Billings Farm & Museum  |  Woodstock Vermont

October 2015——April 2016

October 24 • 3:00 pm

Berga: Soldiers of Another War

(USA, 2003, 85 min.)

International Documentary Association: 
Pare Lorentz Award

Berga is the untold story of 350 American prisoners of war caught in the tragedy of the Holocaust. It is the final work in the distinguished 50-year career of the late documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, winner of four Academy Awards®. His personal connection to the story inspired him to write, direct, and narrate the film, which he completed just six weeks before his death.
Grace Guggenheim, president of Guggenheim Productions, Inc., will introduce the film. Grace began collaborating with her father in 1986, producing more than 20 of GPI’s most current titles, including Berga.

November 7 • 3:00 pm

Meru

(India, 2015, 87 min.) 

Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award, Best Documentary and Grand Jury Prize nomination

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big-wall climbing.

November 14 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Men at Lunch

(USA, 2012, 75 min.)

Irish Film and Television Awards: Best Special, Irish Language

Part homage, part investigation, Men at Lunch is the revealing tale of an American icon (Rockefeller Center), the unprecedented race to the sky, and the immigrant workers who built New York in the throes of the Great Depression. —First Run Features
Bill Moody, a longtime program officer and program director with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and a Woodstock Foundation trustee, will introduce the film.

November 28 • 3:00 & 5:30 pm

The Last Waltz

(USA, 1978, 117 min.) G

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Documentary; 
additional win and three nominations

Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976: one of the most momentous events in music history took place. After 16 years of touring, The Band gave a farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, bringing along some of their friends, influences, and collaborators. This epic documentary by Martin Scorsese was released two years later and restored by Scorsese and producer Robbie Robertson in 2005.
“The greatest rock concert movie ever made — and maybe the best rock movie, period.” —Chicago Tribune

December 5 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Best of Enemies

(USA, 2015, 87 min.) 

Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary nomination; additional win and nomination

This account of the incendiary debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal during the 1968 Republican and Democratic Conventions is a fascinating glimpse of the not-so-distant past and provocative as an account of what arguably was an early step in the decline of political discourse on television.
Barrie Dunsmore, former ABC bureau chief, will introduce the film.

December 19 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Sunshine Superman

(Norway, 2014, 100 min.) PG

Portland International Film Festival: Audience Award; additional win and two nominations

A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular – and dangerous – feats of foot-launched human flight.

December 26 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Red Army

(USA, 2014, 84 min.) G

Chicago International Film Festival: Audience Choice Award; additional two wins and six nominations

A feature documentary about the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union.

January 9 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Desert Runners

(USA, 2013, 99 min.)

Vancouver International Film Festival: Audience Award, International Films; additional win and nomination

A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the world’s most picturesque yet brutal landscapes, pushing their bodies, hearts, and spirits through a myriad of external and internal obstacles.

January 16 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Anita

(USA, 2013, 95 min.) R

Black Reel Awards: Outstanding Documentary; 
two additional wins, two nominations

Anita is an important historical document about an event that prompted a larger cultural conversation about sexual harassment. But perhaps more importantly, it conveys Ms. Hill’s journey from an accuser alone, to an activist who shares with, and listens to others. —Mariam Bale, NY Times

January 23 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

The Salt of the Earth

(France, 2014, 110 min.) PG-13

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature nomination; additional 10 wins and seven nominations

While exploring themes of death and rebirth, The Salt of the Earth is a powerful documentary about the life, times, and work of renowned photographer Sebastião Selgado. He excelled at capturing the scale of large events, while never losing the intimacy of telling individual stories.

February 6 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Exit Through the Gift Shop

(UK, 2010, 87 min.) R

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature nomination; additional 26 wins and 21 nominations

The story of how an eccentric French shopkeeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy (a graffiti artist with a global reputation, who fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid persecution) only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader, and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. —Sundance Film Festival

February 20 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Russian Ark

(Russia, 2002, 99 min.) R

Cannes Film Festival: Palme d’Or nomination; 
additional 11 wins and 10 nominations

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.
2000 Actors. 300 years of Russian History. 33 Rooms at the Hermitage Museum. 3 Live Orchestras. 1 Single Continuous Shot.

March 5 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Tangerines

(Estonia, 2013, 87 min.) some subtitles

Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film nomination; additional 11 wins & six nominations

Humanity is the theme of this Oscar-nominated drama in which an old Estonian man opens his home and heart to two rival “children of death” — a Chechen mercenary and a Georgian soldier.

March 19 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

(New Zealand, 2013, 91 min.) G

Calgary International Film Festival: Best International Documentary and People’s Choice Award; additional 18 wins and two nominations

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on earth.

March 26 • Please Note Time: 5:00 pm

Keep on Keepin’ On

(USA, 2014, 84 min.) 

Tribeca Film Festival: Audience Award and Best New Documentary Director; additional five wins and seven nominations

A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry for four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, as the young man prepares to compete in an elite, international competition.