Vermont Movie to Premiere in Manchester, Raise Funds for BBA
‘Alie,’ a movie written, directed and shot in Dorset and Manchester, will make it to the big screen at Village Picture Shows in Manchester on Wednesday, August 1, at 4:15 p.m., as a fundraiser for the Burr and Burton Academy Cinematography Department. The movie features professional actress Stephanie Hynds, as well as recent Burr and Burton graduates Ellie Williams, Spencer Fowler and Garrett Sands. The movie is about a New York girl’s strained relationship with her mother and the various boys she meets throughout her summer visits to Vermont. Local moviegoers will recognize area mountains and scenes from the Zion Episcopal Church, Nipper’s Cafe and the Barrow’s House. Other actors in the movie include Conor Harrington, Julia Breed and several area children. The crew was made up of Burr and Burton alumni including Ethan Hacker, the cinematographer, Noah Kane, first assistant director, and Jonny Girdzis, an audio specialist. ‘Alie’ was written and directed by James Moore of Dorset, a Burr and Burton graduate and Pepperdine University student. He was inspired by Peter Bogdonavich’s 1972 film ‘What’s Up, Doc?,’ as well as film adaptations of stage plays from the 1950s and 60s, including ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ This is Moore’s second movie filmed in the area. ‘Life Heist,’ his debut film, made it into 11 film festivals and won the student division of the Laughlin International Film Festival, and was an honorable mention at the Santa Monica Indie Fest. There will be a reception following the film at stART Space, across the plaza from the Village Picture Shows, at 263 Depot Street. There will be a question and answer session, and moviegoers will be able to meet several members of the cast and crew. stART Space showcases paintings, drawings, digital art, photography, mixed media and sculpture; a 15 percent of the proceeds from any art sold at the reception will be donated to the Burr and Burton Cinematography Department.