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…
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…