Let’s Talk Film Series

The Let’s Talk film series is a monthly documentary series focusing on socially relevant themes ranging from food systems and mental health to domestic violence and drone warfare. Local experts and community leaders facilitate post-film community conversations that provide the tools and understanding for how to create positive change in our community through education, outreach, and action. Films are shown in partnership with Vermont PBS at a variety of venues throughout the Northeast Kingdom. This series is supported in part by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. 

In Focus, presented in partnership with the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, is a new film series focusing on climate change. This winter we will screen three documentaries that address what is happening to Earth’s ice, snow and water as more of the polar ice caps melt and the weather patterns become more extreme. Local experts and community leaders facilitate post-film community conversations that provide the tools and understanding for how to create positive change in our community through education, outreach, and action. 

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Thursday, January 11 - Let's Talk: POV's Neurotypical

Location: Highland Center for the Arts @ 6:30pm

Neurotypical is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the "neurotypical" world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human. 

This film will be screened at the Highland Center for the Arts, in Studio P. Dinner and beverages will be available in the Hardwick Street Cafe!

$5 suggested donation.

Learn more at http://www.pbs.org/pov/neurotypical/ and www.WonderArtsVT.org or call 802.533.9370.

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Tuesday, January 16 - In Focus: Chasing Ice

Location: Craftsbury Outdoor Center @ 6:30pm

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

$5 suggested donation

Learn more at www.chasingice.com and www.WonderArtsVt.org or call 802.533.9370.

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Thursday, February 8 - Let's Talk: The Hunting Ground

Location: Sterling College @ 6:30pm

The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. From the intrepid team behind The Invisible War comes The Hunting Ground, a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate. In a tour de force of verité footage, expert insights, and first-person testimonies, the film follows undergraduate rape survivors pursuing both their education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families.

$5 suggested donation

Learn more at http://thehuntinggroundfilm.com/ and www.WonderArtsVt.org or call 802.533.9370.

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Tuesday, February 20 - In Focus: Before the Flood

Location: Craftsbury Outdoor Center @ 6:30pm

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, reveals a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, the crew travels to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

$5 suggested donation

Learn more at https://www.beforetheflood.com/ and www.WonderArtsVt.org or call 802.533.9370.

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Sponsored by Greensboro Garage

Thursday, March 8 - Let's Talk: Dream, Girl

Location: Hardwick Town House @ 6:30pm

We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story? From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader.

Following the film, there will be a lively discussion featuring local female entrepreneurs ready to answer your questions and help inspire your own journey.

This film is sponsored by Greensboro Garage. The mission of the Greensboro Garage is to provide a socially and environmentally conscious automotive experience for our customers. Our philosophy is to treat our patrons with respect, honesty, and integrity. Our friends are our customers – new customers become our friends. To find out more about this female-owned, community-minded business visit https://greensborogarage.com/ or call 802-533-7007.

Learn more at www.dreamgirlfilm.com and www.WonderArtsVt.org or call 802.533.9370.

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Previously Screened Films

2017 Fall Screenings

Oct 10 Film: Denial

Location: Sterling College @ 6:30pm

Denial intertwines and tackles two important issues, climate change and gender identity struggles.  One global and one personal, at first glance these issues seem miles apart, but are ultimately united by the struggles of one man confronting problems everyone else would rather ignore. Denial emerges as a common theme linking these issues, and reveals all the ways we lie to ourselves even when faced with overwhelming facts. 

Running time - 92 minutes.

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Nov 7 Film: Swim Team

Location: Heartbeet @ 6:30pm

What would you do if your community gave up on your child? 

In New Jersey, the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

Running time - 90 minutes.

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Dec 5 Film: I Am Not Your Negro

Location: Sterling College @ 6:30pm

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, to be called Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. But at the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and a flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Running time - 93 minutes.

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2017 Spring Screenings:

Supported in part by the New England Grassroots Fund

The Local Motive

May 18th 2017 @ 6:30 PMLTF Local Motive

Location: Heartbeet Lifesharing

The Local Motive:  Our vast, globalized industrial food system has provided for a more diversified diet and a great deal of cheap food.  Lost, however, is the connection between consumers and the people who produce their food.  This program explores six aspects of Vermont’s local food system.  Topics include Production, Processing, Distribution, Farm to Institution, The Consumer and Food Waste.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

LTF Maya AngelouApril 25th, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Location: River Arts in Morrisville 

American Masters’ Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise: Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way then never had before. Dr. Angelou had a prolific life: as a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.

Growing Up Trans

LTF Growing Up TransMarch 16, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Location: Hazen Union High School 

Frontline’s Growing Up Trans, explores the transgender phenomenon, focusing on children coming to grips with their own sexual nonconformity. The film presents a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices for these youngsters as they also navigate the changes adolescence brings.

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

February 16, 2017 @ 6:30 PMLTF Black America

Location: Sterling Common House 

PBS’ BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE

embarks on a journey through the last fifty years of African American history.  Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Henry Louis Gates Jr. travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America — and our nation as a whole.

 Makers: Women in Politics

January 19, 2017 @ 6:30 PMLTF Makers

Location: Craftsbury Public Library @ 6:30pm

Produced and Directed by Grace Lee, Produced by Rory Kennedy Women in Politics profiles the long, slow fight for female political representation over the last century, from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013.