BRATTLEBORO -- On Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Main Street, the Brattleboro Film Festival will host the Green Carpet Gala, a Vermont-themed celebration saluting director Nora Jacobson and other Vermont filmmakers involved in the production of the epic six-part documentary "Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie," which has its southern Vermont Festival premiere at the Latchis Theatre that same evening. A special "Vermont Vision" honor and videotaped message from Governor Peter Shumlin will also be featured.

The curtain rises on part one ("A Very New Idea") and part two ("Under the Surface") at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. respectively, with parts three through six all screening at 6:30 p.m. on subsequent nights at the Latchis Theatre through Thursday, Nov. 14.

The Green Carpet Gala, which begins at 4 p.m., showcases the rich culture and heritage of Vermont with traditional music by local musicians Keith Murphy and Andy Davis, localvore cuisine prepared by a host of Brattleboro-area restaurateurs (including Entera Catering and North End Butcher’s famous chili), fresh produce and cheeses from Vermont farms, hand-crafted Brattleboro beer brewed and poured by Whetstone Station Brewery, apple cider pressed on site and other treats.

Nora Jacobson, who conceived of and directed "Freedom & Unity: A Vermont Movie," will be joined at the Green Carpet Gala by Vermont filmmakers involved in the film’s production that stretched for seven years and drew upon the talents of more than three-dozen filmmakers from around the state.


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Guests at the gala will have a unique opportunity to hobnob with Vermont’s own filmmaking community, as well as other cinephiles and festival moviegoers eager to learn firsthand about the production of the epic, six-part documentary that weaves together common threads between many voices, cultural and political traditions that give the Green Mountain State its egalitarian ideals and bold, iconoclastic spirit.

Tickets for the gala are $30 and include a movie pass to any Brattleboro Film Festival movie screening from Nov. 10-14th. Gala tickets can be purchased for cash or check at Everyone’s Books (25 Elliot St.), at the Latchis Theatre during film festival screenings, at the door the evening of the event or in advance by calling the Brattleboro Film Festival ticket line, 802-490-0714.