News and Press

Feb 20
Second Annual New England Circuit Hits the Road
20 Feb, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is pleased to announce its second annual Best of the Fest New England Tour. In keeping with the Festival’s promise to its winning filmmakers, the MNFF will take its outstanding films on the road to share them with audiences across each of the six New England states. The first stop will be on Saturday, March 11 in Concord, NH at the Red River Theatres, to be followed by screenings in Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts. The winning films include three features and three shorts – an eclectic mix…
Jan 12
A FILM SERIES FOR WINTER WATCHING
12 Jan, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Matt Heywood
Thank you to Seven Days for its coverage of the MNFF Winter Screening Series and MountainTop Film Festival. Read the article by Arts + Life reporter, Luke Baynes.
Jan 6
COMPELLING FILMS SPICE UP WINTER
6 Jan, 2017. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Matt Heywood
Thank you to the Rutland Herald for its coverage of the Winter Screening Series! Read the article by Arts Correspondent, Janelle Faignant.  
Dec 19
2017 WINTER SCREENINGS LINEUP
19 Dec, 2016. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Matt Heywood
We are thrilled to announce the films and dates for our 2017 Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. The monthly series gets rolling on Sunday, January 15 with the heralded documentary, "Cameraperson". Visit the Winter Screenings page for showtimes, film info and trailers, and to purchase tickets through Town Hall Theater.
Sep 9
RUTLAND HERALD REVIEWS THE MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL
9 Sep, 2016. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Lloyd
Film Review: Creating a legend around a great man Author(s): By Jim Lowe Staff Writer Date: August 27, 2016 Section: Local MIDDLEBURY — American history is full of unsung heroes who have made a big difference in how we live. One such person is Damon Jerome Keith, an African-American judge, who — against all odds — handed down some of the most important decisions affecting our civil rights. Now 94, Keith is currently a senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Cincinnati). “Walk with Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith,” Jesse Nesser’s dimensional…
Sep 7
VT PREMIERE OF “NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU”
7 Sep, 2016. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
MNFF will present a special Vermont premiere screening of Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s award-winning new documentary film ”Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.” Showtime is 7pm, Wednesday, September 21st at Middlebury’s historic Town Hall Theater. Following the screening, long-time Shaftsbury, Vermont summer resident Norman Lear will join MNFF artistic director Jay Craven for a live Skype conversation that will include questions generated by audience members. Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, groundbreaking media giant Norman Lear brought primetime TV into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary…
Sep 6
BEST OF THE FEST
6 Sep, 2016. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
With the 2nd Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival having recently concluded, MNFF bring its popular “Best of the Fest” screenings back to Middlebury this fall, giving audiences a chance to see the Festival’s VTeddy Award winners once again or for the very first time. In collaboration with Town Hall Theater, MNFF offers three double bills to its regional audience. All screenings begin at 7p. Individual tickets are $12 per screening. Or buy a Best of the Fest Pass to see all three for $30. Tickets are available at the Town Hall Theater box office, by phone at 802-382-9222 or online…
Sep 2
WRAPPING UP, LOOKING AHEAD
2 Sep, 2016. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
What a whirlwind of a few days! The 2nd Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival wrapped this past Sunday (Aug 28) and concluded with the VTeddies Awards Ceremony before a packed house at the Town Hall Theater. The Ceremony was followed by a screening of special guest Barbara Kopple's newest documentary, "Miss Sharon Jones!" We experienced a huge surge in attendance this year, selling out multiple screenings and panels and packing on-stage conversations, receptions, and social hours at the Middlebury Inn, Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, Sparkling Wine Bar, and other establishments. “Audiences were even bigger than last year and, again, very…
Aug 29
2016 VTEDDIES ANNOUNCED
29 Aug, 2016. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are thrilled to announce the following films as recipients of the 2016 VTeddy Awards. Custom-made by Festival sponsor Vermont Teddy Bear Company, the VTeddies are more than just huggable trophies; the MNFF will tour all VTeddy Award-winning films along our New England Tour which will provide films with valuable exposure throughout each of the six New England states. This year the Festival introduced three new VTeddy Awards: "Audience Favorite - Short", "Audience Favorite - Feature", and the “VSO Award for Best Integration of Music Into Film” in collaboration with Vermont Symphony Orchestra. As part of its award, VSO will pair the winning filmmaker with a…
Aug 15
2016 FESTIVAL THEME ANNOUNCED: FILM AS JOURNALISM
15 Aug, 2016. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The MNFF is pleased to announce a series of films, panels, and special guests that address the intersections between film and journalism, as part of a larger festival-wide focus on the role of film in a shifting media landscape. Through documentary films, on-stage events featuring members of national and local media, and panels exploring the exchange between film and journalism, the Festival hopes to ignite conversations that will extend beyond its four days this August 25th through 28th. "In a time when pressing issues demand our attention on every front, at home and around the world,” said MNFF Artistic Director…
Aug 8
Eli “Paperboy” Reed slated for Saturday Night Dance Party
8 Aug, 2016. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
Bring your dancing shoes to Middlebury this August - the evening of Saturday, August 27, Eli "Paperboy" Reed will light up the Marble Works at the Saturday Night Dance Party, hosted by American Flatbread. Flatbread will provide food and beverages, and the event is free and open to everyone. Come one, come all! Eli “Paperboy” Reed has been making Soul­ inspired music since before it was cool and tearing up stages all over the world with his heart ­stopping falsetto screams for close to a decade. The albums “Come and Get it” (Capitol) and “Nights Like This” (Warner Brothers) went on to do more than $2.5 million in…
Aug 4
FEATURED GUEST BARBARA KOPPLE
4 Aug, 2016. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is pleased to welcome two-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple to Middlebury, VT as its Featured Guest for the 2016 Festival that runs August 25th through 28th. Kopple will screen three of her highly acclaimed documentaries, including a special 40th Anniversary Tribute screening of her groundbreaking film, “Harlan County, USA.” The screening will take place Saturday, August 27 at 1:30pm at Town Hall Theater. Released in 1976 as Kopple’s first feature film, “Harlan County, USA” chronicled the bitter 1974 strike of Kentucky coal mine workers that began when the Eastover Mining Company refused to…
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