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Vermont International Film Festival › Blog

Friday, October 12, 2007 | 11:57 AM

WCAX's coverage of the festival

I was interviewed yeasterday by WCAX TV about the festival. I gave them loads of good information about specific films and the history of the festival and the Vermont Showcase and they cut it all down to one sentence about trying to expand our audience this year (of course, such is the way of TV news). Still, we are grateful for the coverage. Here’s the piece, in case you missed it…

BTW, listen to the way Marselis says, “…a new website that encourages users to review the films and then blog about them.” It’s a perfect example of how I always imagine folks in traditional media must say the word “blog” — with utter disdain.

Thursday, October 11, 2007 | 01:40 PM

I read the news today, oh boy...

VtIFF is getting some nice publicity today. I was just interviewed by WCAX out in front of the Main Street Landing’s Performing Arts Center about the festival. That will air on tonight’s six o’clock news. Seven Days ran a nice piece today, as did Burlington’s paper of record. And North Country Public Radio interviewed VtIFF President Deb Ellis about the festival yesterday. Let’s hope all this great publicity brings people out to the venues!

I was at Main Street Landing this morning checking out the theaters and things are looking and sounding good. Let’s watch some movies!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 | 11:17 AM

Special Collector's Festival Poster

West coast graphic designer and illustrator, Tyler Stout, has created a special collector’s print festival poster for the 2007 Vermont International Film Festival. The print is of an original illustration made especially for the Vermont International Film Festival. There are also t-shirts available with the design. Check it out…

I’m not exactly sure what the image has to do with the Vermont International Film Festival, but I think it’s pretty cool anyway.

Prints are $10 and t-shirts are $15. Look for them at festival venues!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 | 11:25 AM

It's happening!

We’re here. The Week of the festival is upon us. My email inbox is jammed with messages going back and forth between board members and staff members and filmmakers. All the films are in hand and the venues are set. All that’s left is to show up and watch some movies.

As you’re perusing the VtIFF website and planning your festival schedule, consider checking out the opening night party following the Four Eyed Monsters screening. It will be hosted at the VCAM/RETN studios in the south end (where I work). VCAM and RETN partnering with the film festival for this party makes perfect sense. Four Eyed Monsters is a fantastic example of “user-generated,” community media content. Arin Crumley and Susan Buice are not Hollywood filmmakers working for a studio, they’re just a couple of regular folks sharing their personal stories and flexing their artistic muscles to make this wonderful film. The equipment they used is no different from that which is available at VCAM to any local person who wants to use it. Their choice to release the film under a Creative Commons copyright on YouTube is also consistent with VCAM & RETN’s non-commercial mission and philosophy.

We hope to see you down here for the party! Any festival ticket-holder can come (hold onto your stubs!).

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 | 11:45 PM

Goldstone contenders

This week, members of the Vermont Film Commission gathered in a secret basement location for several hours and screened all of the official entries in this year’s Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase. Their goal was to award one filmmaker the coveted Goldstone Award — given each year at the Vermont International Film Festival to an emerging Vermont filmmaker.

I don’t know how many films were screened, nor do I know which one was chosen. We’ll all find out on Friday October 12th at 5:00 pm at the Film Commission’s awards ceremony at the Waterfront Theater.

Last year’s Goldstone winner was Eleanor “Bobbie” Lanahan, for her animated film, The Naked Hitchhiker. Previous Goldstone winners have included Vermont filmmakers Josh Lind, Sue Bettman and John Douglas.

According to the Film Commission’s website

The Goldstone Award has been given every year since 1999 and is named for Vermont native James Goldstone. After a long career in Hollywood, including an Emmy award for best director, the films Rollercoaster and The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight and the pilot episode of Star Trek, Goldstone returned to Vermont where he later served as first president of the Vermont Film Commission’s board of directors. Goldston passed away in 1999. Each year since then, the award has gone to an emerging Vermont filmmaker in honor of Goldstone’s dedication to nurturing aspiring filmmakers.

Full disclosure: I myself have a film in the running for this year’s award, though being the festival’s official blogger has unfortunately not granted me any inside information on the Commission’s deliberations.