Festival OPENS This Friday!

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30 Films Represent the Best Cinema Today
with Something for Everyone at Latchis Theatre

 Making a Difference

The Fifth Annual Brattleboro Film Festival (BFF) will present a 10-day cinematic feast of 30 unique and unforgettable films beginning Friday, November 4  through Sunday, November 10th at the historic Latchis Theatre in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

"We are honored to bring award-winning documentaries, dramas and shorts that truly represent the best of current cinema today to our community to share on the big screen " Merry Elder, BFF President and head of Film Selection said.

The all-volunteer, community film festival focuses on mostly independent and award winning productions from the USA and around the world that offer viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. Discussions with visiting filmmakers and other experts follow some screenings  Schedules are posted on the BFF website.  BFF's full program will also appear as supplement in the Wednesday November 2, 2016 edition of the weekly newspaper The Commons.


BFF opens Friday, November 4 with a free, open-to-the-public reception in Latchis Hotel Lobby starting at 5:00 p.m. where trailers for all 2016 films 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, the 4th is "Tanna" (2015  105 min Martin Butler, Bentley Dean  Australia  Drama), Australia's entry to the upcoming Academy Awards, this is the first feature film beautifully shot entirely in the paradise of Vanuatu. Based on a true story, it's an exotic echo of Romeo and Juliet, tense with intertribal strife. Variety called it an "emotionally engaging story of forbidden love."  It plays again Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30 pm  

Opening night's second feature begins at  8:30 p.m. with BFF's annual late Gallery Walk Art Screening of "Tyrus" (2015  Pamela Tom  78 min  USA Doc) a portrait of the under credited Chinese American artist behind the artistic style of "Bambi" and the style of many Hollywood films for years after.


Films show weeknights at 6:30 and 8:30 pm, starting Monday November 7with the 6:30 pm screening of "IF Project" followed by a discussion with the film's director and Detective Bogucki, a central figure in the film.  The full film schedule can be seen on the BFF website (link).


The festival will close Sunday, November 13th 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 with repeat screenings of the top three runners-ups at 2:00 p.m., 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 Fifth Annual Brattleboro Film Festival.  Votes must be tallied Saturday evening.  Results will be announced by midnight on the BFF website and Facebook pages.


Partnering with local organizations, BFF uses film to raise awareness, facilitate dialogue, and increase civil discourse and community participation. BFF major sponsors include Latchis Arts, the Marlboro Graduate School and Vermont Independent Media's The Commons.  Several local organizations are sponsoring individual films and BFF also has a working collaboration with the Vermont International Film Foundation in Burlington, Vermont.    


BFF tickets are $10 per film, $8 for seniors and children under 15  and can be purchased the day of screenings at the Latchis Theatre box office. Pre-sold packs of five tickets for $40 (a $10 savings) and the $140 All Festival Passes are available at Everyone's Books; Mystery on Main Street and during Festival theater hours at the BFF Desk in the Latchis Lobby.  Tickets for children under 12 are $5 at designated daytime family screenings.  High school students enter free with a valid school ID.  


In an effort to share the joys of watching movies on the big screen with a generation known for watching videos on the very small screens of phones, tablets and laptops, BFF is offering free tickets to all high school students throughout the film festival. Students need only to show current and valid high school I.D. to receive a ticket for any festival film at the box office in the Latchis Theatre.

The Brattleboro Film Festival is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 corporation.  Please see the BFF website at:www.brattleborofilmfestival.org for trailers, full screening details and up-to-the minute events. 

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POWER STRUGGLE “Sneak Preview” Benefit Screening

POWER STRUGGLE “Sneak Preview” Benefit Screening

Democracy goes nuclear in this feature documentary about how an engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandmother, and a scrappy new governor join forces with a creative array of activists to take-on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to shutter an aging atomic plant in Vermont. An even-handed, but at times humorous and terrifying chronicle of citizens who believe in the right to energy choices and to keeping their communities safe.

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Festival's Opening Night!

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.