2014 Brattleboro Film Festival Films
Age range suggestions are offered as a general guideline only
1971 - 2014 Johanna Hamilton 79 min USA Doc
Beginning with an astonishingly vivid reenactment of the 1971 break-in of FBI offices, we meet the eight ordinary people who at the height of the Vietnam War stole thousands of classified documents and exposed the agency's shocking civilian surveillance program. Those responsible have never revealed their identities…until now.
FRIDAY, 10/31, 8:30 PM
ALIVE INSIDE: A STORY OF MUSIC AND MEMORY - 2014 Michael Rossato-Bennett 78 min USA Doc
This joyous documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a stagnant health-care system to demonstrate music's capacity to combat memory loss and reawaken the deepest parts of our humanity.This is its Vermont premiere. 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.
The film is presented in partnership with Brattleboro Hospice.
SATURDAY, 11/8, 6:30 PM
ANGEL AZUL - 2013 Marcy Cravat 72 min USA Doc ASL Interpreted
A wonderful meeting of art, culture, science, and environmental activism aimed at preserving our coral reefs. We follow Jason deCaires Taylor's artistic journey as he creates hauntingly beautiful life-like underwater statues cast from live models that then become the basis for a man-made reef off the Yucatán coast. Narrated by Peter Coyote. A little non-sexual nudity.
WEDNESDAY, 11/5, 6:30 PM
BLUEBIRD - 2013 Lance Edmands 91 min USA Drama
In the frozen woods of an isolated Maine logging town, the local school bus driver becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection. What happens next shatters the balance of the community, resulting in profound consequences for two fractured families. Starring John Slattery (Mad Men) and Amy Morton (Up in the Air). Adult themes.
THURSDAY, 11/6, 8:30 PM
THE BOY AND THE WORLD - 2013 Alê Abreu 80 min Brazil/Subtitled Animated Drama
This original kaleidoscopic animation, full of colorful whimsy, truly demonstrates the ability of imagery and music to convey a powerful message. The story of a country boy who goes on a quest through Brazil to find his father illustrates the conflicts of the modern industrial world through the eyes of a child. A refreshingly unique film that young and old will enjoy on different levels.
TUESDAY, 11/4, 6:30 PM
THE CIRCLE - 2014 Stefan Haupt 102 min Switzerland/Subtitled Doc/Drama
Founded in the early 1940s, the network around the magazine 'Der Kreis' ('The Circle') was the only gay organization to survive the Nazi regime. It blossomed during the post-war years into an internationally renowned underground club. Enriched by finely rendered reenactments of the decades-long love story of Ernst Ostertag and Röbi Rapp, very different men who fight for their love and, together with their friends, for gay rights. Explicit sex. Switzerland's entry into the 2015 Academy Awards.
SUNDAY, 11/2, 6:30 PM
ERNEST AND CELESTINE - 2012 Aubier/Patar/Renner 80 min France/Dubbed Animated Comedy/Drama PG rating
A charming story about overcoming prejudice and sticking up for friends. Children and adults will delight in the tender and playful story of an adorable little mouse befriending a troubadour bear. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, this hand drawn, Oscar-nominated movie with wonderful comic timing will put a smile on your face. The English language cast includes Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall (in her last film) and Paul Giamatti. Sponsored by Brattleboro Savings and Loan.
SATURDAY, 11/1, 12:00 NOON; SUNDAY, 11/9, 12:00 NOON
EXIT MARRAKECH - 2013 Caroline Link 123 min Germany/Partially Subtitled Drama
A coming-of-age film in which a troubled teen travels to Marrakech to spend the summer with his estranged father but soon escapes into an unfamiliar land outside the city limits. It's a common theme handled intelligently by the Oscar-winning Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa) and shows her continued fascination with analyzing people out of their comfort zone. Filmed in an exotic, breathtaking part of the world. Some sexuality.
SATURDAY, 11/1, 8:30 PM
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER - 2013 John Maloof/Charlie Siskel 83 min USA Doc
Winning boxes of photographic negatives at an auction, John Maloof knows they are unquestionably beautiful, haunting, and special, but wonders…who is the photographer? Meticulously, he begins to unravel the mystery that is Vivian Maier; however, the revelations raise even more questions and leave us craving more.
FRIDAY, 11/7, 8:30 PM
FORGOTTEN KINGDOM - 2013 Andrew Mudge 96 min USA/Lesotho/Subtitled Drama
Atang leaves the slums of Johannesburg and his aimless life to bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village in Lesotho where he was born. Befriended by an orphan boy and stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo. Through her, Atang is drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the villagers, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning. Sponsored by Brattleboro Savings and Loan. The Director Andrew Mudge will be present for Q&A after the film.
