MIDDLEBURY — Competing with movie mega-plexes for viewers can be challenging for small community theaters like Middlebury’s Marquis. But owner Ben Wells is more than holding his own, thanks to a formula that includes working with local businesses and nonprofits to secure small independent films that shine a light on — and generate revenue for — environmental and social issues.
These so-called “one-off Wednesday” screenings allow the Marquis to showcase thought-provoking material that has a local following beyond the traditional blockbusters.
“There are a lot of the smaller independent films...
KATHY SWANSON AND Vince O’Connell, creators of the award-winning feature film “Farmer of the Year,” pause on the red carpet at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival last year. The Marquis Theatre in Middlebury will host special screenings of the film twice this Wednesday, Jan. 9.
MIDDLEBURY — The award-winning comedy-drama “Farmer of the Year” will be screened in Middlebury this week.
When Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson “retired” and sold the business they’d created (a company that manufactured custom cycling and Nordic ski clothing for clubs and teams), they could have moved south to golf and do water aerobics year-round but instead they moved to Northern Vermont (Craftsbury Common) so they could cross country ski from November through April. Then, one long, cold night while watching a bad movie they started thinking they should apply to some film schools and nine...