March – May 2014
Directed by Eugene Jarecki | USA | 2013 |
Grand Jury Prize Sundance 2013
As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. Over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Read more…
While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities. Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for forty years, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.
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.
Welcome to the seventeenth annual Green Mountain Film Festival. Here we are again; Mud season and the arrival of some the finest films from around the world and as our new byline declares… The World Comes To You! As always, our lineup includes a broad range of feature, documentary, short and animated films as well as engaging conversations with distinguished guests, and we are excited this year to continue what we started last year with several sneak previews of high profile films that will show only once (get your tickets early!).
Among those, of note, is a premium program with Bela Fleck, the internationally renowned banjo artist. Bela was commissioned last year to write a banjo concerto for the Nashville Symphony and a film was made chronicling the process. Bela will be here in person to talk about the film and to play a passage from the concerto. We have added the Montpelier High School auditorium to our venues this year to accommodate what will surely be a sell-out event. Additionally, Luis Guzman, the acclaimed actor and fellow Vermont resident will take part in an excerpt retrospective of many of his great films with a following Q&A. And Burlington’s own Spielpalast Cabaret is paired with the classic film Pandora’s Box.
We had a lot of great feedback on last year’s festival and we have adapted to suggestions and adopted changes to make your festival experience easier and more enjoyable. Our ticketing system continues to improve and you can purchase tickets: online from our easy-to-navigate festival website (www.gmffestival.org) starting March 3rd, by phone (802-262-3423) beginning March 8th and in person beginning March 10th at our new ticket office at 13 Main St., Montpelier (old Verizon storefront, courtesy of the Jacobs family).
The Green Mountain Film Festival is presented byFocus on Film a 30 year-old Central Vermont organization whose purpose is :-
- to provide public film showings of cultural, social and historic interest;
- to sponsor discussions of such films;
- and to provide an opportunity for independent filmmakers to exhibit their works.
Curated by Stella Marrs & DJ Hellerman
Join us for a special presentation of feminist inspired video shorts in celebration of Women’s History Month. Co-curated by Stella Marrs and DJ Hellerman, the shorts program provides an opportunity to examine ideas of gender, race, and class through an interrogation of pop culture, celebrity, domesticity, and sexual orientation.
Stella Marrs is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses feminism, ecology, and the female voice. Marrs has made large scale, collaborative, event-based works such as Girl City and 100 Women Dinner Party that are cited as seeds for later Riot Grrrl culture. She was commissioned to create a video installation for the 2013 BCA Center exhibition Seat’s Taken. DJ Hellerman is Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Burlington City Arts.
Winner of the VTIFF 2012 VT Filmmakers’ Showcase™ Ben and Jerry award.
“The documentary is an absorbing look at lives of several refugee families and their mixed feelings about becoming Vermonters”Margot Harisson, Seven Days
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring issues raised by the film, and the event will be catered by cooks from the communities represented in the film.
View Trailer HERE
Exploring race and racism in the U.S, White Like Me looks through the lens of whiteness and white privilege, based on the work of anti-racist educator Tim Wise.
The screening is part of the Spring 2014 Social Justice Film Series theme is “Colorblind / Colorbind” and offers participants an educational opportunity to explore through film and subsequent discourse issues of race, its invisibility, limitations and the privileging of certain racial identities in society. Films selected for the Social Justice Film Series have one viewing and are generally screened up to a half hour and followed by an engaged discourse on the themes by the participants.
Presented by Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel in partnership with VTIFF and ARTS RIOT=
Director: Alice Rothchild
57 mins | USA | 2013
Ms Rothchild will be present at the screening and will conduct a Q&A afterwards
Voices Across the Divide is a powerful documentary and oral history project exploring the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through rarely heard personal stories. Narrated by Alice Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, the film follows my personal journey as I begin to understand the Palestinian narrative, while exploring the Palestinian experience of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US.
Christine Vachon will be speaking at Champlain College as part of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative. Presentation will be moderated by Betsy Beaulieu (Dean CORE) and Paula Willoquet-Marcondi (Dean Communications & Media).
Vachon is a film producer and author, best know for her film Boys Don’t Cry. She is an Independent Spirit Award winner as well as winner of the Gotham Award. Co-founder of indie powerhouse Killer Films.
Join John Killacky, executive director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, in an evening of films and conversation. Read more…
Director Dawn Porter | USA | 2014
Spies of Mississippi tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain white supremacy. Read more…
Directed by Dan Susman | USA | 2013 | 97 min.
In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Read more…
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.
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…