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The Vermont International Film Foundation presents the 2016 Vermont International Film Festival, October 21st to October 30th in Downtown Burlington. This 10-day celebration of cinema and community takes place at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center with screenings in both the Black Box Theater and the Film House and events in the Lobby and Atrium on the 3rd Floor of Main Street Landing. Other locations include The BCA Center on Church Street with Lunchtime Shorts screenings during the weekdays at noon. The full schedule will be available online Oct 6th for viewing and ticket purchase at www.vtiff.org. The printed festival program will be inserted in every issue of Seven Days on Wednesday, October 12th, and available at the festival.
Ask a Film Producer- a Q+A with Justine Nagan and Lori Cheatle
Presented by Vermont PBS
Friday, October 28th, 1:00 pm
Great Room, Main Street Landing
Film producers Justine Nagan (Exec. Producer of PBS's POV series, as well as Life Itself, The Trials of Muhammad Ali) and Lori Cheatle (festival films Kiki and Seven Songs for a Long Life) answer your questions on how to get a documentary made and distributed. This is a perfect opportunity for filmmakers and students to get quality time with two accomplished film producers. Moderated by Champlain College Professor of Film Studies, Julia Swift.
Seven Songs for a Long Life
Presented by Vermont PBS
Saturday, October 29th, 3:30pm
Film House, Main Street Landing
Tickets: $10, $8 seniors, $5 students
Featuring intro and Q+A with POV Exec. Producer Justine Nagan and film producer Lori Cheatle
This screening is a special preview of an upcoming broadcast of the long running POV progam on Vermont PBS. Documenting six hospice patients at Strathcarron in Scotland, Amy Hardie’sSeven Songs for a Long Life poses the question – how does one cope with the uncertainty of life after a terminal diagnosis? This is a heartwarming and poignant look at end of life - a subject that is not discussed often enough.
More info and tickets: http://vtiff.org/events/seven-songs-for-a-long-life-3/
Vermont PBS Reception
Saturday, October 29th, 5:30pm
Free Event! Join us after the film screening for a reception in the Film House Lobby featuring refreshments and cash bar.
Justine Nagan is the Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc., and an Executive Producer on its two signature series, POV (PBS) and America Reframed (World Channel in partnership with WGBH). POV is the longest running independent documentary series on television. She is a strong believer in the important role of public media in a democracy; diversity and independent voices in popular culture and of documentary as a tool for civic dialogue, new thinking and social change.
Prior to coming to AmDoc, Justine led Kartemquin Films as Executive Director for seven years, as well as being an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer on all KTQ films including Life Itself and The Interrupters by Steve James and The Trials of Muhammad Ali by Bill Siegel. Justine successfully transitioned to the ED role in a historic founder-led organization, and under her leadership the organization significantly expanded its programs to assist documentary filmmakers and saw unprecedented levels of production and financial growth. During her tenure over 20 projects had world premieres including the ambitious Dupont Award-winning six-hour series Hard Earned for Al Jazeera America. She left the organization with a robust production pipeline and a strong financial footing including $1M in support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur and Sage Foundations.
With Kartemquin, she also directed Typeface, an award-winning documentary on American typography and graphic design and the doc short Sacred Transformations.
Justine has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School, and a Masters from the University of Chicago in the Humanities/Cinema and Media Studies. She is active in the media community and was one of the founding board members of Good Pitch Chicago. Justine lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Matt and two young sons.
Lori Cheatle is the founder of Hard Working Movies, an independent production company in Brooklyn, NY that produces films that are bold, creative and entertaining, with an emphasis on feature length documentaries. Working with a range of talented directors, Lori has produced over 20 award-winning films that have screened at all the top international film festivals, in theaters and on TV around the world.
Some films she’s produced include KIKI, directed by Sara Jordeno, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, Seven Songs for A Long Life , directed by Amy Hardie (SXSW 2016, POV), CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart, (Dir. Jeremiah Zagar) for HBO and Sky Atlantic; three films by Doug Block including the audience favorite 112 Weddings, The Kids Grow Up and the critically acclaimed 51 Birch Street (HBO, ZDF/Arte) which was on several Best of 2006 lists, including The New York Times 10 Best Films of the Year; This Land Is Your Land, which was selected for the Whitney Biennial, The Edge of Dreaming and many others.
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