FREEDOM & UNITY: THE VERMONT MOVIE to Screen at the Town Hall, 10/7
Town Hall Theater
This month, after seven years of production, Upper Valley Arts of Norwich, VT will release Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, the first ever documentary series about the many voices, cultural and political traditions that give the Green Mountain State its egalitarian ideals and bold, iconoclastic spirit. The six-part film, a collaboration of three dozen critically acclaimed Vermont filmmakers and historians, is led by award-winning filmmaker Nora Jacobson.
From 1777 to the present, Vermont has been a beacon, a haven, a refuge, an idea, a symbol, a state shaped by independent and courageous decision-makers, thinkers, political leaders, workers, artists, immigrants and innovators. It was the first state to outlaw slavery, to allow same sex civil unions, to call for the impeachmentof President Nixon, and to protect the environment with Act 250. This is a state in which conservatives and liberals are not only neighbors-they frequently depend on each other for survival. And yet, as we see in town meetings and legislative debates, the pursuit of freedom has, on occasion, threatened the state's unity.
"A state has boundaries, a central government, state laws. These factors give it unity. My challenge, as editor of the diverse pieces, was to find the common thread in all our stories, the thread that made this not only a Vermont story, but a universal story as well." - Nora Jacobson, director, Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie
Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie Barnstorming Tour arrives in Middlebury with a reception and screening of Part1 at Town Hall Theater on Monday, October 7. A reception with director Nora Jacobson and members of the Vermont Movie Collaborative begins at 6:00 pm, with a screening of Part 1 of the documentary at 7:00 pm followed by a question and answer session. Tickets, $15 with reception, $8/$5 for movie only, are available by calling 802 382-9222, at www.townhalltheater.org, or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon - 5:00 pm, or at the door if available.