Screening of ‘Love, Gilda’ at Latchis to benefit Kopkind/CID

BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont premiere of Love, Gilda, a film by Lisa D'Apolito about the life of comedian Gilda Radner, is scheduled for Gallery Walk Friday on Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre. The screening is a benefit to support film retreats organized by the Kopkind Colony and the Center for Independent Documentary.

D'Apolito, director and producer of Love, Gilda, originally shared the idea of the documentary with fellow Kopkind/CID filmmakers in 2014, according to a news release.

For the past 13 years, Susi Walsh, CID co-founder and executive director, has collaborated with Guilford resident John Scagliotti to offer film-camp retreats on his farm. Scagliotti is an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer and the creator of the public television series In the Life, the monthly hour-long program on news and culture about the gay community that ran on PBS from 1992-2012.

Returning to Kopkind/CID three years later, D'Apolito sought feedback on final edits before submission to the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. In April, Love, Gilda opened the prestigious event.

For the 19th year, The Kopkind Colony and the Center for Independent Documentary will combine forces during the first week in August to provide a place for filmmakers to workshop their films in progress.

The Kopkind/CID Film Camp is held at Treefrog Farm in Guilford, a mountaintop haven that “encourages filmmakers to engage in deep conversation, reflection, and a chance to recharge from the intensity of independent filmmaking,” according to the news release.

CID's Walsh understands the power of the unique role that Kopkind/CID offers to independent filmmakers.

“Over 120 filmmakers have joined us up at Kopkind over the years, bringing their diverse and inspiring films to be workshopped in a truly supportive space with their peers,” Walsh said in the news release.

The Kopkind Colony is a living memorial to the late journalist and Guilford resident Andrew Kopkind, who wrote on politics and culture for national and international publications until his death in 1994.

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