The first documentary ever produced on the history of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, this special program spans the orchestra's 50-year history from its origins in the mid-30s to today. The orchestra had its beginnings in Woodstock, Vermont, through the organizing influence of Dr. Alan Carter. He was to remain the most powerful motivator as well as the conductor of the orchestra for the next 40 years. A highlight of the special includes scenes from the 1939 World's Fair, where the Vermont Symphony was the only featured state orchestra. The program also looks at the challenges of being a member of a regional symphony, such as travelling long distances and working other jobs to make ends meet. Most of the musicians play their instruments as a part-time activity. The special takes a close look at three musicians, including a graphic designer and a cranberry farmer. "The Vermont Symphony Story" leads up to the era of current maestro Efrain Guigui and his dynamic role in the orchestra. He speaks about his enthusiasm and passion for bringing music to the entire state, making the Vermont orchestra a "symphony for all." The hour-long special ends with a complete presentation of Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" performed at Burlington's Flynn Theatre in 1986.
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.