After nearly 1,000 audience votes cast, here are the Best in Fest winners of the 2018 Brattleboro Film Festival!
The top four will play one last time on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11 at the Latchis!
Don't miss your last chance to come out and see the audience favorites!
7:30pm Best In Fest "LIYANA"
5:00pm 1st Runner up "WOMAN AT WAR"
3:00pm 2nd Runner up "HOME + AWAY"
1:00pm 3rd Runner up "SAVING BRINTON"
Encore screening on Sunday, November 11, 1:00pm
2017 Tommy Haines / Andrew Sherburne 90m USA Doc
In rural Iowa, a beloved history teacher Michael Zahs uncovers century-old film reels by some of the earliest filmmakers, George Méliés, Thomas Edison, and the Lumière brothers, that had belonged to one of America's first film impresarios, William Franklin Brinton. Zahs sets out to save them from turning to dust; find their proper place; and bring the magic of early cinema to the world's oldest continuously operating movie theaters.
Encore Screening on Sunday, November 11, 3:00pm
2018 Matthew Ogens 83m USA / partly subtitled Doc
Many of the students who attend Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, have to commute to school: over the bridge and across the border that separates their school from their homes in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. For many of these students, sports represent one possible route to a better life. We observe three of these students as they navigate academics and their athletic competition, while also contending with language barriers, a school in need of greater funding, and familial strife.
Encore screening on Sunday, November 11, 5:00pm
2018 Benedikt Erlingsson 101m Iceland/ subtitled Drama
Halla is a choir teacher by day but an environmental warrior by night, using her bow and arrow in her attempt to keep foreign developers out of Iceland’s rural highlands. This is a real Wonder Woman who battles for justice for the world’s climate victims. Aiding her in her quest are on-screen musicians and Ukrainian folk dancers whose music is a cultural echo of the natural life Halla is sworn to protect. A wonderful blend of action, suspense and humor.
Encore screening on Sunday, November 11, 7:30pm
2017 Aaron Kopp / Amanda Kopp 77m Swaziland/USA / partly subtitled Animated Drama / Doc
Five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell - in fiction and in their own lives. For ages 10 to adult. (Parental Guidance: thematic elements including HIV/AIDS, descriptions of abuse, situations of peril)