This is a film about the early history of Vermont, produced for the schools of the state. The two-part film traces the leading events of Vermont's history from the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in 1609 to 1791 when Vermont was admitted to the Union as the 14th state. This is the story of the first settlers and their conflict with the Native Americans and the French; of the confusing land claims over the Vermont territory by both New Hampshire and New York; of the Vermont settlers who fought the King's soldiers in the War for Independence; and Vermont's own "declaration of independence" as a separate republic in 1777. The 14th Star tells of Vermont's repeated requests to join the Union and the remarkable negotiations with England that nearly annexed it to Canada. In the film, the key chapters in Vermont's story are interwoven chronologically with the 13 Colonies' fight for independence.
Bronze Award from the International Film and TV Festival of New York in November of 1977, Emmy Award in the Instructional Category in December of 1977.
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.