The first, on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. will be a presentation of Hitchcock's career, supported by clips of his most renowned works, by film expert Rick Winston.
Hitchcock famously said "Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake."
Hitchcock's career spanned forty years and many film eras.
Winston's presentation consists of 12 film clips, from "The Thirty-Nine Steps" (1935) to "The Birds" (1963), with a discussion of the evolution of Hitchcock's craft, an exploration of his favorite themes and motifs (innocence and guilt, ordinary people in extraordinary situations, thrilling climaxes in public places, inanimate objects which take on great significance), and his work with famous collaborators.
Winston grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., and became hooked watching old films on TV at a young age. He went to Columbia College and University of California, Berkeley. He moved to Vermont in 1970 and founded the Lightning Ridge Film Society, which morphed into the Savoy Theater in 1981. He was a founder of the Green Mountain Film Festival and was its Programming Director until 2012. Since 2009, he has been teaching film at Burlington College and the Community College of Vermont.
Winston's presentation is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council as part of its' Speakers Bureau program. The Vermont Humanities Council is dedicated to creating a State in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.
Thanks to the sponsorship by the Humanities Council, there is no cost to attend. Voluntary contributions to support the preservation of the Depot will be gratefully accepted, but are not required.
Two weeks later, on May 16 at 7:30 p.m., the Friends of the West River Trail will present a screening of "The Trouble with Harry," perhaps Hitchcock's most comedic venture, though still with a touch of the macabre.
The story is set, and partially filmed, in Vermont and, unlike some of Hitchcock's films, will not afflict its viewers with recurring nightmares. Fledgling performers appearing in "Harry" include Jerry Mathers, before "Leave it to Beaver," and Shirley MacLaine (her film debut) alongside veterans John Forsythe and Edmond Gwenn.
This is a community event hosted by the Friends of the West River Trail. There is no admission charge. Again, however, voluntary contributions to assist with the upkeep of the Depot will be accepted.
Hitchcock was a master of suspense, mystery, at times horror and even humor. The public is invited to attend.
To learn more about the Friends of the West River trail, and the trail itself, please visit www.westrivertrail.org.