BRATTLEBORO FILM FESTIVAL 2015
DAY BY DAY SCHEDULE OF FILMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
 

Friday, October 30

 

5:30 p.m. Free 2015 Opening Reception in Latchis Hotel Lobby. Enjoy food, drink and previews of all 31 films in this year’s festival. Latchis Hotel Lobby

6:30 p.m. Brattleboro Film Festival opens its 10-day run with Wizard of Oz for a pre Halloween screening of the gorgeous remastered classic on the big screen at the Latchis. Moviegoers are encouraged to don Oz costumes and sing along to the familiar soundtrack. Latchis Theatre

8:30 p.m. - “The State of Marriage” the dramatic, untold story of the fight for equal marriage with a post-screening discussion with Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith and legislator and LGBTQ activist Bill Lippert, legislators instrumental in passing Vermont’s landmark Marriage Equality Act.

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org
 

Saturday, October 31

Noon - “Landfill Harmonic: A Symphony of the Human Spirit,” about the renewing power of music, highlighting poor band students in Paraguay with instruments made from trash recovered from a landfill. Latchis Theatre, Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.

2:00 p.m. -“Frame by Frame” and “Birthday.” The dangerous environment for Afghani photojournalists post-2001 is covered in “Frame by Frame.” “Birthday” tells of a severely disabled Marine and illustrates a recovery process that is rarely seen by the public. Latchis Theatre. Post-screening Q&A with Baktash Ahadi, a key translator for “Frame by Frame,” at the Latchis Hotel Lobby.

4:00 p.m. - “On the Edge of the World.” Post-screening panel discussion on homelessness moderated by Groundworks Collaborative with Women’s Freedom Center and Pathways Vermont. Latchis Theatre,

6:30 p.m. - “Radiator” and “Till Then.” Radiator is an award-winning film that tells of an aging, eccentric couple and their unresolved bonds with their middle-aged son.  “Till Then” is an endearing film about the elderly Albert and Marta, who live across the street from each other in Berlin. They share a daily ritual but have never actually met. Winner of the emerging filmmaker showcase at Cannes 2015. Latchis Theatre

8:30 p.m. - “Margarita with a Straw.” Margarita has cerebral palsy, but an adventurous soul. She leaves her home in India to study in New York, falls in love and embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Latchis Theatre

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org


Sunday, November 1

Noon - “On the Way to School,” follows four sets of children in South America, Africa, and Asia on their difficult journeys to school each day. Compels us all to reconsider the great privilege of education. Family friendly. Latchis Theatre

2:00 p.m. - In “Radical Grace” three fearless nuns risk their place in the Catholic Church to follow another higher calling: love, social justice, and inclusion. When the Vatican reprimands the sisters, they become the spiritual and symbolic center of a struggle for the future of the Catholic Church. Latchis Theatre

4:00 p.m. - “The Second Mother” and “In the Clouds.” “The Second Mother, “ Brazil’s entry into the next Academy Awards® conveys the reunion of a long-estranged sophisticated daughter and her live-in housekeeper mother. The mother works at an upscale Sao Paulo home and unspoken class barriers are revealed. Multi award-winning “In the Clouds” is set in Buenos Aires during one week in the lives of two young lovers, one Argentinian and one American, this cross-cultural comedy explores the difference between how we believe romance and marriage proposals work out…and the way they actually do. Latchis Theatre

6:30 p.m. - “Requiem for the American Dream.” Noam Chomsky, linguist, philosopher and MIT professor emeritus, reveals the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality—tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the wealthiest at the expense of the majority. Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Kelly Nyks. Latchis Theatre Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free. Special price for students with college ID $5, for this screening and its repeat, with no speaker, on November 7 at 8:30 p.m.

8:30 p.m. - “Taxi.” Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, this film tells the story of Jafar Panahi, one of Iran’s most celebrated filmmakers, banned from making films, and his new job as a taxi driver in Tehran. Latchis Theatre

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org
 

Monday, November 2

6:30 p.m. - “Valley Uprising.” Over the past fifty years, Yosemite’s massive cliffs have lured people to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite to pioneer the boldest climbs on earth. Their rivalries, tragedies, and triumphs are passed across three generations of climbers.  Latchis Theatre

8:30 p.m. - “The Dinner,” winner of five awards at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. A surveillance video could cause the implosion of two families. Will the parents protect their teens, who may have committed a serious crime, or force them to face the consequences of their actions? Latchis Theatre

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org


Tuesday, November 3

6:30 p.m. - “Very Semi-Serious” takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at The New Yorker and introduces the legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired and baffled all of us for decades. Latchis Theatre

