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Vermont International Film Festival › Blog › It's happening!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007 | 10:25 AM

It's happening!

We’re here. The Week of the festival is upon us. My email inbox is jammed with messages going back and forth between board members and staff members and filmmakers. All the films are in hand and the venues are set. All that’s left is to show up and watch some movies.

As you’re perusing the VtIFF website and planning your festival schedule, consider checking out the opening night party following the Four Eyed Monsters screening. It will be hosted at the VCAM/RETN studios in the south end (where I work). VCAM and RETN partnering with the film festival for this party makes perfect sense. Four Eyed Monsters is a fantastic example of “user-generated,” community media content. Arin Crumley and Susan Buice are not Hollywood filmmakers working for a studio, they’re just a couple of regular folks sharing their personal stories and flexing their artistic muscles to make this wonderful film. The equipment they used is no different from that which is available at VCAM to any local person who wants to use it. Their choice to release the film under a Creative Commons copyright on YouTube is also consistent with VCAM & RETN’s non-commercial mission and philosophy.

We hope to see you down here for the party! Any festival ticket-holder can come (hold onto your stubs!).