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Making Movies, Finding Audiences In Vermont

10/27/10 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Actor Kris Kristofferson gets his makeup fixed during the filming of "Disappearances" in St. Johnsbury, Vt. "Disappearances" is one of Jay Craven's latest films.

For aspiring actors and directors, Hollywood is the obvious place to go. But what about trying to build a film career in Vermont? There are many people who have been making their home – and their films – in Vermont for years, and we talk with a few of them about how they get their films made and distributed.

Jay Craven lives in the Northeast Kingdom, where many of his films are both set and shot. His features include “A Stranger in the Kingdom,” “Where the Rivers Flow North,” and “Disappearances.”

Nora Jacobson moved from New York to Norwich in 1995, and has been making films here ever since. She is currently working on a film about Vermont with a contingent of local filmmakers that she recruited for the project – including Jay Craven.

And John O’Brien is a sheep farmer/filmmaker in Tunbridge, whose films mostly star his neighbors. He is best known for his 1996 mocumentary “Man With a Plan,” about a local man, Fred Tuttle, who makes a long-shot run for Congress.

Also in the program, Socialist candidate for US Senate Peter Diamondstone. This is his 20th time on the ballot in Vermont.  We talk with Diamondstone about what's motivating his current run for U.S. Senate.

And VPR's John Dillon joins us to explain the Vermont Attorney General's lawsuits against two national political organizations that are involved in the Vermont governor's race. The Attorney General's suit against Green Mountain Future, which is affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association and supports Peter Shumlin, alleges it failed to use adequate identification in its advertising. A second suit against the Republican Governor's Association, which supports Brian Dubie, claims it failed to register and report its advertising, and that it accepted financial contributions in violation of Vermont limits.


films, film_festivals, movies, vermont, filmmakers, art, arts, vermont_politics, elections_2010, peter_diamondstone, campaign_finance arts politics

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