JANUARY 17 - 23, 2020

MOUNTAINTOP

FILMS SERIES

FILMS FOR THOUGHT IN RECOGNITION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

fantastic fungi mountaintop film series

FANTASTIC FUNGI
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Fantastic Fungi is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet.

8 PM
SAT, JAN 18

4 PM
TUE, JAN 21

THUR, JAN 23 

 

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THE RIVER AND
THE WALL 
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Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.  They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

4 PM
FRI, JAN 17
MON, JAN 20

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SUPPRESSED:
THE FIGHT TO VOTE
Free Community Screening!
DONATIONS WELCOME
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Suppressed: The Fight to Vote is a new documentary by Robert Greenwald. Through personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia, we learn how voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election affected Stacey Abrams' run to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. It’s powerful and energizing and infuriating and motivating all at once, and it will make for great discussion about how the voices of hundreds of thousands of voters were silenced in 2018.

 

PM
MON, JAN 20: EVENT
One time screening with Indivisible
 

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FOR SAMA
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FOR SAMA is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

6 PM
SAT, JAN 18: EVENT

8 PM
THUR, JAN 23

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THE BIGGEST
LITTLE FARM
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THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.

6 PM
SUN, JAN 19: EVENT
Film followed by Q&A

 

4 PM
WED, JAN 22 

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THE GREAT HACK
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Data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. It’s being weaponized to wage cultural and political warfare. People everywhere are in a battle for control of our most intimate personal details. From award-winning filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, THE GREAT HACK uncovers the dark world of data exploitation with astounding access to the personal journeys of key players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. THE GREAT HACK forces us to question the origin of the information we consume daily. What do we give up when we tap that phone or keyboard and share ourselves in the digital age?

6 PM

THUR, JAN 23: EVENT
Film followed by Q&A

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ANTHROPOCENE
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From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.At the intersection of art and science, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.

6 PM
FRI, JAN 17
WED, JAN 22 

 

8 PM

SUN, JAN 19

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ADVOCATE
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Lea Tsemel defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. As a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has represented political prisoners for five decades, Tsemel, in her tireless quest for justice, pushes the praxis of a human rights defender to its limits.

As far as most Israelis are concerned, she defends the indefensible. As far as Palestinians are concerned, she's more than an attorney, she’s an advocate.

ADVOCATE follows Tsemel’s caseload in real-time, including the high-profile trial of a 13-year-old boy — her youngest client to date — while also revisiting her landmark cases and reflecting on the political and professional significance of her work as well as the personal price one pays for assuming the role of “devil’s advocate.”

4 PM
SAT, JAN 18

 

8 PM

MON, JAN 20

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DARK WATERS
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Corporate environmental defense attorney Rob Bilott (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Ruffalo) has just made partner at his prestigious Cincinnati law firm in large part due to his work defending Big Chem companies. He finds himself conflicted after he’s contacted by two West Virginia farmers who believe that the local DuPont plant is dumping toxic waste in the area landfill that is destroying their fields and killing their cattle. Hoping to learn the truth about just what is happening, Bilott, with help from his supervising partner in the firm, Tom Terp (Academy Award®-winner Tim Robbins), files a complaint that marks the beginning of an epic 15-year fight—one that will not only test his relationship with his wife, Sarah (Academy Award®-winner Anne Hathaway) but also his reputation, his health and his livelihood. 

8 PM
FRI, JAN 17

 

1:30 PM
SAT, JAN 18

SUN, JAN 19

MON, JAN 20

8 PM
TUE, JAN 21

WED, JAN 22
 

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UNDETERRED

Free Community Screening!
DONATIONS WELCOME

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UNDETERRED is a documentary about community resistance in the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Since NAFTA, 9/11 and the Obama and Trump administrations border residents have been on the front-lines of the humanitarian crisis caused by increased border enforcement build up. Undeterred is an intimate and unique portrait of how residents in a small rural community, caught in the cross-hairs of global geo-political forces, have mobilized to demand our rights and to provide aid to injured, oft times dying people funneled across a wilderness desert.

PLAYS: 6 PM

THUR, JAN 23 - EVENT:
Harwood Refugee Outreach

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WHAT'S THE STORY?

Free Community Screening!
DONATIONS WELCOME

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Films produced by theVermont Young People Social Action Team. 5 short student films followed by Q&A with the young filmmakers wilderness desert.

4 PM
SUN, JAN 19

One time event & screening 

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