A HUGE THANKS...
...to our volunteers, artists, experts, filmmakers, board members, sponsors, partners, & ESPECIALLY OUR AUDIENCES!!! for making WRIF & iWRIF Festival '13 such a success.
SCENES OF WRIF '13
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2013 Program Guide
Two days, two nights. That's all a maniacal bunch of movie-makers get to write, shoot, edit, and screen their short films.
It's the extreme sport of cinema, and WRIF is teaming up with CATV this year for our 48-Hour Film Slam.
Teams get a shot at cash prizes too! Audiences get to watch the results of the pedal-to-the-medal film shooting on Sunday at the close of WRIF's Festival '13. Things start tonight with the team meetings.
Interested in participating? There's a $20 entry fee to join the slam. Check the CATV website for details. www.catv8.org/film-slam/
WRIF'S ANNUAL FUND- (AND FUN-) RAISING BASH! Join us for drinks, food, partying, and the area film festival premiere of the acclaimed documentary about our good neighbor, the Center for Cartoon Studies...
"CARTOON COLLEGE" -- Each fall, The Center for Cartoon Studies invites 20 of the world's most promising aspiring cartoonists and graphic novelists to White River Junction for a no-holds-barred education in comics. Those who complete the two-year program earn a Master of Fine Arts degree and are ready to face the uncertainty of a career in one of the world’s most labor-intensive, drudgery-inducing art forms. Cartoon College is their story.
Filmmakers Josh Melrod and WRIF friend Tara Wray, have created this vivid and quirky doc that features some of the biggest names in literary comics, including Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, and Francoise Mouly. Cartoon College is a fast-paced look at a school where the stakes are high and spilled ink and tears are often the only reward.
WRIF is honored to have the film open Festival '13 and to have the filmmakers and friends of WRIF, Tara Wray and Josh Melrod, on hand to celebrate with us.
It's going to be a great night with CCS luminaries, WRJ characters, and WRIF dignitaries all out in force. Music, food, maybe some dancing, and a great movie, all to kick off our festival. We'll even have live cartoonists cartooning! A true "it-could-only-happen-in-'The-Junk'" event.
STUDENTS $20 at the door.
Sponsored by Matt Dunne • Center For Cartoon Studies
Storytelling across multiple media platforms is generating a vibrant new arena for innovation and creativity. It’s changing how we watch films and how we make them. In this panel we’ll explore the nuts and bolts of creating a successful transmedia project. How do you fund it? What are some of the tools available for creation? And how do you harness the power of this new form to attract participants and deepen your audiences engagement with your story/issue?
Presenters include transmedia creators Melanie Crean and Liz Canner, as well as producer Jane Applegate.
In the spirit of using technology to create more interactive experiences, the panel will utilize Google Hangout for audience participation. Please bring your laptop.
Liz Canner, named one of the "10 Filmmakers to Watch" by Independent Magazine, is an award-winning media artist who produces documentaries, digital public art installations, and transmedia projects on human rights issues. She has been the recipient of over 55 honors, awards and fellowships including a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship from Harvard, a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She is also the President of the WRIF Board.
Examples of Liz’s Transmedia projects: www.symphonyofacity.org
Melanie Crean is an Assistant Professor of Media Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Her art work deals with the politics of speech, the phenomenology of perception and the capacity of socially engaged art to produce social change. She has also designed special effects for the MTV Digital Television Lab. More information at www.melaniecrean.com.
Jane Applegate is a veteran producer of television, film and online video content. She's written, produced and hosted a variety of original online video programs for Microsoft, Verizon Wireless, Epson and Pitney Bowes and produced documentaries for Discovery Channel. She also served on the WRIF board for many years. More information at www.theapplegategroup.com.
During the "Shape of Change Workshop", participants will contribute to an ongoing exchange with Iraqi citizens on the nature of change, freedom and utopia as it applies to the built environment, and the idea of home.
