Alfred Hitchcock in S. Londonderry
The public is invited to two events that celebrate the career and legacy of famed film director Alfred Hitchcock, both taking place at the restored South Londonderry Depot on Route 100, and hosted by the Friends of the West River Trail. The Depot is handicapped-accessible.
The first, on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m., will feature a presentation of Hitchcock’s career by film expert Rick Winston. Hitchcock’s career spanned 40 years and many film eras. Winston’s presentation consists of 12 film clips and a discussion on the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, his favorite themes and his collaborators.
Winston founded the Lightning Ridge Film Society, which morphed into the Savoy Theater in 1981; was a founder of the Green Mountain Film Festival and was its Programming Director until 2012; and teaches film at Burlington College and the Community College of Vermont. The presentation is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council as part of its Speakers Bureau program.
Two weeks later, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16, the Friends of the West River Trail will present a screening of ‘The Trouble with Harry,’ perhaps Hitchcock’s most comedic venture, though still with a touch of the macabre. The story is set, and partially filmed, in Vermont and will not afflict its viewers with recurring nightmares. Fledgling performers appearing in the film include Jerry Mathers, before ‘Leave it to Beaver,’ and Shirley MacLaine’s film debut alongside veterans John Forsythe and Edmond Gwenn. This is a community event hosted by the Friends of the West River Trail.
There is no cost to attend either event, but voluntary contributions to assist with the upkeep of the Depot will be accepted. To learn more about the Friends of the West River trail, and the trail itself, visit westrivertrail.org.