BEST IS FEST COUNTDOWN IS HERE!
The TOP 4 FILMS ARE...
Very Semi-Serious - BEST IN FEST!
Showing at 8:30pm
Sunday Nov. 8th
#2 - THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL
Showing at 6:30pm
#3 - ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
Showing at 4:00pm
#4 - LANDFILL HARMONIC
Showing at 2:00pm
Congratulations to ALL!
FESTIVAL CONTINUES THIS WEEK WITH TWO GREAT FEATURES NIGHTLY AT 6:30 AND 8:30 PM like Venice Film Festival's smash hit "The Dinner" 8:30 pm Monday -- a chilling look at dysfunctional parenting based on the blockbuster novel of the same name; see Sundance Audience award winning drama "Imperial Dreams" with outstanding break-out performancesThursday at 8:30 pm -- terrific movies Monday through Friday and a SECOND WEEKEND OF OUTSTANDING FILMS AND EVENTS...
4th Annual Brattleboro Film Festival
OPENS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2015
10-Day Festival at Latchis Theatre Features 31 Exceptional Current Films
from Around the World
BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (October 14, 2014) -- The Fourth Annual Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) kicks off Friday, October 30th at the historic Latchis Theatre in downtown Brattleboro with a 10-day cinematic feast featuring 31 exceptional and unforgettable features, animated movies, short subject films and documentaries with something for everyone. The Festival runs through Sunday, November 8th.
BFF is known for its strong lineup of outstanding films and this year is no exception, according to BFF President Merry Elder. “This year BFF’s film selection committee did better than ever ferreting out the best current films from around the world offering viewpoints and characters we don’t often see in mainstream media,” says Elder. “Our award-winning film line-up is complemented by a series of events to enhance the film-going experience and offer more opportunities for audiences to interact with filmmakers, actors and community leaders.”
Events this year include fuller post-screening discussions, an opening reception and a ‘Night in Havana’ fundraising dance party that celebrates Cuba programming at this year’s festival and the recent thaw in Cuba-U.S diplomatic relations. BFF is expanding its policy of free tickets for high school students to include middle school students. A full schedule Special Events is posted on the BFF website. BFF’s full program will also appear as a supplement in the Wednesday October 28, 2015 edition of weekly newspaper The Commons.
OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY OCTOBER 30
BFF opens Friday, October 30 with a free, open-to-the-public reception in the Latchis Hotel Lobby starting at 5:30 p.m. where coming attractions of 2015 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. Showings at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m continue every evening throughout the 10-day festival with 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 p.m. showings added on weekends.
The 4th Brattleboro Film Festival opening film is a special pre Halloween screening of the remastered 1939 MGM classic and Best Picture Academy Award winner WIZARD OF OZ at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 30, offering a whole new generation of children (and their parents) the chance to see the groundbreaking classic film on the big screen for the first time. Moviegoers are encouraged to don Oz costumes and sing along to the much-loved familiar soundtrack that is ingrained in American consciousness and culture. WIZARD OF OZ was first shown at the Latchis Theatre in 1939, when the theatre was just one year old, according to Latchis Arts Executive Director and BFF Adviser Jon Potter, who recently discovered some archival photos of the blockbuster event, available on the BFF website.
Opening night’s second feature starts at 8:30 pm with THE STATE OF MARRIAGE (2015, Jeff Kaufman, 82 min, USA Doc), a legal thriller and the untold story of a decades-long struggle. Immediately following the film is a discussion with Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith and legislator and LGBTQ activist Bill Lippert who helped pass Vermont’s landmark Marriage Equality Act.
‘NIGHT IN HAVANA’ AND OTHER CUBA PROGRAMMING
BFF is pleased to be the Vermont premiere of CONDUCTA (Behavior) (2014, Ernesto Daranas Serrano, 108 min, Cuba, subtitled) a touching drama of a troubled boy and a wise teacher set in Havana. Conducta actress Idalmis Garcia will join audiences for a Q&A in the Latchis Lobby immediately after the Saturday, Nov. 7, 6:30 pm screening.
BFF invites everyone to join the Conducta actress and other Cuban guests at a swanky, sophisticated ‘Night in Havana’ BFF fundraiser on Saturday, November 7 starting at 8:30 pm and going until midnight at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street in Downtown Brattleboro. The public can celebrate the thaw in US-Cuba relations and their own Cubanismo dancing to local Cuban bandleader William Rodriguez and "De Lomas y Sones,” enjoying Tropicana-style frivolities with New England Center for Circus Arts Pro-Track students, a cash bar with Whetstone Station tap beer, wine and Specialty Mojitos and Cuban finger-food. Tickets are $15 available at the BFF website and at Everyone’s Books or at the door upon opening, advance purchases strongly recommended.
Cuba programming continues Sunday, November 8 at 12:00 pm with a program on Documentary Film in Cuba Today, a talk with Alexandra Halkin, Director, Americas Media Initiative and Cuban Documentary Filmmaker Lazaro Gonzalez (pending visa approval) with excerpts from recent documentaries including Gonzalez’ new short “Mascaras” about drag queens in Cuba. Entrance is by donation at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street in Downtown Brattleboro.
HIGHLY ENTERTAINING DRAMAS AND COMEDIES
First-rate dramas and comedies abound at the 2015 BFF including IMPERIAL DREAMS (2014, Malik Vitthal, 87 min, USA), a gritty yet hopeful inner-city drama that won Sundance’s 2015 audience award playing Wednesday, Nov. 4, 8:30 pm; GHADI (2013, Amin Dora, 100 min, Lebanon, subtitled) a Capra-esque comedy playing Tuesday, Nov. 3, 8:30 pm; and Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear Winner TAXI (2015, Jafar Panahi 82 min, Iran, subtitled), about what happens when one of Iran’s most famous directors is forced out of his art and into driving a taxi for a living, playing Sunday, Nov. 1, 8:30 pm. The outstanding roster of dramas, both light and dark, hail from the US, Cuba, Germany, Brazil, Italy, India and the UK.
