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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 of documentary and narrative works that have collectively screened at Traverse City Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, NYC Docs, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and Nantucket Film Festival, among many others.
“The New England Tour is a hallmark of our Festival,” noted Lloyd Komesar, MNFF Producer. “We believe in providing our award-winning filmmakers with valuable additional exposure. Having their superb films play in great venues all across New England is an ideal opportunity.”
“We want our festival to support the emergence of new filmmakers,” said MNFF Artistic Director, Jay Craven. “And we wanted to do more than simply showcase their work at the Festival itself. Through our Tour, we put their films in front of regular audiences throughout the region.”
“On behalf of our entire “Walk With Me” team, we are so excited and grateful to the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival for taking our film on the road,” said filmmaker Jesse Nesser, whose debut feature documentary “Walk With me: The Trials of Damon J Keith” opened the 2016 Festival to a standing ovation. “This is just one of many examples of how MNFF rises above other festivals to give filmmakers and their films rare exposure, enormous respect and networking opportunities that even veterans would envy. Bringing this festival to audiences is an innovative idea and I expect other festivals will soon follow suit. See you in New England!”
Please click here for the full list of winning films and to learn more about the New England Tour and how you can get involved.
The New England Tour
March 11, Concord, New Hampshire, Red River Theatres
The 2016 MNFF winning films are first scheduled for March 11 at the Red River Theatres in Concord, New Hampshire. The entire six-film program will screen in a series of three double bills at 2p, 5p and 8p (full list of winning films can be found below). MNFF Artistic Director and distinguished Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven will host this event. Attending filmmakers include Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk, co-directors of the MNFF Audience Award-winning feature documentary “The Guys Next Door” and Jesse Nesser, director of the MNFF Best Documentary “Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith.”
Red River Theatres
11 S. Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Box Office: 603-224-4600, ext. 2
March 26, Providence, Rhode Island, Avon Cinema
The Tour pulls into Providence, Rhode Island for a Sunday, March 26 screening at the historic Avon Cinema. The entire six-film program will screen in a series of three double-bill showings at 3p, 530p and 8p (full list of winning films can be found below). MNFF Artistic Director and distinguished Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven will host this event. The prestigious Rhode Island Film Festival is the lead partner for this event.
260 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02906
24 Hour Movie Information Line: 401-421-AVON
April 1, Bucksport, Maine, Alamo Theater
MNFF will then head to Bucksport, Maine for a Saturday, April 1 screening at the landmark Alamo Theater. The entire program will screen in a series of double bills at 3:30p, 6p and 8:30p. MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven will host this screening with additional directors/ talent TBA.
85 Main Street
Bucksport, ME 04416
April 5, Bethel, Connecticut, Bethel Cinema
Next up is the celebrated Bethel Cinema in Bethel, CT on Wednesday, April 5. The entire program will be offered in four pieces with the shorts combined into one showing and the features screening individually. All this will happen on two separate screens at 7p and 9p. MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven will attend as will filmmakers Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk, co-directors of the documentary “The Guys Next Door,” and the producers behind Best Documentary “Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J Keith.” This event is sponsored by CHC/Community Health Center, a prominent Connecticut health care provider.
269 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel CT 06801
Box Office: (203) 778 2100
April 15, Brattleboro, Vermont, Latchis Theatre
The MNFF returns to its home state of Vermont for a Saturday, April 15 screening at Brattleboro’s historic Latchis Theatre. Join us for the entire six film program screened in a series of three double bills (full list of winning films can be found below). MNFF Artistic Director and distinguished Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven will host this event, along with filmmaker Jesse Nesser, director of the award-winning documentary “Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith.” Both Jay and Jesse are very well known to local audiences.
50 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
April 23, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Wellfleet Preservation Hall
The MNFF wraps up its 2017 New England tour with a return engagement at the popular Wellfleet Preservation Hall, with afternoon and evening screenings of the three double-bills at 2p, 4:30p and 7p. The event will be hosted by the WPH’s distinguished film programmer, Vanessa Downing, and will include filmmaker Jesse Nesser, director of the documentary “Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith.”
Wellfleet Preservation Hall
335 Main Street/ P.O. Box 3024
Wellfleet, MA 02667
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