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Le Ly Hayslip

Le Ly Hayslip is founder of the Global Village Foundation, which promotes literacy and the arts throughout rural Southeast Asia, and the East Meets West Foundation, also known as Thrive Networks, which has provided medical care, equipment, and facilities, clean water and sanitation systems, as well as educational opportunities to developing or underserved communities in Asia and Africa for nearly thirty years. A native of Vietnam and a victim of many of the atrocities committed during the Vietnam War, her remarkable story of survival and healing –told in her memoirs When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace— is the subject of Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone’s 1993 film Heaven & Earth.

Special guest presenter on Saturday 11/4 at 6:30pm before the screening of Heaven and Earth.

Adam Kritzer

Adam Kritzer is a filmmaker, writer, educator and organizer from Greensboro, North Carolina. Upon graduating from college, he was hired by the theatre director Peter Sellars to adapt to the screen Desdemona, a stageplay by Toni Morrison. Since then, he has worked as a producer on shorts, music videos and features which have screened at international film festivals such as SXSW and Toronto. Good Funk is his first film as writer and director.

Director Q&A on Friday 11/3 after the screening of Good Funk.

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Joshua Raymond Lee

Joshua Raymond Lee is the US-born son of a Costa-Rican immigrant Mother and a German-American Father. He has worked on numerous American independent films such as 'Steve Jobs' and 'King Cobra' as an assistant editor and editor. This is his first directing effort.

Director Q&A on Saturday 11/4 after the screening of A Desert Storm.

Mia Niagolova

Mira Niagolova is an award-winning internationally recognized documentary filmmaker committed to telling socially conscious stories. Mira is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. Mira made her debut as an independent filmmaker in 1999 with the award-winning documentary Trafficking Cinderella about forced prostitution and the trafficking of women. Presently, Mira teaches film at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.

Director Q&A on Saturday 11/4 after the screening of Welcome to Vermont: Four Stories of Resettled Identity.

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John O'Brien

John O'Brien is an American film director, sheep farmer, Justice of the Peace and former campaign manager. In 2015, John was elected to the Town of Tunbridge, Vermont selectboard. John refers to his style of filmmaking as "community cinema" and his films as "anthropological comedies".

Director Q&A on Sunday 11/5 after the screening of Man with a Plan.

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Aristofanis Soulikias

Aristofanis Soulikias is a Montreal born film animator and filmmaker having recently completed his studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, after years of studies and work in Architecture, Building Conservation and Urbanism in Greece and the UK. His interest in bringing together film and architecture yielded Last Dance on the Main, a 3-minute documentary on the endangered buildings of Montreal’s Lower Main. Believing in visual metaphor rather than realism, Aristofanis continues to look into universal stories be they from every day life, history or even Myth…

Introducing his film Last Dance on Main at the Arts/Experimental block on Sunday 11/5

Jason Andrew Torrance

Jason Andrew Torrance is a North Country native who has been involved in local arts groups for a couple decades. Tries to help people. Tries to make films. Melodrama is his first film shot (in 2002), but post-production on the film has taken 15 years. Works on the festival. Loves his mother.

Director Q&A on Wednesday 11/1 after the screening of Melodrama.


The Mountain Carol

The Mountain Carol came rolling down from Saranac, New York in 2016. The audience frequently feels transported far away by the rich wash of the Mountain Carol's waves to alien deserts and lush jungle forests, to darkened early morning urban alleyways and tiny windowless rooms.

Q&A on Thursday 11/2 after the screening of Mountain Carol/Adventure Safari.