Audience Award Winner

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The Ministry of the Stove

Sep 2012 | Posted by:

2011 | Directed by Finn Yarbrough, Katherine Yarbrough

Quaker tradition has it that meetings are held together on Sundays, collectively asking for the Holy Spirit to enter the sanctuary created by communal silence. The South Starksboro Meeting House is the oldest continually used Quaker church in Vermont: Quakers have worshipped here each Sunday in silence for 186 years. So in the wintertime when the fire is stoked in the center of the candle-lit and un-heated church, the ministry that they take is said to be “the ministry of the stove.”

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Dirty Night Clowns

Sep 2012 | Posted by:

2010 | Directed by Ryan Gibeau

Dirty Night Clowns is a wonderful tale of curiosity, danger and pursuit. Although its never known what the path ahead has in store, Chris takes a journey driven by his nervous curiosity to find the nefarious character who roamed about his house while he slept. What seems scary and evil from a distance might end up as something unexpected as a cast of characters lures Chris in for a special ending.

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What Do You Know?

Sep 2012 | Posted by:

2011 | Directed by Ellen Brodsky

Elementary school children from Massachusetts and Alabama describe what they know about gays and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they’d like teachers to do. This 13 minute film was produced by Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. What do you know? has played in festivals and schools around the world. To order you own DVD, which is closed-captioned, Spanish subtitled, and comes with a teacher’s guide on the DVD, please click here, where you can also learn more about the Welcoming Schools program and their nationwide trainers.

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Bighorn

Sep 2011 | Posted by:

2010 | Directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo

Bighorn is a 15-minute, supernatural historical fantasy based on a true fact: General Custer’s bandmaster, Felix Vinatieri — an Italian immigrant and the great-great-grandfather of New England Patriots’ Super Bowl-winning kicker Adam Vinatieri — was ordered to stay behind at the 7th Cavalry’s Powder River camp and missed the Battle of the Little Bighorn where Custer and his entire regiment were annihilated. The Twilight Zone-ish tale takes place in 2002 — when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl on Adam Vinatieri’s last-second, 48-yard kick — and in 1876. Nathaniel Philbrick, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of the New York Times Bestseller The Last Stand, applauded Bighorn on his blog, calling it “an ingenious and demented intermingling of the Battle of the Little Bighorn with the New England Patriots” and telling his readers “you’ve got to see this film!”

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Rootbound

Sep 2011 | Posted by:

2011 | Directed by Shawn Harmon

Man and nature converge in a tight space. Is there room for both?

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Dark Scribbles

Sep 2011 | Posted by:

2010 | Directed by Michael Venn

Dark Scribbles is the story of Angela Roberts, a talented psychic whose recent visions may have greater meaning then what they initially appeared to have. It seems that her psychic abilities and her professional and personal relationships are becoming intertwined. With the help of her husband and friends she soon realizes that sometimes nothing is exactly what it’s supposed to be.

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The Stone Rules

Sep 2011 | Posted by:

2011 | Directed by Dean Merrill

The Stone Rules was shot to capture the First Annual J.C. Stone Sculpture Symposium featuring Maine artist Don Meserve.

The film highlights the artists as they explain their creative process and the relationship of “the ideas they bring to the stone, and what the stone suggests.” The artists venture further into a discussion of the creative process, transcending into a philosophical approach to the dual relationship of artist and medium.

Narrated by Don Meserve, this film is tribute not only to artists, but to Don who passed away last year after a long struggle with Lung Cancer. His personality, knowledge, lively wit, and creativity left its mark on all who he encountered, especially those in the craft.

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Jelly Fishers

Sep 2010 | Posted by:

2009 | Directed by Steven Subotnick

A family of hungry mole-creatures is saved by the generosity of jellyfish.

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Making the Crooked Straight

Sep 2010 | Posted by:

Making the Crooked Straight
2008 | Directed by Susan Cohn Rockefeller

Making the Crooked Straight tells the story of one man’s work to save the world, one child at a time. Dr. Rick Hodes has spent 20 years in Ethiopia working with indigent children, curing illness and changing lives. He has adopted seven, and shares his home with 20 or more.

The film is an inspiring tale of interfaith tolerance and support: Dr. Hodes is an Orthodox Jew, and his children are Muslim and Christian.

A gorgeous soundtrack of indigenous music accompanies this award-winning documentary.

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Respect for Acting

Sep 2010 | Posted by:

2010 | Directed by Richard Waterhouse

A frustrated acting teacher struggles to spark passion in his inexperienced students.