As the 20th century ends, it's hard to imagine that Vermont was once one of the most impoverished states in the nation. Using archival footage and interviews with people who lived through much of it, this film explores these and other topics, following the growth of Vermont from a rural state of small farms and villages to the Vermont of today. Among the highlights are the flood of 1927, the building of the Interstates, the growth of tourism and the increasing political rights and power of women. Rupert Blair of Warren, and Katherine DuClos and Wallace and Sybil Illsley from Braintree recall farm life. Bridge builder Achilles Bellucci from Barre; retired bus driver Ken Bessette from Williston; former legislators Graham Newell from St. Johnsbury and Franklin Billings from Woodstock; and former governors Phil Hoff and Madeleine Kunin offer their memories.
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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.