College to screen documentary featuring music from Vt. Symphony

Award-winning filmmaker Robin Starbuck will present her newest film, “How We See Water,” at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. This experimental documentary explores the intersections of indigenous history and contemporary life in Chiapas, Mexico through the lives of two young women who work to gain education and independence. The film features live accompaniment by an ensemble from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and an original score by Middlebury alumnus and composer Matt LaRocca ’02. This is going to be one dynamic show, integrating film and music in Robison Hall.
The event is a three-way collaboration between the Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.
Starbuck received the the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Award for the Best Integration of Music into Film at the 2017 film festival, garnering her the opportunity to be paired with a Vermont composer for this, her next short film. Here’s how she described “How We See Water” in a recent festival interview:
“I’m using the Popol Vuh, an ancient Mayan text written by Mayan priests. It’s a creation story as well as a migration story. The product for VSO will incorporate words from the Popol Vuh and imagery from Chiapas. The film questions how spiritual belief and culture maintain themselves through generations and centuries. I’m interested in how these fragments sustain through time. For the marginalized people of Chiapas, power lies in the old spirit. The world of the film likens itself to magical realism.”
To catch this film, head over to the Mahaney Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall on on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door; unless you’re a MNFF passholders, then it’s free.

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