UPDATE: MNFF Selects brings marine wildlife rescue doc to THT

CORRECTION: An outdated version of this press release was published in the Jan. 13, 2022, edition of Arts+Leisure with incorrect information about Town Hall Theater’s COVID protocols. Please see the updated COVID vaccination requirements highlighted below and more details about the Vermont premiere of the documentary “From the Wild Sea” screening on Sunday afternoon. We apologize for our error and hope you’re able to see this remarkable film. MNFF Selects, the monthly screening series presented by the Middl … (read more)

‘Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog’ screens in Middlebury

This special family-friendly holiday film, from award winning director Lynn Roth, sensitively portrays the timeless and unbreakable bond between a boy and his faithful dog as it is put to the ultimate test in late 1930’s Nazi Germany.

‘Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street’ premieres in Middlebury

The film invites viewers to go inside the hearts and minds of the Sesame Street creators, artists, and educators who established one of the most influential and enduring children’s series in television history.

‘It gives us hope’: Alaskan Nets

In its premiere showing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last April, “Alaskan Nets” won the Audience Choice Award, the festival’s top overall prize. Here in Middlebury, it won the Best Documentary Feature Award — the best among the 36 feat … (read more)

Family-friendly film series celebrates human-animal relationships

Who doesn’t love feel-good stories of relationships between animals and human beings? That was Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Producer Lloyd Komesar’s rationale when he set the theme for this year’s MNFF Selects film series.

Film festival gave thrills, nostalgia

MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the seventh annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, dubbed MNFF7, estimated around 600 people took in one or more of the 120 films screened at four venues in the county’s shire town Aug. 25-29. And viewers obligingly adhered … (read more)

MNFF film inspires hope for journalism

A 64-year-old man from a small town in rural Iowa may represent the best hope for community journalism in America. Art Cullen has more than four decades of newspapering behind him but he is developing a concept that could save news outfits like his, the S … (read more)

Local filmmakers explore ‘The Price of Safety’

Sometimes you need to step back to see something clearly; or if your Vergennes filmmaker and photographer Chris Spencer, you use a drone. Flying high over the Little City, Spencer’s footage captures the picturesque falls, homes nestled snuggly on their qu … (read more)

MNFF screens world premieres beginning Aug. 25

The 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is screening the world premieres of 13 films at this year’s festival, which begins on Aug. 25. These premieres include 11 short films and two feature-length films.The short films having their global debut … (read more)

Film Review: ‘Goodfellas’ the most entertaining mob movie ever

It’s the anti-“Godfather” from frame one.The credits rush by with the sound of a car zooming. Three men in a car cruise down an empty road in the heat of the night, the passengers fast asleep. The driver looks exhausted, a little sweaty, handsome but not … (read more)

Film Review: DeNiro, others lift ‘Cape Fear’ past plot holes

They never got a break. I mean the Bowden family in the film “Cape Fear,” who are terrorized by the ex-con Max Cady (Robert De Niro). Cady poisons their dog. He stalks their daughter. He murders their housemaid then impersonates her. And when the Bowdens … (read more)

Festival to bring ‘Indiana Jones’ co-star to Midd

MIDDLEBURY — The co-star of one of cinema’s most iconic adventure films will help the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) return to an in-person event following a one-year, COVID-related break as a virtual offering.Karen Allen, who played Marion Rav … (read more)

Director Sam Pollard plans trip to Middlebury

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will welcome director, editor and producer Sam Pollard to the seventh annual festival on Thursday, Aug. 26, for the screening of two of his films and extended conversations. MNFF will present Pollard with an award fo … (read more)

‘Storm Lake’ opens the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

The 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will open with the feature documentary “Storm Lake,” on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m., at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.“Storm Lake” tells the story of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Art Cullen and his … (read more)

After 40 years ‘Raging Bull’ is still a masterpiece and enigmatic, too!

“Raging Bull” is a terrible movie.For one, it’s just not that great. How about that Robert De Niro guy in the lead? Poorly miscast. Hayden Christenson would have played a more convincing Jake LaMotta than Mr. De Niro. I can’t believe this movie was made b … (read more)