Connected- An Autoblogography

Vermont International Film Festival

Francis Ha...Ha!

I went into Francis Ha thinking I probably wouldn’t like it.  The only other Noah Baumbach film I’ve seen is The Squid and the Whale - and I didn’t particularly care for it.  But…I was wrong.

It’s an amazing film.  An amazing film all about loneliness  and feeling lost, and not having you shit together , and just searching for the ultimate connection with someone - but without the cynical perspective or depression that comes with most films that dabble in the subject.

To say anything further would do a disservice to the film - if you have a chance to see it I’d HIGHLY recommend it.  I identified with a lot of the movie, but out of a 90 minute runtime this quote alone took my breath away:

It’s what I want in a relationship which might explain why I’m single now, ha ha.

It’s, um, it’s kind of hard to… It’s that thing when you’re with someone and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it, but it’s a party! And you’re both talking to other people and you’re laughing and shining and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes. But, but not because you’re possessive or it’s precisely sexual but because that is your person in this life.

And it’s funny and sad but only because this life will end.

…And it’s this secret world that exists right there in public unnoticed that no one knows about. It’s sort of like how they say that, um, other dimensions exist all around us but we don’t have the ability to perceive them?

That’s, that’s what I want out of a relationship or just life I guess. Love. Blah. I sound stoned. I’m not stoned. Thanks for dinner. Bye!

This. My life. Exactly.


I’m interning for the Vermont International Film Festival this spring and I need YOUR help! Follow vtfilmfest.tumblr.com to spread the word about the official tumblr blog of VTIFF! We need followers and we need publicity, help us out! Even if you’re not from VT, every little follower counts, PLEEEAAAAASSSSEEE??


I had the pleasure of helping write and record an original composition, featured in this delightfully dark short film. Enjoy!

VCAM is once again a proud major sponsor of the 2014 Vermont International Film Festival.  Running from Friday, October 24th until Sunday, November 2nd at Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington, the festival is hosted by the Vermont International Film Foundation (VTIFF). This year, new festival features including Lunchtime Shorts, presented daily at the Burlington City Arts Center on Church Street, Student Matinees for high schools, a series of family friendly films on weekend mornings, and VTIFF’s After Dark late night horror flicks.

As a VCAM member and producer, you are invited to the Creatives Mixer Saturday October 25th at noon at the Main Street Landing Film House.

VCAM gives out our annual “VCAM Audience Favorite Award” as part of the Vermont Filmmakers Showcase Awards on the closing night, Saturday, November 1st at 6:30pm. The award includes at $200 cash prize to the Vermont film voted literally the audience’s favorite from the week of screenings. 

See you at the movies!

The VCAM staff

p.s. Full schedule and listing of films are posted on the VTIFF website. See you in the theater! 


As part of the film festival this past October, students from various colleges in the area were invited to participate in a 24 hour film event. 

Students were given the task of creating a film in one day and then screening it at the end of the festival in an event called Sleepless in Burlington

This video was the entry from Burlington College, going on to win Best Film and Best Actor from our panel of judges.

If you’re interested in being part of the event next year, contact vtiff.org or this tumblr, or just stay tuned for updates on our festival next year. 

And please check out the other films that were created for the competition: St. Mike’s, Middlebury, and UVM.

As always, please reblog and/or like to help spread the word about VTIFF. Adieu!!


While I’m embarrassing myself with bad animated final projects - this was the final project I completed before graduating UVM back in 08.  

I did an independent study with Kathy Marmor - who was, on occasion, a really tough professor, but she really pushed me to make something substantial.  It was a fun process. At this point I’m kind of over the final product…but it DID play in the Vermont International Film Festival, so there’s that.

Working at the theater had it’s benefits that year considering how much I wound up shooting things there.

I’d like to do something like this again.  There are germs of ideas in my head…but, it’s a major time commitment.


Next month UVM will be hosting a screening of the movie The Invisible War (which was recently nominated for an academy award) and we want YOU to join us!

As of right now we have gotten the location set but we’re just working on publicity and things of that nature. 

We would love a big turn out so if you see this post PLEASE spread the word and help reblog or signal boost or whatever is tumblr people do to help spread words. We’d really appreciate the help!


WHAT? A screening of The Invisible War!!

WHEN? April 8th! At 6 PM!

WHERE? Burlington, VT! UVM! More specifically,Billings Lecture Hall on the UVM campus. Need help finding it? Simply google “Billings Lecture Hall UVM” and you should be guided to UVM’s online campus map. 

WHY? The Invisible War is a powerful film about rape in the military, and the devastating effects it can have on the men and women who have been victims of sexual assault. 



Festival In Review: October 19, 2012 part deux

After the Documentary Doctor presentation, later that day at Main Street Landing, the director and composer for Safety Not Guaranteed gave a presentation on the relationship between music and movies. 

The presentation, called Music and Film (Panel), was given by Colin Trevorrow (director) and Ryan Miller (musician/composer, also of the band Guster). The two collaborated together for months to create the music for the movie, which stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, and Jake Johnson. 

This was another event I personally attended and I must say it was well done. Trevorrow and Miller discussed what their relationship was like, and how much give and take happens between a director and composer. They emphasized that there must be an openness to such a relationship so that the best music and movie can be made. Were they to be guarded or afraid to talk with each other the movie and music would suffer. 

