In early America, time was a valued commodity. The work associated with frontier life was strenuous and survival depended on completing one's tasks with efficiency. This was especially true for those who settled in Vermont -- for the climate and terrain defied them to succeed. Yet many overcame these obstacles by sharing their hardships as well as their joys, and nowhere is this more evident than their ability to entertain themselves. Their drama was storytelling, their music was either a fiddler or a singer, and their version of a ballroom dance was a kitchen hop. This program will take a look at the two largest groups that practiced these forms of entertainment in Vermont -- the Yankee and the French Canadian societies. In this we hope to see how these two groups helped to develop the folk culture of Vermont.
Funded in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.
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.