Brothers Hypnotic

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Note: Tickets include the live performance at 10PM at Signal Kitchen. One ticket gets you in to both.
The eight brothers in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend, Phil Cohran. Raised together on Chicago’s South Side on a diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness, the brothers play inthe streets of NYC, collaborate with Mos Def or wow people at jazz festivals. The film constructs their coming of age story with wonderful camera work and hugely enjoyable music scenes.

GALA SCREENING

Screening followed by Gala party at Signal Kitchen (8:45PM) and live performance by the Hypnotic Ensemble. More info… sponsored by Signal Kitchen, John Douglas & Bob Summers. Ticket to film includes free access to the party an  live concert.

Oct
20
Sun
Make Hummus Not War @ ECHO
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am
Director: Trevor Graham
Australia | 2012 | Documentary
Run Time: 77 minutes
Film source: Yarrabank Films
Sponsor Burlington-Bethlehem-Arad Sister City Program

Make Hummus Not War Director Trevor Graham

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Can a regional love of hummus be a recipe for peace in the Middle East? One of the oldest-known prepared foods in human history, hummus is claimed by multiple Middle-Eastern nationalities. So when Trevor Graham, a self-described hummus tragic, learned of a Lebanese plan to sue Israel for acting as if it had proprietary rights over the dish, he was intrigued and hungry for more. With Israel, Lebanon and Palestine fighting over who “owns” the hummus heritage, Graham set off on a personal, culinary and humorous journey through the hummus bars and kitchens of Beirut, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and New York. Along the way he encounters doyenne of Middle East cuisine, Claudia Roden, zealots, Jewish settlers, political activists, chick pea farmers, novelists and sheikhs.

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.

The Genius of Marian @ ECHO
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm
Director: Banker White, Anna Fitch
USA | 2013 | Documentary
Run Time: 84 minutes
Film source: Filmmaker
Sponsor: Nora and Nancy Bercaw in honor of Beau Bercaw 

Playing with: There’s No Hole in My Head
Director:
 Alison Segar | USA | 2011 | Documentary | 15 minutes

Genius of Marian

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A visually rich, emotionally complex story that follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease as her son, the filmmaker, documents her struggles to retain her sense of self. After she is diagnosed at age 61 life begins to change for Pam and everyone around her. Pam’s husband grapples with his changing role from partner to caregiver. Her adult children each find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother. And Pam deals with the fear that she will be institutionalized for her disease. This delicate film treats the subject with a humor and a light touch while serving as a meditation on the role of memory in creating legacy.

 

Director’s Statment

I have been making documentary films for more than a decade and each project has been deeply important to me in its own way.  My most recent film, THE GENIUS OF MARIAN, is the most personal and most challenging project I have ever undertaken. I approached this film both as a loving son and as a patient observer.  It is a story about my extraordinary mother, Pam White, and her struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. On the surface, the film is about my family’s efforts to come to terms with the changes Alzheimer’s disease brings. But it is also a meditation on the meaning of family, the power of art and the beautiful and painful ways we cope with illness and loss. The last few years have been a roller coaster of emotions, filled with frustration, sadness, joy and celebration. I didn’t originally set out to make a documentary film about my mother’s disease. The project began as a series of informal recorded conversations with my mom in the months after her Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2009. She had begun writing a memoir called “The Genius of Marian” about her own mother (my grandmother), Marian Williams Steele. Marian was a well-loved and well-known painter and was in many ways the matriarch of our family. In 2001, Marian died of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 89.

Soon after my mom started writing the book, she began to struggle with typing and other mental tasks. To help her continue the project, I began filming our conversations. For the next three years, I recorded both the big events and the small details of my family’s changing reality. I filmed my parents recounting stories of how they met and fell in love. I captured my mother’s delight at the birth of her grandchildren. But I also documented the slow erosion of my mother’s ability to dress and feed herself, her waning independence, and her fierce resistance to accepting help from professional caregivers.

I grew up feeling like my mom could do it all—and often, she did. She worked full-time while raising my siblings and me, maintained deep friendships and dedicated herself to helping others, both in her personal life and in her career as a therapist. She loved being a mom and encouraged us to be ourselves, always stressing how important it was to talk about our feelings, especially when times were tough. That’s why it was especially painful to see her frozen by the shame of her diagnosis, unable to talk openly about what she was experiencing. And despite being a loving, willing and available family, we also struggled to share our thoughts and feelings with each other. Before she was ready to talk candidly about her diagnosis, my mom and I were able to connect by remembering Marian, someone we’d both loved and had lost to the disease that was now affecting my mother. These intimate conversations became a kind of therapy space and my mom began to share the complex emotions related to what she was going through. At the same time, filming with the other members of my family provided a way for each of us to celebrate my mother’s life while processing difficult feelings about how she was changing. I am grateful to my siblings and father for having the bravery to share so openly. I have been especially moved by my father, who displayed tremendous compassion and loyalty while grappling with his changing role from partner to caregiver. The spirit of my mother’s book project was my point of departure — the deep desire to memorialize someone you love and to connect with the difficult and complex emotions that surround losing them. My goal is to create a film that finds light and beauty in a place often shrouded in shame and confusion. A patient approach to production has helped me capture the essence of my family’s story. I’ve shared warmth and intimacy in conversations with my mother, laid bare our family’s challenges in caring for her and allowed myself to feel the silence that increasingly fills my parents’ house. I believe the story is deeply important and powerfully told and I trust it will resonate not only for those directly affected by Alzheimer’s disease, but for with anyone who has had to reconcile complicated emotions around aging and loss. It is from this place that I know we have created something special.

~ Banker White, Director

There’s No Hole In My Head @ ECHO
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm
Director: Alison Segar
USA | 2011 | Documentary
Run Time: 15 minutes
Sponsor: Jessica Nordhaus & Michael Sheeser
Playing with: Genius of Marian

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In 2007, aged 54, Abby Hale was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s. As a mom and medical practitioner Abby eloquently shares with grace and insight what she has both gained and lost as a result.

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.

Jan
23
Thu
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? @ The Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm

An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky
Directed by Michel Gondry | USA | 2013 | documentary | 88 minutes
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From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. [...]
Post screening discussion, led by Emily Manetta, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the program of Linguistics at The University of Vermont

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Jan
26
Sun
Inequality For All: A Passionate Argument On Behalf Of The Middle Class @ Palace 9
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am

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This free film will be followed by a town meeting to discuss the issue of income inequality, what it means for the future of our society, and what we can do to make a difference. Sen. Sanders will lead a panel discussion with audience participation.
Free bagels and coffee at 10 a.m.
Film begins at 10:30 a.m.

Feb
20
Thu
The Punk Singer @ Main Street Landing Film House
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Punk Singer
Directed by Sini Anderson | 80 Min | U.S.A. | 2013

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Introduction and post-screening discussion led by Stella Marrs, interdisciplinary artist and Champlain College professor.
About the film: Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement…read more

Watch trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwrXC5OXqgc

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.

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