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The First Monday In May
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The First Monday In May
Showtimes:
Tues May 3 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Wed May 4 | 2pm
Thurs May 5 | 2pm, 6pm, 8pm
Sat May 7 | 2pm
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Summary: The First Monday In May Directed by Andrew Rossi Starring Andrew Bolton, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier English 1 hr 30 mins, rated PG-13   The First Monday... Read More

The First Monday In May
Directed by Andrew Rossi
Starring Andrew Bolton, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier
English
1 hr 30 mins, rated PG-13

 

The First Monday in May follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, China: Through The Looking Glass, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton. With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano) as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.

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The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
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The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Showtimes:
Fri May 6 | $10 per film, $20 entire program, $8 for Seniors per film, $15 entire program
Omo Child: The River and the Bush | 12pm |
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Romeo Is Bleeding | 2:30pm | Buy Tickets
Figurine | 5pm | Buy Tickets
The Sound and The Shadow | 7:30pm | Buy Tickets
Entire Program [all 4 films] | Buy Tickets

Summary: The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival [MNFF] brings a selection of its award winning films to the beautiful Frontier Cinema on May 6.  The screenings are part of... Read More

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival [MNFF] brings a selection of its award winning films to the beautiful Frontier Cinema on May 6.  The screenings are part of MNFF’s distinctive New England Circuit that provides its top filmmakers with valuable post-Festival exposure in great venues across the six New England states.


The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival was created to support, promote and exhibit the dynamic and imaginative efforts of new filmmakers. At MNFF, the focus is entirely on first and second time filmmakers who have completed either their feature or short film in the last two years. All genres are welcome at MNFF including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental.  The Festival offers its audiences an opportunity to discover new and emerging voices in filmmaking and provides filmmakers a chance to be celebrated in a setting that is all about their work.

 

12pm - Omo Child: The River and the Bush [Documentary]
Directed by John Rowe
English/Other
90 min


For many generations, the Kara people of the Omo Valley (southwest Ethiopia) believed some “cursed” children bring disease, drought and death to the tribe. The curse is called “mingi.”  The tribal response is to kill the Mingi. One young, educated Kara man, Lale Labuko, decided he would challenge this horrific tradition. This is his story. Omo Child is the result of five years of filming. It follows Lale and the Kara tribe’s journey as they attempt to change an ancient practice.  Immensely powerful and an utterly redemptive story, Omo Child represents the dedication of its director, John Rowe, to bring an important issue to light.

 

2:30pm - Romeo Is Bleeding [Documentary]
Directed by Jason Zeldes
English
93 min


A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?  Marvelously directed and edited by Jason Zeldes, Romeo Is Bleeding deals forcefully with the reality of finding a better way to live.

 


5pm - Figurine [Narrative Drama]
Directed by Hans Olson
English
78 min


Karin leads a quiet life working at a truck wash and ushering part-time at the hockey arena. Her solitary routine is broken when she meets James, a truck driver seeking work in the city. As autumn approaches winter, Karin opens herself to the possibility of romance.  As directed by Hans Olson, Figurine’s sensitive and exquisite portrait of loneliness doesn’t need to rely on dramatic fireworks. Its quiet power speaks for itself.

 

7:30pm - The Sound and The Shadow [Narrative Drama]
Directed by Justin Paul Miller
English
90 min


When the 6-year-old girl next door goes missing, Harold realizes that his secret audio recordings of the neighborhood may provide clues to the case. But when his overzealous new roommate Ally pushes him into a dangerous investigation, Harold’s world is turned upside down. Against the backdrop of an urban community's mystery, The Sound and the Shadow examines the perceptions and stories we create from the sounds of our neighbors -- and the secrets we hide behind our own walls.  Both a tense, compelling drama and a tale of human insecurity, The Sound and the Shadow showcases the craft of a promising new voice, Justin Paul Miller.

