Four of the films featured at the Vermont International Film Festival were directed by Alumni & Faculty. The Film Fest, in its 25th year, is best known for featuring environmental and human rights independent films from Vermont and around the globe. This year’s festival ran from October 22nd to October 31st.
Burning in the Sun tells the story of Daniel Dembele, an enterprising young man looking to make his mark on the world, return to his homeland in Mali. There, he starts a business—building and trying to sell solar panels to rural and poor customers, 99% of whom live without electricity. Daniel’s journey to grow a business in a tiny village explores what it means to grow up as a man and what it takes to prosper as a nation. The film was directed by Cambria Matlow, a Burlington College Alumni, who started the film while a student at the college. Her film will be featured at Palace Nine on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 01:15 PM, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 at 03:45 PM and on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 at 03:30 PM.
James Harvey: A Master at Play delves into the life of the esteemed Vermont pianist, drummer, and composer James Harvey and witnesses his transformative, multi-instrumental journey towards pure creative expression. The film’s Director Alison Segar, a Burlington College Alumni, spent a year documenting the life of the local Jazz legend. Her documentary will screen on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 8:30pm as part of the Vermont Filmmakers' Showcase.
Debt tells the story of Jack, an aging hit man, who botches a job and begins to feel his own mortality. Can he find redemption? Fate intervenes and he meets a young man not unlike himself at that age. But time is running out…. The short film was directed by Jeff, a Burlington College Faculty member, and features Allen Nichols, Gordon Glover, and Joe Baskiewitz as actors. The film will screen on Monday, Oct. 25th, at 6:30 as part of a program of shorts.
Backwater tells the story of a man released from prison, who is shadowed by a figure from his past, forcing him to question whether he can ever be free. The short film was directed by Michael Fisher, a Burlington College Faculty member, who has over twenty short films that have screened in festivals including Slamdance, Moondance, IFP Central Standard, and the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. The film will screen on Monday, Oct. 25th, at 6:30 as part of a program of shorts.