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Love and War and Film

Love and War and Film

Posted: August 3, 2017

“Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story” is one of the films selected for screening in the Vermont Collection of the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. The origin story of the film is almost as intriguing as the tale itself. Filmmaker Kevin Thornton followed rumors, faced dead ends, and made coincidental connections. His journey included a missing diary, a 21-page letter, and a wedding photograph from 1860. The research took several years, and along the way, Kevin wasn’t sure it would come to anything. As pieces fell into place, he thought he might write an article. But when he found the all-important wedding photo, after tracking down a Burlington-dwelling descendant of the aforementioned letter’s recipient, “I just decided on the spot I was going to make a film.” Read More
An Inaugural Event

An Inaugural Event

Posted: August 20, 2015

Almost a hundred movies will be shown next weekend at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival; fifteen will be world premieres. This new-to-Vermont festival is for first or second time filmmakers and is the brainchild of Lloyd Komesar. For Lloyd, this kind of festival creates a level playing field. As he explained, “This is for new filmmakers who really need a break—who really need a breakthrough. No huge budgets, no big stars. This is the opportunity for them to be nurtured, discovered, and talked about without the distraction of competing with filmmakers presenting their third, fourth, or fifth film.” He makes no claim the concept is new. “There are other festivals like this, but not in this neck of the woods.” Read More