Sneak Preview of ‘Power Struggle’ film about VY

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will speak at a “Sneak Preview” benefit screening of POWER STRUGGLE, a new 104-minute feature-length documentary film, which chronicles the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, at the Latchis Theater on Thursday, November 3, at 7pm.

Democracy goes nuclear in this feature documentary about how an engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandmother, and a scrappy new governor join forces with a creative array of activists to take-on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to shutter an aging atomic plant in Vermpower-struggle-poster-bratt-3-0b-10-17-16-small-1ont. An even-handed, but at times humorous and terrifying chronicle of citizens who believe in the right to energy choices and to keeping their communities safe.

The 104-minute film, slated for national broadcast by HBO, captures engaging perspectives on all sides of the story, including Governor Shumlin, nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, Vernon’s State Representative Mike Hebert and other elected officials, former Entergy Corporation spokesperson Larry Smith, federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials and area activists who speak passionately for and against nuclear power – many who will attend the pre-film reception in the Latchis Hotel Lobby from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and the post-film discussion.  Several important festivals are considering the film for an early 2017 premiere. Finishing and outreach funds are needed to help this local film have national impact.

POWER STRUGGLE is directed and produced by Pioneer Valley independent documentary filmmaker Robbie Leppzer and his Wendell, MA based production company Turning Tide Productions, in association with HBO and NHK, the largest television network in Japan. Leppzer will be launching a national grassroots distribution campaign for POWER STRUGGLE in 2017 to use the example of Vermont to help inform communites about and participate in the upcoming national policy debate around the crisis of prolonged radioactive waste storage at commercial nuclear power facilities across the U.S.

“One in three Americans lives within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor,” says Leppzer. “I hope the film will be a catalyst to galvanize increased citizen awareness around aging nuclear power plants and the radioactive waste they may forever house.”

For more information about POWER STRUGGLE, links to purchase tickets online, and to watch a 6-minute movie trailer, visit the website at 

General Admission: $20 advance // Preferred Seating with Donation // $25 at door // $10 for College Students (with ID) / Free for High School Students (No one will be turned away for lack of funds). Purchase Tickets Online at

Brattleboro Film Festival

The Fifth Annual Brattleboro Film Festival will present a 10-day cinematic feast of 30 unique and unforgettable films beginning Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 10th at the historic Latchis Theatre in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

“We are honored to bring award-winning documentaries, dramas and shorts that truly represent the best of current cinema today to our community to share on the big screen ” Merry Elder, BFF President and head of Film Selection said.bratt-film-fest

The all-volunteer, community film festival focuses on mostly independent and award winning productions from the USA and around the world that offer viewpoints and characters often unseen in mainstream media. Discussions with visiting filmmakers and other experts follow some screenings  Schedules are posted on

BFF opens Friday, November 4 with a free, open-to-the-public reception in Latchis Hotel Lobby starting at 5:00 p.m. where trailers for all 2016 films will be shown continuously.  Reception guests can hobnob with festival organizers and their fellow cinephiles prior to the opening night films, which begin at 6:30 pm and 8:30 p.m. (These start times — 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — are standard throughout the festival with 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 p.m. showings on weekends.) Film previews will continue to be shown in the Latchis Hotel Lobby for the duration of the festival.

BFF tickets are $10 per film, $8 for seniors and children under 15 and can be purchased the day of screenings at the Latchis Theatre box office. Pre-sold packs of five tickets for $40 (a $10 savings) and the $140 All Festival Passes are available at Everyone’s Books and during Festival theater hours at the BFF Desk in the Latchis Lobby.  Tickets for children under 12 are $5 at designated daytime family screenings.  High school students enter free with a valid school ID.

