Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.—RUTLAND—The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) has announced its Vermont statewide tour of the top films from its 5th annual festival this past August. Expanding from seven to eight cities and towns this year, the Vermont Tour will roll out across the state on the weekend of February 7-9, 2020, with a stop at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre on Sunday, Feb.9, and featuring a pair of outstanding documentaries.
Introduced by the Paramount’s Executive Director Bruce Bouchard, this special event will feature a screening of “The Dog Doc” at 1 p.m. and “Don’t Be Nice” at 3:30 p.m. “Don’t Be Nice” producer Nikhil Melnechuk will attend and participate in a Q&A session following the screening. Tickets are $10 for each film or $16 for both and are available in advance online at paramount.org/events-calendar or at the door day of show.
“The Paramount Theatre is very pleased to once again be Rutland’s host venue for the MNFF Vermont Tour,” said Bruce Bouchard, the Paramount’s Executive Director. “MNFF has grown into an important regional festival and a tremendous source of pride for the entire state of Vermont. We are thrilled to bring two exceptional documentaries from the 2019 Festival to our Rutland audience – ‘The Dog Doc,’ a deep dive into compassionate veterinary practice, and ‘Don’t Be Nice,’ a muscular, stunning journey into the hyper theatrical world of slam poetry, featuring five gifted young poet/performance artists as they prepare for the National Slam Poetry Finals. The film absolutely blew me away. This is such a great opportunity for Rutland to savor the excellence of MNFF.”
“We love our annual Vermont Tour for the way it allows us to connect with audiences and important film and arts presenters in every corner of the state,” said MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven. “This year’s documentaries, ‘The Dog Doc’ and ‘Don’t Be Nice,’ are both timely and relevant, one addressing innovative ideas in medical treatments and the other taking us up-close and inside the rich multi-cultural world of slam poetry.”
The Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center St. in Rutland.