Nora Jacobson with NCUHS teacher Brian McCrae on Wednesday. Photo by Scott Wheeler.

Filmmaker Nora Jacobson visiting with NCUHS students today

in Newport

Nora Jacobson with NCUHS teacher Brian McCrae on Wednesday. Photo by Scott Wheeler.
Nora Jacobson with NCUHS teacher Brian McCrae on Wednesday. Photo by Scott Wheeler.
NEWPORT — Vermont filmmaker Nora Jacobson will be at North Country Union High School today working with students who are producing films for a new initiative called Freedom & Unity TV, aimed at inspiring and mentoring young Vermonters to make short films about Vermont from their points of view and experience.

Jacobson was the director of Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, which premiered last fall and aired on Vermont PBS Plus in July. The documentary provided a rich tapestry of Vermont history and culture in six feature length films told through the eyes and styles of 40 plus seasoned local filmmakers.

Now Jacobson and the Freedom & Unity crew want to include the voices of young Vermont filmmakers, foster their creativity, and reveal the topics that they feel are important. Through the Freedom & Unity TV initiative, the Vermont Movie filmmakers, along with high school and college teachers, have been mentoring young contestants throughout the contest period, which ends in April of 2015. The professional filmmakers are leading brainstorming, production, and post-production workshops.

While cash awards will not be offered for this category, the winner will receive a one-on-one critique session of their work with one of the professional filmmakers.



The winning films will be showcased on FreedomandUnityTV.net as well as on YouTube and Vimeo, shown on public access channels throughout Vermont, and at several local film festivals.

Jacobson will be working with students today at the Career Center as part of this new initiative. She will also be stopping by the NEKTV studios in Newport to be a guest on Scott Wheeler’s Northeast Kingdom Voice TV show.

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