Friday, August 19, 2016

Filmmakers who consider Vt. home to screen works at festival

Nearly 370 films from 27 countries were submitted for consideration in the 2016 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, which kicks off next Thursday. The festival draws entries from all over the world, and this year’s event will feature 10 films by Vermonters — including one filmed in Springfield.


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PETER AND THE FARM

Peter Dunning is the proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm, which sits on 136 idyllic acres in Springfield,Vermont. The land’s 38 harvests have seen the arrivals and departures of three wives and four children, leaving Peter with only animals and memories. The arrival of a film crew causes him to confront his history and his legacy, passing along hard-won agricultural wisdom even as he doubts the meaning of the work he is fated to perform until death. Haunted by alcoholism and regret, Peter veers between elation and despair, often suggesting to the filmmakers his own suicide as a narrative device. He is a tragedian on a stage it has taken him most of his life to build, and which now threatens to collapse from under him. At once a postcard from paradise and a cautionary tale for our times, Peter and The Farm sifts through the potential energy of a human life, that which is used and that which is squandered.

The screening is scheduled for Aug. 27 at 7:15 p.m. in Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium.  Director: Tony Stone.  Running time: 91 minutes.


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