BOB DYLAN AND Robbie Robertson jam on guitars in the Martin Scorsese rockumentary “The Last Waltz,” which screened last Thursday as the third in the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Sunset Series at Swift House Inn/Summer of Scorsese.
“The Last Waltz” is what it is: It is a watershed concert movie about The Band’s swan song in 1976, but also a smorgasbord of musical numbers that, not unlike an all-you-can-eat buffet, sometimes leaves you wishing you had less instead of more.
The screening — which was the third installment in the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Sunset Series at Swift House Inn/Summer of Scorsese — was also a great success: more successful, in my view, than the actual film that was being screened. I’m 21, so I was less familiar with some of The Band’s greatest hits. But most of the audience was clapping...
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn star in the 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” which was the first in a series of Martin Scorsese films being screened this summer by the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.
MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday night, July 8, the Middlebury New Filmmaker’s Festival (MNFF) began the “Sunset Series at Swift House Inn / Summer of Scorsese” with the 1974 comedy-drama “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”
MNFF producer Lloyd Komesar explained why the film series is important in 2021.
“First of all, I am a huge fan of Martin Scorsese,” Komesar said. “Secondly I love the idea of socializing around film. The whole point of this is to get people out with their friends and neighbors, come over, have dinner, have a drink, relax and watch the film — then do it all over the next Thursday...
“ALICE DOESN'T LIVE Here Anymore,” starring Ellen Burstyn, will kick of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival’s new sunset film series at Swift House Inn in Middlebury on Thursday, July 8. The series will continue under a tent outdoors through Aug. 5, screening classic films by director Martin Scorsese.
MIDDLEBURY — If great weather and the recent lifting of COVID-19 restrictions still isn’t enough to get you out and mingling, here’s another huge reason: the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival’s inaugural “Sunset Series at Swift House Inn/Summer of Scorsese.” It’s an exciting new MNFF social event in partnership with Middlebury’s Swift House Inn and Town Hall Theater.
Every Thursday for five weeks, beginning July 8 and ending Aug. 5, MNFF will screen a classic film by celebrated director Martin Scorsese outdoors, under the big tent at Swift House Inn.
Screenings will begin at sunset, and...