Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announces its 2016 Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury

Meru

Sunday, January 3, 2016
7pm

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Meru is an incredibly dramatic adventure documentary about the passions and perilous choices of the world’s best mountain climbers. Directed by Jimmy Chin [one of the climbers] and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, this astonishing film puts audiences up close with three elite climbers who “struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.” Exceptional camera work intensifies the enormity of the challenge to scale this insanely difficult peak at the top of the world.

Tickets

Tickets for the 2016 MNFF Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater are $12.00 per individual film or sold as a 4-film package for $40.00.

Tickets are available through the Town Hall Theater box office online, on the phone (802-382-9222) or in person, either in advance (M-Sa, Noon-5p) or night of the screening.

Truth

Sunday, February 28, 2016
7pm

Starring Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace and directed by James Vanderbilt, Truth boldly delivers “a newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.” Tense and riveting, with superb performances by its leads Redford and Blanchett, Truth portrays brilliantly the huge risks involved when professional journalism tangles with the highest levels of governmental power.

Tickets

Tickets for the 2016 MNFF Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater are $12.00 per individual film or sold as a 4-film package for $40.00.

Tickets are available through the Town Hall Theater box office online, on the phone (802-382-9222) or in person, either in advance (M-Sa, Noon-5p) or night of the screening.

Mustang

Sunday, March 20, 2016
7pm

An extraordinarily timely drama from director Deniz Ganze Erguven, Mustang is France’s official entry for 2015 Academy Awards consideration and Winner of the Best First Film Award at the 2015 Philadelphia Film Festival.  Set in summer in a small village in Northern Turkey, Mustang revolves around five free-spirited sisters whose seemingly innocent beach play with their male classmates is perceived by elders in the town to be dangerous and immoral. Their family “overreacts, essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides.  As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate.” The film unflinchingly addresses the universal themes of female empowerment and the pursuit of human dignity in the face of moral rigidity.

Tickets

Tickets for the 2016 MNFF Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater are $12.00 per individual film or sold as a 4-film package for $40.00.

Tickets are available through the Town Hall Theater box office online, on the phone (802-382-9222) or in person, either in advance (M-Sa, Noon-5p) or night of the screening.

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

Sunday, April 3, 2016
7pm

A truly compelling documentary of great historical significance, What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Best described as “a poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt,” the film “explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and possess starkly contrasting attitudes toward their fathers.” As propelled forward by eminent human rights lawyer, Philippe Sands, whose own family was adversely impacted by the actions of these men’s fathers, What Our Fathers Did can not help but move its viewers to a deeper understanding of the legacy of profound injustice.

Tickets

Tickets for the 2016 MNFF Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater are $12.00 per individual film or sold as a 4-film package for $40.00.

Tickets are available through the Town Hall Theater box office online, on the phone (802-382-9222) or in person, either in advance (M-Sa, Noon-5p) or night of the screening.

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