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Westport Cultural Council Film Series Comes to Weatherlow Farms

The Westport Summer Film Series is back for Summer 2023 with four screenings July through September. The first three events will feature a selection of award-winning films including dramatic animation and riveting documentaries, along with guest speakers, Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and guest speakers, plenty of socializing, and a spectacular setting at Weatherlow Farms’ beautiful post-and-beam functions facility. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available. Doors open at 6 PM, the films start at 7 PM. Seating is limited, please click on the button below to reserve your seats.

ROOT HOG or DIE

Wednesday, July 19 2023

Doors open at 6 PM, film starts at 7 PM.

Filmed in 1973 in the hill towns of western Massachusetts and southern Vermont, it follows the annual cycle of the farming year. Photographed verité-style in rich black and white, the film evokes the ethic of self-reliance behind the phrase “root hog or die,” the practice of turning pigs loose in the woods to fend for themselves.

Acclaimed folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax has praised the film as “a significant contribution to American oral history.”  Robert Gardner, filmmaker, and founder of the Harvard Film Studies Center, hailed Root Hog or Die as a “must for every American studies program.”

The WEEKEND SAILOR

Wednesday, August 2 2023

Doors open at 6 PM, film starts at 7 PM.

A feature documentary about the inaugural Whitbread Round the World Race (known today as the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race) the first head-to-head sailing race around the world. Expert crews from Europe and South Africa were assembled to compete against each other, but an underdog crew from Mexico shocked the more seasoned seafarers. Weekend Sailor tells the thrilling story of Ramon Carlin’s quest to take on the world’s most accomplished sailors in the most challenging and deadly race on earth.

Q&A with the filmmakers and other special guests.

LOVING VINCENT

Wednesday, August 16 2023

Doors open at 6 PM, film starts at 7 PM.

Presented in collaboration with the South Coast Artists in celebration of their 20th anniversary, Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature-length film. It tells the story of painter Vincent van Gogh’s life through the eyes of Armand, a young man who has been tasked with the devastating venture of delivering Vincent Van Gogh’s final letter. This ground-breaking narrative film brings the paintings of van Gogh to life through the laborious effort of 125 professional artists who hand-painted every one of the movie’s 65,000 frames.

No other artist has attracted more legends. Variously labeled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius, and a lay-about, the real Vincent himself said in his last letter: “We cannot speak other than by our paintings.” The filmmakers took him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of Vincent van Gogh.

Animator and local artist Kat Knutsen who worked on the film will be present for a post-screening Q&A.