8:30 p.m. - “Ghadi,” Lebanon’s official submission to the 2015 Academy Awards®. Ghadi is different from other kids—could he be an angel? His father, along with a motley crew of assistants, tricks his small Lebanese town into thinking so. A clever, fanciful comedy-with-a-social-conscience. Latchis Theatre

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org

 

Wednesday, November 4

6:30 p.m. - “The Way We Talk.” What is stuttering? Where does it come from? These are the questions that filmmaker Michael Turner tries to answer in this personal film exploring a part of him that he always wished wasn’t there, and the role it's played in his family story. Latchis Theatre

8:30 p.m. - “Imperial Dreams” winner of Sundance’s 2015 audience award. Bambi, a gifted 21-year-old writer freshly returned to Watts after a two-year prison stint, dreams of better days for himself and his 4-year-old son. Latchis Theatre

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org


Thursday, November 5

6:30 p.m. - “Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective,” winner of the Princeton 2015 Environmental Film Festival Audience Favorite Award. Inhabit is about designing a world where people can not only do less harm, but actually do good for the planet and thrive. Latchis Theatre

8:30 p.m. - “The Babushkas of Chernobyl.” An affectionate portrait of the group of elderly Ukrainian women who returned to their homes after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster . Latchis Theatre

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.

 

Friday, November 6

6:30 p.m. - “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” and “Art of Christine Triebert.” Post-screening reception with Christine Triebert and pop-up gallery of selected pieces created during the making of the film, Latchis Hotel Lobby.

8:30 p.m. - “Before the Last Curtain Falls,” takes a heart-wrenching look at a group of gay and transsexual performers, a story of great love, bitter disappointments, and self-doubts—but most of all courage.  Latchis Theatre

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.

 

Saturday November 7

Noon - “Plastic Paradise.” Post-screening panel discussion with Falko Schilling of VPIRG and founders from Citizens for Sustainable Bagging to provide an audience road map to changing our plastic habits.  Latchis Theatre

2:00 p.m. - “All the Time in the World.” In this inspiring and humorous family chronicle, the filmmaker and her husband leave the comforts of home and take their three children to a remote cabin in the roadless Yukon wilderness. This film is winning audience awards at film festivals around the world. Latchis Theatre

4:00 p.m. - “Peace Officer.” About the increasing militarization of American police and their excessive use of force, this film tackles the larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide. Post-screening panel discussion with Brattleboro Chief of Police Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity Curtiss Reed, and Allen Gilbert of Vermont ACLU. Latchis Theatre

6:30 p.m. - “Conducta,” Cuba’s entry to the 2015 Academy Awards®. Set in Havana, “Conducta” is a touching drama about the relationship between a troubled schoolboy named Chala and his dedicated teacher.  A sensitive examination of the Cuban education system, children living in poverty, and educators who consistently go the extra mile. Latchis Theatre Post-screening Q&A with Cuban “Conducta” actress Idalmis Garcia, Latchis Hotel Lobby.

8:30 p.m. - Repeat showing of “Requiem for the American Dream.” Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Special price $5 with college ID for this film alone. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.

8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. - 'Night in Havana' Fundraising Gala. Express your Cubanismo with Cuban bandleader William Rodriguez and ‘De Lomas y Sones’ septet and visiting guests from Cuba, Tropicana-style frivolities with New England Center for Circus Arts Pro-Track students, cash bar with Whetstone Station tap beer, wine, specialty Mojitos and Cuban finger-food. Tickets: $15 available in advance online at www.brattleborofilmfestival and at Everyone’s Books or at the door (advance purchase strongly recommended).    118 Elliot at 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro.

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org 

 

Sunday, November 8

Noon - “Kid Flix Mix.” Recommended for ages 3 to 8, this is a selection of 12 of the best, mostly animated, short films shown at the 2015 New York International Children‘s Film Festival. Latchis Theatre,  Tickets: Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free. For more info, go to www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.

Noon to 2:00 p.m. “Documentary Film in Cuba Today,” a talk with Alexandra Halkin, Director of Americas Media Initiative and Lazaro Gonzalez, Cuban Documentary Filmmaker, with excerpts from recent Cuban documentaries including Gonzalez' new short about drag queens in Cuba, "Mascaras" (Masks). Tickets: Free, donations encouraged. 118 Elliot at 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro.

2:00 p.m. - Countdown to Best in Fest begins. The three runner-ups to the audience favorite 'Best in Fest' show at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:30 p. m. ending with the best at 8:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre

8:30 p.m. - The festival will close with awarding of the audience-chosen ‘Best in Fest' film BFF audiences voted for above all others. Results will be announced by midnight Saturday on the BFF website and Facebook pages. Latchis Theatre

Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.
Tickets: $10/$8 seniors. Kids 12 and under $5. Middle/High school students free.
For more info see www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.