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April And The Extraordinary World
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April And The Extraordinary World
Showtimes:
Sun May 8 | 12pm, 3pm, 7pm
Sun May 15 | 12pm
Sun May 22 | 12pm
Sun May 29 | 12pm
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Summary: April And The Extraordinary World Directed by Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci Starring Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort French with English... Read More

April And The Extraordinary World
Directed by Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
Starring Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort
French with English subtitles
1 hr 43 mins, rated PG


From the producers of the Academy Award-nominated Persepolis and the mind of renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi comes a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe.


Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April (voiced by Academy Award nominee Marion Cotillard) lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance.

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Maine Moms Demand Action presents Under the Gun
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Maine Moms Demand Action presents Under the Gun
Showtimes:
Tues May 10 | 6:30pm | Free with online reservations here

Summary: Maine Moms Demand Action presents Under the Gun Directed by Stephanie Soechtig Executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric English 1 hr 50 mins, NR Join Maine... Read More

Maine Moms Demand Action presents Under the Gun
Directed by Stephanie Soechtig
Executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric
English
1 hr 50 mins, NR


Join Maine Moms Demand Action for the film "Under the Gun," screened recently at Sundance and directed by Stephanie Soechtig ("Fed Up"). It is a post-Newtown exploration of the issues around gun policy, and includes gun violence survivors, NRA members, and gun owners sharing their perspectives on gun ownership and regulation. The filmmakers - Katie Couric led the reporting - provide a "scrupulously balanced" perspective on where our culture is and what the major issues are in forging consensus. The film takes a hopeful look at breaking the logjams that have held up progress on sensible gun reform.


Maine Moms Demand Action is working on the Maine Background Check Initiative, a citizens' initiative on the 2016 ballot that would apply the current background check law to every gun sale in Maine, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense.

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They Will Have to Kill Us First*
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They Will Have to Kill Us First*
Showtimes:
Fri May 13 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sun May 15 | 3pm, 7pm
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*scheduled Skype Q&A with director TBD

Summary: They Will Have to Kill Us First Documentary Directed and filmed by Johanna Schwartz 1 hr 45 mins *scheduled Skype Q&A with director TBD Music is the... Read More

They Will Have to Kill Us First
Documentary
Directed and filmed by Johanna Schwartz
1 hr 45 mins
*scheduled Skype Q&A with director TBD


Music is the beating heart of Malian culture. But when Islamic hardliners took control of northern Mali, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history, and crucially for Mali, they banned all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali’s musicians faced torture, even death.


Overnight, Malian’s revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile where most remain even now. But rather than lay down their instruments, the musicians are fighting back, standing up for their cultural heritage and identity. Through everything, they have used music as their weapon against on-going violence that has left Mali ravaged.


This film begins with musicians on the run, reveals rare footage of the jihadists, captures life at refugee camps, follows perilous journeys home to war-ravaged cities, and witnesses our characters perform at the first public concert in Timbuktu since the music ban.


With a specially commissioned soundtrack from Mali’s most exciting artists, a score written by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, They Will Have To Kill Us First leaps headfirst into a tale of courage in the face of conflict.


The situation in Mali forms part of an alarming trend – across the globe, extremists are attacking culture, art and freedom with increasing frequency and violence. They Will Have To Kill Us First draws the audience into the human side of this conflict.


“Essential viewing” (Dazed & Confused)
“A gripping, powerful documentary” (Indiewire)

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Lynn Deeves and Robby Coffin
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Lynn Deeves and Robby Coffin
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Sat May 14 | 8pm | $10 in advance, $12 day of show | Buy Tickets

Summary: Maine singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Lynn Deeves was the first musical act to grace the stage at Frontier. She honed her early musical and stage chops on the... Read More

Maine singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Lynn Deeves was the first musical act to grace the stage at Frontier. She honed her early musical and stage chops on the New England, high energy rock scene and has since released 4 independent CD’s. Lynn is joined tonight by guitarist/vocalist Robby Coffin (Tom Paxton, Devonsquare, Noel Paul Stookey). They will offer up an acoustic evening of Deeves’ originals, as well as favorite cover songs. Soulful vocals, insightful lyrics, humor and a melding of folk, blues and rock influences will be on tap in the intimate setting of the Frontier theater.

