Best in Fest 2013
11 November, Brattleboro, Vermont: The Brattleboro Film Festival’s (BFF) announced the 2013 audience-chosen ‘Best in Fest’ winner is ‘Short Term 12’ (2013 Destin Daniel Cretton, 96 min, USA), an emotionally involving portrait of Grace, a compassionate young staff member at a group home for at-risk teens, who is forced to confront her own demons when a new girl arrives. The film was chosen among 30 current films screened at the 2013 BFF.
“Cretton has made an outstanding independent film on a low budget with a cast of young actors that puts mainstream movies to shame,” Merry Elder, BFF President and Head of Film Selection said. “Brie Larson shines in the break-out role of Grace and strong supporting actors such as Keith Stanfield as Marcus deeply impressed BFF audiences.”
The ‘Best in Fest’ prize will be conferred and the film re-screened to close the festival on Thursday, November 14 at 8:30 pm at the Latchis Theatre, the principal venue of the two-week festival. This year BFF launched a ‘Countdown to Best in Fest’ ranking audience’s best-loved films and offering repeat screenings at 8:30 pm every night at the Latchis Theater (following the 6:30 pm nightly Latchis screenings of all six parts of ‘Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie’) as follows:
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Thanks to all of the folks who have pulled it all together. So far, from all that I have seen and heard from others, this festival has had a tremendously enthusiastic turn out and has been a real community enhancing experience. Last night someone who grew up here and is planning a possible move back, spontaneously donated all the money in his wallet in support of the festival's future success.
The coming week, starting with todays Gala and films - for which we have our insightful president and her dedicated team to thank - promises to only keep getting better. ~Jaki Reis
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BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES WITH GREAT CLOSING WEEKEND EVENTS
4 November 2013, Brattleboro, Vermont: The second annual Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF), kicked off Friday, November 1 and continues to November 14 at the newly renovated Latchis Theatre at 48 Main Street in Brattleboro, with 30 dramatic features that are hot right now including, Oscar contending dramas, timely documentaries, free workshops and talks, the area premiere and Gala celebration of six-part “Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie.”
Here is a sampling of some of the great events we’ve lined up for the weekend ahead:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
KEEPING THE BEES: A Local Perspective
Discussion follows 6:30 screening of MORE THAN HONEY, Latchis Theatre
An Oscar-winning filmmaker and third generation beekeeper’s amazing macro-photography illuminates the complex lives of bees and how they relate to nothing less than the fate of humankind in MORE THAN HONEY (2012, Marcus Imhoof, 95 min) followed by a post-film discussion led by local beekeeper Jodi Turner of Imagine That HONEY!
BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO TWO-WEEK FEAST OF TOP-NOTCH FILMS, FREE EVENTS AND AREA PREMIERE OF ‘THE VERMONT MOVIE’
21 October 2013, Brattleboro, Vermont: The second annual Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) offers an impressive array of 30 current films––dramatic features, Oscar contenders, timely, must-see documentaries, intelligent animation for kids and adults, the area premiere of the six part epic “Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie,” free special events, workshops and much more.
The festival will lift off on November 1st with the award-winning Australian film, “The Rocket” and end on November 14th with a showing of audience chosen "Best in Fest," all at the newly renovated, historic Latchis Theatre at 50 Main Street in the heart of downtown Brattleboro.
The films reflect BFF’s desire to present independent productions and filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world that offer viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. Several will feature speakers and discussions with visiting filmmakers and local experts following the screenings. Additionally, free screenings and filmmaking talks and workshops will be offered. BFF’s full program will be posted on the BFF website and also appear as an insert supplement in The Commons’ Wednesday, October 30th edition.
BFF is pleased to host a ‘Green Carpet Gala’ on Sunday, Nov. 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the R.H. Gibson River Garden in Downtown Brattleboro for the area premiere of “FREEDOM & UNITY: THE VERMONT MOVIE” with Director Nora Jacobson. The festival will present all six parts of this epic collaboration of filmmakers from throughout the state who artistically render the history and realities that make Vermont, Vermont. This series of films, interconnected but each complete in itself, is entertaining and groundbreaking in scope and depth.