Thursday, August 22

MNFF5 will kick off with a Vermont Film Showcase on Thursday, August 22. The Vermont Showcase will present four feature films directed, acted and produced by Vermont artists. The Showcase will include:

One Town at a Time

Town Hall Theater | 10am | Documentary [107m]

2006: Director Mike Leonard takes on the challenge of visiting every town in the state of Vermont. 2018: After moving outside Vermont for over a decade, Mike moved back and revisited the same places and people. One Town at a Time is a coming-of-age story rooted in the community spirit that makes Vermont so special. 

Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Rise of Broadcasting

Town Hall Theater | 1:30pm | Documentary [85m]

Lowell Thomas’ journalism is what we might call today – sometimes bitterly, sometimes reverently – “mainstream journalism.” He was the original omnipotent journalistic narrator – the first “voice of god.” This documentary, directed by Rick Moulton, tells the story of Thomas’ journalism.

The Witch in the Window

Marquis Theater | 10am | Drama [75m]

When Simon brings his twelve year-old son, Finn, to rural Vermont to help flip an old farmhouse, they encounter the malicious spirit of Lydia, a previous owner. The tension builds until a terrifying encounter leaves him doubting whether he can protect his son from the evil that makes its way into their lives. Directed by Andy Mitton.

Major Arcana

Marquis Theatre | 1:30pm | Drama [82m]

Set in the backwoods of Vermont, Major Arcana follows a carpenter’s attempt to end a legacy of alcoholism and poverty by building a log cabin by hand. When he reunites with Sierra, a woman with whom he shares a troubled past, he must reconcile his old life with his new one. A vivid depiction of life in early sobriety, this is a universal story that resonates in uncertain times. Directed by Josh Melrod.