The 16th annual MountainTop Film Festival begins in

See you next year!

January 18-24, 2019

Big Picture Theater

48 Carroll Road, Waitsfield VT 05673



15 years of “Films For Thought”

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the 15h annual MountainTop Film Festival once again offers a diverse program of documentary and dramatic films and special events, addressing social and environmental issues from around the world. With growing concerns regarding human and civil rights and in a continued effort to make the Vermont community an epicenter of awareness and social engagement, the MountainTop Film Festival strives to make people’s voices and stories heard through film and discussion to further efforts of education and involvement.

This year’s program will feature a total of 11 films as well as special events in the week of January 12-18, 2018 at the Big Picture Theater, in Waitsfield, VT.

Some of the films include Ai Wei Wei’s new film on the global refugee crisis HUMAN FLOW, Jeff Orlowski’s film CHASING CORAL, CROWN HEIGHTS - a real life drama about wrongful incarceration, and the dramatic film of three Muslim women struggling to find their identity in BAR BAHAR - IN BETWEEN.

Along with the films, the festival program has offers a chance to meet and talk to filmmakers, activist, and scholars that are involved in furthering civil rights and environmental causes around the world.

This Year's Films


Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store in L.A. and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time.


  • Fri, Jan 12 6:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 15 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 17 8:00pm


Junction 48 is inspired by the true life story of Tamer Nafar, who created the Palestinian Hip-Hop Scene from scratch. Nafar grew up in the crime-ridden ‘hood of Lod, a poor Israeli city where Arabs and Jews live side-by-side.

Q+A with filmmaker Udi Aloni following Friday night’s screening.


  • Fri, Jan 12 7:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 15 3:00pm
Junction 48


A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.



  • Sat, Jan 13 2:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 14 1:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 15 2:00pm
An Inconvienent Sequel


The senior year of a girls' high school step team in inner-city Baltimore is documented, as they try to become the first in their families to attend college. The girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.


  • Fri, Jan 12 3:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 13 5:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 14 4:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 15 1:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 16 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 17 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 18 5:00pm


Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and... read more.


  • Fri, Jan 12 5:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 14 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 15 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 16 5:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 13 1:00pm


Moving through the corridors and bowels of an enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a descent down to a dehumanized place of physical labor and intense hardship. This gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India might just as well be the decorum for a 21st century... read more.


  • Sun, Jan 14 2:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 16 7:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 17 6:00pm


In the spring of 1980, a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.


  • Fri, Jan 12 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 13 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 14 6:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 15 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 18 6:00pm
Crown Heights


Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us.

Q+A with filmmaker Jeff Orlowski following Saturday night’s 7pm screening.


  • Fri, Jan 12 4:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 13 7:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 15 4:00pm
Chasing Coral


Three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv find themselves doing the same balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom. The women are three very different personalities driven by a common desire.

Q+A following 4pm screening on Saturday 1/13.


  • Sat, Jan 13 4:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 14 5:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 18 8:00pm
Bar Bahar


More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Harwood Union’s International Relief Club is presenting Monday’s 7pm screening (1/15), followed by Q&A with refugees and organizers of the VT Refugee Resettlement Program.


  • Sat, Jan 13 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 14 8:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 15 7:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 16 8:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 17 7:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 18 7:00pm
Human Flow