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EXCITING NEWS, VERMONT! One of our own has won the Juried Prize at this year's PBS Online Film Festival! Three cheers for filmmaker Jesse Lockwood Kreitzer of Marlboro, VT, on his win for his outstanding film, Black Canaries! Learn more about the film and festival.

Black Canaries

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Expires: 2018-09-01

Isolated, desperate, and haunted by his coal-stained birthright, Father continues his daily descent into the accursed Maple mine— even after it has crippled his ancestors and blinded his youngest son. Set in 1907 and based on director Jesse Kreitzer’s own coal mining heritage, Black Canaries is a powerful meditation on patrimony, loyalty, and love.

Land And Legacy Of An Art Colony

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A story about the people who gathered in New Hampshire and Vermont around the Gilded Age sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to form the Cornish Colony. Although many of their names are unfamiliar today, among the Colonists were America’s first conservationists, landscape architects, and musicians whose legacy includes the Appalachian Trail, the National Park System, and public gardens.

A Place In The Land

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Expires: 2019-08-03

A Place in the Land is the story of George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, and Laurance S. Rockefeller, three seminal figures in the history of the conservation movement in America. Their legacy and land inspired the creation of the Billings Farm & Museum and the adjoining Marsh Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. A Place in the Land received an Academy Award® nomination.

Talking To The Wall: The Story Of An American Bargain

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Expires: 2021-08-10

Talking to the Wall follows two New England towns over a period of seven years that make opposite decisions on whether to allow to build. Made by award winning filmmaker Steve Alves, who participated in his town’s battle against the world's largest retailer, this multi-award winning theatrically released film informs citizens about a side of the bargain not shown in advertising campaigns.

Food For Change

Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm - The current resurgence of food cooperatives in America and their unique historic place in the economic and political landscape. Born in the heartland, cooperatives are seen as the middle path between Wall Street and Socialism. The film profiles several food co-ops that have revived neighborhoods and communities - right in the shadows of corporate agribusinesses and supermarket chains.

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Resilience: At-Risk Youth In Vermont

Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm -A collaboration with the VT Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs to highlight the experiences of at-risk youth in Vermont. profiling young people that are faced with challenges in their lives. These “coming of age” stories are set against diverse backdrops—a farm in Addison County, a residential living apartment in Bellows Falls, a summer outdoor adventure camp in north central Vermont.

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Stories On The Road To Proficiency

Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm - The current state of transformation unfolding in Vermont public schools. This film highlights the successes and struggles of students and educators at three Vermont high schools that are making the shift to proficiency-based learning: BFA St. Albans, Champlain Valley Union High School, Harwood Union High School, and Peoples Academy.

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Artists’ Medium

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The VT Folklife Center collaborated with Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT to showcase four regional artists, bringing viewers into “a day in the life” of each artist. Travel to the Adirondacks with TJ Cunningham for a day of plain air painting, explore the hills of Addison County with landscape painter Anne Cady, wander through quarries with sculptor, David Wade, and visit painter Rory Jackson.

The Ill-Made Knight

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Expires: 2021-07-06

The Ill-Made Knight is a story about a 3rd grader named Ella, whose world is turned upside-down when a logging company buys the land behind her parent's home. When her family threatens to move, Ella decides to take matters in to her own hands. She enlists the help of Merlyn, a fictional character from her book, to wage war against the logger (played by Rusty DeWees).

Mad Music

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Expires: 2021-07-20

When Ian Sweet moved to the Mad River Valley in Vermont in 2002, he soon discovered that music plays a vital role within the whole community. Since he always wanted to make a music documentary, the music and musicians in the Valley give him that opportunity. Why is the Mad River Valley full of musicians and host to such a diverse cross section of music?

Together In Time: A Story Of New England Contra Music

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Expires: 2021-07-27

Using a wealth of rare archival films, animation, and traditional New England fiddle music, Together in Time tells a 250-year history of an enduring form of community music and dance.


Connect with our environment by watching these four local productions pertaining to our relationship with nature.

Negotiating With Nature

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Expires: 2018-09-08

A film about our relationship with the natural world. With a widening disconnect with nature shaping our lives and in a high tech world that is constantly changing, the garden still has an important role in a sustainable future.

