Sunday, Feb. 10—RUTLAND— The Paramount Theatre in Rutland will screen two documentary films from the fourth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival on Sunday, Feb. 10. Rutland is one of seven cities participating in a statewide tour of the top documentaries from this past summer’s festival.
Director Tom Herman’s “Dateline-Saigon” profiles five Pulitzer Prize-winning groundbreaking reporting during the early years of the Vietnam War. As President Kennedy committed U.S. troops to what was initially dismissed as a “nice little war in a land of tigers and elephants,” these five young reporters boldly challenged the administration’s version of events on the ground. “Dateline Saigon” won the Best Documentary Feature Award at MNFF this past August.
Director Ivo Marloh’s “All the Wild Horses” is a highly dramatic and visually stunning feature documentary that follows five international riders from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Iceland and the UK as they compete in the Mongol Derby horse race. This multi-horse, multi-station race over 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian steppe is considered the longest and toughest horse race on the planet. “All the Wild Horses” was a finalist in the Best Documentary Feature category at MNFF.
As a special double feature matinee,“All the Wild Horses” will screen at 1 p.m. and “Dateline Saigon” will screen at 4 p.m. “All the Wild Horses” director Ivo Marloh will attend and participate in a Q&A with Paramount’s executive director, Bruce Bouchard following the film’s screening.
Tickets are $10 for each film or $16 for both.
Bouchard commented, “Both … are simply not to be missed … Without question the MNFF has emerged as a festival force to be reckoned with in the exploding festival world.”
“By presenting these two truly outstanding documentaries in a barnstorming tour across our home state of Vermont, MNFF continues its core commitment of actively promoting the work of talented first and second time directors, the emerging voices of independent filmmaking,” noted Lloyd Komesar, MNFF producer. “With this second version of the tour, we are expanding our reach to seven towns and look forward to connecting with appreciative audiences around Vermont.”
Complete Vermont Tour information can be found at middfilmfest.org. Tickets will be available at the box office the day of, or online at paramountvt.org.