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MNFF7 Announces Its Festival Schedule With Over 120 Films Screening Across Five Days

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The 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will screen more than 120 films during its upcoming five day event, August 25-29. The film and event schedule is now available at https://middfilmfest.org/ as is the Films A-Z page with descriptions and trailers. So, go have a look, immerse yourselves and then buy your Festival Passes, Day Passes or Opening Night tickets which are now available at https://middfilmfest.org/ or through the Town Hall Theater box office. Individual Advance Tickets will go on sale August 9.

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Renowned Casting Director and Producer Heidi Levitt To Be Honored at MNFF7

 

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The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival welcomes renowned and award-winning casting director and film producer Heidi Levitt to its 7th Annual Festival and will honor Ms. Levitt with an award for Sustained Excellence and Imagination in Casting.  A graduate of Barnard College and the AFI Producers Program, Heidi Levitt has cast such successful films as JFK, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, Nurse Betty, The Rock, Joy Luck Club,  Benny & Joon and The Artist, the superb five time Oscar winner including Best Picture.

Alternating deftly between standard studio and indie fare, Heidi Levitt has repeatedly worked with acclaimed directors Oliver Stone, Wayne Wang, Wim Wenders and Neil LaBute. In 1997, on the eve of Hong Kong’s unification with China, she collaborated with Wayne Wang on the marvelous Chinese Box, starring Jeremy Irons and Gong Li, a film that captured that moment in history, which she co-produced and cast.  As an Honoree Tribute to Ms. Levitt, MNFF will screen Mr. Wang’s Director’s Cut of Chinese Box on Friday, August 27 at 715p at Robison Hall in the Mahaney Arts Center at Middlebury College. Following the screening, Ms. Levitt will engage with MNFF Artistic Director in an on-stage event sure to be memorable.

In addition, Heidi Levitt will also appear the following morning, Saturday, August 28, at MNFF’s popular “Coffee with. . .” session at 830a at the Middlebury Inn’s lovely courtyard patio. Be sure to catch her with Jay Craven for an informal and lively chat as she shares stories from her impressive career.  The Inn will offer coffee/tea and baked goods to start your day.

 

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Award Winning Actor and Director Karen Allen To Be Honored at MNFF7

 

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The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is delighted to welcome the versatile and talented actor and director Karen Allen to its 7th Annual Festival and will honor Ms. Allen with an award for Sustained Excellence in Acting. Ms. Allen will join us at MNFF on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 for the screening of two of her very popular films and extended on-stage conversations.
First inspired to become an actor in 1972, she performed in numerous productions with the Washington Theatre Laboratory in Washington, DC. After moving to New York, Ms. Allen forged a highly productive and decorated career as a theater director, actor and teacher. Crossing over effortlessly to film, Karen Allen’s numerous credits include Animal House, The Wanderers, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman and The Glass Managerie. She starred in the indie feature A Year By The Sea which screened at MNFF in 2016. In 2019, Ms. Allen starred in Tom Quinn’s Colewell, which screened as part of MNFF6: ONLINE. She also wrote and directed A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud, based on a Carson McCullers short story, in 2016.
As a heartfelt tribute to our Honoree, MNFF will screen Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark to commemorate the film’s 40th Anniversary, on Saturday, August 28 at 715p at Town Hall Theater. And on Sunday, August 29 at 4p, also at Town Hall Theater, MNFF will show the sci-fi adventure, romance classic Starman. Following both films, Ms. Allen will take the stage for a stimulating conversation with MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven. Karen Allen will also attend the Closing Night Awards Ceremony to claim her immensely well deserved VTeddy!

 

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MNFF7 Announces Its COVID-19 Protocols: Attendees Must Be Vaccinated  
 

The MNFF7 team is putting together an expansive and entertaining “comeback” Festival on the ground and in person this coming August 25-29.  We want everyone to have an enjoyable time when they are visiting Middlebury, a beautiful community.  But, in consideration of fluctuating conditions and in deference to our host venues, MNFF7 will require that our attendees be fully vaccinated, and that includes our amazing visiting filmmakers and special guests.  And in alignment with what’s happening on Broadway and other notable film festivals, we will ask that our attendees show proof of their vaccination when they enter an indoor screening venue.  Festival Pass, Day Pass and Opening Night ticket holders can show their vaccination cards when picking up their passes/tickets at Town Hall Theater.  Individual advance ticket buyers will need to bring proof of vaccination to enter the film screening they have purchased.  And if you’d like to wear a mask while inside a screening venue, please go right ahead.  We regret any inconvenience to people who will not be able to join us.  We hope to see you next year.  Thank you all for understanding as we navigate these challenging times. 

 

 

The 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Thanks Its Outstanding Presenting Sponsor!

