BRATTLEBORO -- The first weekend of the Women’s Film Festival drew large, enthusiastic crowds and rave reviews. With four more days of screenings featuring 16 different films, there’s still time to enjoy the offerings of this important event, which brings films by or about women to the Latchis Theatre and New England Youth Theatre. Proceeds from the event benefit the Women’s Freedom Center.
This comment from an audience member seems to sum the whole festival up: "It’s hard not to mark as superlative each gem in this festival. Each film is a new look in such depth into vital issues of our times."
Or consider this telling comment from Chanda Chevannes, director of festival film "Living Downstream": "I want to thank the Women’s Film Festival. It’s an amazing event. I’ve been to eight films in the last two days and not one of them has been bad, which is incredible for a film festival. I live in Toronto, so I go see films at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I see films at Hot Docs Festival, and honestly, this festival is as good or better than those festivals. I am so honored to be here."
Screenings continue through Sunday. Among the highlights of this half of the festival include "Jane’s Journey," a documentary on the life and work of Jane Goodall; a reprise of festival surprise "Carol Channing: Larger than Life," about which one festivalgoer said "What a beautiful, funny and heartwarming start to this year’s festival"; "!Women Art Revolution," a documentary about the pioneers of the Feminist Art Movement; a look at the cutthroat but caring world of ballet; and important examinations of faith, culture, marginalization and more.
For more information, visit www.womensfilmfestival.org.