8th Annual Brattleboro Film Festival



8th ANNUAL BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL

OPENS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2019

Films Representing the Best Cinema Today at the Historic Latchis Theatre

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BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (October 17, 2019) --  The 8th Annual Brattleboro Film Festival will present a 10-day cinematic feast of 16 unique and unforgettable films beginning Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 10th at the historic Latchis Theatre in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

“It’s truly rewarding to bring to the big screen some of the most highly regarded, relevant, films from around the world on topics that are important to our community. We are especially excited to dedicate a day this year to environmentally themed films on Saturday, November 2nd. These sixteen beautiful films are sure to engage the audience and provoke thoughtful conversations.” Merry Elder, Brattleboro Film Festival President and head of Film Selection. 

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. The full program is posted on the festival website (www.brattleborofilmfestival.org) and will also appear in the Wednesday October 30, 2019 edition of the weekly newspaper The Commons.

OPENING NIGHT

The festival opens Friday, November 1 with a free, open-to-the-public reception in Latchis Theatre Lobby starting at 5:00 p.m. where trailers for all 2019 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 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 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. is “Varda by Agnès” (2019 Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget, France, subtitled doc). Agnès Varda (1928-2019) the “Queen of French Cinema”  takes a seat on a theatre stage. This professional photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) is an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. In her final film, she turns her imaginative eye on herself. Screens again on Saturday, November 9, 3:10 pm.

Opening night's second feature begins at  8:30 p.m. with “Give Me Liberty” (2019 Kirill Mikhanovsky USA drama). Medical transport driver Vic is late. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and friends to a funeral. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams and disenchantment. Screens again on Wednesday, November 6, 6:30pm.

The full 10-day film schedule can be seen on the festival website. www.brattleborofilmfestival.org

CLOSING NIGHT

The festival will close Sunday, November 10 with the audience-chosen “Countdown to Best in Fest” filmsThese films represent movies voted by festival-goers as the best films overall giving moviegoers a second chance to see (and bring their friends to) festival favorites. The top three runners-ups will screen at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:30.  The Best in Fest -- the one film that filmgoers voted for above all others -- screens at 7:30 p.m.  Votes will be tallied after the last show on Saturday evening and announced by midnight on the Brattleboro Film Festival website (www.brattleborofilmfestival.org) and Facebook page (@brattleborofilmfestival).

FREE TICKETS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGHOUT FESTIVAL

With the support of our generous sponsors, the festival is able to offer free tickets to all high school students with a current and valid high school I.D. for any festival film at the box office. The festival is excited to have been given this opportunity to contribute to the expansion of our young community’s movie-going experience. 

2019 SPONSORS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Major sponsors include the Latchis Theatre & Hotel, The Commons, Chroma, C&S, Brattleboro Area Hospice, School for International Training (SIT), Brattleboro Subaru, and Thrasher Graphics.  The Brattleboro Film Festival also partners with the Vermont International Film Foundation in Burlington, Vermont.    

TICKETS AND PASSES

Individual tickets are $10 per film; $8 for seniors and college students; free for high school students and under. Please note only a few films are appropriate for children. Festival Bundles (5 passes for $40) are available at Everyone's Books at 25 Elliot Street in Brattleboro. Bundles can also be purchased during the first weekend only of the festival at the Brattleboro Film Festival table in the Latchis Theatre lobby. 

The Brattleboro Film Festival is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 corporation. Please see the festival website at www.brattleborofilmfestival.org and Facebook page @brattleborofilmfestival for full screening details, updates, and Best of Fest winners announcement.

Free Tickets for High School Students!

We are happy to announce that with the support of our generous sponsors, the festival is able to offer free tickets to all high school students with a current and valid high school I.D. for any festival film at the box office. The festival is excited to have been given this opportunity to contribute to the expansion of our young community’s movie-going experience. See you at the movies!

Ticket info for all patrons can be found here.

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