Vermont Business Magazine Winter sports, craft beer, farm life and so much more defines life in modern Vermont. All these topics and many more get center stage on a second season of Made Here, Vermont PBS’s ongoing series of films created by regional filmmakers. In this new collaboration, Vermont’s statewide public television resource is working with a growing number of local partners and filmmakers to make more of our region’s great independent films available for all to enjoy.
The season also includes some great art films, profiles, and a return of Tunbridge filmmaker John O’Brien’s popular Tunbridge Trilogy. Here are some highlights:
Winter is for Skiing
Director Rick Moulton of Huntington, VT has been making ski documentaries for decades. His most well-known, Legends of American Skiing, kicks off a series of four films, chronicling the history of skiing starting in the late 1800s and criss-crossing through well-known American ski towns before they were “on the map.” Wednesdays at 7 pm starting January 18.
The Made Here series brings viewers a wide range of farming stories this winter and early spring, while we’re all waiting for the ground to thaw. The Barber Farm Project (Gretchen Seigchrist, Holyoke, MA) follows four generations of a Vermont farm family. Lilac Ridge: Life on a Family Farm (Kate Purdie, Marlboro, VT) is the story of how one farm changed to embrace sustainable agriculture to stay vibrant. Lambing Season (Andrew Bader, Brooklyn, NY) follows Middlebury author and sheep farmer Don Mitchell through lambing season – and on an evolving journey of self-discovery. Finally, Chester Grimes (Herb Di Gioia, Sutton, VT) tells the story of a Northern Vermont logger through ‘observational cinema’, a technique of storytelling pioneered by DeGioia.
Our Made Here focus on local agriculture is complemented by an in-house production, The Local Motive, a six-part series exploring the local food cycle in Vermont. The Local Motive was produced in partnership with The Skinny Pancake, and can be seen Thursdays at 7 pm starting January 19.
Vermont Arts (and some from Canada, too)
In January, Made Here welcomes back the popular Frog Hollow Green Mountain Artisans series with three new episodes airing Tuesdays in February at 7 pm. Also, based on the popularity of our fall airings of Man with a Plan, we’ll bring John O’Brien’s entire Tunbridge Trilogy to air: Vermont is for Lovers, Man with a Plan, and Nosey Parker. All three films are set in Vermont and feature quirky characters on interesting and meandering journeys.
Vermont PBS is also partnering with RETN to present several films from the National Film Board of Canada. Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague; St. Henri, the 26th of August; Ladies and Gentlemen…Leonard Cohen; and Ninth Floor. This partnership allows Vermont PBS to bring some truly outstanding films to our air and expand our view of ‘local’ to include our northern neighbors.
There are other gems in the schedule not detailed here; please go to www.vermontpbs.org to check for schedules and air times. Many programs are also available to view there. In addition to seeing the Made Here series on Vermont PBS, viewers can tune in to Vermont PBS Plus between 8-10 pm to see local content, Monday through Friday nights beginning January 2.
About Vermont PBS
Vermont PBS is Vermont’s statewide public media provider. Vermont PBS PLUS is the station’s second HD channel. It’s available over the air, online and on most cable outlets in Vermont and Montreal. More information about Vermont PBS is available at vermontpbs.org.