March – May 2014
Directed by Errol Morris | 1997 | USA |82 minutes
Pre-film discussion at 6.00pm.Part of the UVM Lane Film Series.
What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common? Both nothing and everything in this unconventional documentary directed by Erroll Morris. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Referring to the robot specialist’s strange philosophy of robot design structure, not Erroll Morris’s documentary techniques!) interplays, overlaps, and interrelates these four separate and highly specialized documentary subjects in order to in truth study all of humanity, raising questions about the future of mankind. Written by Matthew F. Griffin.
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
An opportunity to see the award winning film The New Black, followed by a panel discussion. Issues of race, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are rarely discussed in our area. This film will give us an opportunity to do that, learn from each other and move forward as a community.
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.