THE BIOGRAPHY SERIES:
FABULOUS FILMS ABOUT FASCINATING PEOPLE
OCTOBER ’19 – MAY ’20 | 8 MONTHLY SCREENINGS
TOWN HALL THEATER, MIDDLEBURY
MNFF Selects, the rebranded monthly screening series from the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, signals a broader, more freewheeling approach to our seasonal screening series. For its inaugural version, MNFF Selects presents The Biography Series: Fabulous Films About Fascinating People. Focused on rich and rewarding work from singular filmmakers, the series offers sterling films, both documentary and narrative, that illuminate the lives of complex and significant people whose achievements have touched us in myriad ways. Beginning with Miles Davis and ending with Molly Ivins, with David Crosby, Aretha Franklin, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Harriet Tubman, Toni Morrison and Mikhail Gorbachev in between, MNFF Selects brings our audiences the voices and stories and music of fascinating individuals who have left their mark on our collective memories. Enjoy these eight marvelous films!
MNFF SELECTS SERIES PASS
All eight films in the MNFF Selects series will screen at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. A Selects Series Pass – highly recommended – is available for $105 and makes a great holiday gift! The Series Pass goes on sale September 16 at Town Hall Theater. Purchase passes on the THT website, by phone at 802-382-9222, or in the THT box office in the Jackson Gallery on the lower level.
And just in case you can’t make it to every screening… Series Passes are shareable! Lend it to a friend and spread the joy!
Individual tickets to the films are $15. Tickets are available beginning September 16 through Town Hall Theater online, by phone at 802-382-9222 and in the box office (Mon-Sat noon-5pm). Individual tickets are also available day of show in the THT lobby.
Miles Davis: The Birth of the Cool
Thursday, October 17 @ 7PM
Directed by the great documentarian Stanley Nelson, this portrait of the gifted musician Miles Davis is rich, probing, exhilarating and utterly honest. Every period of Miles’ singular career is admirably assessed with an informed passion for the groundbreaking music he created and the remarkable life he led.
David Crosby: Remember My Name
Friday, November 15 @ 7PM
Strikingly potent and provocative, A.J. Eaton’s remarkable documentary presents an unforgettable and intimate story of a man whose brutally honest self-reflection illuminates a life that continues to be controversial and creative in equal measure. Experience David Crosby, human being, survivor, living his own truth, out loud.
[Documentary Featuring Aretha Franklin]
Sunday, December 8 @ 2PM
Witness the power and glory of Aretha Franklin’s stunning voice and delivery in what is considered one of the greatest gospel music performances of all time. Shot over two days in 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Amazing Grace captured the Queen of Soul at the height of her fame singing the music of her youth.
Sunday, January 12 @ 2PM
The revered French writer Colette, played luminously and sympathetically by Keira Knightly, receives a nuanced and appreciative treatment in this engaging drama from director Wash Westmoreland. Colette’s desire to be recognized as the gifted writer she was motivate her to develop and cultivate her prodigious talents and unique persona.
Sunday, February 23 @ 2PM
In the compelling drama Harriet, director Kasi Lemmons beautifully renders the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Sunday, March 22 @ 2PM
Based on his 38 year friendship with the late and truly great author Toni Morrison, director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders delivers a remarkable and moving documentary that deftly explores and celebrates the much-loved and decorated literary icon by having Ms. Morrison tell her story straight into your eyes and heart without flinching.
Friday, April 17 @ 7PM
Legendary director Wim Wenders sat down with the heralded eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, the resilient 87 year old Mikhail Gorbachev, and the result is a fascinating and stirring documentary fueled by tough questions, sharp responses and mutual respect.
Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins
Thursday, May 7 @ 7PM
Director Janice Engel delivers a gloriously entertaining portrait of the late and much missed “long tall Texan,” liberal journalist and muckraker Molly Ivins. Witty, insightful, outrageous, often bitingly critical of political leaders and their posturing, Ms. Ivins was a genuine force to be reckoned with throughout her brilliant career.
THANK YOU, SPONSORS!
MNFF thanks its Selects Series sponsors IPJ Real Estate, Middlebury College, Silver Maple Construction and Marble Trail Financial for their wonderful support, along with our great hometown paper, the Addison Independent.