Many Americans have lost their homes during natural disasters or the recent foreclosure crisis, and have been forced into a considerable amount of debt. Thousands of Iraqis were displaced from their homes during the Iraq war and the ethnic violence that followed. In both cases, peoples’ relationship to their home has been particularly intense over recent months, forming a basis for communication and exchange.
Workshop participants will join with Melanie Crean, a transmedia artist from New York City, to communicate with people in Iraq and their exchange will be added to the shapeofchange.com website, an online archive of opinions compiled from across Iraq and the United States since 2008. Participants should bring laptops.
(See "Nuts and Bolts of Transmedia" listing above for more about Melanie Crean.)
Sponsored by Liz Canner and Alex Barnett
This workshop panel will introduce transmedia documentary, as a practical new format of media production and community building. Transmedia documentaries develop a mosaic of inviting and engaging media forms and experiences, utilizing new and classic forms of expression in relation to one another.
Noted experts Patricia Zimmerman, Helen De Michiel, and Laura Kissel will present their work in this innovative new field, and invite discussion and participation in transmedia work. One focus for local participation will be the LunchLoveCommunity project that De Michiel co-created, which works to provide better local food options for children. We are keenly interested in soliciting community participation in this event.
Mark Williams of the Dartmouth Dept. of Film & Media Studies will moderate.
Patricia R. Zimmermann is professor of Screen Studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. She is the author of Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film, as well as several other works. For more information, see http://faculty.ithaca.edu/patty/
Helen De Michiel is a director, writer and producer. She has created several award-winning independent documentary and dramatic works, including Turn Here Sweet Corn and The Gender Chip Project. Her films are included in museum collections around the country, including The Walker Art Center and MOMA. For more information, see http://www.thirtyleaves.org
Laura Kissel is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker and media artist. Her most recent project is a transmedia documentary about globalization and cotton, The Cotton Road Movie. For more information, see http://laurakissel.com
See also Laura Kissel at Finger Lakes Environmental Film Fest: http://www.ithaca.edu/fleff/blogs/fleff_intern_voices/live_blogging:_laura_kissel_and_the_ideas_behind_c/
Sponsored by Dartmouth College, Film and Media Studies
Threatened by growing domestic unrest, Richard Nixon has declared a national “Event of Insurrection.” At secret detention centers across the country suspected activists receive summary hearings, inevitable convictions, and a terrible choice: years of prison, or punishment park. Who can forget those frightening times?
But wait -- punishment parks? That never happened—or did it? Are these people on screen “real,” or “actors?” Is this one of the most honest films ever? Or utterly dishonest? How can this nearly forgotten 42-year-old film feel so relevant?
In Punishment Park exiled British filmmaker Peter Watkins probes the complicated relationships between fact and fiction, artist and audience. A pioneer of faux-documentary style (The War Game, 1965) and a fierce critic of conventional mass media norms, Watkins remains controversial, polarizing, and eerily prophetic. The elimination of civil rights for suspected “terrorists,” indefinite extralegal detention, officially sanctioned torture, multinational media empires beyond the reach of law, the utter breakdown of meaningful political dialogue, reality TV. . . it’s all present in this angry and disturbing vision of a dystopian America that many will feel is just a little too familiar.
“Now you know the secret source,” writes media critic Michael Hirschorn in The Atlantic. “All things come from Watkins.”
See more at: http://pwatkins.mnsi.net/index.htmand at Hirschorn article
Stay for a postscreening discussion with filmmakers and activists, Jay Craven, Nora Jacobson, John Douglas, and others.
Sponsored by Keeper Barn and Off The Grid Productions
Community Partners: Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Hanover Friends Meeting
Once a climate-change skeptic, National Geographic photographer James Balog devises revolutionary time-lapse cameras for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Chasing Ice follows Balog on this mission as he compresses years into seconds and records ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.
Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history.
As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet.
In partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival. ( VTIFF.ORG
Featuring Q&A with director Jeff Orlowski. Chasing Ice at WRIF is made possible through our partnership with The Vermont International Film Festival. www.vtiff.org
Nominated for an Academy Award. Winner, Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival. Also, Audience Awards at South By Southwest Film Festival, Hot Docs Film Festival, and others
Sponsored by DPF Design • Lia Rothstein • Janine Williamson and Michael Tsapakos
A down-and-out aspiring rock star, Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) in a powerful performance, agrees to sign divorce papers only to discover that he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter. With a good-natured lawyer (Jon Heder) unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend (Jena Malone) who represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Dano’s character negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation.
A beautifully shot film with cinematography by Upper Valley native Reed Morano.
For Ellen is an uncompromising and often witty look at marriage, parenthood, dreams, and rock & roll, parts of our lives which don’t always blend in perfect harmony.
Featuring Q&A with award-winning director of photography and Upper Valley native, Reed Morano
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival
Sponsored by Lyn & Tom Lord
"A hilarious satire of media culture" -- Filmmaker Magazine
"A ferocious indictment of Generation Me" -- indieWIRE
King Kelly is an aspiring Internet star who performs web cam stripteases.
When Kelly's car -- filled with illegal narcotics that she must deliver -- is stolen by her bitter ex-boyfriend, Kelly and her best friend embark on an epic whirlwind of drugs, sex, violence and mischief-making as Kelly tries to reclaim what's hers. Kelly's biggest online fan, a wayward State Trooper, joins the journey as the night spirals into chaos.
Made entirely from camera-phone footage and directed by former Vermonter Andrew Neel, King Kelly is a sensational journey through hedonistic American culture and the world of YouTube. iWRIF, you’ve been warned.
Discuss the film afterwards over cocktails with us and director Andrew Neel.
Jury's Choice Award, Puchon Intnl. Fantastic Film Festival
A smash hit last year, WRIF's nosh-and-watch Local Filmmakers' Brunch is back.
The Upper Valley is an incubator for many films and home to a high level of filmmaking ability. Join us in celebrating our homegrown talent. Watch films and engage in post-screening Q&As with the directors, all while enjoying coffee and breakfast treats.
MC'd by Laura Barrett and Jenny Lynn Hall.
Here's the lineup for Sunday morning's Local Filmmakers' Brunch
9:00 am The Checkup (William Peters and Michael Mooney); Nico (Ben Silberfarb); Octopus Story (Ken Leslie).
9:50 am: Stations (Michael Fisher), Soldiers of Peace (Denis Mueller).
10:30 am We Have to Talk About Hunger (Alison Segar), Glean, Freeze, Give (Benja- min Stimson).
11:10 am Darwin’s Extra Sense (Wendy Conquest, Bob Drake, Dan Rockmore); Out of the Den (Dartmouth Professor Jeff Rouff’s Documentary class, Annie Munger presenting).
Sponsored by Barbara Hall • Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie • The Byrne Foundation
Join us for a collaborative multi-media storytelling adventure!
During this three-hour workshop led by storytellers Adrienne Nunez and Holly Metz, together we will create an on-line story revolving around the theme of "Home." Participants are asked to bring an artifact that relates to this theme—a photo, video, or object—anything that reminds you of “Home.” With your artifacts, digital tools, and a blog website, we will create a unique story online.
If you have ever wanted to be part of a collaborative art project or are interested in using the internet to share family or town histories, this is the workshop for you! You will learn about simple blog creation and basic digital tools!
Workshop leader: digital artist and CCS grad Adrienne Nunez is a book designer at a publishing house in Brattleboro, VT http://adriennenunez.net/
Introduction by author/historian Holly Metz, who has written for The Progressive, Labor History, and the New York Times and is author of Killing the Poormaster. http://thepoormaster.com
LOCATED AT CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES, 46 South Main Street in the old post office building, WRJ
PLEASE NOTE: All Access Festival pass holders should call (802)649-3242 if they wish to reserve a place in the 'Build A Story or History On-line' workshop as space is limited.
Sponsored by Film Video Digital
A workshop on the Cre/Atavist transmedia platform, presented by Olivia Koski, senior producer of Atavist publishing, demonstrating how many kinds of audio and video media can be incorporated in self-published e-books.
