Festival offers screenwriting workshops and other programs designed to enhance media literacy, appreciation and education


BRATTLEBORO -- The second annual Brattleboro Film Festival, which will show 30 current films from around the world from Nov. 1-14 at the Latchis Theatre, is launching free filmmaking workshops and events for the community as part of what it aims to be a growing part of its mission to make the tools of film making available to a wider community and improve media literacy, cinema appreciation and audience diversity through community participation.

"So You Want to Write a Screenplay? Scriptwriting Essentials" with screenwriter and BFF Advisor Tim Metcalfe ("Revenge of the Nerds" "Kalifornia" among others) will take place two Sunday mornings, Nov. 3 and 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in downtown Brattleboro. Seats for this workshop are limited and advance registration is required by calling the BFFs at 802-490-0714.

"From Dream to Reality: Getting Movies Made" gives everyone a chance to meet local filmmaker, producer and Marlboro College professor Jay Craven over coffee and fresh doughnuts to hear an update on "Northern Borders," his 2013 film starring Bruce Dern and local actors shot in and around Brattleboro and learn more about his unconventional approach to telling great stories. No registration is required, the event is on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m., at the Community Room at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. No registration is required,

BFF is partnering with the Brattleboro Area Middle School on a free, eight-week "Movie Madness" after school class led by BFF board and film selection member Diane LaVerdi. Each Friday, students watch a film, discuss the story and issues raised and elements of filmmaking to increase their film vocabulary, media literacy and ability to discuss movies on a deeper level. All "Movie Madness" students attend a family screening of "The Painting" and "The Boy in the Bubble" courtesy of the Brattleboro Film Festival.

Lastly, in a nod to great films of the past with timeless relevance, BFF is partnering with Brooks Memorial Library to present two film noir classics that explore greed and the psychology of dependency in abusive relationships for free daytime screenings and discussions.

Fritz Lang’s "Scarlet Street," which features Edward G. Robinson as an artist in a mid-life crisis, shows Monday, Nov. 4, and "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers," which marked Kirk Douglas’ debut, shows Tuesday, Nov. 5, both from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at the library. The films will be followed by a discussion with BFF Advisor John Loggia.

"As a volunteer-run organization, we take our mandate to provide a social good to the community very seriously," said BFF Vice President Lissa Weinmann.

Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer and for more information about the festival, its films, workshops or educational outreach programs, visit www.brattleborofilmfestival.org.

All BFF film tickets will be on sale at Everyone’s Books (cash and checks only please) and during festival screenings at the BFF Volunteer Desk in the lobby of the Latchis Theatre. Tickets are $9 per showtime, $7 for students, seniors and children under 12. An All Festival entry pass is available for $175. Festival-goers may purchase five tickets for $40. Advance ticket holders will enjoy VIP entry to screenings, but all festivalgoers should arrive well before show times as screenings may sell out.

The all-volunteer Brattleboro Film Festival presents films that inform, challenge, entertain and inspire, emphasizing viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. Partnering with local organizations, BFF creates educational initiatives and promotes special events spotlighting issues that raise awareness, facilitate dialogue and increase audience diversity through community participation. For more details, visit www.brattleborofilmfestival.org


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