The 3rd Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is just over two months away, and tickets to Opening Night (Thursday, August 24) are limited and going fast! Please note that an Opening Night ticket gets you into the film screening at Town Hall Theater and the fabulous After Party at the Swift House Inn – your Festival Pass does not admit you to Opening Night festivities. These are separate items.
We’re excited to share our first wave of announcements for the four days of festivities. Enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to get exclusive Festival updates. And mark your calendars for August 24-27!
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 Nashville, Allan Nicholls wrote the Altman screenplays for “The Wedding” and “A Perfect Couple and was assistant director on Altman’s films, including “Streamers,” “Secret Honor,” “The Player,” “ Ready to Wear.” His acting credits include Altman’s “Nashville,” “Buffalo Bill and the Indians,” and “A Wedding.”
The Tribute screening and event will take place at 1:30p on Saturday, August 26 at the Town Hall Theater. The event will be ticketed, with free entry for all Festival Passholders. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
COFFEE WITH M. EMMET WALSH AND MICHAEL MURPHY
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 9am 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 rule that states that any film starring Emmet Walsh or equally fine character actor Harry Sean Stanton must have merit. We’re truly thrilled to have Emmet and Altaman and Woody Allen Mainstay Michael Murphy with us – to explore this fascinating world of the character actor.”
DICK LEHR: THE CUTTING EDGE OF JOURNALISM
The Festival is also 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 spend an hour with Jay Craven on Saturday afternoon at MNFF talking 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.
DON’T FORGET TO BUY YOUR FESTIVAL PASSES! AVAILABLE ONLINE AND AT THE TOWN HALL THEATER BOX OFFICE.