PRESS RELEASE, VT Digger, March 5, 2013
The second annual Vermont Energy Independence Day is set for March 21st, and will feature the premiere of Vermont’s first crowd-sourced film. Last spring hundreds of Vermonters submitted short films about Vermont’s transition to a sustainable energy future through a statewide project organized by Bright Blue EcoMedia, a Moretown-based non-profit that produced the Emmy-award winning PBS series Bloom. The day and the screening of the resulting 45 minute documentary mark’s one year since the State stopped purchasing power from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
“This film celebrates the great work Vermonters are doing every day to stop using dirty, nonrenewable fuels and transition to clean, sustainable energy”, says Johanna Miller of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, a partnering organization on the film. “It highlights the tireless commitment of concerned citizens, including the efforts of Vermont’s one hundred plus town energy committees and, I hope, will inspire more people to help Vermont become energy independent.”
The film features everyday people including teachers, students and citizens, as well as key political leaders and advocates such as Senator Bernie Sanders, VT Representative Sarah Edwards, and 350.org founder Bill McKibben.
“This was a profound educational experience for our students,” says U32 teacher John Antonucci, “It exemplifies what education should be: highly collaborative, community based, real product driven and extremely challenging.”
Actions around the crowd-sourcing of films led to House Resolution H.C.R. 310, formally declaring March 21st as “Vermont Energy Independence Day”. Senator Ginny Lyons will host the premiere at 4:00 pm in Room 11 of the State House in Montpelier.
To view a trailer of the film and all the individual YouTube submissions, and for more general information on the project, please visit www.march21st.org.