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June 2017

2017 White River Indie Festival

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - June 4 @ 9:00 pm
Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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      Plans are in the works for festival 2017!  Films, workshops, panels, parties, special guests, and much more  for our four-day festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 1–4, 2017. Check out the WRIF 2017 Schedule, and sign up on this site to receive updates!    The 13th annual White River Indie Festival takes place June 1-4, 2017 at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, Vermont. This year’s festival opens with a Gala reception and includes features, classics, documentaries, and…

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Salt of the Earth

June 1 @ 3:30 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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“No American film is more inspiring and emotionally satisfying than this remarkable 1954 film.” (Danny Peary, Cult Movies II). Salt of the Earth is the work of blacklisted filmmakers Herbert Biberman, Paul Jarrico, and Michael Wilson, and is the only entire film of the era that was suppressed for political reasons. Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity…

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Border Incident

June 1 @ 6:30 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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This dark and harrowing noir unfolds against the backdrop of the Bracero Program, a US-Mexican labor recruitment deal that brought thousands of Mexican peasants to the fields of California and all along the border. Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy team up as government agents trying to crack down on bandits and racketeers preying on the defenseless migrants. Set amidst the irrigation ditches of the Joaquin Valley and shot in beautiful grey tones by legendary cinematographer John Alton, this classic story…

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Friday Gala and Reception with The Hanji Box screening

June 2 @ 6:00 pm
Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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WRIF's annual fundraiser and reception for the Upper Valley premiere of Nora Jacobson's The Hanji Box. Food, friends, and live music with Mambo Monk, jazz trio with Bill Craig. Screening at 7 p.m. followed by Q&A with director Nora Jacobson, memoirist Meg Daiss Hurley (whose work inspired the film), and members of cast and crew. The Hanji Box features the work of local film professionals including actress Suzanne Dudley (Schon), director of photography Ben Silberfarb, Executive Producer Bill Stetson, and…

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The Hanji Box

June 2 @ 7:00 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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How does it feel to be adopted? To adopt a child from a different culture? Nora Jacobson's latest film,The Hanji Box, is a quietly compelling drama about Hannah, an American mother emerging heartbroken from a divorce, and Rose, her adopted Korean daughter. When the mysterious Hanji Box—Rose’s precious link to Korea—is broken, Hannah travels to New York’s Koreatown to mend it. There she meets a charismatic Korean artist who takes her on a journey of cultural discovery. Nuanced performances by…

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American Honey

June 2 @ 9:15 pm - June 3 @ 11:58 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending, and young love as she crisscrosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. Stars Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Sponsored by Liora Alschuler Community Partner: Revolution

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Regional Short Film Showcase

June 3 @ 9:00 am
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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View the best short films, docs, and animation from our richly talented extended film community. Magic talking dolls, car crashes, epic period pieces, the films have it all. Featuring new cinematic offerings from (Phish bassist) Mike Gordon, award-winning animator Daniel Houghton, and acclaimed playwright Jim Lantz. Join the filmmakers to celebrate and explore their work on the big screen and continue the conversation at the catered reception to follow. If you’re interested in film or if you make film, this…

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Seeing Through The Wall: Meeting Ourselves in Palestine and Israel

June 3 @ 10:00 am
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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Seeing Through The Wall is about the barriers that separate Palestinians and Israelis—walls of concrete, of mistrust, of ignorance and fear. In this thought-provoking film, Woodstock Director Macksoud and Tunbridge Cinematographer Michael Sacca follow a group of Americans to Israel and Palestine as they seek to understand what life is like for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and East Jerusalem. Along with their trip leader, Rabbi Dov Taylor, the visitors meet with Jews and Christians and Muslims, each with their…

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Starless Dreams

June 3 @ 12:00 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Tehran. Director Mehrdad Oskouei, one of Iran’s most prominent filmmakers, spent seven years securing access to this all-female facility. As the New Year approaches, the girls bond and reveal—with playfully disarming honesty—the circumstances and acts that resulted in their incarceration. Outside the prison walls, danger is everywhere, even within their own families. With startling frankness and “the…

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Girl Flu

June 3 @ 2:00 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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Bird, a thoughtful 12-year-old, is becoming a woman whether she wants to or not. During the worst week of her life, she gets her first period, is ditched by her impulsive, free-spirited mom, and learns that you can never really go back to the Valley. First-time writer/director Dorie Barton sets a lighthearted backdrop for this coming-of-age story, offering a sweet perspective on a universal, yet underrepresented experience. Starring indie film darling Jeremy Sisto (Clueless, Six Feet Under) and featuring a…

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Panel – “How Do You Fund Your Film?”

