Advisor: Nora Jacobson is an award-winning independent filmmaker who makes documentary and narrative films. She was the project director and supervising editor of Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, a collaborative 6-part film series about Vermont ( www.thevermontmovie.com). Her other work includes the documentary Delivered Vacant, about gentrification, the narrative films My Mother’s Early Lover’s and Nothing Like Dreaming (www.offthegridproductions.com) She has recently completed a new narrative film, The Hanji Box, about international adoption from Korea (www.thehanjiboxmovie.com). Jacobson’s films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, The New York Film Festival, San Francisco Int’l Film Festival and many others. Jacobson is the recipient of the 2016 Herb Lockwood Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Vermont Arts Council grants, a National Endowment of the Arts Media Fellowship, among others. She has taught filmmaking and film history at Dartmouth College, Ramapo College of New Jersey, The New School for Social Research, Burlington College and the State University of New York. She a founding member of White River Indie Films (www.wrif.org), is a co-founder of Freedom & Unity, and serves on Vermont PBS’s Community Council.
2018 Festival Director: Sophie Bodnar grew up in Vermont and has lived in the Green Mountain State for the majority of her life. After graduating from Smith College in 2012 with a B.A. in anthropology and film studies, Sophie became aware of CCTV, the Public Access TV Station in Cambridge, MA. Sophie’s deep gratitude for community media arose out of her experience creating content for CCTV’s channels. Upon returning to Vermont, Sophie became a media educator at CATV in White River Junction. For the past five years, Sophie has been committed to participating in inclusive and creative practices that build community across difference. Storytelling is one such practice that brings Sophie to the Freedom & Unity team. Sophie is currently pursuing an M.S. in Leadership for Sustainability through UVM where she is learning ways in which ecological principles can inspire sustainable leadership practices.
Advisor: Signe Taylor is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and media educator. She established several well-regarded youth video production programs at community centers in Boston and initiated and developed the Media Education Program at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Massachusetts, where she taught for ten years. Her students’ work has been well-received at festivals, winning a Silver Apple Award at the National Educational Media Competition; Silver Key at the Boston Globe Art Show; and Highest Achievement Journalism Award and All-New England Journalism Award at the New England Scholastic Press Association. Her free-lance work includes producing for PBS, directing videos for educational and corporate clients and shooting for C-Span. Her documentary credits include directing Circus Dreams, an award-winning feature documentary about Circus Smirkus, Vermont’s home grown traveling youth circus, and Greetings From Iraq, a documentary short about the impact of war on Iraqi children and families. She is currently finishing It’s Criminal, a feature documentary about the life transforming journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform a play.
Advisor: Meghan O’Rourke is a videographer and educator at CCTV/Channel 17 government access TV. She considers herself a community media maker and most enjoys connecting people with ways to tell their story. She is also a freelance visual artist working in a range of mediums from tactile fiber arts to digital media.