THE VERMONT TOUR
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) will roll out the second edition of its successful statewide Vermont Tour on February 8-10, 2019. Expanding from six to seven venues this year, the Tour will feature the top documentaries from MNFF’s 2018 Festival. Two feature documentaries will be screened at most of the selected venues: Dateline-Saigon, from director Tom Herman and All the Wild Horses, from director Ivo Marloh.
By offering its engaging films across a wide swath of Vermont, MNFF continues its core commitment to bringing the outstanding work of talented first and second time directors to new audiences around its home state. We thank our great filmmakers who will be joining the Tour, our excellent participating venues and our outstanding sponsors for supporting the Tour. In particular, we wish to thank the Vermont International Film Festival for co-producing our high profile Burlington tour stop.
If you’d like to attend a Tour screening or tell a friend about one, we offer below each film’s trailer, thumbnail descriptions of the films and a listing of the venues where the films and the filmmakers will appear. We look forward to seeing you on the upcoming Vermont Tour!
Directed by Boston-based Tom Herman, and twelve years in the making, Dateline-Saigon brilliantly profiles five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists’ stunning and groundbreaking reporting during the early years of the Vietnam War. As President Kennedy committed US troops to what was initially dismissed as a “nice little war in a land of tigers and elephants,” these five young reporters boldly challenged the administration’s version of events on the ground. Integrating his revealing interviews of David Halberstam, Malcolm Browne, Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnett and Horst Faas with extraordinary footage from Saigon, Mr. Herman has created a powerful document of an era that remains a flashpoint in any discussion of recent American history. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 4th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. [96 minutes]
ALL THE WILD HORSES
Directed by Montreal-based Ivo Marloh, All the Wild Horses is an incredibly dramatic and stunningly beautiful feature documentary that follows a group of international riders from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Ireland and the UK as they compete in the annual Mongol Derby horse race in Mongolia. This multi-horse, multi-station race over a grueling 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian steppe is the longest and toughest horse race on the planet. With a firm but unobtrusive hand, Mr. Marloh offers an intimate view of the humbling impact that this truly amazing race has on its very human participants. [89 minutes]
The MNFF Vermont Tour will play a diverse array of venues around the state on the weekend of February 8-10. All of them are listed below along with dates, screening times and filmmaker appearances.
Friday, February 8
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center
All the Wild Horses
Q&A with director Ivo Marloh follows the screening
Q&A with director Tom Herman follows the screening
This Tour stop is co-produced in partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival, one of Vermont’s leading cultural organizations and the state’s pioneering film festival.