Next Stage Arts Project, in collaboration with former Tribeca Film Festival director Nancy Schafer, presents [framed], a brand new series of feature length documentary films, each presented by the filmmaker in an intimate setting at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vermont.
[framed] films will be screened at Next Stage on six Thursdays, beginning March 30th, 2017, at 7:30 PM. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. (A second group of films will be screened in the fall.)
The films in the [framed] series have recently played on the festival circuit around the world including Sundance and Tribeca, and all have been recognized with festival honors. The eclectic lineup explores a wide range of issues including gender, incarceration, beauty, otherness, greed, and the role of family and tradition. Each of the [framed] films celebrates the power of skillful storytelling.
March 30th: Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) (Jury Award Winner, Florida FF, 2016)
In a celebration of outcasts everywhere, a precocious young blind woman disappears into quirky obsessions and isolation. With humor and bold curiosity, she chases love and freedom in a surprising sex-positive community, on her path to adulthood.
Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Ariana Garfinkel.
April 6th: Solitary (2016) (Independent Spirit Award Nominee, 2017)
A daring exploration of the lives of inmates and corrections officers in one of America’s most notorious supermax prisons, built to hold inmates in 8×10 cells, 23-hours-a-day, for months, years and sometimes decades. With unprecedented access, the film captures a complex, unexpected and deeply moving portrait of life inside.
Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Kristi Jacobson.
April 13th: The Eagle Huntress (2016) (Peoples Choice Winner, Denver Intnl FF 2016)
Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Many old Kazakh eagle hunters vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, but Aisholpan’s father believes otherwise.
Presented at Next Stage by producer Stacey Reiss.
April 20th: Miss Sharon Jones (2015) (Best Documentary, Sarasota FF 2016)
After years in obscurity and being told she was too black, too short, too old,” Jones finally broke-through in her forties and has been hailed as a modern-day female James Brown. The film chronicles a remarkable year as she struggles to hold her band The Dap Kings together while battling a cancer diagnosis and finds her way back to the stage with the unstoppable determination of a true soul survivor. Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Barbara Kopple.
April 27th: Tickling Giants (2016) (Nominee, Best Documentary, Tribecca FF 2016)
In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes a decision that is every mothers worst nightmare… He leaves his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Presented at Next Stage by editor Moaz Elfarouk.
May 4th: Betting on Zero (2016) (Official Selection, Tribecca FF 2016)
Follow billionaire hedge fund titan Bill Ackman and several former Herbalife distributors after Ackman takes a billion dollar short position in Herbalife, alleging it is a pyramid scheme destined to collapse. The film chronicles Ackman’s feuds with Herbalife CEO and investor Carl Icahn, and the resulting controversy over both the short and Herbalife’s business practices. Presented at Next Stage by filmmaker Ted Braun.