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Bart & Greg's DVD Explosion! Picks at Frontier: We Are The Best!
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Bart & Greg's DVD Explosion! Picks at Frontier: We Are The Best!
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Tues May 17 | 7pm | $5 | Buy Tickets

Summary: Join us while we team up with Bart, of Bart and Greg’s DVD Explosion!, who will be curating a new film series with specific intent for discussion and study.... Read More

Join us while we team up with Bart, of Bart and Greg’s DVD Explosion!, who will be curating a new film series with specific intent for discussion and study. Each film will include a brief introduction by Bart, as well as a moderated Q&A after each screening.

We Are The Best!
Directed by Lukas Moodysson
Swedish with English subtitles
1 hr 42 mins, rated NR

From Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson, We are the Best! revolves around  three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band — despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the power of rebellion.

Official Selection:
2013 Venice Film Festival
2013 Toronto International Film Festival
2013 AFI Fest

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Bar Harbor Film Festival To Go Menu
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Bar Harbor Film Festival To Go Menu
Showtimes:
Fri May 20 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sat May 21 | 2pm
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Summary: By showcasing the art and craft of visual storytelling, BHFF provides a unique environment to encounter international cinematic voices and to engage in thoughtful... Read More

By showcasing the art and craft of visual storytelling, BHFF provides a unique environment to encounter international cinematic voices and to engage in thoughtful discourse. The festival’s panels and Tea Time Talks go further to fully immerse filmmakers and film goers in this environment for inspiration and creativity.

 

BHFF presents a wide range of international narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental films. Often cutting edge, always entertaining, the short and feature length programs represent innovative cinematic works from both established and emerging filmmakers.


A selection of some of the best shorts from the 2015 Bar Harbor Film Festival:


OH LUCY
Atsuko Hirayagani | Narrative | 22 min. | Sundance Best Short Film Award Winner


GIRL & GHOST
Nik Wansbough | Narrative | 11 min. | Australian Film Award, Best Animated Short


RED THUNDER
Alvaro Ron | Narrative | 7 min. | Producers Guild of America, Short Film Award


M. STEINERT & SONS
Mike Mallen | Doc | 8 min. | 2015 BHFF New Filmmaker Award


5 CM
Jordan Schiele | Doc | 19 min. | Multi International Award Winner


THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT
Nicholas Coles | Doc | 12 min. | 2015 BHFF Best Doc Short


MOMENTS
Marie Chao | Narrative | 2 min.


RAZOR
Rajko Ristanovic | Narrative | 9 min.


BORN WITH IT
Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour | Narrative | 17 min. | 2016 NBC/Universal Award, 2015 BHFF Best Narrative Short

 

Total Running Time: 107 min

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The Congressman
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The Congressman
Showtimes:
Tues May 24 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Wed May 25 | 2pm
Thurs May 26 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Fri May 27 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sat May 28 | 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Sun May 29 | 3pm, 7pm
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Summary: The Congressman Directed by Jared Martin and Robert J. Mrazek Starring Treat Williams, Elizabeth Marvel, Ryan Merriman, and George Hamilton  1h 38min   The... Read More

The Congressman
Directed by Jared Martin and Robert J. Mrazek
Starring Treat Williams, Elizabeth Marvel, Ryan Merriman, and George Hamilton 
1h 38min

 

The Congressman is a film that understands the politics that’s dominated 2016 all too well. Treat Williams (Hair, Prince of the City) headlines a stellar cast as Maine Congressman Charlie Winship, who’s having a bad day. After being caught on video refusing to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance, he knocks out another House member,  confronts his angry ex-wife, and faces denunciation by the media for attacking one of the most cherished patriotic symbols in America. As his life spirals out of control, Charlie embarks on a journey to the remote Maine island whose eccentric inhabitants are in the middle of a shooting war in defense of their fishing grounds. Here is a home-grown yet world class, humorous and moving film with the smell of the Maine coast that raises the important question of what it means to be an American.

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