Focus on Film

Rating: 4.96 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 26 Main St Montpelier VT 05602 USA

Mission: The Green Mountain Film Festival is presented by Focus on Film a long established Vermont organization whose purpose is :-(i) to provide public film showings of cultural, social and historic interest; (ii) to sponsor discussions of such films; and (iii) to provide an opportunity for independent filmmakers to exhibit their work.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000+ tickets sold each year
Programs: The main program of Focus on Film is the annual Green Mountain Film Festival, a ten day festival with total attendance in excess of 10,000.
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I saw 11 movies during the festival (8 with my husband and the rest on my own), including documentaries and foreign features. I loved every one of them, and honestly would have seen everything the festival had to offer if it were humanly and financially feasible. (My work schedule dictated my choices, so I missed some of the films offered during weekdays.) The talks/Q-and-A with some of the filmmakers and film subjects was a wonderful bonus. I can't thank the festival organizers enough for all you do to screen, select, and schedule the films and then smoothly herd all of us through the venues. All three locations were great. I only wish we could bring food and drink into the Pavilion and City Hall. Sustenance is required if one is sitting through multiple movies in a row.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

broadening my horizons.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The Green Mountain Film Festival is a treasure. Each year I look forward to the most provocative and inspiring films and the shared experience with friends and neighbors. If a great film, the audience responds with such enthusiasm at the end. This year I viewed, "The Most Dangerous Man in America" about Daniel Elsburg and the Pentagon Papers. A truly remarkable film which benefits from all the released documents and audio tapes today. Also, the beautiful and haunting "Seraphine" introduced this remarkable artist to me. Thanks GMFF. You had another fabulous festival. I can't wait until next year. Jana Bagwell, Adamant, VT

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending films at various venues in Montpelier VT.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The well chosen films and the shared experience with friends and neighbors.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fabulous

Ways to make it better...

Popcorn at the City Hall venue.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The annual Green Mountain Film Festival is one of Vermont's premiere cultural and educational events. It seems to be curated with an eye toward bringing both a wide and deep selection of film experiences to the community, with the movies themselves and with various events (lectures, meet-the-artist sessions, etc.) planned to coincide with them. I also love the range of films, which runs from socio-political to arts-oriented, to just plain fun. The GMFF makes me proud to live here.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allow for the option of purchasing a ticket via phone, and picking it up at Will Call at the festival. Phone operators are also sometimes not very courteous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

EASILY rival (and surpass) Telluride or Sundance.

Ways to make it better...

I could have bought tickets online.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Every March this organization brings a fantastic and diverse range of films and guest lectures to Vermont's capital city. While I don't always love every film I see, I do love the excitement generated as film buffs descend from the hills and gather to share this perfect antidote to Bowling Alone. It's lasted 13 years through the efforts of a small and dedicated staff, long-lasting volunteers, local financial support and consistently high quality management.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Discovering so many places through film

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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