Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie is the first-ever documentary series about Vermont history and culture. The six-part film is a collaboration of over four dozen critically acclaimed Vermont filmmakers, led by award-winning filmmaker Nora Jacobson.
Part One: A Very New Idea
Consider the idea of Vermont, in the 1600s just a glimmer in the eyes of European explorers, but N'dakinna for the Abenaki people. Settlers and proprietors carve up the land, then In 1777, it becomes an independent state, adopts a radical constitution forbidding slavery, requiring public education, and a motto: Freedom & Unity. Vermont’s heroic role in the Civil War, reminds us that despite ongoing struggles with racism, Freedom & Unity continues to chart the course of the state up to the present day.
The Vermont International Film Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the community and bring the world to Vermont through film.
Launched in 2014 by a group of filmmakers, archivists and concerned members of the public who wished to ensure the survival of artists’ films in Vermont, VAMP officially became a program of VTIFF in May 2015. The VAMP committee has broadened the initial concept to include all types of films and videos made by VT filmmakers or shot in Vermont.
The VAMP Database
The Vermont Archive Movie Project (VAMP) online database is a searchable website of Vermont films past & present, and locally produced programs. The VAMP database is generously sponsored by Vermont PBS.