June 3 @ 2:00 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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Everyone has a good idea for a film, but to make a film you need money (at the very least, to feed your crew!). Four independent filmmakers and producers share their stories and advice on how to get over one of the most challenging hurdles of moviemaking. Moderated by Harriette Yahr. Panelists include: Jane Applegate (To See the Light, The Hanji Box), Lucia Small (One Cut One Life), Craig Harwood (Anchovies), Signe Taylor (It's Criminal).

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One Cut, One Life

June 3 @ 3:15 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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When seminal documentarian Ed Pincus— considered the father of first person nonfiction film—is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he and collaborator Lucia Small team up to make one last film, over the objections of Jane, Ed’s wife of 50 years. Told from two filmmakers’ and one subject's points of view, One Cut, One Life challenges the form of first-person documentary and offers a sometimes comedic, sometimes tragic view of the human condition. Ed and Lucia’s intense and raw approach to…

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To Keep the Light

June 3 @ 4:00 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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Inspired by true stories, To Keep the Light is a quietly mesmerizing look at the life of a lighthouse keeper's wife who struggles with her daily work—and her sanity—as she cares for her sick husband in 19th century Maine. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, secrets hidden in deep waters come to light, and she is forced to confront both her past and her future. It has won awards for Best Director, Best Narrative Feature, and Cinematography from…

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Left on Pearl

June 3 @ 6:00 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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What happens in 1971 when International Women's Day marchers in Cambridge turn left on Pearl Street and seize and occupy a Harvard-owned building? The ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by hundreds of women demanding a Women’s Center and low-income housing for the community in which the building stood, embodied within it many of the hopes, triumphs, conflicts and tensions of Second Wave feminism. One of the few such takeovers, this action was transformative for the participants, and led directly…

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It’s Criminal + Broken

June 3 @ 7:00 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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It’s Criminal is a powerful critique of the economic and social inequities that divide the United States. The film offers a window into a rural jail, an Ivy League college, and what happens when these worlds collide. Shot in an intimate verité style, the film shares the life-changing experiences of female prisoners and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play about the lives of the incarcerated women. It delves into privilege, poverty, and injustice and…

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Don’t Call Me Son + Anchovies

June 3 @ 8:00 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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With a light touch for heavy topics, Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert looks at an unusual family configuration—the true story of Pierre, who at age 17 learns that his adoptive mother had in fact stole him, landing her in prison and Pierre with the biological family who spent years tracking him down. What follows is the tale of an androgynous young man robbed of his identity just as he is about to find himself, while a perceptive camera carefully tracks how…

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Walk on the Wild Side

June 3 @ 9:30 pm
Main Street Museum, 58 Bridge Street, #6
White River Junction, VT 05001 United States
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A screening of Nicolette Krebitz's Wild along with a mystery short from Bona Bones, stop motion animator and professional vulgarian, followed by a dance party with DJ ShaR4, who brings a international flavor to her grooves, especially house crowd and dance club followers. Event is BYOB (21 or older). Wild (2016) by Nicolette Krebitz, 90 minutes, Feature, Unrated, Germany Move over, Grizzly Man, and make room for Wolf Woman. In this visceral and outré tale, the life a young woman,…

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Peace Has No Borders

June 4 @ 10:00 am
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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During the Iraq and Afghan Wars, veterans from the United States crossed the border to Canada seeking relief and refuge from serving in what they viewed as unjust and immoral wars. Today little is heard from the men and women who made a stand when the wars were raging. Peace Has No Borders gives voice to veterans who refused complicity and tells a complex story that weaves the resistors’ personal struggles against the backdrop of the political power of the…

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P.S. Jerusalem

June 4 @ 10:30 am
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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Filmmaker Danae Elon began to film her three young sons the moment she and her partner, Philip, decided to leave New York and return to Jerusalem. The decision was prompted by the death of her father, leading Israeli intellectual and writer Amos Elon. It was his dying wish that Danae not return, but her attachment to the place she always called home was stronger. Danae’s camera captures her three young boys growing up, asking endless questions and confronting the reality…

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Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest

June 4 @ 12:00 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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Inspired by Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie, this contest invites young Vermonters to create films that explore the life and culture of the Green Mountain State, both past and present, from their point of view. This program features a selection of the winning films, and invites you to join us and participate in a Q&A with the young filmmakers. Since the contest began three years ago, the Freedom & Unity contest has drawn over 200 entries from high schools,…

