A Vermont Romance
A Vermont Romance - A Centennial tour!
Produced by the Vermont Progressive Party
USA | 1916 | 35 min
Followed by panel discussion and Q&A with Paul Carnahan, Vermont Historical Society; Nora Jacobson, filmmaker.
We're delighted to present the results of this restored and digitally remastered 2K version of the film. The screening, a fundraiser for VAMP, is a special celebration of the film's centenary and is part of a statewide tour - traveling Vermont throughout the spring of 2016; it will be followed by a panel discussion and a food reception with cash bar.
The 1916 film, A Vermont Romance, is the first feature film ever made in Vermont. The Vermont Movie Archive Project (VAMP) digitally remastered the film to high definition 2K. This screening is part of a statewide tour presenting the the film with live piano accompaniment and a panel of experts, in six large venues and 12 small ones throughout Vermont in the spring of 2016 to celebrate the film's 100th birthday.
This movie is an extraordinary piece of Vermont folklore. It was commissioned by the Vermont Progressive Party (affiliated with Theodore Roosevelt's national Bull Moose party) and its newspaper, The Vermont Advance. Scenes were filmed in Burlington, Grand Isle, Newport, St. Johnsbury, White River Junction, Rutland, Chester, and Bellows Falls. This fueled interest from theater owners from all corners of the state to host screenings. The plot is a fairly standard silent melodrama with no apparent political bent. The film is both a romance and a scenic tour of Vermont. It tells the tale of Dorothy, a country girl who befriends a rich girl and two city gents who are out for a drive in the country. Upon the death of her father she loses the farm where she lives and works. Almost penniless, she moves to Burlington to find work, and her adventures begin.
The original music score for A Vermont Romance is lost. As part of the project VAMP has commissioned Bob Merrill, a veteran silent film composer and pianist to create a new score and the screening will be accompanied, as were most silent films of that time, by live piano.
A Vermont Romance Movie is a window through which the public can view the people and landscape of Vermont one hundred years ago. Its tour will help VAMP build a statewide appreciation of Vermont films and filmmakers and increase awareness of VAMP's growing digital archive of films.
Latchis Theater (View)
50 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
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