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21 March 2011

“The Blood in this Town” at the Green Mountain Film Festival

Here is some info from the Rutland Creative Economy and Great Jones Productions about the upcoming festival screening of “The Blood in this Town”:

Film director Art Jones and Donald Rae, Executive Director of the Green Mountain Film Festival announced recently that “The Blood in this Town,” the forthcoming Rutland-focused documentary about community revitalization, will appear at the festival in a “Sneak Preview” to drive discussion on community-building in Vermont. The event will take place at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier, VT on Saturday 26 March 2011 at 6:15 p.m.

“The Blood in this Town” is an 80-minute documentary chronicling Rutland’s drive to revitalize itself during America’s deep economic crisis. The film uses the town’s record-breaking Gift-of-Life Marathon blood drive to explore how a struggling, post-industrial town can revive itself from the grassroots up. From initiatives like the Rutland Creative Economy and the creation of a year-round Farmers’ Market to entrepreneurial startups and the building of a world-class trail system in Pine Hill Park, Rutland shows how a community’s determination and true-grit creativity can provide a way forward for thousands of embattled towns across America.

“The Blood in this Town (Trailer)” from Great Jones Productions on Vimeo.

The documentary was filmed over seven months—from December 2009 to the summer of 2010—covering the day-long action of the dramatic 2009 Gift-Of-Life Marathon, a range of dynamic community projects, and day-to-day life in town. The film was crafted from over 52 hours of footage and 40 individual interviews.

“The Blood in this Town” was made by Art Jones of Great Jones Productions, New York. Jones is a veteran filmmaker who began his work in documentaries on PBS’s “Frontline” in the 1980s. Since 1991, he has headed Great Jones Productions—writing, directing and producing documentary-based films for a host of educational, cultural and corporate clients, including IBM, Merck, YMCA and Time Warner—thereby creating a funding engine for the development of documentary and narrative films.

Tickets are now on sale online via the festival website and by mail. Tickets go on sale for walk-ins at the ticket office on 12 March 2011 and via (802) 262-FILM (3456).

Tickets Prices :: $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $7.00 for students.

More info ::

Jones’ three prior films – “Dodgeball,” “Going Nomad” and “Lustre” – have received nationwide acclaim and theatrical release, first playing in the Tribeca, Hamptons, SXSW, and Cinequest Film Festivals, before landing broadcast on PBS, HBO, BBC and ARTE.

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