SATURDAY, 11/8, 4:00 PM
FREEDOM ROAD - 2013 Shane Vermooten 22 min South Africa Short Drama
Based on true events surrounding South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, "Freedom Road" tells the story of an apartheid widow who faces the man who tortured and murdered her husband. When the man receives political amnesty he realizes that amnesty is not enough to silence the past and only forgiveness brings freedom. Plays with Soft Vengeance.
SATURDAY, 11/1, 4:00 PM
THE GREAT INVISIBLE - 2014 Margaret Brown 92 min USA Doc
In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 and causing the worst oil spill in US history. At once a fascinating corporate thriller, a heartbreaking human drama, and a peek inside the secretive oil industry, this is the first film to go beyond the media coverage to tell the stories of people still recovering from the aftermath long after the world has moved on. Top winner at SXSW Film Festival. This is its Vermont premiere.
SATURDAY, 11/1, 6:30 PM
HORIZON BEAUTIFUL - 2013 Stefan Jäger 90 min Switzerland/Ethiopia/Partially Subtitled* Drama Ages 8+
A soccer magnate on a promotion tour in Addis Ababa is pursued by a determined and ingenious 12-year-old youth living on the streets, just wanting the chance to show off his ball-handling artistry to the big boss himself. This entertaining, moving, thrill-packed story includes guns, swear words, and a death, but has a happy ending! Sponsored by Tree-Free Greetings.
*A professional actor will read the English subtitles aloud. The film's sound will be audible while subtitles are read.
SATURDAY, 11/8, 2:00 PM
JOANNA MACY AND THE GREAT TURNING - 2014 Christopher Landry 26 min USA Doc
Illustrated with beautiful footage shot around the world, the film is based on an interview with eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, who calls us to create a more life-sustaining world. At a time when everything we treasure seems to be at risk, this film is at once sobering, insightful, and inspiring. Plays with Starfish Throwers.
SATURDAY, 11/1, 2:00 PM
LAKE LOS ANGELES - 2014 Mike Ott 85 min USA Drama
In a dreamlike desert setting, Francisco, a middle-aged Cuban exile working at a holding house for illegal immigrants, crosses paths with Cecilia, a young Mexican girl who has entered the U.S. without her family. Captivating performances by the two leads, and a touch of magical realism, cast a hypnotic spell while also keeping the viewer rooted firmly in the realities of that life. Adult themes.
MONDAY, 11/3, 8:30 PM
LOVE AND LEMONS - 2013 Teresa Fabik 99 min Sweden/Subtitled Drama
A romantic comedy for foodies about love, friendship, and the courage it takes to follow your dreams. Agnes is a chef. She has a good job, a boyfriend, and a true-blue best friend, but in short order she is fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend. When offered part ownership in a new restaurant she jumps at it and begins to court a favorable review from a feared food critic. Some sexuality. This tasty delight was an audience favorite at Palm Springs Film Festival. Sponsored by Swedish Film Institute
SUNDAY, 11/2, 8:30 PM
MOTHER, I LOVE YOU - 2013 Janis Nords 83 min Latvia/Subtitled Drama Ages 9+
12-year-old Raimonds does what he can to make his strict mother proud—he even plays the saxophone in the school band instead of riding his kickboard in a skate park. When he tries to cover up a bad teacher's note from school, a spiral of lies is started that soon spins out of control. An exciting story about the healing power of truth. Latvia's entry to the 2014 Academy Awards, winner of the Berlin Film Festival's Next Generation award.
WEDNESDAY, 11/5, 8:30 PM
MY NAME IS SALT - 2013 Farida Pacha 92 min Switzerland/India/Subtitled Doc
Year after year as it has been for centuries, thousands of families move to a desert in India to extract salt from the earth. When the monsoon comes each year, their salt fields are washed away. The rhythm of their labor is exquisitely filmed as a lyrical celebration of their life. It's a sensory experience, and crystalline, like the commodity of the title.
SUNDAY, 11/2, 12:00 NOON
THE OVERNIGHTERS - 2014 Jesse Moss 90 min USA Doc
When broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons to the North Dakota oil fields, local pastor Jay Reinke shows boundless determination, risking everything to help them, as town folk threaten to shut him down. An electrifying and eye-opening film that goes to unexpected places. "Powerful…Steinbeckian…an indelible snapshot of a despairing moment in American history." Variety Adult themes.
FRIDAY, 11/7, 6:30 PM
PATEMA INVERTED - 2013 Yasuhiro Yoshiura 98 min Japan/Dubbed Sci-fi/Anime/Drama ASL Interpreted Ages 8+
It's an upside-down world, literally, where the two teens Age and Patema discover each other and their alternate worlds that have opposing gravitational pulls. They set out to find answers, clinging together lest gravity tear them apart. This unique anime film is a beautiful wonder of detail and ingenuity. Yoshiura has created a truly mesmerizing metaphoric world. It's very cool! Sponsored by Tree-Free Greetings
SUNDAY, 11/2, 2:00 PM
PRIDE - 2014 Matthew Warchus 117 min England Comedy/Drama Rated R
Inspired by a true and remarkable story about solidarity. It's the summer of 1984, the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, and a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists want to raise money to support the strikers' families. Rebuffed at first, they set off for a tiny mining village in Wales to make their donation in person. A rousing, feel-good film with high critical acclaim.
