Jul 27
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: ETERNAL HARVEST
27 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. News, Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We're thrilled to announce our Short of the Week: ETERNAL HARVEST by David Wayne Reed. You can see the film for this week only here. Using drones, dance, farm implements, heirloom quilts, and agriculture, ETERNAL HARVEST is a short film by Kansas City based writer, director, and producer David Wayne Reed about the cycle of life as depicted by the growing season on a rural Kansas farm. ETERNAL HARVEST is a recipient of a 2017 Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation, and Spencer Museum of Art. Director David Wayne Reed is currently working…
Jul 20
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: SUMMER IN THE CITY
20 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. News, Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We're proud to present our Short of the Week: SUMMER IN THE CITY, by Mojo Lorwin! See it here on our Vimeo page for this week only. This short film offers a dream logic black comic exploration of climate change and its insidious effects on the human psyche. Convinced that civilization is on the verge of collapse, two women set out on a journey through New York City parks in search of a river that will take them to a faraway island. But does the river exist? Mojo Lorwin (Writer/Director) is a filmmaker, writer and teacher born and raised in…
Jul 20
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MNFF6: ONLINE Announces Special Festival Honoree, Acclaimed Director Ken Loach
20 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is pleased to announce that legendary British filmmaker Ken Loach has been named its 2020 Honoree for Sustained Excellence in Narrative Feature Filmmaking, celebrating Mr. Loach’s courage in making films that go beyond the surface to capture complex and unguarded moments of lived experience and social engagement. As part of its program at MNFF6: ONLINE, the Festival will screen two of Mr. Loach’s films, his most recent picture, Sorry We Missed You (2019), that tells the story of a British gig economy delivery driver who faces impossible complications to his work, and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006) that…
Jul 13
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: IRON HANDS
13 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. News, Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We're proud to present our Short of the Week! IRON HANDS tells the story of a 12-year-old girl as she prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, where she makes an unlikely connection with the gym’s reclusive groundskeeper. Johnson Cheng is an award-winning Chinese American writer/director hailing from the San Gabriel Valley of L.A. County. An alumnus of Columbia University's M.F.A. Film Directing/Screenwriting program in NYC, his short films have screened at over 100 international film festivals. Johnson’s short film, IRON HANDS, written and directed in Beijing, China, premiered at the…
Jul 10
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PERSONAL STATEMENT AND MNFF: SEE IT FOR YOURSELF
10 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. Craven Conversations, News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
Thanks to everyone who joined us for a fantastic conversation with the cast and crew of the inspirational and timely documentary PERSONAL STATEMENT. You can find the full recording of our conversation here. We enjoyed catching up with co-director Julie Dressner, producer Beth Levison, and students Enoch Jemmott and Karoline Jiminez. We discussed the film, the #WeBelongInCollege campaign, and even got a sneak peek into producer Beth Levison's upcoming film WOMEN IN BLUE, a timely documentary you'll want on your radar. Learn more more about the #WeBelongInCollege Campaign: https://www.personalstatementfilm.com/webelongincollege If you would like to help support the college expenses of…
Jul 6
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CRAVEN CONVERSATIONS: PERSONAL STATEMENT
6 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. Craven Conversations, News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
On Tuesday, July 7, MNFF welcomes back the principals of the outstanding Emmy-nominated documentary Personal Statement, the acclaimed Opening Night film at the 4th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. Join Beth Levison, Producer, Juliane Dressner, Director, and two of the lead student participants, Karoline Jimenez and Enoch Jemmett, in a wide ranging discussion with MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven of the film's significant impact since concluding its festival run. Personal Statement brilliantly tells the story of three seniors at Brooklyn high schools determined to get their entire classes into college, even though they weren't even sure they would make it…
Jun 26
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: MICHAEL MURPHY IN CRAVEN CONVERSATIONS
26 Jun, 2020. 0 Comments. Craven Conversations, News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
Thanks to everyone who joined us for a fantastic conversation with the wildly talented and seasoned actor Michael Murphy. We recorded the conversation for those who couldn't join us for the live event. You can find the recording on our Facebook page here. Stay tuned for more information on the next Conversation, coming soon!
Jun 22
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: CANUSA STREET
22 Jun, 2020. 0 Comments. News, Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwz0gLHb5oM We are proud to present this week's Short: CANUSA STREET, by Perry Walker. This beautiful film offers a brief oral history of how the Canada-USA border came to run right through a town and down the middle of one street – and what it’s like to live there today. After graduating from York University Film & Cinema studies program in 2011, filmmaker Perry Walker began his career as an assistant editor. Since then he has worked in a wide variety of roles and genres, with a focus on documentary filmmaking. In 2017 his first short doc, Lucky Moose, was…
Jun 22
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CRAVEN CONVERSATIONS: MICHAEL MURPHY
22 Jun, 2020. 0 Comments. Craven Conversations, News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
The MNFF is pleased to welcome back one of our favorite Honorees, the distinguished film actor Michael Murphy, for the next edition of the Craven Conversations on Wednesday, June 24 at 7pm EDT on Zoom. In a brilliant career spanning more than 50 years, Mr. Murphy has worked with a wide array of heralded filmmakers including Robert Altman, Martin Scors ese, Woody Allen, Paul Mazursky, Peter Weir, Tim Burton, Oliver Stone, SarahPolley, John Sayles, Elia Kazan, Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Ritt, Robert Aldrich, Orson Welles and Paul Thomas Anderson. Among his dozens of film credits, highlights include The Arrangement, MASH, McCabe…
Jun 5
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MNFF6 UPDATE: THE FEST GOES ONLINE!
5 Jun, 2020. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
Greetings to our family of friends, supporters and filmmakers from around the world!  We truly hope that this note finds you healthy, safe and coping well in these very challenging times.   For the last few months, since the COVID-19 pandemic descended on our country, our state, our community, we have been patiently watching developments and maintaining a cautiously optimistic position that a limited version of the 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival could be staged in late August.  And, indeed, the progress that the State of Vermont has made in combating the virus is remarkable, thanks in no small…
May 11
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YOU’RE INVITED TO THE CRAVEN CONVERSATIONS!
11 May, 2020. 0 Comments. Meet MNFF, News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
MNFF continues to bring our audiences fresh programming with the kickoff of The Craven Conversations.  Join MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven for a series of exciting conversations with talented MNFF alumni, live on Zoom, beginning this Friday, May 15 at 4pm EDT with Jenifer McShane, the dynamic director of Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops.  The closing night film at MNFF5 last August, Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops follows two San Antonio Police Department officers who are diverting people away from jail and into mental health treatment -- one 911 call at a time.  In the process, they are redefining policing…
May 8
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INTRODUCING SHORT OF THE WEEK
8 May, 2020. 0 Comments. News. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
A still from Échappé, the first film in our new Short of the Week series, launching Monday, May 11 on Vimeo. Greetings to our family of friends, supporters and filmmakers from around the world! We know this is a strange time for all of us, and we thank you for all your efforts to keep your communities safe in this time. Believe us when we say we miss you all dearly! But, while we exercise patience, we wanted to bring a piece of the Festival home to you. So, MNFF is pleased to offer a curated weekly series of great…