Green Mountain Film Festival

This weekend marks the start of the Green Mountain Film Festival, which is used to promote films of cultural, social and historical interest from around the state. We had a look through the films to see what caught our eyes.

Downstairs – D19
This program features exciting new animation in all styles, from Poland (Millhaven), Canada (The Sapporo Project, The Necktie), and Great Britain (Train of Thought), among other places. Community Partner: School of Cartoon Studies. Approximately 70 minutes.
SATURDAY, MARCH 26 3:30 PM @ Savoy Downstairs

Pavilion Auditorium – P18
A sneak preview of Art Jones’ forthcoming film, aimed at promoting community revitalization in Vermont. When Rutlanders learn that one pint of blood can save up to three lives, they break all blood-donation records. The film goes from there to chronicle Rutland’s drive to revitalize, from developing world-class natural recreation, farm-to-table networks, and entrepreneurial start-ups to the revival of an historic downtown. Post-film event: director Art Jones and Paul Costello of the Vermont Council on Rural Development will lead the discussion after the screening. 80 minutes. Web site
SATURDAY, MARCH 26 6:15 PM @ Pavilion Auditorium

Pavilion Auditorium – P13
Is Lake Champlain in decline? Officials in bordering states and Quebec think so. So does Jon Erickson, the managing director of University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and the executive producer of this new documentary, a wake-up call to the Vermont public. The film examines several factors that may be responsible for the increased levels of blue-green algae throughout the lake. Blue-green algae is a potentially toxic plant that has attracted growing concern over the past few summers. Post-film event: A panel will discuss the film. Sponsored by Vermont Natural Resources Council. Community Partners: Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Conservation Law Foundation, Friends of the Winooski. 35 minutes; free admission, no tickets required. Read article here
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 6:15 PM @ Pavilion Auditorium

Pavilion Auditorium – P12
This thought-provoking film makes the case that our most serious problems – climate chaos, economic meltdown, ethnic conflict, the epidemic of depression – all have their roots in an economic system “run amok”. Thinkers and activists from across the globe argue that the localization movement provides not only an alternative to corporate capitalism, but a solution that can heal both the planet and ourselves. Post-film event: A panel including Steve Gorelick, one of the directors, will discuss the film. 75 minutes. Sponsored by Mathew Rubin. Community Partner: New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. web site
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 6:15 PM @ Pavilion Auditorium

City Hall Arts Center – CH9, CH27, CH36
Family film! In this delightful animated feature, young Nathaniel has received a gift in his aunt’s will: a whole library of old books. He discovers that the books are inhabited; Captain Hook, Alice, and even the Wicked Fairy all live inside. These tiny heroes need Nathaniel to protect them all, and he must learn to read the magic inscription in the library to keep them alive. For ages 6 and up. Community Partners: Center for Cartoon Studies, Everybody Wins! Vermont, Orchard Valley Waldorf School, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 72 minutes. Review
SUNDAY, MARCH 20 10:00 AM @ City Hall Arts Center
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 4:00 PM @ City Hall Arts Center
SATURDAY, MARCH 26 11:45 AM @ City Hall Arts Center

City Hall Arts Center – CH21, CH24, CH29
Beautifully animated and featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, the late Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, My Dog Tulip is a bittersweet retrospective account of author J. R. Ackerley’s 14-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian, Tulip. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, in middle age, he came to adopt the beautiful but high-strung Tulip. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the ideal companion he had been searching for in vain. Written, directed, and animated by award-winning filmmakers Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, My Dog Tulip is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted using paperless computer technology. The New York Times: “The film’s animation and Mr. Plummer’s understated conversational voice combine to make it one of the most sophisticated dog movies ever created.” Sponsored by Karen Jenney. Community Partner: School of Cartoon Studies. 71 minutes. Warning: definitely NOT for children. Web site
TUESDAY, MARCH 22 6:30 PM @ City Hall Arts Center
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 4:00 PM @ City Hall Arts Center
THURSDAY, MARCH 24 8:00 PM @ City Hall Arts Center

SCI-FI SILENCE (The Call of Cthulhu)
Downstairs – D10
In the 1920s, American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft created the Cthulhu Mythos, a cycle of stories. Some 80 years later a group of indie filmmakers made The Call of Cthulhu into a contemporary silent movie. Also on the program: clips from silent films of Georges Melies and Fritz Lang. Sci-fi aficionado Eric Reynolds will introduce the program. Approximately 90 minutes. Web site
TUESDAY, MARCH 22 7:00 PM @ Savoy Downstairs

The full list of movies can be found here: What do you find interesting? Are you going?