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.


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 


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.