Poster for The Stone River film

Film showing: “The Stone River”

another film premier at the Old Labor Hall with filmmaker

Giovanni Donfrancesco
and your Barre friends and neighbors

Monday, November 24, at 6:30 pm

 Stories of Barre and granite in the 1930s will fill the screen at the Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street, when the award-winning film, “The Stone River,” has its Vermont premiere.

Based on the 2004 book Men Against Granite, Italian Giovanni Donfrancesco’s film uses living residents of Barre to give voice to the words of stone workers whose oral histories were collected during the Depression by Montpelier journalists Mari Tomasi and Roaldus Richmond.

Featured Barre participants include Giuliano Cecchinelli, Todd Paton, Marco Parent, Paul Carnahan, Richard and Marianne Venmar, Alfred Rosa, Valerie Baudet, Jill Cassani, Hjonis Hanson, and Robert and Brenda J. Sambel.

Through its original visual style and its stories of social battles, diseases and deaths, anarchist utopia, tragedy, and hope, “The Stone River” presents both an elegiac lament for a world of stone craftsmanship and a poetic portrait of “The Granite Center of the World.”

The film has been honored as “Best Documentary” by the Italian Golden Globe Awards and Rome Film Festival. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, “You can call this film a documentary but . . . it’s actually not far from the allegorical poetry of the “Divine Comedy.”  Others have likened it to a cinematic “Spoon River Anthology.”

Filmmaker Giovanni Donfrancesco will attend the showing, which will be followed by a reception and refreshments.

Tickets are $10 to benefit the Old Labor Hall. They may be purchased at the door or in the on-line store. For more information or to make a reservation, email or call 802-479-5600.