 

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SUMMER OF SCORSESE WRAPS UP!

CAPE FEAR RESCHEDULED SCREENING – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4 AT SUNSET
THE EPIC GOODFELLAS SCREENS THE NEXT NIGHT, THURSDAY, AUGUST 5

 

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival concludes The Sunset Series at Swift House Inn / Summer of Scorsese tomorrow night, August 4, with the rescheduled screening of Cape Fear, and the previously scheduled mobster epic Goodfellas on Thursday, August 5, both at sunset. If you are still holding a ticket for Cape Fear after last week’s weather-related postponement, it will be honored at the screening.

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE ATTENDING GOODFELLAS AND WANT TO ENJOY A LOVELY DINNER FROM SWIFT HOUSE INN, YOU MUST GET YOUR ORDER IN BY 5PM TOMORROW. MORE DETAILS BELOW. 

In partnership with Swift House Inn and Town Hall Theater, MNFF has enjoyed presenting these five films by master director Martin Scorsese outdoors under the big tent at Middlebury’s Swift House Inn.  There’s still time to take in a pair of great films.  So, come out, see your friends, enjoy a casual meal and adult beverages together and immerse yourself in a splendid film by one of the greatest directors of all time. Join us for the wrap up of the Summer of Scorsese!

 

TICKETS FOR THE SUNSET SERIES’ REMAINING
TWO FILMS
STILL AVAILABLE!
CAPE FEAR [8/4] AND GOODFELLAS [8/5]

$16

Walk Up Tickets Available Evening of Screening

All Tickets are now on sale, exclusively through the Town Hall Theater box office. Visit the Town Hall Theater website  OR call 802-382-9222, Mon–Sat, 12:00n–5:00 pm. Attendance is limited to 100 so don’t wait to buy your Tickets!!

Want to watch trailers for all these classic Scorsese films?  Get more information?  It’s all there for you on the MNFF website!

 

 

THE SUMMER OF SCORSESE LINEUP OF FILMS

 

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ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
THURSDAY, JULY 8

 

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Starring Ellen Burstyn, Academy Award winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role for this film
–MNFF Thanks Everyone Who Attended!–

 

 

 

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Starring Robert De Niro, Academy Award winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role for this film
–MNFF Thanks Everyone Who Attended!–

 

 

 

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The acclaimed film of the final concert of the legendary rock group The Band, with Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, and special guests Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Eric Clapton, and many others.

–MNFF Thanks Everyone Who Attended!–

 

 

CAPE FEAR
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4
[RESCHEDULED]

 

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Starring Robert De Niro, Academy Award nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role for this film

 

 

 

 

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Starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, Academy Award winner for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for this film

 

 

 

 DINNER & DRINKS

Jessica’s at Swift House Inn will be offering delicious boxed picnic dinners to attendees every Thursday during the Sunset Series. Menu items include:

  • Roast Chicken, fingerling potato salad, grilled summer squash – $25
  • Poached Salmon, tomato and watermelon salad with feta and mint dressing – $25
  • Vegetarian antipasto salad with hummus and pita chips – $22
  • All of the above are served cold, with slices of French batard and olive oil, and a dessert choice [included] of:
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake or Summer Berry Shortcake
  • A bottled wine selection will be made available for purchase and a full bar will also be available before the screening begins.  Please remember that NO OUTSIDE alcohol may be brought onto the grounds at Swift House Inn.

Dinner orders must be placed and prepaid by 5:00p the day prior to the film screening. Pickup will be available at the Inn beginning at 6:30p on screening night, when the lawn opens. Phone orders only: 802-388-9925.
More information at https://middfilmfest.org/sunset-series/
 

 

 

PARKING

Swift House Inn has its own parking lot on Stewart Lane with limited capacity, across from the main Inn building, but there is NO PARKING IN THE LOT BEHIND THE CIRCLE AT THE MAIN INN BUILDING. Additionally, there is NO parking on Stewart Lane itself or on the section of High Street which runs perpendicular to Stewart Lane. Nearby street parking opportunities [white line marked spaces only] include:

  • Washington Street from Court Square to Seminary Street
  • Seminary Street at the Methodist Church
  • High Street between Washington Street and Seminary Street
  • North Pleasant Street [east side] from Seminary Street to Stewart Lane.

 

 

SINCERE THANKS TO OUR SUNSET SERIES SPONSOR, IPJ REAL ESTATE!  MNFF TRULY APPRECIATES YOUR SUPPORT! 

 

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LODGING REMINDER
 

If you are planning to stay in town for the 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, we truly urge you to make your reservations ASAP.  Our in-town inns have been filling up very fast as vacation travel increases this summer. Once again, the Festival dates are August 25-29. To see a full range of lodging alternatives, please visit the MNFF website at https://middfilmfest.org/stay/

 

 

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