Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Announces Opening Night Film, Spotlights on Women Filmmakers

Still from TAKE MY NOSE, festival opener by first-time filmmaker Joan Kron (Photo: Courtesy MNFF)

In a second press release, the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announces a dynamic slate of women filmmakers at its 3rd Annual event, highlighted by its Opening Night film, “Take My Nose, Please,” from 89 year old, first time filmmaker Joan Kron.  Other spotlights on women filmmakers include an onstage event with MNFF honorees Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, the filmmaking duo behind “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing”; a screening of the groundbreaking documentary on Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr from first time director Alexandra Dean and a return appearance by legendary documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

“Hollywood can prove difficult for women filmmakers but many of indie filmmaking’s leading talents are women,” said MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven.  “We’ve featured dozens of women filmmakers during our first two years—and we’ve got even more women filmmakers this year, including documentary directors/producers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern and Alexandra Dean, the director of “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” that focuses on the celebrated actress Hedy Lamarr whose on-screen persona masked a whole other life as a groundbreaking inventor.”

“The buzz around this year’s lineup is already building,” noted Lloyd Komesar, MNFF producer.  “Our exceptional contributions from women filmmakers are clearly one of the main reasons that people are excited.  Beginning with Joan Kron’s wonderful Opening Night film, we have stocked our lineup with thoroughly entertaining films.” 

A complete list of films for the 3rd Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will be released on the MNFF website in early August.

Download the complete list of featured women filmmakers here.