MONTHLY MOVIES FROM MNFF & VTIFF
Streaming November through June – Online and on your Smart TV!
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival [MNFF] and the Vermont International Film Festival [VTIFF] are teaming up to present Split/Screen, an online streaming monthly movie series that will begin in November 2020 and run through June 2021. The two festivals will each curate a selection of four or five entertaining films in alternating months, with MNFF leading off in November, VTIFF following up with a December program and so forth into the new year. Split/Screen will be available on your phone, tablet, laptop or your big screen television.
Split/Screen will kick off November 20-29 with an MNFF-curated program that embraces the gathering of families during Thanksgiving with a broadly appealing selection of films including The Booksellers, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, Mountain and Through The Night. Descriptions and trailers for each film are listed below. Split/Screen Monthly Passes are $40 [watch all the films for that month] and individual tickets cost $12.50. Just click on the buttons below to get either a pass or a ticket to a particular film.
FRI, NOV 20 – SUN, NOV 29
FILMS PROGRAMMED BY
Directed by D.W. Young
USA, 99 minutes, 2019
D.W. Young’s elegant and absorbing documentary, The Booksellers, is a lively tour of New York’s book world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers, past and present – from the Park Avenue Armory’s annual Antiquarian Book Fair, where original editions can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars; to the Strand and Argosy bookstores, still standing against all odds; to the beautifully crammed apartments of collectors and buyers. The film, executive produced by Parker Posey, features a range of commentators, including Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlan, Gay Talese, and a community of dedicated book dealers and collectors who strongly believe in the wonder of the object and what it holds within.
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind
Directed by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni
Canada, 91 minutes, 2019
Produced, written and directed by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, the feature documentary Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an exploration of the career, music and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon, Gordon Lightfoot. With unprecedented access to the artist, the film takes audiences from high school auditoriums in straight-laced, small town Ontario in the 1950s to the coffee houses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village in the 60s, through Lightfoot’s turbulent, substance-fueled arena shows of the 70s and finally to the artist in present day. From Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind delivers an intimate and emotional portrait of the artist’s profound relationship to his music and his Canadian roots.
Director: Jennifer Peedom
USA, 74 minutes, 2018
Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion? From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane’s acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind, and a classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience.
Through The Night
Directed by Loira Limbal
USA, 72 minutes, 2020
To make ends meet, people in the U.S. are working longer hours across multiple jobs. This modern reality of non-stop work has resulted in an unexpected phenomenon: the flourishing of 24-hour daycare centers. Directed by Loira Limbal, Through The Night is a powerful and moving verité documentary that explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a childcare provider—whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center. Over the span of two years, across working holidays, seven-day work weeks, and around-the-clock shifts, the film reveals the profound impact of rising wealth inequality in the U.S and the close bonds forged between parents, children, and caregivers.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
PASSES & TICKETS
As mentioned above, Split/Screen Monthly Passes are $40 [watch all the films for that month] and individual tickets cost $12.50. After you purchase a Monthly Pass, you will receive confirmation of that purchase and then a second email inviting you to join the viewing opportunity at our portal, watch.middfilmfest.org. You can go there right away, establish a password if you don’t previously have one, and then enter the portal to browse the Split/Screen offerings for November and watch trailers. Once the films become available on November 20, you can watch any or all of them. When you purchase an individual ticket, you will receive immediate confirmation of that purchase but your next email will not arrive until an hour before the film you purchased becomes available. That email will arrive on the morning of November 20. Then you’ll proceed to our portal, enter the voucher code in that email and go right through to the film.
For the VTIFF-curated months, beginning with December 2020, we will present their selected films on this page and link you to vtiff.org/split-screen for your Pass and ticket purchases.
HOW TO WATCH
Whether MNFF or VTIFF is curating a monthly program, Split/Screen will be hosted by the secure online platform CineSend and will be viewable on a wide array of devices including mobile, tablet, laptop and big screen televisions. All the films will be available on demand 24/7 for the entire 10 day run either at the MNFF online portal, watch.middfilmfest.org, for November, January, March and May, or at the VTIFF portal, watch.vtiff.org, for December, February, April and June. If you bought a Pass to MNFF6: ONLINE back in August and created a password to access the MNFF portal, that password can be reused when you buy a Pass for Split/Screen. You can also reset your password if you have forgotten that earlier one. Also, if you previously downloaded the MNFF6 app for Apple TV 4K or Roku, it will still be active for watching the Split/Screen movies on your big screen television using the same password. If you didn’t download the app, it is still available through the App Store on Apple TV 4K or Roku at no cost. Just search for MNFF6, download the app and follow the prompts to get everything synced up. If you encounter difficulties, contact us at email@example.com.
MNFF thanks our leading-edge local companies IPJ Real Estate and Silver Maple Construction for their sponsorship of the Split/Screen monthly movie series. We truly appreciate their support.