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Best of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 5:00 pm
7 Short films + bonus feature - $10
Schedule: Saturday 4/30 the shorts program shows at 5pm, followed by bonus feature The Sound & The Shadow (90 Min). at 7:30pm. BUY TICKETS HERE FOR SATURDAY 4/30 Sunday 5/1 the same shorts program screens again at 2pm, followed by bonus feature Figurine (78 min.) at 5pm. BUY TICKETS HERE FOR SUNDAY 5/1 WATCH THE TRAILER HERE Prez Hall is honored to have been invited to screen the shorts program and 2 feature-length narrative films of this wonderful new festival. We will be the ONLY venue only Cape Cod screening this program! The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is all about the work of first and second time filmmakers. This first-time event took place in scenic Middlebury, Vermont in late August of 2015. The festival was a massive success, and organizers anticipate screening approximately 90 films in Year 2 of the MNFF, a diverse array of features and shorts across all genres, as selected by Artistic Director Jay Craven. (Craven has previously presented two of his collaborative student/professional feature films at Prez Hall) What truly distinguishes the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is what comes after the event. The MNFF created a New England Circuit that gives their top filmmakers valuable additional exposure throughout the region. Here's the lineup of the short film program which screens both Saturday & Sunday (7 shorts, 117 min. total): FOUREYES (Narrative Comedy), 13 min., English language. SYNOPSIS: Seeing is believing! A 10-year-old boy is thrust into the tumultuous world of puberty when he gets a new pair of eyeglasses. Hilarious and memorable, Foureyes offers a winning comedic homage to Wes Anderson in its style and boldness. JOHN THE BAPTIST (Documentary), 24 min. in Portugese w/subtitles. SYNOPSIS: "John the Baptist," a documentary short film, follows the title character through a day of intense work. Despite his arduous routine, John still finds the strength and inspiration to bring joy to the people of his city after his labors are over. “John the Baptist” delivers a beautiful yet unsentimental portrait of a workingman’s life, distilled into its powerful essence.   MINIMUM WAGE (Narrative Drama), 15 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: While hustling into the bar where she works, Kit is reminded that rent is due...rent she doesn’t have. Hours later - questionably fired, car towed with her wallet inside, phone dead - she is forced to walk home. When a stranger mistakes her uniform for a prostitute’s, Kit takes a chance. Minimum Wage covers an amazing amount of emotional ground in a very brief amount of time. Exceptionally well done. MY GAL, ROSEMARIE (Documentary), 16 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: Somewhere on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Rosemarie and Ray pass time in an apartment packed and cluttered with the detritus of a half century of marriage. With their meager Social Security checks going straight to covering rent every month and nothing in savings, Ray collects cans to get a little cash together so he can grant Rosemarie her one and only 90th birthday wish: a trip to In ‘N Out for hamburgers. Poignant, honest, humorous and sharply observed. OBSOLETE (Narrative Comedy), 12 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: Retiree Donald is thrown into the frightening complexities of new technology after being assigned the task of entertaining his grandson, little Jimmy. This causes an intense mental battle to rage within Donald's mind - represented through a 1940's office block. Brain Cortex Executive Orson Belles commands and leads his team to try to complete the high level task. However, when equipment explodes in the Frontal Lobe Department, chaos erupts. Crisply directed, clearly imaginative and very funny. PARALLEL CHORDS (Narrative Drama), 14 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: "Parallel Chords" (overture) is based on the true story of a young violinist struggling to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father and the formidable weight of her own musical ability. Surreal images fill her interior life, and provide her with some escape, until she ultimately breaks free in reality. A provocative short, with splendid cinematography. STUNNED (L’ÉTOURDISSEMENT), (Narrative Drama/comedy), 23 Min., in French w/subtitles. SYNOPSIS: Following the accidental death of a colleague, Eddy is charged with the task of announcing the terrible news to the wife of the deceased. His colleague, George, offers to accompany him for support, taking advantage of the opportunity to leave work early. Upon arriving at the widow’s house, the two men struggle with the gravity of the situation. Brilliantly conceived and executed, Stunned marvelously achieves a delicate balance between comedic absurdity and poignant drama. 7:30pm BONUS narrative feature screening THE SOUND & THE SHADOW (90 min). Synopsis: When the 6-year-old girl next door goes missing, Harold realizes that his secret audio recordings of the neighborhood may provide clues to the case. But when his overzealous new roommate Ally pushes him into a dangerous investigation, Harold’s world is turned upside down. Against the backdrop of an urban community's mystery, The Sound and the Shadow examines the perceptions and stories we create from the sounds of our neighbors -- and the secrets we hide behind our own walls. Both a tense, compelling drama and a tale of human insecurity, The Sound and the Shadow showcases the craft of a promising new voice, Justin Paul Miller.  READ MORE ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL HERE    

