Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Comes to Rutland

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Comes to Rutland

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Comes to Rutland

The Paramount Theatre will screen two documentary films from the fourth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) on Sunday, February 10. The event in Rutland will be one of seven in a statewide tour of the top documentaries from this past summer’s festival. Director Tom Herman’s ‘Dateline-Saigon’ profiles five Pulitzer Prize-winning, groundbreaking reports during the early years of the Vietnam War. As President Kennedy committed US troops to what was initially dismissed as a “nice little war in a land of tigers and elephants,” five young reporters boldly challenged the administration’s version of events on the ground. ‘Dateline Saigon’ won the Best Documentary Feature Award at MNFF this past August.

Director Ivo Marloh’s ‘All the Wild Horses’ is a highly dramatic and visually stunning feature documentary that follows five international riders from the US, Canada, South Africa, Iceland and the UK as they compete in the Mongol Derby horse race. This multi-horse, multi-station race covers 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian steppe, and is considered the longest and toughest horse race on the planet. The film was a finalist in MNFF’s Best Documentary Feature category.

The event at The Paramount is a special double-feature matinee. ‘All the Wild Horses’ will screen at 1 p.m., followed by Q&A with Marloh and Paramount’s executive director, Bruce Bouchard, who notes, “We are so very happy to be participating in this year’s MNFF Vermont Tour of two outstanding documentary films. Without question the MNFF has emerged as a festival force to be reckoned with in the exploding festival world.” ‘Dateline Saigon’ will screen at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for each film or $16 for both, and are available at the Box Office the day of the screenings.

“By presenting these two truly outstanding documentaries in a barnstorming tour across our home state of Vermont, MNFF continues its core commitment of actively promoting the work of talented first- and second-time directors, the emerging voices of independent filmmaking,” noted Lloyd Komesar, MNFF producer. “With this second version of the tour, we are expanding our reach to seven towns and look forward to connecting with appreciative audiences around Vermont.” Complete information can be found at middfilmfest.org.

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