5:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
Let’s Grow Kids, a statewide public education campaign which aims to raise understanding of the importance of the earliest years in the lives of Vermont’s children, is holding a community conversation and sneak peek of the powerful new documentary “Raising of America” on Tuesday, October 28, at the Latchis Theatre from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free.
Building Bright Futures is one of 16 statewide organizations and agencies collaborating with the Let’s Grow Kids campaign on Raising of America Conversations. Brattleboro panelists include Janice Stockman, Early Childhood Coordinator for the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union and Shirley Sprague, adoptive parent. Moderator is Chloe Leary, Executive Director or the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development. Q&A will follow.
Currently, 40 to 50% of Vermont children arrive at kindergarten unprepared. Why is this happening, what are the consequences, and how can we build a firm foundation for our children’s future success in school, relationships and the workforce? Science tells us that 80% percent of a child’s brain develops by age three and 90% develops by age five, laying the foundation for success in school, relationships and life. However, a recent survey indicates that most Vermonters do not understand the importance of the early years for development.
Funded by a collaboration of private foundations, Let’s Grow Kids is working with Vermont communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals to create positive lasting change that will allow all of our children to succeed in life.
For more information, visit www.letsgrowkids.org.
Fri 31 - Sun, Nov 09
Noon to 8:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
The Third Annual Brattleboro Film Festival, a 10-day cinematic feast of 31 unique and unforgettable films, runs Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 9, at the historic Latchis Theatre in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. The all-volunteer, community film festival focuses on independent productions from the U.S. and around the world, offering viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media.
BFF opens Friday, October 31 with a free, open-to-the-public reception in Latchis Hotel Lobby starting at 5:00 p.m. where trailers for all 2014 film festival movies will be shown continuously. Festival-goers can hobnob with festival organizers and their fellow cinephiles prior to the opening night films, which begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (These start times -- 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. -- are standard throughout the festival with 12, 2 and 4 p.m. showings on weekends.) Film previews will continue to be shown in the Latchis Hotel Lobby for the duration of the festival.
Kicking off this year’s film festival at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 31 is the Southern Vermont premiere of PRIDE (2014, UK, 117 min, R), which the Daily Beast calls the feel-good movie of the year. This highly acclaimed drama hilariously up-ends stereotypes as gays unite with miners in a small Welsh coal town in Thatcher-era Britain. Opening night's 8:30 p.m. feature is Johanna Hamilton’s timely, politically thrilling documentary 1971 that tells the story, à la Edward Snowden, of a group of ordinary Americans -- revealing themselves for the first time in this film -- who stole classified documents during the Vietnam war to expose illegal FBI surveillance. A late night discussion with journalist Christian Parenti follows.
The festival closes Sunday, November 9, with the audience-chosen “Best in Fest” and “Countdown to Best in Fest” films. These films represent movies voted by festival-goers as the best films overall. The Countdown films begin at 2 p.m. with repeat screenings of the top three runners-up. The Best in Fest rescreens at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night and closes the 3rd Annual Brattleboro Film Festival.
In between, the festival offers an engaging and entertaining mix of dramas, including BLUEBIRD, LOVE AND LEMONS, EXIT MARRAKECH, LAKE LOS ANGELES and MOTHER, I LOVE YOU; and timely documentaries, including the Vermont premiere of the first major exploration of the Deepwater Horizon calamity THE GREAT INVISIBLE, which recently took top prizes at the SXSW Film Festival, and acclaimed young director Jesse Moss’ electrifying THE OVERNIGHTERS, which explores class struggle and religious belief and took the Special Jury Prize for Intuitive Filmmaking at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. ALIVE INSIDE: A STORY OF MUSIC AND MEMORY, another Vermont premiere, whose characters demonstrate music’s capacity to combat memory loss and reawaken the deepest parts of our humanity, won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and is being presented in partnership with Brattleboro Area Hospice.
New this year is a Short Narrative Program whose three offerings include the 1920's set drama ONE ARMED MAN, a 27-minute short based on a Horton Foote play, co-produced by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Another first brings BFF together with the Center for Digital Art, Mondo Mediaworks, Brattleboro Community Television, Headroom Stages and the Future Collective to present a Young Filmmakers' Showcase where filmmakers under 25 will be celebrated and given grants of $500 and $250 and mentorship opportunities. The showcase will be held at Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St., in Brattleboro, Friday, November 7, at 7 p.m. during Gallery Walk.
Another BFF first is the “live reading” of the English subtitles of the family film HORIZON BEAUTIFUL, a scrappy soccer adventure/drama set in Ethiopia on Saturday, November 8 at 2 p.m. This special screening will assist children and adults who can’t or just don’t want to read subtitles. Professional actress Janine Hamilton will read the subtitles out loud, while the movie soundtrack is heard simultaneously. Family-friendly fare also includes Academy Award-nominee for best animation ERNEST AND CELESTINE (2012, France/Dubbed, 80 min, PG, Ages 6+), a comedic drama about overcoming prejudice and sticking up for friends. Voices include Lauren Bacall (in her last film) and Forest Whitaker.
BFF’s commitment to exceptional LGBT fare celebrating our diversity as humans continues with films including Switzerland’s docu-drama entry to this year’s Academy Awards, THE CIRCLE (2014, Switzerland/Subtitled, 102 min) about a 1940s gay magazine that survived the Nazis and went on to become a renowned international club.
BFF again offers a free workshop titled “So You Wanna Write a Screenplay?” with accomplished Hollywood screenwriter and BFF Advisor Tim Metcalfe (“Revenge of the Nerds” “Kalifornia”). The workshop will take place on Saturday mornings, November 1 and 8. Those interested in attending must register by phone (802-380-5987).
BFF is offering free tickets to all high school students throughout the festival. Students need only to show current and valid high school I.D. to receive a ticket for any festival film at the box office in the Latchis Theatre. American Sign Language interpretation will be available for two films - ANGEL AZUL on Wednesday, November 5 and PATEMA INVERTED on Sunday, November 2.
BFF sponsors include Latchis Arts, Marlboro Graduate School, Vermont Independent Media’s The Commons, the Swedish Film Institute, Tree-Free Greetings, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, New Chapter and C&S Wholesale Grocers.
The BFF will also donate $1 to the Brattleboro Area Drop-in Center Food Shelf for every ticket sold to STARFISH THROWERS on Saturday, November 1.
BFF tickets are $10 per film, $8 for seniors and children under 14, and can be purchased the day of screenings at the Latchis Theatre box office. Pre-sold packs of five tickets for $40 (a $10 savings) and the $140 All Festival Passes are available at Everyone’s Books and during theater hours at the BFF Desk in the Latchis Lobby. Tickets for children under 12 are $5 at designated daytime family screenings.
For more details, visit www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.
7:30 p.m. Latchis Theatre
The Boston Gay Men's Chorus, an acclaimed 100-voice ensemble hailed as "a crown jewel in Boston's cultural landscape," makes a rare Vermont appearance on Saturday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre. Presented by the Brattleboro Retreat, the event is a benefit for the Retreat's LGBT Program, which provides comprehensive, specialized mental health and addiction care in a safe, supportive and affirming environment. Premium tickets are $125 (Front Orchestra seating, program listing, private pre-show reception). Other tickets are $50 Front Orchestra, $30 Rear Orchestra and $20 Balcony. Tickets are available at www.brattlebororetreat.org/chorus or 1-800-838-3006