Aug 1
1 Aug, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
Last year, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and MNFF announced a multi-year partnership to honor a director's excellence in the integration of original music into film.  The inaugural VSO award went to Vermont filmmaker Jesse Kreitzer, for his short film "Black Canaries." The award brings together the filmmaker with a rising composer for his or her next film. Teaming up with Vermont composer Paul Dedell, Jesse Kreitzer has created a dynamic event that will showcase their creative process and present a seven minute work-in-progress scene from his new  documentary titled "Caregivers."  A cohort of the VSO will play Paul Dedell's score live during the screening of the scene. We are delighted…
Aug 1
1 Aug, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
As part of its partnership with the MNFF, the prestigious Jacob Burns Film Center will present six short films from the Fall 2016 Creative Culture semester, which will be screened at the Marquis Screening Room on Saturday, August 26 at 10:30a. In addition, JBFC is offering Alex Gonzalez' Beyond The Mountain, a Virtual Reality short,  which will be MNFF's very first VR film exhibition! We've reserved a handful of spots for our filmmakers to experience this VR Showcase. The VR will run Saturday and Sunday at the Marquis Theater Cafe from 2-4pm. Screening slots are very limited and are available by placing your name on a list -…
Aug 1
1 Aug, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are thrilled to unveil a new partnership between the MNFF and the prestigious Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville, NY! At the Closing Night Ceremonies on Sunday, August 27, the JBFC's Creative Culture Director Sean Weiner will select one filmmaker to receive the new Jacob Burns Film Center Creative Culture Award. The recipient of this award will join the spring 2018 semester of the Creative Culture program as a filmmaker-in-residence, actually living on the Burns campus. During the course of the month-long residency, the selected filmmaker will work on the pre- or post-production of his or her next project alongside other Creative Culture makers. In the…
Jul 27
27 Jul, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
  MNFF is so pleased to welcome back the great Barbara Kopple in the Returning Honoree Spotlight to present her most recent film, the moving documentary "This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous."  Set to screen at Town Hall Theater on Saturday, August 26 at 130p, the film  centers on Gigi Gorgeous, a YouTube star born as Gregory Allan Lazzarato, who underwent a gender transition in 2013. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. "I am so thrilled to be returning to the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival!” said Kopple.  “Middlebury is such a beautiful place, and everyone here is so interesting and smart and the…
Jul 27
27 Jul, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are delighted to present the widely anticipated documentary, “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” at the 3rd Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. Director Alexandra Dean premiered the film at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to wide acclaim.  The film examines a little known side of Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr’s life.  She was proclaimed Hollywood’s “Most Beautiful Girl” in 1940.  Off the set, she pursued something much more unusual for women at the time: inventing technology. Lamarr was never credited with being the secret inventor of devices that led to secure wifi, bluetooth and GPS communications – that is, until now. “Bombshell: The Hedy…
Jul 20
20 Jul, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The MNFF will honor the filmmaking duo of Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg at its 3rd Annual event this August with a VTeddy Award for “Sustained Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking” at the Closing Ceremonies following a tribute screening of their most recent film, “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing.” The screening is slated for Sunday, August 27 at 4pm at the Town Hall Theater.  Stern and Sundberg will appear on stage with MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven for an extended Q&A at the film’s conclusion. Audiences can also enjoy the Stern/Sundberg documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” scheduled for 10a…
Jul 18
18 Jul, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The Opening Night Ceremonies are now available on waitlist. A list has been created at the Town Hall Theater Box Office, and names may be added in person or over the phone. THT Box Office: 68 S Pleasant St, Middlebury, VT 05753 (802) 382-9222 Open Monday - Saturday, 12-5p. Tickets to Opening Night guarantee entrance to the Opening Night Film at Town Hall Theater and After Party at Swift House Inn.  Doors open at 6p for the 7p screening of the Opening Night Film, "Take My Nose ... Please!" Learn more about the film here. 
Jul 17
17 Jul, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The MNFF is pleased to announce its Opening Night film will be  “Take My Nose ... Please!” from first time documentary filmmaker Joan Kron. “The buzz around this year’s lineup is already building,” noted Lloyd Komesar, MNFF producer. “Our exceptional contributions from women filmmakers are clearly one of the main reasons that people are excited. Beginning with Joan Kron’s wonderful Opening Night film, we have stocked our lineup with thoroughly entertaining films." As its title might suggest, this year’s Opening Night film will be one to remember. Joan Kron has crafted a hilarious, biting documentary that looks at the role comedy…
Jun 28
28 Jun, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The Festival is delighted to welcome the noted journalist, author and screenwriter Dick Lehr to the festivities. Known for his compelling books, including "Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil's Deal" and "Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders," Dick will join Jay Craven on Friday afternoon from 4-5p at the Middlebury Town Office Buildings to talk about his time on the heralded Spotlight investigative reporting team at the Boston Globe and his screenwriting role on "Black Mass," the feature film based on his book that stars Johnny Depp. The Vermont Book Shop will host a book signing with Dick Lehr following…
Jun 28
28 Jun, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
On Saturday morning of the Festival, MNFF’s Artistic Director Jay Craven will sit down with the prolific M. Emmet Walsh ["Blood Simple," "Blade Runner," "Slap Shot"] and Michael Murphy ["Nashville," "Manhattan," "The Year of Living Dangerously"] as they reflect on their long and fruitful careers as high profile character actors in the film industry. The event is open to the public and is set for 8:30am on the patio at the Middlebury Inn. “People probably don’t realize that the legendary character actor, Emmet Walsh, was born in Ogdensburg, NY and lives in Vermont,” said Jay Craven. “Film Critic Roger Ebert cited what he called the Stantont/Walsh…
Jun 20
20 Jun, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT ALTMAN     The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is thrilled to announce its tribute to the legendary directory, Robert Altman, the fiercely independent creator of numerous acclaimed films including "M*A*S*H," "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," "The Long Goodbye" and the Oscar winning "Nashville," which will screen at MNFF.  Join Altman's top collaborator on "Nashville," Allan Nicholls, and actor Michael Murphy, an essential member of the Altman tribe, for a special On-Stage event with MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven following the screening. An incredibly prolific musical composer, actor and Assistant Director based out of Burlington, Allan Nicholls wrote the Altman screenplays for “The Wedding” and “A…
Mar 29
29 Mar, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The six winning features, docs, narratives and features from the 2016 MNFF have been touring the New England region since February, and have been garnering quite a bit of buzz in the process. We've compiled some of the press garnered over the past few months - and with more to come! New filmmakers to showcase works in Concord Concord, NH - March 8 “Red River Theatres is excited to host the first stop of the New England tour of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival,” said Katie Mosher, Red River Theater’s events manager. “We have partnered with Jay Craven on a number…