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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture

Film Expert Rick Winston Reflects on Classic Films at Rutland Free Library


Rutland ~ Film expert Rick Winston of Montpelier will delve into the elements that make up classic films in a talk at Rutland Free Library on January 4. The talk, “What Makes a Classic Film?” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.

Using clips from twelve of his favorite films, Winston will consider some of the elements of classic films from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including writing, acting, direction, and cinematography.

Winston has presented films in central Vermont since 1972, when he founded the Lightning Ridge Film Society. He established The Savoy Theater in 1980 and has been the Program Director of Montpelier's Green Mountain Film Festival since 1999. He has taught film studies at Community College of Vermont, Goddard College, Burlington College, and the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Rutland are held at Rutland Free Library.

Upcoming Rutland talks include “Vermont’s State House at 150 Years” with Vermont State Curator David Schutz on February 1; “The History of Herbal Medicine in America” with expert herbalist Rosemary Gladstar on March 7; and “Poetry’s Spiritual Language” with poet Nancy Jay Crumbine on April 4.

The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. Rutland Free Library is sponsored by Friends of the Rutland Free Library and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

For more information, contact Rutland Free Library at 802.773.1860, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit

First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Essex Junction (at Brownell Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Norwich (at Norwich Congregational Church, hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society); and at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. 

The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.

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