3rd ANNUAL BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL OPENS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31
AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014
10-Day Festival at Latchis Theatre Features 31 Films with Broad Appeal
BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (October 19, 2014) -- The Third Annual Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) will present a 10-day cinematic feast of 31 unique and unforgettable films beginning Friday, October 31st through Sunday, November 9th at the historic Latchis Theatre in the heart of downtown Brattleboro.
“I think we have a wonderful and more diverse slate than ever this year,” says Merry Elder, BFF President and head of Film Selection. “We’re honored to bring to the community films they might never get to experience on a big screen. This year’s films are an even split between award-winning documentaries and dramas that truly represent the best of current cinema today.”
The all-volunteer, community film festival focuses on independent productions from the USA and around the world, offering viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. Discussions with visiting filmmakers and other experts follow many screenings--schedules for these are posted on the BFF website. BFF’s full program will also appear as supplement in the Wednesday October 29, 2014 edition of weekly newspaper The Commons.
BFF opens Friday, October 31 with a free, open-to-the-public reception in Latchis Hotel Lobby starting at 5:00 p.m. where trailers for all 2014 film festival movies will be shown continuously. Reception guests can hobnob with festival organizers and their fellow cinephiles prior to the opening night films, which begin at 6:30 pm and 8:30 p.m. (These start times -- 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- are standard throughout the festival with 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 p.m. showings on weekends.) Film previews will continue to be shown in the Latchis Hotel Lobby for the duration of the festival.
Kicking off this year’s film festival at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 31st is the Southern Vermont premiere of PRIDE (2014, UK, 117 min, R), a new, true and highly acclaimed drama that hilariously up-ends stereotypes as gays unite with miners in a small Welsh coal town in Thatcher-era Britain. Opening night's second feature begins at 8:30 p.m. with Johanna Hamilton’s timely, politically thrilling documentary 1971 (2014, USA, 79 min) that tells the story, à la Edward Snowden, of a group of ordinary Americans -- revealing themselves for the first time in this film -- who stole classified documents during the Vietnam war to expose illegal FBI surveillance. A late night discussion with famed journalist Christian Parenti follows that screening.
BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL
1st ANNUAL YOUNG FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE
Now in its third year, the Brattleboro Film Festival is proud to announce the call for submissions to our first annual Young Filmmakers’ Showcase. Continuing in the Brattleboro Film Festival’s tradition of highlighting new work by both established and emerging filmmakers, this year we are sending a special invitation to filmmakers under the age of 25 to submit their original work to be celebrated alongside the frontrunners of our 2014 program.
BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL EYES AUDIENCE EXPANSION WITH GRANT AND NEW FUNDRAISING HEAD
27 MAY 2014, BRATTLEBORO, Vermont: The Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF), which premieres its third season October 31, 2014, announced today the receipt of a generous grant from the Vermont-based John M. Bissell Foundation and the appointment of a new fundraising chair in order to expand its mission and support outreach to new and underserved audiences.
The Stowe-based Bissell Foundation’s grant will help the BFF pursue its mission of bringing films that inform, challenge, entertain, and inspire to more diverse audiences by underwriting free tickets to high school students and by providing American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf for select films.
“We are grateful to the Bissell Foundation for helping BFF expand access to people who otherwise may not be able to see these great films,” Merry Elder, President of the BFF Board of Directors, said. “We are especially excited for help underwriting this year’s commitment to provide free tickets to high school students as part of our youth outreach efforts.”
The BFF also announced that Prudence Baird, a BFF Advisor who oversaw the Festival’s successful Green Carpet Gala last fall, is appointed to the post of Fundraising Chair. Baird will spearhead new efforts to expand the organization’s mission while enhancing the positive economic and cultural benefits that the BFF brings to Brattleboro. Baird, who has worked with a number of film commissions from around the country and has an extensive background in marketing, says “The Brattleboro Film Festival, which stretches for ten days and includes two full weekends, is a key rainmaker for our community as it brings a steady stream of people into downtown Brattleboro and helps solidify the town’s reputation as a destination location. Any bump in our budget goes directly back into our community and will have big payoffs for small businesses, restaurants and other Brattleboro entities that benefit from arts and culture tourism.”
Annual Brattleboro Film Festival Announces 2014 Festival Dates,
Accomplishments and Goals for Year Ahead
BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (January 20, 2014): On the heels of a very successful November 2013 event, the Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) announced the 3rd Annual Brattleboro Film Festival will take place from Friday October 31 to Sunday November 9, 2014 at the Latchis Theatre in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.
BFF is a unique, all volunteer-led and -run festival. The 30 films and accompanying events of the 2013 festival were enthusiastically received by more than 2,200 festival-goers. Enough revenue was brought in by attendance to get a strong start to this year’s fundraising effort, which has already commenced.
2013 audience favorites--like Best in Fest winner ‘Short Term 12” and “Maidentrip,” as well as the more controversial films such as “Act of Killing” and others--have gone on to gain international attention and accolades. “It was a privilege to bring these groundbreaking films to the community early on,” Merry Elder, BFF President and Head of Film Selection, said. “The film selection folks are already hunting for another great lineup in November.