Kicking off this year’s film festival at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, the 4th is “Tanna” (2015, 105 min, Martin Butler, Bentley Dean, Australia, Drama), Australia’s entry to the upcoming Academy Awards, this is the first feature film beautifully shot entirely in the paradise of Vanuatu. Based on a true story, it’s an exotic echo of Romeo and Juliet, tense with intertribal strife. Variety called it an “emotionally engaging story of forbidden love.”  It plays again Tuesday, November 8 at 6:;30 pm

Opening night’s second feature begins at  8:30 p.m. with BFF’s annual late Gallery Walk Art Screening of “Tyrus” (2015  Pamela Tom, 78 min  USA Doc) a portrait of the under credited Chinese American artist behind the artistic style of “Bambi” and the style of many Hollywood films for years after.

Films show weeknights at 6:30 and 8:30 pm, starting Monday November 7 with the 6:30 pm screening of “IF Project” followed by a discussion with the film’s director and Detective Bogucki, a central figure in the film.. The full film schedule can be seen on the BFF website.

The festival will close Sunday, November 13th with the audience-chosen “Best in Fest” and “Countdown to Best in Fest” films. These films represent movies voted by festival-goers as the best films overall. The Countdown films begin with repeat screenings of the top three runners-ups at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 and 6:30 pm. This crowd-pleasing feature gives moviegoers a second chance to see (and bring their friends to) festival favorites.  The Best in Fest — the one film that filmgoers voted for above all others–rescreens at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night and closes the Fifth  Annual Brattleboro Film Festival.  Votes must be tallied Saturday evening.  Results will be announced by midnight on the BFF website and Facebook pages.

In an effort to share the joys of watching movies on the big screen with a generation known for watching videos on the very small screens of phones, tablets and laptops, BFF is offering free tickets to all high school students throughout the film festival. Students need only to show current and valid high school I.D. to receive a ticket for any festival film at the box office in the Latchis Theatre.

Partnering with local organizations, BFF uses film to raise awareness, facilitate dialogue, and increase civil discourse and community participation. BFF major sponsors include Latchis Arts, the Marlboro Graduate School and Vermont Independent Media’s The Commons.  Several local organizations are sponsoring individual films and BFF also has a working collaboration with the  in Burlington, Vermont.


Lineup of Met Opera, National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet simulcasts announced

Latchis Arts once again hosts a stellar 2016-17 season of simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet, shown at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro.

The schedule includes 10 live broadcasts from The Met: Live in HD, stamet-2016-17-bw-schedule-800x618rting on Oct. 8 with Wagner’s ‘Tristan Und Isolde.’ Also scheduled are six broadcasts each from the National Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Ticket prices for all simulcast presentations at the Latchis Theatre are the same as last year. For presentations of the National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet, admission is $20 general admission, $10 for students.

For The Met: Live in HD, tickets are $22 for general admission, $20 for MET CLUB FOREVER members and $10 for students.

Contact Sharry Manning for questions or advance credit card sales at 802-257-5717 or For more information, visit

Latchis Arts launches Movies For Kids series

movies-for-kidsLatchis Arts is launching a Movies for Kids series on Sunday mornings in November.

Kids – and their big people and everyone who is a kid-at-heart – are invited to showings of movies at the Latchis on Sundays at 11 a.m., in November. Admission to the movies is by donation.

Movies for Kids will a monthly theme and offer both contemporary and older films that fit into that theme. The theme for the first month is November Has Secrets. The series starts with “The Secret Garden” on Nov. 6, at 11 a.m., followed on Nov. 13, by “The Secret of Kells,” “The Secret of Roan Inish” on Nov. 20, and “The Secret of Nimh” on Nov. 27.

“The goal for this series is to offer films for kids that their parents will be interested in as well. For November, we begin with four films that hold secrets in their own unique way. There is magic in landscape, history and music and culture, containers for mystery, belief and hope , and strong child performances along with beautifully animated scenes,” said Latchis Arts Board Member Jonathan Schwartz, who curated the series.

Plans are to continue the series – with a different theme each month – in the winter and spring.

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Latchis Arts publishes ‘Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theater Empire They Built’

Latchis Arts announces the publication of “Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New ngland Theater Empire They Built,” a fascinating and lively book that combines local history and personal stories with sweeping themes in the news today – immigration, the American Dream, and the importance of family, community and culture.

