Running through March 21, Brattleboro becomes headquarters for the finest in cutting-edge, innovative, and informative film-making.
In this, the festival's 19th year, 25 award-winning documentaries and feature films will be presented, hailing from Columbia, Iran, Canada, South Africa, England, the United States, New Zealand, Scotland, and France. Owing to the festival's growing reputation, more directors than ever will be present to introduce their films.
The festival opens with "The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls", a New Zealand film about yodeling lesbian country-western singers, called "provocative and disarming". Other highlights of the festival include "The Beaches of Agnes", a poignant and cinematically creative memoir by Agnes Varda, short-listed for an Academy Award; Kim Longinotto's "Rough Aunties", a documentary about women in South Africa who work to save children traumatized by sexual abuse and assault, documentary-making at its finest and most inspiring; "The Jazz Baroness", about filmmaker Hannah Rothschild's aunt who became the benefactor of Thelonius Monk, voiced-over by Helen Mirren.
The festival closes with a one-time screening of "Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg", an award-winning feature-length documentary directed by Aviva Kempner about the life of Molly Berg, a pioneer in TV comedy, weaving Berg's personal story with the history of early television and Jewish-American life in the first half of the 20th Century.
This is only a small sample of the films lined up for this year's festival.
On view at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery will be another special feature of the festival - "Visions", a show of women's art and craft, with proceeds from the month-long silent auction also going to the Crisis Center.
On Saturday, March 27 a festive closing party will include the final evening of bidding on the artwork in the "Visions" exhibit and a screening of the film chosen by festival goers as "the Best of the Fest
And, on Sunday, March 28 the Women's Film Festival welcomes Cappella Clausura: Sacred Music by Women Composers, from Boston, performing a special benefit concert for the Crisis Center.
Details about all events and the schedule are available at www.womensfilmfestival.org.