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Vermont film 'She Sings to the Stars' to premier in Middlebury

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Posted on March 14, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Do you believe anything is possible? A new Vermont feature film, titled “She Sings to the Stars,” challenges audiences to ponder that question as this world is turned upside down.

After winning “Best Feature” at the Toronto Independent Film Festival, as well as the “Audience Award” and “Best Actor” at the Vermont International Film Festival this fall, “She Sings to the Stars” will screen in Middlebury on March 22, 23 and 24 at the Marquis Theater at 7 p.m.

Produced by Circeo Films of Monkton, the film has also been selected by the Montreal World Film Festival, Red Nation Film Festival (Los Angeles), Blow-up Arthouse Film Festival (Chicago), the Queens World Film Festival (New York), the American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco) and the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience (Albuquerque, N.M.).

Producer Jonnie Corcoran, known locally as the executive director of the Addison County Relocalization Network, says, “We will be holding three preview screenings in Middlebury to finally be able to share the film with friends and local audiences. My sister, the writer-director, and I will do a Q&A after each screening, and have organized a ‘Meet the Filmmakers’ event at 6 p.m. at the Marquis’ Southwest Café on Thursday, March 24, to meet people who want to learn more about the film. These screenings will coincide with the launch of our crowdfunding campaign on Seed and Spark to raise money to get this beautiful film distributed.”

A story that values soulfulness, and foregrounds simplicity, quiet and stillness, “She Sings to the Stars” offers a glimpse into an unknown America. Without water, a Native American grandmother lives alone in the desert. Her half-Mexican grandson is caught between worlds. A down-on-his-luck magician finds himself lost at her door.

John Perkins, founder of Dream Change, calls it “a breakthrough film that blazes a new trail into the forests of consciousness.” The film raises enduring questions, yet touches on the zeitgeist when it comes to the current ecological crises of the planet and the human spirit, asking: What exactly is “reality”? What is “magic”? And who are the real magicians?

Tom Verner of Magicians Without Borders of Lincoln says, “What a gorgeous telling of the old story of death and rebirth, of the need to be connected to the real magic once again if we are to bring the world back to life. This film is still and deep as the night sky. How the dry soul of our world needs the water of films like this.”

Described as “a film to be experienced,” “She Sings to the Stars” takes time so viewers have to make the decision to be a part of it. Actor Sam Waterston says, “It’s not an ordinary look at the world — you will find the images and the vision coming back to mind long after you’ve finished watching. Watch it on the biggest screen you can get at: In this movie, the size of the night sky matters.”

“She Sings to the Stars” is the directorial debut of Jennifer Corcoran, on a film she wrote, directed and edited. She says, “I first met Mabel — the grandmother character in the film — in a dream. Mabel said, ‘It’s time to sing the song. Listen. It will take you four years.’ I followed the clues, constructed three life-size, newspaper-stuffed dressed figures of the characters, and listened to them whisper the bones of the story.

“The 21st century finds us parched and hurried; we have commodified nature with little awareness of our vital symbiosis. We seem thirsty for connection, for meaning, wearied by worn concepts and the (persistent) promise of that other dream, ?the American dream.? Mabel is not in a hurry; as a grandmother, she is a container, the keeper of timelessness reflected by an expansive desert, an endless night sky. Little seems to happen in her world, yet in this container of timelessness — now, and only now — anything is possible.”

“She Sings to the Stars” is scheduled to screen on Tuesday-Thursday, March 22-24, at 7 p.m. A Q&A with filmmakers will immediately follow each screening, and a “Meet the Filmmakers” event will be held prior to the Thursday screening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and are available at the Marquis Theater at box office.

For more information, visit www.shesingstothestars.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/SheSingstotheStarsMovie. A trailer is https://vimeo.com/150988579. 

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