Best of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Sunday, May 1st, 2016 2:00 pm
7 Short films + bonus feature - $10
BUY TICKETS HERE WATCH THE TRAILER HERE Prez Hall is honored to have been invited to screen the shorts program and 2 feature-length narrative films of this wonderful new festival. We will be the ONLY venue only Cape Cod screening this program! Saturday 4/30 the shorts program screens at 5pm, followed by bonus feature The Sound & The Shadow (90 Min). at 7:30pm. Sunday 5/1 the shorts program screens at 2pm, followed by bonus feature Figurine (78 Min.) at 5pm.  All for only $10 admission each day! (please note: the shorts program Sunday is the same as Saturday) The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is all about the work of first and second time filmmakers. This first-time event took place in scenic Middlebury, Vermont in late August of 2015. The festival was a massive succes, and organizers anticipate screening approximately 90 films in Year 2 of the MNFF, a diverse array of features and shorts across all genres, as selected by Artistic Director Jay Craven. (Craven has previously presented two of his collaborative student/professional feature films at Prez Hall) What truly distinguishes the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is what comes after the event. The MNFF created a New England Circuit that gives their top filmmakers valuable additional exposure throughout the region Here's the short film program lineup: FOUREYES (Narrative Comedy), 13 min., English language. SYNOPSIS: Seeing is believing! A 10-year-old boy is thrust into the tumultuous world of puberty when he gets a new pair of eyeglasses. Hilarious and memorable, Foureyes offers a winning comedic homage to Wes Anderson in its style and boldness. JOHN THE BAPTIST (Documentary), 24 min. in Portugese w/subtitles. SYNOPSIS: "John the Baptist," a documentary short film, follows the title character through a day of intense work. Despite his arduous routine, John still finds the strength and inspiration to bring joy to the people of his city after his labors are over. “John the Baptist” delivers a beautiful yet unsentimental portrait of a workingman’s life, distilled into its powerful essence.   MINIMUM WAGE (Narrative Drama), 15 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: While hustling into the bar where she works, Kit is reminded that rent is due...rent she doesn’t have. Hours later - questionably fired, car towed with her wallet inside, phone dead - she is forced to walk home. When a stranger mistakes her uniform for a prostitute’s, Kit takes a chance. Minimum Wage covers an amazing amount of emotional ground in a very brief amount of time. Exceptionally well done. MY GAL, ROSEMARIE (Documentary), 16 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: Somewhere on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Rosemarie and Ray pass time in an apartment packed and cluttered with the detritus of a half century of marriage. With their meager Social Security checks going straight to covering rent every month and nothing in savings, Ray collects cans to get a little cash together so he can grant Rosemarie her one and only 90th birthday wish: a trip to In ‘N Out for hamburgers. Poignant, honest, humorous and sharply observed. OBSOLETE (Narrative Comedy), 12 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: Retiree Donald is thrown into the frightening complexities of new technology after being assigned the task of entertaining his grandson, little Jimmy. This causes an intense mental battle to rage within Donald's mind - represented through a 1940's office block. Brain Cortex Executive Orson Belles commands and leads his team to try to complete the high level task. However, when equipment explodes in the Frontal Lobe Department, chaos erupts. Crisply directed, clearly imaginative and very funny. PARALLEL CHORDS (Narrative Drama), 14 Min., English, SYNOPSIS: "Parallel Chords" (overture) is based on the true story of a young violinist struggling to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father and the formidable weight of her own musical ability. Surreal images fill her interior life, and provide her with some escape, until she ultimately breaks free in reality. A provocative short, with splendid cinematography. STUNNED (L’ÉTOURDISSEMENT), (Narrative Drama/comedy), 23 Min., in French w/subtitles. SYNOPSIS: Following the accidental death of a colleague, Eddy is charged with the task of announcing the terrible news to the wife of the deceased. His colleague, George, offers to accompany him for support, taking advantage of the opportunity to leave work early. Upon arriving at the widow’s house, the two men struggle with the gravity of the situation. Brilliantly conceived and executed, Stunned marvelously achieves a delicate balance between comedic absurdity and poignant drama. Feature film program, 5pm: Figurine (Canada, 78 min., Language: English) Synopsis: Karin leads a quiet life working at a truck wash and ushering part-time at the hockey arena. Her solitary routine is broken when she meets James, a truck driver seeking work in the city. As autumn approaches winter, Karin opens herself to the possibility of romance. As directed by Hans Olson, Figurine’s sensitive and exquisite portrait of loneliness doesn’t need to rely on dramatic fireworks. Its quiet power speaks for itself.    

