Dec 5
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FILMMAKER FORUM: JULIAN DALRYMPLE, I WAS HERE
5 Dec, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We caught up with Julian Dalrymple, director of I Was Here, a beautiful character-driven documentary short that won the 2018 Best Documentary Short at the 4th annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival this past August. We spoke with Julian about how he found his subject, Louis, what it was like to film someone knowing their death was imminent, and what it’s like to balance full-time work with creating his own projects.   How did you find Louis, and the story?  Louis was brought to my attention from an old college friend, Laura Relyea, who at the time was working on a piece…
Nov 5
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FILMMAKER FORUM: CAROLINE GUO
5 Nov, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
In this week's installment of Filmmaker Forum, we called Caroline Guo, director of The Test which won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2018 MNFF. Her directorial debut, The Test examines the moral dilemma confronting a young Chinese professor who unearths rampant cheating in her class. She decides on a course of action that threatens to undermine the entire school system and expose the tangles of deceit in her own life. We chatted with Caroline to learn more about the film, her journey as a filmmaker, and how she managed to direct a pivotal scene through text messages.    How did your background…
Oct 8
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FILMMAKER FORUM: MARGARET METZGER
8 Oct, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
Welcome to another installment of Filmmaker Forum, in which we catch up with MNFF alumni filmmakers and special guests. This week we sat down with Margaret Metzger, whose short film Monty won the 2018 Jacob Burns Film Center Creative Culture Award. The Award includes a residency at the renowned Jacob Burns Film Center and access to a rich support network of established filmmakers and a suite of filmmaking and post production tools. Margaret plans to embark on her residency in the spring of 2019.   You made Monty while working a full time job. There’s a parallel there, in that…
Aug 15
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CLOSING NIGHT FILM: THE SENTENCE
15 Aug, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are thrilled to announce that The Sentence, the intimate portrait of a family grappling with the enduring effects of incarceration, directed by Rudy Valdez, will be the 2018 MNFF Closing Night Film. In anticipation of our grand finale, MNFF sat down with Rudy to talk sentencing, the power of family, and how he decided to quit his job and make the film full-time.   We are pleased to announce that Rudy will join us for the Closing Night film on Sunday, August 26 at 7:30pm following the VTeddy Awards at 6:30pm. The VTeddy Awards and Closing Night film are…
Aug 10
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FILMMAKER FORUM: GIANMARCO D’AGOSTINO
10 Aug, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
Gianmarco D’Agostino is an Italian filmmaker whose documentaries underscore the restorative power of art and human kindness.  At MNFF 2017 he screened his film “Camminando Sull’acqua / Walking on Water” for the first time in the USA, a story about Florence’s resurrection from the 1962 flood.   MNFF caught up with Gianmarco and talked about what it’s like to work with older film along with what he is future projects.   MNFF: Tell us how you came upon Beppe Fantacci's story and why you decided to make a film concerning his work?   GD: A good friend of mine, Antonina Bargellini,…
Aug 6
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FILMMAKER FORUM: ROBIN STARBUCK
6 Aug, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
At MNFF 2017, Robin Starbuck’s “The Stag’s Mirror” took home the VSO Excellence in Music Composed for Film Award. As a part of the award, Starbuck is working on a new experimental project with local composer Matt LaRocca. MNFF sat down with Robin to discuss VSO prep, her approach to ethnographic filmmaking and the Popol Vuh. Starbuck will present an excerpt of her new work accompanied by a live performance from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. This MNFF concert-screening will take place Sunday, August 26 at 1pm in Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts.   MNFF: What projects are you…
Jul 25
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AWESOME ACTIVITIES AT KIDS & FAMILY DAY
25 Jul, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is excited to launch its very first Kids & Family Day August 22, just before Opening Night kicks off on Thursday, August 23. Join us at the Middlebury Marquis from 9am -6pm for a fun day chock-full of family-friendly films, awesome hands-on activities and experiments, facepainting and, of course, popcorn! Tickets will be sold at the Marquis. Kids under 8 are admitted for free, tickets for kids 8-18 are $5 and tickets for adults 18+ run $10. Check out the schedule of events and films for Kids & Family Day - we’ve got something for…
Jul 19
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FILMMAKER FORUM: JESSE KREITZER
19 Jul, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
“Black Canaries” won the 2016 Vermont Symphony Orchestra “VSO” Award for Best Integration of Music into Film, which is granted to one MNFF film each year. As part of the award, VSO pairs the winning filmmaker with a Vermont composer who scores their next project. Kreitzer worked with local composer Paul Dedell and presented an excerpt of his work accompanied by a live performance from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. This concert-screening took place at MNFF 2017 in Middlebury’s Mahaney Center for the Arts.   Kreitzer is now expanding on his documentary project, “Caregivers,” which explores the complex networks within Vermont’s…
Jul 17
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PERSONAL STATEMENT ANNOUNCED AS OPENING NIGHT FILM
17 Jul, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are thrilled to announce that Personal Statement, the phenomenal feature documentary from director Juliane Dressner and co-director Edwin Martinez will be the 2018 MNFF Opening Night Film. You can check out the trailer below.  We are further pleased to share that director Julian Dressner will attend Opening Night with Producer (and MNFF3 alumna!) Beth Levison, as well as some special film guests.  In anticipation of the big day, MNFF sat down with Juliane and Edwin to understand their filmmaking process and discuss the college guidance gap.  You can now buy tickets to the Opening Night of MNFF 2018 on our…
Jul 11
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MNFF TO HOST SCREENING IN BRANDON, VT
11 Jul, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is pleased to announce the screening of Coming Through The Rye at the Brandon Town Hall on July 22 at 7pm. Director James Sadwith of Woodstock, Vermont will attend the screening and participate in an on-stage Q&A with MNFF Producer Lloyd Komesar following the film. Written and directed by Sadwith, Coming Through The Rye is inspired by the filmmaker's own true story. Set in 1969, the film follows a 16 year old boy who is desperate to be a worldly adolescent. After stumbling through disastrous relationships at boarding school, and, accompanied by a local town…
Jul 11
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FILMMAKER FORUM: CANDICE CARELLA
11 Jul, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
At MNFF 2016, Candice Carella’s “Pony” took home the Audience Award for a Short Film. MNFF sat down with Candice Carella to discuss her current project “Three Days in the Hole,” the experience of working with a child actor and the lucky mishap of a family vacation to Florida.   MNFF: Can you talk about the inspiration behind Pony?   CC: Pony was inspired by a real life incident. My parents took my daughter to Florida on vacation and they were playing on the beach and she discovered a bone, which turned out was a human bone. My dad called…
Jul 10
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OSCAR-WINNING PRODUCTION DESIGNERS HEAD TO MIDDLEBURY
10 Jul, 2018. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are thrilled to announce that the Academy Award winning Production Design duo David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, with Oscars in hand for La La Land, will attend the 4th Annual Festival this August.  MNFF will honor the Wascos with VTeddy Awards at the Festival Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, August 26 at 6:30pm at the Town Hall Theater. David will receive an award for "Sustained Excellence in Production Design" and Sandy will receive one for "Sustained Excellence in Set Decoration." The Wascos are extraordinarily talented and creative people and we are looking forward to having them here in Middlebury for the entire…