Film: 'The Hanji Box'
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`The Hanji Box'

At Next Stage on Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., plus short film "The R Word," (2018). Tickets $10 at, $12 at the door. 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Filmmaker Nora Jacobson to host a post-film discussion.

[framed] film series continues with The Hanji Box

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project presents The Hanji Box (2017) an award-winning film by Nora Jacobson, on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. A new short film, "The R Word," (2018) will also be shown. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, available online at Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space, with a beer and wine cash bar. In keeping with the [framed] film series format, Filmmaker Nora Jacobson will introduce the film and host a post film discussion.


The Hanji Box is about Hannah, an American mother emerging heartbroken from a divorce, and Rose, her adopted Korean daughter. When the mysterious Hanji Box-Rose's precious link to Korea is broken, Hannah travels to New York's Koreatown to try to mend it. By chance she meets a charismatic Korean artist, who takes her on a journey of cultural discovery. Nuanced performances by the actors Suzanne Dudley Schon, Natalie Kim and Daniel Park illuminate the complexities of adoption, issues of longing and belonging, loss, mothering, identity and US Korean history.

Winner, Best Feature Script, USA Independent Film Festival and New York Eurasian Film Festival

"The R Word," is a short film directed and edited by Jacobson, written by Tom Coash, with original music by Tyler Gibbons and Larry Polansky. Nick, a New York City firefighter, is surprised when Sarah, his blind date, shows up wearing an Islamic veil. An ugly incident early in the day has affected Sarah's outlook on men and veiling, making Nick's reaction doubly important to their future.

Nora Jacobson is an award-winning filmmaker whose films include Delivered Vacant (New York Film Festival, Sundance), My Mother's Early Lovers (Maine Int'l Film Festival Audience Award) Nothing Like Dreaming (Lake Placid Film Forum Best of Fest) and the collaborative 6-part film Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie. Jacobson is devoted to telling stories of women, cultural diversity and place. She is the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Herb Lockwood Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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Winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 2017 and ArtPlace America in 2014, Next Stage Arts Project has gained national recognition as a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney's cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.

Since its founding in early 2011, NSAP has hosted dozens events including classical, folk, and popular music concerts, films, spoken word and theater.

People attending the film can get a 20 percent discount off their entr e at The Gleanery, with reservations at 802-387-3052.

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Next Stage Arts Project

15 Kimball Hill - PO Box 251

Putney, VT 05346