For the Love of Rutland
By Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
In 2016 the mayor of Rutland, Vermont, a predominantly white town struggling with income inequality, the opioid epidemic and political polarization, devised a plan to bring one hundred Syrian refugees to invigorate his community. What followed was a deluge of deeply partisan rancor that threatened to split the small New England town in two. Despite a lifetime of feeling invalidated and shamed for her poverty and addiction, long-time Rutland resident, Stacie, emerges from the sidelines as an unexpected and resilient leader.
With nuance and compassion, FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND creates an intimate portrait of the challenges facing rural America today and delves into complex lives of the community members valiantly taking a stand to heal their hometowns. The film offers a sustained look into the normalization of “white rage” across the US, while also uncovering the stories of ordinary people who become extraordinary in their desire to challenge their deeply held beliefs and mend their divided communities.
COMING UP: SCREENING AND Q&A | THURSDAY, MARCH 24 at 7p ET
Join Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS for a screening of America ReFramed's 'For the Love of Rutland' followed by a panel Q&A with director and producer Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, producer Jim Sabataso and film subjects Lisa Ryan and Stacie Griffin. Moderated by VPR's Nina Keck. Register here!
Listen to filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor and diverse thought leaders during a Meet the Makers Twitter Spaces event! The panel discussed the social issues facing rural America today and how small towns address them. Listen now!