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.
The Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) would like to take this opportunity to formally, publicly thank the many volunteers and companies who made the November 2013 festival such a success.
We thank all volunteers involved in Pre-Festival Planning, PR and Special Events: Kathleen Hathaway, Michelle Immler, Nancy Eddy, Judith Thomas, Radha Newsom, Prof. Larry Benaquist, Ian Hefele, Prof. Sander Lee, Michelle Ranieri, Jerry Levy, Jodi Turner, Darren Mark, Emma Mullen, Elizabeth Bissell, Ian McPherson, Nora Jacobson, Steve Silverstein,Tristan Toleno, Spencer Loggia, Elery Loggia, Terry Carter, Cyndi Ferrante, Sophia Mark, Casey and Ethan Metcalfe and Emma Davis. Thanks to musicians Andy Davis, Keith and Aidan Murphy for keeping us humming at the Gala. Thanks to Quinn Field for poster and other designs and thanks to Jeff Potter for designing and editing the great BFF supplement to The Commons which serves as our program.
The Brattleboro Film Festival just can not stop and presents....
A SERIES OF MATINEE CLASSIC NOIR FILMS
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS AT 2PM JANUARY-MARCH 2014
Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – contact library for actual film titles!
After the film stick around for a little for a discussion lead by cinephiles Tom Bedell, golf/beer journalist and lover of film; and Tim Metcalfe, veteran Hollywood screenwriter and Brattleboro Film Festival Advisory Board member.
Wednesday, Jan 15, 2 PM “Strangers on a Train” Alfred Hitchcock. A 1951 suspense classic that perfectly exemplifies Hitchcock's favorite theme of the evil that lurks just below the surface of everyday life and ordinary men.
Wednesday, Jan 29, 2 PM The 1946 definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle and one of the most famously baffling film noirs, but also one of the most successful in sheer star power.
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2 PM A 1947 juicy double murder in a jealous pique. Wednesday, Feb 26, 2 PM Made in 1940, this film brings intrigue and suspense in a mythical South American community involved in a war-surplus contraband racket.
Wednesday, Mar 12, 2 PM A 1950 haunting work of stark confessionalism disguised as a taut noir thriller. Wednesday, Mar 26, 2 PM A 1944 tangled web of blackmail and love with surprise twists.
What is film noir?
Literally it means "black film" and it is a Hollywood genre of crime movie of the 1940's and 50’s that developed mostly out of the Great Depression crime fiction.
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: