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New Film “How We See Water” at Mahaney Center August 26

August 9, 2018

Screening Will Feature Live Music from the VSO

Middlebury, VT—Award-winning filmmaker Robin Starbuck will present her newest film, “How We See Water,” at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 26 at 1:00 P.M. This experimental documentary explores the intersections of indigenous history and contemporary life in Chiapas, Mexico through the lives of two young women who work to gain education and independence. The film features live accompaniment by an ensemble from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and an original score by Middlebury alumnus and composer Matt LaRocca ’02. Audiences will thrill to the dynamic integration of film and music in the impeccable acoustics of Robison Hall.

This event is a three-way collaboration between the Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO), and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.

Starbuck received the The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Award for the Best Integration of Music into Film at the 2017 film festival, garnering her the opportunity to be paired with a Vermont composer for this, her next short film. She described “How We See Water” in a recent festival interview:

“I’m using the Popol Vuh, an ancient Mayan text written by Mayan priests. It’s a creation story as well as a migration story. The product for VSO will incorporate words from the Popol Vuh and imagery from Chiapas. The film questions how spiritual belief and culture maintain themselves through generations and centuries. I’m interested in how these fragments sustain through time. For the marginalized people of Chiapas, power lies in the old spirit. The world of the film likens itself to magical realism.”


About the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) showcases the best work of first and second time filmmakers from around the world. This year’s fourth Annual MNFF will run from August 23–26, offering more than 100 films, big Friday and Saturday nighttime parties, and a full slate of panels, Q&As, happy hours, and more. Special guests include two time Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself) and Oscar winning Production Designers David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (La La Land). Passes and information are available at


Performance Details

“How We See Water” will be presented on Sunday, August 26 at 1:00 P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $12 at the door; no charge to MNFF Passholders. Additional donations welcome.

Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3168 phone
(802) 443-2834 fax