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.