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 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 6
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: LA GUERRA
6 Jul, 2020. 0 Comments. Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are proud to present LA GUERRA, a short documentary about Angelica Guerra, a young, Mexican American woman from Southern California who has taken on a much greater role in her family in the face of her parents’ deportation. Angelica chose to make the best of her situation by continuing to study, work, and take care of her siblings to keep the American Dream alive, despite her family’s separation. Since its screening at MNFF, La Guerra has screened at St. Louis International Film Festival, Oaxaca FilmFest and the Greenwich International Film Festival and was screened on campus at UCLA at…
Jun 29
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: NOTHING TO MY NAME
A short documentary discovering the past of the filmmaker’s grandfather. Born and raised in China, filmmaker Qian Li is a bilingual storyteller with a B.A. in Film and English from Middlebury College. She currently works as an assistant in instruction in the Film and Media Culture Department at Middlebury College. You can see the film here.
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 15
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: LONNIE
15 Jun, 2020. 0 Comments. Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are proud to present this week's short, Lonnie, a character piece on Lonnie Holley, a found object artist and musician based in Atlanta, Georgia. Lonnie is the first entry of the Delilah series, a storytelling project based around the travels of a rusty VW van. The next installment to this project is titled Fenwick, and it documents an outsider artist who lives in isolation in the woods of Southern Vermont. MacPherson (Mac) Christopher is a documentary film maker based in Providence, Rhode Island. He is currently working on multiple short documentary films that examine topics such as environmental justice,…
Jun 8
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: CAROL STREET
8 Jun, 2020. 0 Comments. Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We're proud to present Carol Street as the newest installment in our Short Of The Week series. Carol Street explores black identity at Middlebury College by interviewing students, staff, and alumni about community, outer self, and inner self. Weaving in the personal narrative of a young biracial man questioning his responsibility to his community, the film brings awareness to the sacrifices and pressures of being a black person in a predominantly white community. Filmmaker Demetrius Borge reports that Carol Street continues its festival run and even had a television premiere on Vermont PBS (thanks to MNFF!). Another film Demetrius was…
Jun 1
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: ESTRELLITA
1 Jun, 2020. 0 Comments. Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are proud to present this week's Short of the Week: Estrellita, by Middlebury's own Daniel Houghton. Estrellita ( Little Star), tells a piercing story about the constant threat of family separation and deportation for undocumented farmworkers in Vermont. Seen through the eyes of a little girl growing up on a dairy farm, the story begins in an idyllic wonderland of childhood adventure that turns dark when a powerful force raids the farm to capture her father. Since finishing Estrellita and screening it at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival last summer, filmmaker Daniel Houghton has been hard at work on…
May 26
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: MARIA
26 May, 2020. 0 Comments. Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
We are thrilled to announce our short of the week! Shiri Paamony Eshel came to #MNFF5 last summer to present MARIA, a documentary short centered on an 18 year old poet living in New York City. MARIA won the Best Short Documentary Award at the 5th annual MNFF. You can see the film for free here. Maria is an 18 year old poet, daughter of Mexican immigrants from the Bronx, NY. Her life was never easy, living with her alcoholic father, mother, mother’s schizophrenic husband and two sisters. The family moved between housing projects and shelters and she never really had…
May 18
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: MRS. CHO
18 May, 2020. 0 Comments. Short of the Week. Posted By: Phoebe Lewis
Yoko Hyun in Anna Sang Park's Mrs. Cho ​We are proud to present the second installment in our Short of the Week series: Mrs. Cho, a powerful short film by Anna Sang Park (the second film from Park to screen at the MNFF). You can see the film on our Vimeo page here. Mrs.Cho,​ a short film about an immigrant mother's gambling addiction, has been part of the Official Selection at the Tide Film Festival in Brooklyn, the International Short Film Festival on Youth in Normandy, France and the 2019 Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival. Filmmaker Anna Sang Park also…
May 11
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SHORT OF THE WEEK: ECHAPPE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55XnUGb1KdU&feature=emb_logo See the entire film on the MNFF Vimeo page: vimeo.com/middnewfilmfest Welcome to the first installment of MNFF's Short of the Week series! Allison Mattox's short film, Échappé, has screened at festivals including Traverse City, Newport Beach, and Dance on Camera and won awards at festivals including SF Indie Shorts, Sedona, and Garden State. The film also won Film Pipeline's Short Film Competition. After screening at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in 2019, the feature script based off of the short film won the inaugural MNFF Franklin Film Development Fund. Allison is currently fundraising to match the $10K grant to help take the…
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…