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Fri, Jun 04


Epsilon Spires

TOVE: Artistic Independence!

The Backlot Cinema series begins with an enchanting and romantic portrait of the inspiring life of Finnish artist Tove Jansson, a woman who defied the bourgeois norms of post-War Europe to live a life of artistic and sexual freedom. Introduction by multimedia artist and film scholar, Jo Dery!

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TOVE: Artistic Independence!
TOVE: Artistic Independence!

Time & Location

Jun 04, 2021, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the Event

Every Friday this Summer, Epsilon Spires transforms the parking lot into a safe, socially-distanced outdoor cinema!

Picture a picnic under the stars with your friends where you are entertained by innovative films projected on the big screen. Our programming celebrates cinema past and present, both popular and experimental, highlighting diverse creative voices from around the world. Space is limited and advanced booking encouraged!

June 4th, TOVE (Finland, 2021) 8pm Doors / Film begins at Sundown, 8:24. after a special introduction by Jo Dery. 

Cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients by Madame Jo's Creperie of Trollhaugen Farm.

After Gallery Walk winds down and the moon begins to rise, we’ll begin our first screening this year with the critically-acclaimed new biopic of the beloved creator of the Moomins. Directed by Zaida Bergroth and featuring an incredible central performance by Alma Pöysti, TOVE is a fascinating and bewitching look into the life of one of the most celebrated and unconventional illustrators of the 20th century. With great charm, cinematic craft and a warming glow, the film follows Jansson in her early years as a struggling artist still developing her work, capturing an intimate sense of how emotional upheavals in her bohemian personal life helped shape her creative endeavours. 

Jo Dery is an artist who experiments with visual storytelling. She makes animation, books and comics, works on paper, and multimedia projects. Her creative practice is rooted in drawing and writing. Her stories are inspired by folklore, memoir, and a deep love of the natural world. She is currently an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Keene State College.

Layout & Tickets: *Entry Includes Raffle Ticket for Gift Certificates to Local Businesses!

The backlot will be empty of cars and on the ground will be painted a series of circles.

Each circle will have at least six feet around it on all sides so as to be a safe socially distanced space.

We encourage our guests to come as if to a picnic – so bring your own blankets, cushions or folding chairs to sit on in your circle – you want to be comfortable so bring all the coziness you need!

Bar and local food vendors on site. Restrooms provided. 

Space is limited - Reserve a ticket for a space that fits your group size. 

Up to 2 people: $22 (space is 3ft x 6ft)

Up to 4 people: $42 (space is 6ft x 6ft)

Up to 6 people: $62 (space is 6ft x 9ft)

$2 from every ticket sale goes directly toward the preservation of our historic venue. We will have several individual spaces available for $12. on the Walk-in basis on the day of the event.

In the case of rain the event will be moved into our Sanctuary, which will have socially distanced seating and co-vid precautions in place. 


  • Backlot Cinema 1 or 2

    Up to 2 people: $22 (space is 3ft x 6ft). Entry Includes Raffle Ticket for each person! Please let us know if you require special arrangements.

  • Backlot Cinema up to 4 People

    $42 (space is 6ft x 6ft). Entry Includes Raffle Ticket for each person! Please let us know if you require special arrangements.

  • Backlot Cinema Up to 6 People

    $62 (space is 6ft x 9ft). Entry Includes Raffle Ticket for each person! Please let us know if you require special arrangements.




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