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October 10, 2013

Film Festival an immersive experience

BURLINGTON — The Vermont International Film Festival takes over Burlington’s Waterfront Friday through Oct. 20.

Festivalgoers can view 38 features and 40 shorts within three screening locations, a short distance away from festival central in the Film House’s lobby at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center.

“I’m excited about the direction, in general, the festival is taking,” said Orly Yadin, executive director of the festival.

“We’re in our 28th year and slowly shifting away from being an issue-based festival, which we used to be in the past.”

The festival has five thematic categories: Identity, Artists in Action, Sport & Film, Food & Film, and Water.

“I’m excited about our themes,” Yadin said. “One is Artist in Action. We have films about five different artists in five different fields.”

“Brothers Hypnotic,” directed by Reuben Atlas, is a documentary about the eight brothers of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend Phil Cohran. It’s their coming-of-age story from Chicago’s South Side to New York City, huckstering to headlining jazz festivals.

“We’re bringing the entire band from Chicago,” Yadin said. “We will show the film and then have a live concert for a more immersive experience.”

“Chihuly Outside,” a documentary directed by Peter West, chronicles five decades of Dale Chihuly’s glass installations.

“The Fatwa-Salman’s Story,” directed by Alan Yentob, is a cinematic travelogue through the life of Salam Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses” and “Joseph Anton: A Memoir.”

“Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters,” directed by Ben Shapiro, is a glimpse of the celebrated photographer known for his elaborate and elegant staging for a single image. On Monday, Oct. 14, novelists Rick Moody and Russell Banks and photographer Lauren Simmons share their insights on their friend’s work.

“Michael H: Profession Filmmaker,” directed by Yves Montmayeur, turns the lens on Michael Haneke (Oscar-winning “Amore”) to reveal the cinematic genius’ method and the man.

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