Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monadnock International Film Festival to honor Ken Burns

[Passing along this press release from the Monadnock International Film Festival:]

25 March 2013
CONTACT:  Laina Barakat, Director, Monadnock International Film Festival at 603. 757.3929 or email at


For over 25 years, filmmaker Ken Burns has inspired the nation with dozens of documentaries.  From baseball to the dust bowl, Thomas Jefferson and the Civil War, Burns has produced fearless work.  He will be the first recipient of the Jonathan Daniels Award at the inaugural Monadnock International Film Festival in downtown Keene, New Hampshire, Saturday, April 6.

The Jonathan Daniels Award is a unique addition to the event, setting it apart from other film festivals.  The recognition will be given to a socially conscious filmmaker of great artistic merit that echoes Daniels’ courage, purpose and spirit by using film in a powerful and transformative way.  Burns’ body of work exemplifies courage and truth in film.

Daniels, a 26-year-old Episcopal seminarian from Keene, NH, is a celebrated civil rights martyr.  In 1965 he answered Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to join in the civil rights struggle in Alabama.  Only months later Jonathan was killed in Hayneville, Alabama when he stepped in front of a vigilante attempting to kill 17-year-old Ruby Sales, a fellow activist and African American woman.

Burns’ Florentine Films production company is located in Walpole, NH.   His latest documentary, Central Park Five, will be show at The Colonial Theatre, downtown Keene, on Saturday, April 6 at 7pm.  The award ceremony will occur immediately following the film.

The Monadnock International Film Festival boasts five feature films, two documentaries, a short film program, documentary panel and television panel.
Tickets:  $10 per screening, $45 Film Pass (all films and panels), $75 VIP Pass (all films, panels, opening reception and after-parties).  Tickets purchased at or through the Colonial Theatre box office (, 603.352.2033).

The Monadnock International Film Festival is a non-profit organization, started in June 2011, whose mission is to bring world-class film and filmmakers to New England’s Monadnock Region.   The festival is in partnership with Arts Alive!, The Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, W.H.A.T.’S. Keene, and over 50 area businesses.