Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Announces First Wave of Special Events for 3rd Annual Event

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is pleased to announce the first wave of special events slated for the 3rd Annual Festival scheduled for this August 24-27. “This year’s festival promises what people have enjoyed about our previous two rounds,” said MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven. “Audiences will also encounter new features at this year’s festival. Audience support provides the crucial backing for our intimate yet ambitious four-day celebration of cinema.  We are grateful—and excited by what’s in store this year.”

Without further ado, the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announces the following guests and tributes slated for this August’s festival.

A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT ALTMAN

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is thrilled to announce its tribute to the legendary director, Robert Altman, the fiercely independent creator of numerous acclaimed films including M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye, and the
Oscar winning “Nashville” which will screen at MNFF.

Join Altman’s top assistant director, Allan Nicholls, and actor Michael Murphy, an essential member of the Altman tribe, for a special On-Stage Event with MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven following the “Nashville” screening, which, according to Craven, will “open the door for us to explore the work of this pioneering director, and his many contributions to independent filmmaking.”

COFFEE WITH M. EMMET WALSH AND MICHAEL MURPHY
On Saturday morning of the Festival, join Jay Craven at the Middlebury Inn for a discussion with the prolific  M. Emmet Walsh (whose credits include BLOOD SIMPLE, BLADE RUNNER, SLAP SHOT) and Michael Murphy as they reflect on their long and fruitful careers as high profile character actors in the film industry.

DICK LEHR: THE CUTTING EDGE OF JOURNALISM
Riding on the heels of last summer’s fascinating journalism panel featuring New York Times’ Op Docs series, the MNFF is delighted to welcome noted journalist and author Dick Lehr to the festivities.  Lehr is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting while working on the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, and co-authored “Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal” and “Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders.”

For details on these and other events, download the press release here.

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