Blood-drive movie to premiere at the Paramount

Director Art Jones and Bruce Bouchard, executive director of the Paramount Theatre, announced last week that the feature-length Rutland-focused documentary, "The Blood in this Town" will be presented in a "Sneak Preview to Benefit the Paramount Theatre" on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

There will be two additional "Sneak Previews" at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Proceeds will benefit The Paramount.

"The Blood in this Town" is a 95-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 struggling towns across America.

"The film shows sides of Rutland that many people may not even realize exist," said Jones. "Rutland, despite some big challenges, has an amazing range of imaginative, energetic people who are not waiting around for change to come to them. More and more, they are uniting, putting political and other differences aside to work together for the good of the town. That's something this nation as a whole can learn from, and should know about."

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

The film was made by Art Jones of Great Jones Productions in 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.

The Oct. 23 sneak preview to benefit the Paramount Theatre will include a pre-film cocktail hour (6:30-7:30 p.m.), a short pre-film discussion, the sneak preview (7:45 p.m.) and a talk and Q&A session afterward with Jones. Tickets are $25. Tickets for the Oct. 24 showings at 1:30 and 4 p.m. are $6 for adults and $4 for children.

Tickets go on sale, Friday morning Sept. 24, at the Paramount Box Office, at www.paramountlive.org or 802-775-0903. The film's website is www.bloodinthistown.com.

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