Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival


MAYOR CHRIS LOURAS (right) is among the characters in a documentary that explores the tumultuous arrival of Syrian refugees in Rutland, Vt. “For the Love of Rutland,” created by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, is among the motion pictures featured in the sixth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival when it goes online at the end of August.
08/06/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The first-ever online version of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) is taking shape. Organizers of the sixth annual event — usually a spotlight happening that sends hundreds of people buzzing around downtown Middlebury just before Labor Day — have selected more than 20 features to headline this year’s festival. And while the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for substantially shortening the film menu compared to years past, MNFF officials are working to infuse the virtual festival with some of the personal touches that have made it a consistent success. MNFF6:ONLINE will...

“We’re aware people are being inundated with on-screen opportunities, because that’s how we exist right now. We want to come into that environment and do something honest and successful and we think enjoyable.” — MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven
07/31/2020
The first-ever online version of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) is taking shape. Organizers of the sixth annual event — usually a spotlight happening that sends hundreds of people buzzing around downtown Middlebury just before Labor Day — have selected more than 20 features to headline this year’s festival. And while the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for substantially shortening the film menu compared to years past, MNFF officials are working to infuse the virtual festival with some of the personal touches that have made it a consistent success. MNFF6:ONLINE will take place...

President Jimmy Carter plays harmonica with the great Willie Nelson in the documentary “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President,” which will screen at MNFF6:Online at the end of August.
07/31/2020
Middlebury New Film Festival leaders have released a list of films that will highlight the lineup at the sixth annual gala. Among the best are: • “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President,” a documentary that charts the mostly forgotten story of how former President Jimmy Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others that helped him to the White House. It illuminates the significant role that music has played in President Carter’s life and work. Directed by Mary Wharton. • “The Accused: Damned or Devoted?”...

KEN LOACH
07/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) has announced that legendary British filmmaker Ken Loach has been named its 2020 Honoree for Sustained Excellence in Narrative Feature Filmmaking. The honor celebrates Loach’s courage in making films that go beyond the surface to capture complex and unguarded moments of lived experience and social engagement. As part of its presentation of films at MNFF6: ONLINE, the Festival will screen two of Loach’s films, his most recent picture, “Sorry We Missed You,” (2019) that tells the story of a British gig economy delivery driver who faces...

MICHAEL MURPHY
06/18/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is welcoming back one of its favorite honorees, the distinguished film actor Michael Murphy, for the next edition of the Craven Conversations on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. EDT on Zoom.  In a career spanning more than 50 years, Mr. Murphy has worked with an array of heralded filmmakers, including Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson.  Among his dozens of film credits, highlights include “The Arrangement,” “M*A*S*H,” “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” “Nashville,” “The Front,” “An Unmarried Woman,” “Manhattan,” “The...
06/04/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The sixth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) won’t take place in Addison County’s shire town this August. But the show will go on. Organizers told the Addison Independent on Tuesday they’re taking the festival online in an effort to replicate the multi-day event as best they can during the COVID-19 pandemic. Festival Producer Lloyd Komesar and Artistic Director Jay Craven are negotiating with a company that has experience staging online film festivals. The online edition will be held during the second half of August; organizers are still sorting out details. Komesar...
04/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Arts and entertainment venues have been closed nationwide due to coronavirus-related shutdowns, and just this week word came that Festival on-the-Green has been canceled for this July.  Organizers of one Middlebury arts institution are still planning on hosting their multi-day event late this summer. The 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, slated for Aug. 27-30, as of now, is still on the calendar.  “Seeing the many film festivals that have postponed their events into the fall or beyond because of the spread of COVID-19, we are carefully evaluating what our next steps...

“DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER My Name” will screen at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. This film is presented by the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival’s Selects film screening series.
11/11/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Friday, Nov. 15, with the compelling documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name.” The film will screen at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead. All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. MNFF Selects embraces a broader, more freewheeling approach to its seasonal screening series,...
09/23/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announces the launch of MNFF Selects, the rebranded monthly screening series that, come this October, will replace the MNFF Winter/Spring Screening Series. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead.  All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.  MNFF Selects signals a broader, more freewheeling approach to MNFF’s seasonal screening series, mixing films by first- or second-time...

BARBARA KOPPLE’S DOCUMENTARY film “New Homeland,” screened at the recent Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, tells the story of five refugees — two brothers and another teen from Syrian, plus a set of brothers from Iraq — who face the totally new experience of summer camp.
09/05/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Alan Kurdî died on this day — Sept. 2 — in 2015. The three-year-old Syrian boy drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when his family and other refugees attempted to reach Europe. In a photo that went viral, Kurdî lies face down on the beach near Bodrum, Turkey, wearing a red T-shirt, blue shorts and tiny brown-soled shoes. If it weren’t for the surf lapping at his cheek we might have mistaken him for a toddler felled by sleep. Because of the impact it had on some of the subjects of Barbara Kopple’s new documentary film, she features “the photo of the dead boy on the beach” near the...

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