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Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival at Next Stage on Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8

Next Stage Arts Project and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival present a special pop-up, weekend festival featuring films from the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Vermont Tour on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th, 7:00 pm, at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT.

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is completely dedicated to the work of first and second time filmmakers, and Next Stage is proud to be presenting two films selected from the noted festival as part of the Next Stage “Framed” independent film series.

On Friday night February 7th — “The Return of Richard III on the 9:24 Train”, a comedic French film that was selected as Best Narrative Drama. The film is actually a comedy/drama. The drama: a dying man decides to hire professional actors to impersonate his loved ones at a final “family” get together. The comedy: the group of actors he has hired turns out to be even more neurotic than him. The film screens on Friday night at 7:00 pm. Here is a trailer for The Return of Richard III on the 9:24 Train trailer: Activate English subtitles by going to the lower right corner and clicking CC.

On Saturday night February 8th, — “Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops”, an intimate portrait of two San Antonio, Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together the officers’ experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. In taking this different path, Ernie and Joe’s success is engendering change in police departments around the country. This special screening will be attended by director Jenifer McShane who will present the film and facilitate a Q&A immediately following the film.
Ernie & Joe trailer:

“Next Stage is honored to present films with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Vermont Tour as part of our ‘Framed’ independent film series,” said Keith Marks, the incoming executive director of Next Stage Arts Project.

This event is made possible with the generous support of Chroma Technology Corporation.

$12/film, $20/both at the door or online at