The Vermont Movie: Chapter Three

The Vermont Movie: Chapter Three

The Vermont Movie: Chapter Three

‘Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie’ is a six-part documentary on the history and culture of the Green Mountain State. The anthology is thematic, not chronological. Chapters One and Two were shown in November and January, respectively. Chapter three, ‘Refuge, Reinvention and Revolution,’ will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, at the South Londonderry Depot on Route 100. There is no cost to attend, but donations are appreciated. The film is a collaboration between three dozen critically acclaimed Vermont filmmakers and historians, led and coordinated into a cohesive whole by award-winning filmmaker Nora Jacobson. Chapter Three covers the mid-20th century, political pioneers like Bill Meyer, a Congressman who challenged the Cold War, and Governor Phil Hoff, whose 1962 victory set the stage for historic change, and who rose to take the lead in state politics. Innovation was everywhere; in the work of talented tinkerers like Snow Flake Bentley and Thaddeus Fairbanks, in the rise of IBM, and in the creation of the interstate highways, their pros and cons and the high price of eminent domain. Revolution was in the air. Rare archival footage provides a vivid look at the hippies, the realities of communal life and the paths of members of this counter-culture who established roots in Vermont. Who changed whom? The showing is a joint presentation of the Friends of the West River Trail, the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society and the Weston Historical Society. The Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and the Vermont Arts Council were essential in underwriting the filming and production of ‘The Vermont Movie.’

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