On March 4, 2015

Castleton hosts international film festival with six foreign movies

Tuesdays and Thursdays in March — CASTLETON — Castleton College is set to host its first-ever international film festival on campus, put on by Communication Professor Michael Talbott.  Featuring six foreign films throughout the month of March, the inaugural edition of the Castleton international film festival aims to bring exciting films from around the globe to the Castleton-Rutland community.

Showings will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights beginning on March 3. All of the screenings will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Herrick Auditorium, with a question and answer session following the film, and are open to the public and free of charge.

Featured films include “Declaration of War” on Tuesday, March 3, “Le Havre” on Thursday, March 5, “In the House” on Tuesday, March 10, “Bad Blood” on Thursday, March 12, “A Screaming Man” on Tuesday, March 17, and “A Town Called Panic” on Thursday, March 19.

This year’s screenings are made possible by the Tournées Festival grant, administered by the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which works to increase cultural awareness on college campuses.

“I’m most excited by the possibility of making this an annual, and sustainable, event. If there’s enough interest, we can host future festival without relying solely on grant funding,” he said.

Talbott explained that many people have little exposure to foreign cinema and a lack the familiarity with the international film arena. He sees the festival as a way to create more exposure to the genre, while allowing others to become more culturally diverse.

“I hope our students attend some of these screenings and discover that films from other countries can be just as entertaining, exciting, and enchanting,” Talbott said. “Long-term, I hope screening foreign films can help to cultivate an ongoing interest in foreign cultures among our students.”

Fore more information, email Michael.talbott@castleton.edu or visit www.castleton.edu/film-fest.

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