Upper Valley Arts is a small non-profit organization based in the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire. Our goal is to promote the performing and cinematic arts in the region. We support local filmmakers, writers, playwrights, actors, and musicians by holding readings and performances, offering feedback sessions for works-in-progress and sponsoring projects, providing production support, and lending filmmaking equipment.
We recently worked with a group of award-winning Vermont filmmakers to make the celebrated 6-part film series: Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie. This collaborative film weaves together history, politics and culture, resulting in a rich tapestry that connects Vermont’s present, past and future. It has been shown throughout Vermont and on Vermont and Maine PBS.
We also helped launch and run a film contest for young Vermonters, aged 11-30, the Freedom and Unity Youth Film Contest. The contest asks young filmmakers: What does Vermont mean to them? What are they passionate about? What are their dreams and aspirations? What issues in Vermont history interest them?
The 2017 Freedom and Unity TV winning films were screened in May, 2017 at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, Vermont. A selection are chosen to show at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Contest. For more information go to the Freedom & Unity TV web site. Festival sponsors and partners include The National Life of Vermont, the Vermont Folklife Center, the Bay and Paul Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, The John M. Bissell Foundation and Vermont PBS.
Upper Valley Arts also holds occasional critique sessions and music jams, where artists present work-in-progress and get feedback from other artists. Please contact us if you would like to participate; currently through David Ferm or Nora Jacobson.