To show how important music is to a movie, they showed certain clips from Safety without the music in the background. It is remarkable how uncomfortable a long pause in a movie can be without music to help fill in the gaps. It’s just like real life, it’s awful. 

For an idea of just how important music can be, and if you didn’t get to see the presentation, watch this clip of Jaws without John William’s climactic music.  It’s weird right? The scene feels like it has much less tension without those violins in the background. 

We’ll most likely have panels like this in future festivals to come, so if you have an interest in learning about the relationship between music and film, make sure you keep on top of tumblr and check in at vtiff.org!

Goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow, Tumblr, and always remember to reblog!


This is Mixed Bag!

This was the entry from UVM students for the Sleepless in Burlington 24 film competition. It’s a great short film and you should really take a look at it, it was voted audience favorite! That’s a pretty high honor.

Check out the other film competition entries from St. Mike’s, Burlington College, and Middlebury!

Always remember to reblog and/or like - help us spread the word about VTIFF! Stay classy, Tumblr.


Check out this great video from Middlebury College as they work to complete their film Do As I Say for VTIFF event: Sleepless in Burlington.

It has some great tips on how to survive a 24 hour film fest and it’s pretty funny. Seriously, you should check this out, it’s a great look into the production of a film in just under 24 hours.

It’s crazy, it’s a little manic, but it’s all in good fun. And you get no sleep, there’s that too unfortunately. 

The most important lesson to take away from all this? BE REALLY FAST AT EVERYTHING.

The other really important lesson is to remember to reblog and/or like to help spread the word about VTIFF and all the fun things you can do at our festival, like make a movie in 24 hours and not sleep at all!! 

Are You a Young Filmmaker?

Check out the blog posts we’ve been making/reblogging recently for some suggestions on how to enter the film industry as a young whipper-snapper without any money or contacts.

Seriously, there are some great things happening on the internet for helping young people make movies and break into an industry that is typically all about who you know and how much money you have. 

Look out for Vimeo in particular, which just made a post about people now being able to make their own silent films!

Also, do you have any suggestions for how to help us improve our blog, or what you might like to see us post?

Reblog and like s'il vous plait!!! 



Highway is the second film we’ll be showing this year in our new Global Roots film series. We’ll be screening it on Sunday, May 12th at 5PM at North End Studios. 

Here’s the summary:

Deepak Rauniyar’s debut feature has provoked a tumultuous response from Nepali audiences with its realistic characters and their taboo-shrouded issues. Rendered in an improvised cinematic style that heightens an already wild ride, Highway is being called the harbinger of a new era in Nepali filmmaking.

We think it should be a great film and we’re hoping for a big turn out.

Spread the word and come to see a great Nepalese film!

Please reblog and/or like and BE SURE TO COME SEE THE FILM!



While I try to find a trailer that has English subtitles, please don’t hesitate to start informing yourself about the new film VTIFF is showing in April

On April 14th, VTIFF will be showing the first movie for their new Global Roots series, which is focusing on films from the countries of New Americans living in Vermont. It’s pretty awesome!

The first film is a Serbian one, called Parada (The Parade). It’s about gay rights in Serbia and was a surprise hit that took the country by storm. 

In this article from The Guardian, you can learn about the movie and the potential is has to change the way gay people are viewed in Serbia. 

As of the publishing of the article, it was being screened for free at schools so it could stimulate debate amongst students. Isn’t that exciting?!

Also, it’s a comedy, so it should be a lot of fun to watch as I understand it was very well done. So it’s informative, has a powerful message, and is entertaining! It’s the whole package!

Come see The Parade as part of VTIFF’s Global Roots series, April 14th at the North End Studios in the North End of Burlington, VT. 

As always Tumblr, please reblog and tell your friends and family, we’d really appreciate it!!

We’re starting a new film series! We’re starting a new film series!

Starting next month, VTIFF will be hosting a new movie series called Global Roots, which will focus on showcasing movies from the different countries of new Americans living in Vermont. 

Check out the poster for details on each movie, and stay tuned for individual posts about the films!

Festival In Review: October 19, 2012

One of the first events from this past festival was a presentation by famed documentary specialist Fernanda Rossi.

Rossi is a story doctor who has helped hundreds with her expertise, working on everything from story to fundraising trailers to treatments! 

The presentation, a description for which can be found here, was a shortened version of Rossi’s workshops that she gives around the world. Click here to see Rossi’s website and click here to be taken straight to Rossi’s workshop page, where she offers individual “house calls” and “group therapy”. 

I personally attended the presentation and though I am new to filmmaking I knew that what I was learning was valuable information. 

Rossi knows her stuff and gave great advice on how to work on log lines and synopsis. It is much harder to write log lines and synopses than I thought and it was an eye-opening experience as to how difficult it can be to get a film off the ground and running. First impressions are everything in the film world, especially if you are trying to get a movie into a film festival, so if you want advice on how to best make that first impression, checking out Rossi’s workshops might be the place to start. 

I don’t know if or when Rossi will be returning to VTIFF but if she does, I’ll be sure to tell you all through tumblr, or you can check out vtiff.org to see what we’ve got planned for the future. 

Keep in touch Tumblr, and always remember reblog!