The Sunset Series at Swift House Inn

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival presents The Sunset Series at Swift House Inn / Summer of Scorsese, a new social event in partnership with Swift House Inn and the Town Hall Theater of Middlebury, beginning July 8 and ending August 5. Swift House Inn will host screenings of classic films by master director Martin Scorsese outdoors under the big tent at Swift House Inn. Screenings will begin at sunset.

Prior to each screening, starting at 6:30 pm, Swift House Inn will be offering attractive picnic dinners and drinks from Jessica’s Restaurant on our lawn behind the main house [or under the tent if the forecast calls for rain].

Schedule

DateFilm
July 8Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
July 15Raging Bull
July 22The Last Waltz – Sold Out
July 29Cape Fear
Aug 5Goodfellas

Featured Presentations

July 8: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

A screencap of "Alice Doesn't Live Here."
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

After her husband dies, Alice, (Ellen Burstyn), and her son, Tommy, leave their small New Mexico town for California, where Alice hopes to make it big as a singer. Money problems force them to settle in Arizona instead, where Alice takes a job as a diner waitress. She intends to stay just long enough to make the money needed to head back out on the road, but her plans change when she begins to fall for a rancher named David (Kris Kristofferson).

July 15: Raging Bull

A screencap of "Raging Bull."
Photo courtesy of United Artists

This Scorsese classic details the true-life events of Bronx-based middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) during his professional career from 1941 to the mid-1950s. Managed mostly by his brother Joey (Joe Pesci), Jake dreams of winning the title fight at any cost. He’s also determined to becoming a heavyweight and securing the most fame possible. Despite his success in the ring, Jake has to overcome disagreements with the mafia, his own behavior, and his personal life. He spots Vickie (Cathy Moriarty), a girl from the neighborhood, who he falls in love with and marries. But Jake is paranoid and jealous, and believes that Vickie is sleeping with every man she pays any attention to, leading to the ultimate fight of his life.

July 22: The Last Waltz – SOLD OUT

Photo courtesy of United Artists

After 16 years on the road, Canadian rockers The Band, featuring members Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson, called it quits with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on November 25, 1976. Guest artists included Ronnie Hawkins, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Muddy Waters. Martin Scorsese explored the interactions onstage in the making of the music. Offstage, he interviewed The Band’s five members, focusing on the nature of life on the road.

July 29: Cape Fear

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

When attorney Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) knowingly withholds evidence that would acquit violent sex offender Max Cady (Robert De Niro) of rape charges, Max spends 14 years in prison stewing about his defense attorney’s deceit. Upon his release, Max devotes his life to stalking and destroying the Bowden family. He sets off to terrorize Bowden, his wife (Jessica Lange), and even goes after their 15-year-old daughter (Juliette Lewis). When practical attempts to stop Max fail, Sam realizes that he must act outside the law to protect his wife and daughter in Martin Scorsese’s remake of the classic 1962 thriller.

August 5: Goodfellas

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

This film views the lives of three pivotal mob figures in 1960’s and 70’s New York. Henry Hill is a local boy turned gangster in a neighborhood full of the roughest and toughest. Tommy DeVito is a purebred gangster, who turns out to be Henry’s best friend. Jimmy Conway puts the two of them together, and runs some of the biggest hijacks and burglaries the town has ever seen. After an extended jail sentence, Henry must sneak around the back of the local mob boss, Paulie Cicero, to live the life of luxury he has always dreamed of. In the end, the friends end up in a hell of a jam, and must do anything they can to save each other, and stay alive.


Passes & Tickets for The Sunset Series

Passes and Tickets are on sale now exclusively through the Town Hall Theater. Go to townhalltheater.org, call (802) 382-9222 or visit the Box Office at 68 S Pleasant Street, Middlebury. Monday-Saturday, 12-5pm. Attendance is limited to 120, so don’t wait to buy your passes and tickets.


Parking

You can park at Jessica’s at Swift House Inn on Stewart Lane, opposite the main Inn building.

Nearby street parking opportunities [white line marked spaces only] include:

  • The lot at the Methodist Church on Route 7
  • Washington Street from Court Square to Seminary Street
  • Seminary Street between High Street and North Pleasant Street
  • High Street between Washington Street and Seminary Street
  • North Pleasant Street [east side] from Seminary Street to Stewart Lane

Swift House Inn is currently working on additional parking arrangements to be announced soon.

There is no parking in the lot beyond the main house. Additionally, there is no parking on Stewart Lane itself or on the section of High Street which runs perpendicular to Stewart Lane. 


Picnic Dinners

Jessica’s at Swift House Inn will be offering delicious boxed picnic dinners to attendees every Thursday during the Sunset Series. Menu items include:

  • Roast Chicken, fingerling potato salad, grilled summer squash – $25
  • Poached Salmon, tomato and watermelon salad with feta and mint dressing – $25
  • Vegetarian antipasto salad with hummus and pita chips – $22

All of the above are served cold, with slices of French batard and olive oil, and a dessert choice [included] of:

  • Flourless Chocolate Cake or Summer Berry Shortcake
  • A bottled wine selection will be made available for purchase and a full bar will also be available before the screening begins. Please remember that NO OUTSIDE alcoholic beverages may be brought onto the grounds at Swift House Inn.

Dinner orders must be placed and prepaid by 5:00 p.m. the day before the film screening. Pickup will be available at the inn beginning at 6:30 p.m. on screening night, when the lawn opens. Phone orders only: 802-388-9925.

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