Wind: A Struggle for the Character of Vermont

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A rapid transition to clean energy is imperative for the future of our climate. But how to make that transition in a way that respects ecosystems, communities, and local democracy? In this documentary, Vermont filmmaker Mark Cline Lucey explores this important question through Vermont's turbulent experience with ridgeline wind energy.

Lake Effect

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Expires: 2021-06-22

Amidst the rising threat of cyanobacteria (commonly known as blue-green algae) in our water bodies which has dominated local news coverage, Vermont filmmakers, father and daughter Jim and Jackie Heltz set out to investigate the possible link between exposure to neurotoxins found in cyanobacteria and the onset of sporadic cases of the terminal disease, ALS.

Of Stone, Wood, And Glass: Alnoba

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Environmental sustainability meets structural sustainability in a remarkable NH building.Environmental sustainability meets structural sustainability in this film of a remarkable building project in New Hampshire. Born from the vision of citizen entrepreneurs Alan and Harriet Lewis, the Alnoba building embodies a spirit of learning, heritage, innovation and community.

A Living Memorial - The NH State Veterans Cemetery

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Expires: 2019-05-24

The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery is a hidden treasure in the town of Boscawen. Its pristine grounds and serene setting make it a place of great pride for NH veterans and their families. The story of the cemetery is told through poignant interviews of the creators, the builders, the managers and most particularly, through the personal experience of one Gold Star family.

The Longest Game

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Meet Hal, 87; Charlie, 87 and Maurie, 87. Three of a group of friends who gather every day at one p.m. in the village of Dorset, Vermont to play a game called "paddle tennis". They have been playing together for years. The Longest Game explores the joys of friendship and inevitability of change. Our time on the earth is fleeting, how do we make the best of it?

Frog Hollow Green Mountain Artisans - 2 Potters

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Expires: 2021-05-17

Jeremy Ayers (Waterbury) and Jennifer Ranz (Greensboro) are potters tied to structures related to their family histories. These structures, in turn tie them to their communities in unique and different ways, allowing them the freedom to create their distinctive ceramic works.

Frog Hollow Green Mountain Artisans - Georgia and Robin

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Expires: 2021-05-11

Georgia Landau (Barre) and Robin Kent (Brandon) are two artists, each with a unique approach and perspective to their given mediums. Working in clay and wood respectively they use the human form as a departure point to develop a visual narrative that employs humor in documenting our everyday tasks..


Made Here: Québec

Our Made Here series headed north of the border in April with four more films Québécois from the National Film Board of Canada. Part of the series Made Here: Québec: Films from the National Film Board of Canada in partnership with RETN.

The Invisible Nation

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Québec: The Invisible Nation

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Exploring how the Algonquin people once lived in harmony with the vast territory they occupied, and how the balance was upset when the Europeans arrived in the 16th century.


Museum in the City

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Québec: Museum in the City

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We visit the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. This exploration takes us behind the scenes at the institution and looks back over its 150-year history.


Where I'm From

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Québec: Where I'm From

Québec: Where I'm From

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An intimate chronicle that unfolds in the working-class neighborhood of Verdun


The Lumberfros

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Québec - The Lumberfros

Working as brush cutters, 21st-century lumberjacks discover Québec's boreal forest.


Champlain College Student Showcase - Spring 2018

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Expires: 2019-03-23

A selection of current work from students in the television and film programs at Champlain College. 2 annual showcases will offer a look at contemporary subjects and offer a peek inside the mind of students in Vermont and their learning process.


Black Canaries

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Black Canaries

22:42
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Expires: 2018-09-01

Isolated, desperate, and haunted by his coal-stained birthright, Father continues his daily descent into the accursed Maple mine—even after it has crippled his ancestors and blinded his youngest son. Set in 1907 and based on director Jesse Kreitzer’s own coalmining ancestry, Black Canaries is a powerful meditation on patrimony, loyalty, and love.

No.7 On The List

Springfield, VT residents have long believed their town was on Hitler's bombing list during WWII. This short film talks to three generations of residents about the myth and what it means to the town. 8 minutes.

Tapped

As the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States, maple sugaring is a huge part of Vermont culture. With ever-changing and advancing technology, the way in which we go about our everyday lives continues to evolve - the same is true for maple sugaring. Tapped follows three sugar makers, old and new exploring their various methods of producing and distributing maple syrup. 30 minutes.