TIMELY DOCUMENTARIES / VISTING FILMMAKERS
As always, BFF offers up a full plate of spot-on documentaries exploring current themes. The riveting, PEACE OFFICER (2015, Brad Barber, Scott Christopherson, 105 min, USA) gives audiences an inside look at the increasing militarization of American police on Saturday, Nov. 7, 4 pm followed by a panel discussion with Brattleboro Chief of Police Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity Curtiss Reed, and Allen Gilbert of Vermont ACLU.
BFF is especially honored to present a Q&A with filmmaker Kelly Nyks whose REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM (2015, Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott, 73 min USA) spotlights the soaring intellect of MIT linguist Noam Chomsky who traces the roots of today’s inequality while looking back on his own life of activism and political discourse on Sunday, Nov. 1, 6:30 pm (the film repeats Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8:30 pm without a Q&A, the only film to be shown twice in this festival.) Director Michael Turner speaks on Wednesday, November 4, following the 6:30 pm screening of his delightful personal exploration in THE WAY WE TALK (2015, Michael Turner, 80 min , USA). Check the BFF website for many more discussions and events with filmmakers and special guests.
EXPANDED FAMILY FARE
While many of this year’s BFF films are great for young people, special BFF family programming includes a KID FLIX MIX: a selection of 12 of the best short films included in the 2015 New York International Children’s Film Festival on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 12 noon at the Latchis Theatre. All films are either in English or without dialogue and are recommended for youth ages 3 - 8
Families will also especially enjoy ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL (2015 Pascal Plisson 81 min France subtitled Doc) on Sunday, Nov. 1, 12 noon and LANDFILL HARMONIC: A Symphony of the Human Spirit (2015 Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley, 84 min , USA subtitled, Doc) Saturday, Oct. 31 at noon, an uplifting story of the ‘Recycled Orchestra of Cateura’ featuring Paraguayan students whose instruments are made entirely out of garbage from the huge landfill next door and ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD (2014, Suzanne Crocker, 87 min Canada, Doc) a heart warming family chronicle where the filmmaker and her husband leave the comforts of modern life and take their three children to a remote cabin in the roadless Yukon wilderness. All films have received numerous accolades and are hot on the international festival circuit right now.
ANNUAL GALLERY WALK ART SCREENING
On Friday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m., BFF offers-up its annual late Gallery Walk Art Screening of ART OF CHRISTINE TRIEBERT (2014 Robert Fritz 20 min USA Short Doc), which features one of the Brattleboro area’s most celebrated local artists who will have some of her art to discuss at a reception in the Latchis Lobby following the film.
CLOSING DAY ‘BEST IN FEST’ COUNTDOWN
The festival will close Sunday, November 8th with the audience-chosen “Best in Fest” and “Countdown to Best in Fest” films. These films represent movies voted by festival-goers as the best films overall. The Countdown films begin at 2:00 p.m. with repeat screenings of the top three runners-up at 4:00 and 6:30 pm. This crowd-pleasing feature gives moviegoers a second chance to see (and bring their friends to) festival favorites. The Best in Fest -- the one film that filmgoers voted for above all others--rescreens at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night and closes the 4th Annual Brattleboro Film Festival. Votes must be tallied Saturday evening. Results will be announced by midnight on the BFF website and Facebook pages.
GENERAL ADMISSION FREE FOR HIGH SCHOOL / MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
In an effort to share the joys of watching movies on the big screen together with others with a generation increasingly fixed on small personal screens, BFF is offering free tickets to all high school and middle school students throughout the film festival for any festival films.
2015 SPONSORS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Partnering with local organizations, BFF uses film to raise awareness, facilitate dialogue and increase community participation. This year's BFF sponsors include Latchis Arts, Marlboro Graduate School, Vermont Independent Media’s The Commons, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, New Chapter, Chroma Technology Corp., C&S Wholesale Grocers, 118 Elliot, Road Scholar, Groundworks Collaborative, Windham World Affairs Council and other area businesses and individuals whose names appear in our promotional materials and on the BFF website. BFF also collaborates with the Vermont International Film Foundation in Burlington, Vermont, and has received generous funding from the John M. Bissell Foundation to create special youth programming for tomorrow's moviegoers.
This year's sponsored films include the Cuban feature film, Conducta, sponsored by Road Scholar and the Windham World Affairs Council; the environmental award-winning film Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective, sponsored by New Chapter; All the Time in the World, a family friendly documentary about a family that goes off-the-grid, sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan; a short film about a local artist, The Art of Christine Triebert, also sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan; and an inspiring documentary about the strength of the human spirit, Landfill Harmonic, sponsored by Chroma Technologies. A number of films and events received partial funding from other Festival sponsors including the law firm Phillips, Dunn, Shriver & Carroll, P.C.; Brattleboro Area Hospice; Post Oil Solutions, the School for International Training; Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors and Ann Stokes.
TICKETS AND PASSES
BFF tickets are $10 per film, $8 for seniors, $5 for children 12 and under and can be purchased the day of screenings at the Latchis Theatre box office. High school and Middle School students enter free for all films. Pre-sold packs of five tickets for $40 (a $10 savings) and the $140 All Festival Passes and tickets to the Night in Havana fundraising party Saturday, November 7 are available at Everyone’s Books and during Festival theater hours at the BFF Desk in the Latchis Lobby. Night in Havana tickets are also available for purchase on the BFF website. The Brattleboro Film Festival is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 corporation. Please see the BFF website at: www.brattleborofilmfestival.org for full screening details and up-to-the minute events.
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