This television film focuses on the cutting of the Nation's Christmas tree. Because the Presidential White House tree came from Rochester, Vermont, it is important for the people of Vermont—as well as those from the rest of the nation—know the full story about the selection, cutting, transportation, decoration and the lighting of the Nation's official Christmas tree. This film shows the complete story, every step of this odyssey of the tree—from the rugged mountains of Vermont to Washington D.C. and the people involved in the story: the 80 year old Riley Bostwick, who started the idea, the Vermont State Foresters, the office of Economic Opportunity workers who cut a road to the tree, the lumberjacks who will cut it, the school children of Rochester who will christen the tree, and the Governor of Vermont who accepts the tree from the people in order to take to the President.
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.