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The Mars Generation

June 4 @ 1:00 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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The first 20 students (K-12) to enter The Mars Generation screening receive a FREE pass to the Montshire Museum! The Mars Generation is a comprehensive look at the little known history of mankind's efforts to reach Mars, as seen through the eyes of the teens who aspire to be the first ever to set foot on the Red Planet. Following the young participants in NASA’s Space Camp, their energy and dreams are interwoven with stunning archival footage and interviews with…

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Panel – “Producing for Distribution”

June 4 @ 1:30 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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So you want to make a movie, but what about getting it seen? A good distribution strategy can help find investors and financing from the get-go, and a home for the film once it’s finished. Industry veteran Mark Lindsay will take you through the steps of film production from idea to distribution. For over 30 years, Lindsay has been an executive in the entertainment industry, and has handled the sales and international distribution on Academy Award-winning films Chicago, Finding Neverland,…

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Denial

June 4 @ 3:00 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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David Hallquist, a Vermont utility executive, has made it his mission to take on one of the largest contributors of global warming—our electric grid. But when his son Derek tries to tell his father's story, the film is soon derailed by a staggering family secret, one that forces Derek and David to turn their attention toward a much more personal struggle. With stunning access to intimate family moments and behind-the-scenes energy deals—and with humor in the face of overwhelming events—Denial…

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48-Hour Film Slam

June 4 @ 3:30 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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WRIF and CATV are teaming up again for the 5th Annual 48-Hour Film Slam. Teams have two days and two nights to cook up, from soup to nuts, a short film! Audience members get to watch the delectable results of the pedal-to-the-metal film shooting on Sunday, June 4th. Watch submissions from the 2016 Slam Sponsored by The Stettenheim Foundation

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Nuts!

June 4 @ 5:30 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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Inventive and wildly fun, Nuts! recounts the unbelievable true story of John Romulus Brinkley, a doctor who in 1917 discovered that he could “cure” impotence. From there, the story only gets more bizarre. Along the way, he transplants thousands of goat testicles, amasses an enormous fortune, is (sort of) elected Governor of Kansas, invents junk mail and the infomercial, builds the world’s most powerful radio station, and generally annoys the heck out of the establishment. Mixing hand-drawn animated reenactments, interviews,…

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Cameraperson

June 4 @ 6:00 pm
Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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Exposing her role behind the camera, award-winning director and cinematographer Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera. Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. Rolling Stone calls it “an extraordinary self-portrait and an existential…

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Bob and the Trees

June 4 @ 7:30 pm
Schleicher Studio, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates St
White River Jct., VT 05001 United States
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It is deep winter in rural Massachusetts, and Bob, a 50-year old logger with a soft spot for golf and gangsta rap, struggles to make ends meet in a changed economy. When a beloved cow gets wounded and his trees suffer from a mysterious infestation, Bob begins to unravel.. Filmed on location in the Berkshires, Bob and the Trees presents a breathtaking and unique vision of American life. Hollywood Reporter lauds film as "a verité drama that mines a rich…

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November 2017

The Uncondemned

November 3 @ 7:30 pm
Briggs Opera House, 5 South Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05005 United States
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BUY TICKETS HERE   WRIF presents The Uncondemned With special guest co-director and award-winning investigative reporter Michele Mitchell. The Uncondemned is a riveting documentary about an underdog group of lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an international war crime. This is the against-the-odds story of their fight for the first conviction—and of the women who braved witness assassinations to testify.   In 1997, the young men and women at…

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WRIF 365 IS BACK!

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - December 1 @ 10:30 pm
Briggs Opera House, 5 South Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05005 United States
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    On Friday, November 3, 2017 WRIF begins its fall WRIF 365 programs with the courtroom documentary, The Uncondemned, the against-the-odds story of a team of legal underdogs who changed international judicial history. The film shows at 7:30 p.m. at the Briggs Opera House. Co-director and award-winning investigative reporter Michele Mitchell will be present for audience Q&A following the screening. Thanks to our Community Partner for this screening, WISE.       BUY TICKETS HERE WRIF 365 will continue…

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December 2017

Where the Rivers Flow North

December 1 @ 6:00 pm
Briggs Opera House, 5 South Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05005 United States
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TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!   Benefit Reception and Screening with Director Jay Craven Benefit Reception • 6:00 p.m. at Trailbreak Taps & Tacos Screening and informal reception at Briggs Opera House • Doors open 6:30 p.m.   Join us December 1, 2017 for a special benefit program honoring the late Howard Frank Mosher, Vermont novelist and inspiration for four features and one short film by filmmaker Jay Craven. The program will include a screening of Where the Rivers Flow North, presented…

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