FRIDAY, 10/31, 6:30 PM
REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG - 2014 Nancy D. Kates 100 min USA Doc
Described as a "glamorous intellectual," Sontag was a prolific essayist, novelist, filmmaker, activist, and feminist. She engaged with the culture and politics of the 20th century as one of its boldest thinkers, whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. Nancy Kates also opens a window into her private world, her marriage, and relationships with women. Ultimately, this is a portrait of a woman who lived and loved life with passion. Narrated by Patricia Clarkson.
MONDAY, 11/3, 6:30 PM; SATURDAY, 11/8, 8:30 PM
SAND WARS - 2013 Denis Delestrac 57 min USA Doc
After fresh water, sand is the most-consumed natural resource on the planet. Many of us think of it as the complementary ingredient of any beach vacation, but is sand really an infinite resource? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? This investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush: the "SAND WARS" have begun. Plays with Unearthed.
SATURDAY, 11/8, 12:00 NOON
SHORT NARRATIVE PROGRAM adult themes and violent scenes -
FISHING WITHOUT NETS - 2013 Cutter Hodierne 17 min Kenya/Subtitled Short Drama
A story of pirates in Somalia told from the perspective of a struggling young Somali fisherman, Abdi. Desperate to find a way to provide for his family, Abdi succumbs to the pressure and allure of piracy. Naturalistic performances and a sweeping cinematic style add to this provocative tale. 2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in short filmmaking.
THE CURFEW - 2012 Shawn Christensen 19 min USA Short Drama
At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister asking him to look after his nine-year-old niece, Sophia, for a few hours. This is a fast-paced, humorous, and thoroughly entertaining film, gorgeously shot. An incisive look at depression and family relations. Best Live Action Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards.
ONE ARMED MAN - 2014 Tim Guinee 27 min USA Short Drama
Written by multiple Oscar-winning screenwriter Horton Foote (To Kill A Mockingbird), this 1920's story centers around a wealthy cotton gin owner confronted by a disgruntled former employee. Their meeting creates such sustained intensity and flurry of emotions that it's sure to linger with you long afterwards. Executive producer: Philip Seymour Hoffman.
THURSDAY, 11/6, 6:30 PM
SOFT VENGEANCE: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa - 2014 Abby Ginzberg 70 min South Africa/USA Doc
Is it possible for people who suffered during the apartheid era to just forgive and forget? "Forgive, yes. Forget, no," says Albie Sachs, lawyer, writer, art lover, and freedom fighter who suffered terribly under the apartheid regime. This inspirational film tells the story of one remarkable man who used "soft" vengeance to help South Africans find truth, reconciliation, and democracy. Plays with Freedom Road.
SATURDAY, 11/1, 4:00 PM
THE SPECIAL NEED - 2013 Carlo Zoratti 84 min Italy/Germany/Subtitled Doc
Enea is 29 and looking for love—physical love, that is, but as a young man with autism living in Italy, this is anything but easy. So Enea and two best friends set out in an old VW bus and travel through Europe. What starts as a humorous road trip aimed at having sex, soon becomes a journey into the world of feelings. A tender, and respectful portrait. Some sexuality. An award-winner at festivals throughout Europe and the USA.
TUESDAY, 11/4, 8:30 PM
STARFISH THROWERS - 2014 Jesse Roesler 83 min USA/India Doc Ages 10+
Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve-year-old girl, and a retired school teacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. An award-winning inspirational film that helps us rediscover our own dreams and potential to make a difference in the world. Plays with Joanna Macy.
SATURDAY, 11/1, 2:00 PM
UNEARTHED - 2014 Jolynn Minnar 24 min South Africa Doc
Born in the semi-arid Karoo region of South Africa, Jolynn Minnar traveled extensively to try to understand what hydraulic fracturing (hydro-fracking) might mean for the Karoo and other regions where fracking is being considered. She battles gag orders, no-trespassing zones—and first-hand chemical exposure from drilling sites—to get to the bottom of the controversial topic. Plays with Sand Wars.
SATURDAY, 11/8, 12:00 NOON
WINDING STREAM - 2014 Beth Harrington 91 min USA Doc
The compelling music-filled story of an American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes, starts with the original Carter family (A.P., Sara, Maybelle), tracing the ebb and flow of their influence, the transformation of that act into the Carter Sisters, the marital alliance of June Carter with legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day family to keep this legacy alive.
SUNDAY, 11/2, 4:00 PM