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State of the Arts

click to enlarge Still from Winter’s Wind
  • Still from Winter’s Wind

Matt “Moo” Herriger gained fame in the skiing community for his work as a cinematographer on Teton Gravity Research films. Now he’s made his own ski film, his way, much of it in Vermont. Winter’s Wind: A Journey From Life’s Beginning will have its theatrical premiere on Wednesday at Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas in Burlington.

A combination of new and archival footage, Winter’s Wind is not a documentary, but tells a scripted story much like Herriger’s own, about a boy who decides to follow his skiing dreams. The director emphasizes that it’s “not ski porn.” Burlington, Stowe and Sugarbush Resort feature in the newly shot footage, and the film’s producers include William Veve of Jericho, Dan Burgess of Stowe and Derek Hallquist of Hyde Park, who was recently director of photography for Eugene Jarecki’s acclaimed The House I Live In.

Herriger may be best known for hanging out on the slopes in Chamonix — where Powder magazine interviewed him last December — but the film traces his love of skiing to its New England origins.

‘Winter’s Wind: A Journey From Life’s Beginning’

Wednesday, November 28, 7 and 8:30 p.m. at Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington. $10 online; $15 at the door.

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Represent ... and, on Sunday at the Roxy, catch a screening of Star Lake 98, the latest concert DVD from another phenomenon with local roots: Phish. All proceeds from that event benefit the King Street Center Kids’ Café.

‘Star Lake 98’ Benefit DVD Screening

Sunday, December 2, at 8 p.m. at Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington. $10.

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It’s been a long, strange trip for Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, and it’s not over. Back in 2007, filmmaker Nora Jacobson told Seven Days she was organizing a collaborative film project “to get at what makes Vermont, Vermont.” With more than two dozen local filmmakers contributing segments, her vision grew to a major undertaking. Several film festival previews and a FlynnSpace fundraiser later, Jacobson and her collaborative are now looking to raise $55,000 for the film series’ postproduction.

However ungainly it may be, Freedom & Unity is bound to prove a treasure trove of local archival footage; segments from it, packaged as a kit with a study guide, are already being used to teach Vermont history in public schools. Check out the spiffy new fundraising video, which gives a sense of the project’s scope, on the crowdfunding site USA Projects.

Find the fundraising page for Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie at usaprojects.org.

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Margot Harrison

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Margot Harrison is the Associate Editor at Seven Days; she coordinates literary and film coverage. In 2005, she won the John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.

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