by The Bridge staff
Rick Winston, co-founder of Montpelier’s Savoy Theater and the Green Mountain Film Festival, will be leading three classes in film at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) next month. “Looking Closely at Movies” will afford “an inside view of the film-making process and an introduction to basic film vocabulary,” according to a press release from Winston, who lives in Adamant.
The three sessions will explore the fundamentals of film direction and delve into movies from throughout film history—from the silents through the classics of John Huston and Orson Welles, for example, to more recent masterworks by the likes of Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. The classes will also consider foreign directors and how they have influenced U.S. cinematic art.
“Without Fellini there might be no Scorsese,” Winston explained, in an interview with The Bridge. “The movies that young film buffs see in their teens often have a role in the films they make when they become directors.”
Winston has been teaching film history at the Community College of Vermont and the Montpelier senior center. He has also been staging film series in Randolph, Marshfield and Calais. He’ll be repeating the “Looking Closely at Movies” classes in Calais this winter.
The VCFA classes will take place November 10, 17 and 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in College Hall. The fee for each class is $40; for the entire course, $100.