Olivia has worked with Don Metz, local architect, novelist, and bike racer, who recently finished a manuscript based on his participation in the grueling 3000 mile, non-stop, Race Across America. (Don's four-man team shattered the record for the 70-year age category by 26 hours, and, in the process, also broke the record for the 60-year category). At the workshop, Olivia will demonstrate how Google maps of the race route, digital photographs, digital video, race charts, and other materials become part of the digital file of Don's e-book.
Bring a laptop, if you can. (Helpful but not mandatory.)
Olivia Koski was born in Arizona, raised in Colorado, and resides in New York City, where she produces enhanced ebooks at the Atavist.
Sponsored by Chelsea Green Publishing
Physical books – and other print on paper media – have had a spectacular and uncontested 450 year run.
Almost overnight, the situation has been transformed: in the digital forms and formats into which everything is now rapidly migrating, becoming linkable, mashable, and all media have become, more or less, transmedia. Author and mobile app creator Kevin Moffett, transmedia publisher Olivia Koski, NY Times columnist Pagan Kennedy, and moderator Phil Pochoda will explore some specific features, futures, fears, and fantasies of books and journalism at the very onset of this vast digital tsunami.
As part of the event, Moffett will add White River Jct. as one of his "Silent History" app's "geo-local" multi-part narrative field reports and will guide participants through this process.
Kennedy will lay out some of the promising and some of the troubling features of the new journalistic terrain that requires reporters to submit not just the text of a story but also supporting audio, visual, and other "transmedia" materials as well.
Koski will focus on the "trans" in transmedia. As books and movies merge, how do we transition between reading and watching? How do you maintain a consistent story flow when you switch mediums? Where is the line between publisher and production studio?
Pochoda, former director of the University of Michigan Press, and before that director of Anchor Books, Dial Press, and Prentice Hall Press, will moderate. Phil is also the coordinator of the Canaan (NH) Meetinghouse summer reading series.
Sponsored by Chelsea Green Publishing
Near the Mexican-Guatemalan border, young teenage lovers, Sabina and Jovany, both Hondurans, meet. Sabina plans to get to the United States and dreams of becoming a great singer; Jovany commits all the required atrocities to be accepted by the gang La Mara Salvatrucha.
Sabina and Jovany run into the rough border world of white slavery, Mexican and American immigration agents, prostitution rings, and many other threats blocking their way to “the land of the free.”
Sabina Rivas is a passionate, harsh, sometimes touching, down-in-the-trenches look at the hardships, determination and hopes that make up the lives of migrants hoping to make it to “the north.”
Featuring Q&A with director Luis Mendoki and screenwriter Miguel Tejada-Flores
Sponsored by Pat Glowa and Don Kollisch • Mike Davidson and Rachel Ballard
Community Partners: WISE
CATV & WRIF are collaborating to put on a 48-Hour Film Slam Competition. Participating teams have just one weekend to make a 4-6 minute film. All creative work, rehearsals, shooting, editing, etc. must occur in a 48-hour window ending here and now at the grand screening premiere.
Participants can choose between making a documentary or fiction film but all projects must be about a pre-assigned theme and contain specified elements like props and locations.
Plus WRIF will be offering a cash prizes for the best films made in and about White River Junction!
The films will be judged by industry professionals and prizes will be awarded after the screening.
Sponsored by The Byrne Foundation
Community Partners: "Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie"
Over forty years, America’s War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.
Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of the War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.
Filmed by Eugene Jarecki, the award-winning director of Why We Fight, The House I Live In recognizes the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, but it also reminds us The War On Drugs isn’t about drugs.
The New York Times calls the film, “Fearless... A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake.”
Featuring Q&A with director Eugene Jarecki
Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival
Screens, pads, apps, and tweets. Digital this and "i-" that.
It's time for some good old face-to-face, body-to-body human PARTYING!
WRIF's festival wrap parties are the stuff of legends. Join in. Tweet about it tomorrow. (If you can find your phone.)