Author Gordon Hayward, a nationally known garden designer, writer and lecturer, and current president of Latchis Arts, the non-profit organization which oversees the Latchis Memorial Building, spent more than a year conducting scores of interviews with local historians, Latchis staff and board members past and present, many Lagreek-epic-covertchis family members and even the granddaughter of Louis Jambor, the Hungarian immigrant artist
from New York City who painted the murals on the Latchis Theatre walls in 1938.

The result is an engaging and eye-catching 220-page book with 85 color and black-and-white photographs that brings to light the extraordinary Latchis family, their journey from Greece to Brattleboro, the challenges and successes of their assimilation into their new community and American culture, the resilience they showed through changing times, cycles of fortune and loss, and hurricanes and fires, to build a 14-theater empire in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Ultimately, the book is a testament to the hard work of four generations of a remarkable family and the dedicated group of community-minded people who stepped in to save the Latchis Memorial Building and make sure it continues to serve as a cultural hub for future generations.

Copies of the book are available at the Latchis Hotel front desk or by e-mailing

“Movies and the performing arts are centered in Brattleboro around the nearly eighty-year-old Latchis Memorial Theatre, which, since 2003, has been overseen by what is now Latchis Arts, a non-profit for which I have been board president since October 2014. I have written this book to further this cause: to keep the theater thriving, to maintain and restore this magnificent historic building, and to celebrate its contribution to the culture of southeastern Vermont. All of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward the work of the non-profit Latchis Arts organization,” writes Hayward in the Introduction to “Greek Epic.”

Friends of the Latchis and fans of Brattleboro history will appreciate the story of the now nearly 80-year-old art deco Latchis Memorial Building, which the family built in 1938 to honor the work of their patriarch, Demetrios. He immigrated from Greece in 1901, arrived in Brattleboro and began as a fruit peddler, working his way up to business owner and head of a theater empire. Local readers will also appreciate Hayward’s insights into the history and importance of the arts in Brattleboro and the extraordinary people – Rudyard Kipling, Blanche Moyse, Rudolf Serkin, Robert Flaherty, architect William Rutherford Mead, and the Estey Family among them – who have lived and made their art here.

Readers throughout Vermont and New Hampshire will learn about the importance of historic buildings and cultural centers like the Latchis in maintaining the health of their downtowns and their communities. Furthermore, the book, is testament to the crucial role non-profits organizations and the volunteer spirit play in the health and success of our communities and to the ways the non-profit and for-profit sectors can work together to make common goals happen.

“Greek Epic” also sheds light on the history of southeastern Vermont in the 20th century, as we learn about the Latchis family as they battled shifting cultural and economic forces through the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, World War II and the rapid changes brought in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s

“Greek Epic” lives up to its title in sweep and scope. The story of the Latchis family is a quintessential American immigration story. In the context of our current climate where the role of immigration is debated vigorously on both sides of the aisle, “Greek Epic” puts immigration in a personal light, reminding readers of the multi-faceted contributions made by people who moved here and overcame adversity and cultural obstacles.

“Greek Epic” is also a story of “the American Dream” – what it was for one man and his family, how it came to fruition, how it withstood threats, challenges and tragedies, how it ultimately had to change and how new people with new dreams, but a common core of personal and community values took over. Shifting its focus to home and hearth, “Greek Epic” is also about family – about fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, grandchildren – and how they all came together in a New World to build something that still stands with
their name on it.

Above all, it is a human story, which opens the doors of this four-screen movie theater and 30-room hotel in this massive art deco building to reveal a setting where the loves and labors, triumphs and tragedies, setbacks and rises, and hopes and dreams of a large cast of wonderful characters are revealed, not as the plot of the latest movie seen on the Latchis Theatre screens, but in the real-life story of those who once made and
still make the Latchis happen.

“Greek Epic” was designed and edited by Wind Ridge Books, with additional editorial assistance from John Barstow, Irene Canaris, Castle Freeman and John Carnahan.

For more information and additional copies of the book, visit