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.
Gary Lee Miller is a Vermont-based writer, editor, and filmmaker. His work has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including Missouri Review, Green Mountains Review, Hunger Mountain, and Chicago Quarterly Review. Gary’s music writing can be found in Seven Days, Vermont’s weekly source for the arts, culture, and politics. His short story collection Museum of the Americas was a fiction finalist for the 2015 Vermont Book Award. Gary sings and plays guitar in the TrailerBlazers, a strictly hillbilly outfit, and serves as creative director of Writers for Recovery, a program using writing to help people overcome addiction. You can find out more about him at garyleemiller.com.
Sarah Perreault is a Graphic Design major in college working on a freelance business plan relating to marketing and branding for local companies. Her 5 year plan is to earn her MA within the field of Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts. See her online portfolio at: ESPOIR Design Studio. Her goals also include developing an awareness strategy for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community of Vermont. Her general mission will be to bring awareness and knowledge to the hearing community to help close the communication gap.
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.
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.
Louise Michaels is an artist working in multimedia, film, animation, photography, sculpture and illustration for over 25 years. In addition, her personal interests include teaching and mentoring young artists in the fields of 2D and 3D story telling. Louise worked extensively on Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie. At its conclusion, she then worked with Nora Jacobson and Nat Winthrop to initiate the youth film contest, Freedom & Unity and designed our logo. She is in the process of completing a series of children’s books and making a stop motion animated film with Alexa Paige Stolarz, her granddaughter. Their characters, Penny & Black, tell stories about their relationship and adventures on a farm in Vermont and their escape to the freedom of the west. More information can be found at LouiseMichaels.com.