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Karen Young, who starred in films from Sylvester Stallone’s Daylight to Laurent Cantet’s Heading South, was a frequent MIFF guest until she became a Waterville resident and MIFF Shorts Programmer. At MIFF this year, she’s presenting Herk Harvey’s 1962 macabre masterpiece Carnival of Souls, which gained a cult following on late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today. Made by industrial filmmakers on… Continued

Three-time festival faves from across the Atlantic, Sean Martin and Louise Milne grace us this year with no less than one world premiere and three American premieres of their films, as well as themselves! Charlie Chaplin Lived Here is a semi-sequel to Lanterna Magicka: Bill Douglas & the Secret History of Cinema, a documentary about Scottish filmmaker Bill Douglas’s lifelong Charlie Chaplin obsession.… Continued

Our Vermont neighbor Nora Jacobson nabbed the Audience Award at MIFF #2 for My Mother’s Early Lovers and has been a favorite director—and human being!—of ours ever since! Delivered Vacant, the film that first brought her cinematic acclaim, made before MIFF started, looks almost prescient in its acute depiction of gentrification in our cities…. Hailed by Vincent Canby of The New York Times… Continued

35mm print! Michael Murphy, MIFF’s 2015 Midlife Achievement Award Winner, grew up in L.A., where the movies were just a way of life, and Edward G. Robinson was a family friend. But growing up on Double Indemnity, which stars Robinson along with Fred MacMurray and an unbelievably seductive and powerful Barbara Stanwyck, would mark anyone for life! Billy Wilder’s second film as a… Continued

35mm print! Jim Stark has graced MIFF as he has the American and world Indie film movement by producing movies by filmmakers from Jim Jarmusch to MIFF fave Semana Santa, from Mexico. But he really put a cast together with Matt Dillon, MIFF Midlife Achievement Award Honoree Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens and MIFF bulwark Karen Young. “Charles Bukowski once said, ‘Some… Continued

Longtime MIFF friend and guest Verna Bloom, whose fantastic acting has graced films by Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Peter Fonda, returns to present The Immigrant, James Gray’s recent, prize-winning drama starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner, about a woman, newly-arrived in 1921 New York with a sustaining desire to save her imperiled sister, though she is herself in harm’s way.… Continued

Arshak Amirbekyan charmed everyone on his first visit to MIFF from his native Armenia with both his film, Three Evenings, and his presence. His new film, Mariam’s Day Off, is shot in stunning black and white, and equally sure to captivate. Without ever going where the audience imagines it’s going to go, Mariam’s Day Off follows a lovely young prostitute who meets an… Continued

MIFF Midlife winner Jay Cocks, who wrote one of this year’s finest films, Silence, for his long-time collaborator, Martin Scorsese, has chosen to present the work of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger,  “The Archers,” whose astonishing filmography of British masterpieces include Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp and this imaginative masterpiece, also known as Stairway to Heaven.… Continued

Director Hilary Brougher has been back to MIFF several times, but she returns this year as our longest-lasting MIFF friend–and one of our very favorites!—having been here first with her debut feature, The Sticky Fingers of Time, in the first of our 20 years. Hilary’s been back with her wonderful second feature, Stephanie Daly, and last year with her arresting short Wake, Oh… Continued

It was 30 years ago that audiences packed Railroad Square, then a single screen theater located across the parking lot from where it is now, to see one of the theater’s biggest hits to that point, The Whales of August, set and shot on the coast of Maine and featuring screen legends Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, Vincent Price, and Ann Sothern. We are… Continued