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Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie’s Barnstorming Tour

October 22, 2013

PART 6 features a segment on the Lowell Wind project.  A Q&A will follow the screening on Thursday night.

Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie’s Barnstorming Tour

Merchant’s Hall, Rutland, Vermont

Join us in Rutland for screenings of parts 4, 5, and 6.

Tickets for this event are $8. Students with valid I.D. $5 @ the door.

Merchant’s Hall, Rutland, Vermont

40 and 42 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701, USA map

Part 4- October 23rd @ 7:00 PM (Purchase Tickets)

Part 5- October 24th @ 5:45 PM (Purchase Tickets)

Part 6- October 24th @ 8:30 PM (Purchase Tickets)

Part Four, Doers and Shapers

Part Four explores the people and institutions that push boundaries. Starting with education, we take an engrossing journey through the philosophy of John Dewey, leading to the hands-on style of Goddard College, the Putney School, and the inseparable connection between education and democracy. We explore other progressive movements: Vermont’s famous Billboard law and Act 250, cultural movements such as Bread and Puppet Theater and finally Vermont’s groundbreaking civil union law. Democracy at work—differing voices, different points of view.

Part Five – Ceres’ Children

Part Five takes a deeper look at some of Vermont’s cherished traditions: participatory democracy and the conservation ethic, from the ideas of George Perkins Marsh, one of America’s first environmentalists, to contemporary volunteer groups and activist movements. The film captures 21st century debates over natural resources, then circles back in time to show how these concerns originate in the ethics of farmers, who depended on the natural world for their survival. The disappearance of dairy farms has raised a tough question: how big is too big? How can Vermont survive in a world economy? Can Vermont be a model for small, local and self-sufficient farming?

Part Six – People’s Power

Part Six tackles contemporary tensions over energy, independence, the environment and the state’s future. Chronicling the struggle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, it reveals the power of protest, the influence of lobbyists and the importance of town meeting debate and a citizen legislature. It follows the battle over windmills in Lowell—a struggle over scale, aesthetics and environmental impacts—and explores thorny questions about economics, sovereignty and climate change. Finally, the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irene reveal the power not only of nature, but of people and community.

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