Independent Documentary Series:TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 5:00 pm
$10.00
BUY TICKETS HERE FOR THURS. 5/5  BUY TICKETS HERE FOR FRI. 5/6 Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic creatives risked their careers on radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson(Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field)and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these troublemakers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today. Troublemakers points out that land art was rife with contradiction and conflict, a site where architecture, landscape, sculpture, technology, archaeology and photography would all converge. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Cold War anxieties and other political uncertainties of the nuclear age, land artists often subscribed to a dystopian view of the future that questioned the military-industrial complex, consumerism and the banalities of modern life and culture. The period was also marked by the release of the first image of the entire earth. Produced by NASA, such images turned the conceptual space of earth into a two-dimensional sphere; an object on which to conceivably draw, design and create. The most compelling land art sites offered viewers a means to imagine and negotiate the scale of the human body with the enormity of our planet. Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. The film shows how nature performs in these works and alters them over time sometimes radically reclaiming them, creating an ongoing competitive dialogue between artist and the natural world. Using original footage produced with helicopters and rare re-mastered vintage footage from the period, Crump’s cinematic journey takes viewers on a thrill ride through the most significant land art sites in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, an immersive and physically transportive experience that movie goers will not forget. WATCH VIDEO TRAILER HERE      

Independent Documentary Series: TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

Friday, May 6th, 2016 7:00 pm
$10.00
 BUY TICKETS HERE Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic creatives risked their careers on radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson(Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field)and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these troublemakers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today. Troublemakers points out that land art was rife with contradiction and conflict, a site where architecture, landscape, sculpture, technology, archaeology and photography would all converge. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Cold War anxieties and other political uncertainties of the nuclear age, land artists often subscribed to a dystopian view of the future that questioned the military-industrial complex, consumerism and the banalities of modern life and culture. The period was also marked by the release of the first image of the entire earth. Produced by NASA, such images turned the conceptual space of earth into a two-dimensional sphere; an object on which to conceivably draw, design and create. The most compelling land art sites offered viewers a means to imagine and negotiate the scale of the human body with the enormity of our planet. Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. The film shows how nature performs in these works and alters them over time sometimes radically reclaiming them, creating an ongoing competitive dialogue between artist and the natural world. Using original footage produced with helicopters and rare re-mastered vintage footage from the period, Crump’s cinematic journey takes viewers on a thrill ride through the most significant land art sites in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, an immersive and physically transportive experience that movie goers will not forget. WATCH VIDEO TRAILER HERE

Provincetown International Film Festival

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 12:00 pm
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Provincetown International Film Festival

Friday, June 17th, 2016 12:00 pm
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Provincetown International Film Festival

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 12:00 pm
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Provincetown International Film Festival

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 12:00 pm
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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 7:00 pm
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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Friday, September 30th, 2016 7:00 pm
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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Saturday, October 1st, 2016 7:00 pm
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Manhattan Short Film Festival

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 2:00 pm
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