The Vermont International Film Festival is underway and once again, I wield a pair of remotes in the manner of a modern projectionist. Now, aping the style of Robin Laws’ TIFF recaps, I shall recount what I’ve seen at VTIFF.
The Invisible War gives women soldiers and rape survivors a platform from which to speak out about the crime’s pervasiveness in the US military and resulting wall of silence or inaction.
Thief tells the story of how the invasion of an Iraqi man’s home by a rifle-wielding thug closes the circle on a betrayal committed many years ago.
War Matador draws parallels between an Israeli offensive in the Gaza strip and bullfighting. The film looks at the violence’s effect on soldiers and spectators alike.
Knuckleball! takes a semi-reverent, overlong peek into the careers of major league baseball pitchers specializing in a freak pitch, and how the variable effects of the unpredictable ball seem to syncopate with their careers.