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'Made in Vermont' (the movie)

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Vermont has been the backdrop for many films, but now one group of actors is putting Vermont in the spotlight.

A bunch of Vermont film buffs have been getting together since May of 2013. They've been shooting a movie -- aptly titled -- "Made in Vermont."  "I've started a very small thing, and it's taken on a life of its own," said J. Reid, an actor and the film's creator.

The movie is about Vermonters making a movie about Vermont. All the while, someone is making a movie about them. "The plot is mine, but the words are everybody else's," said Roger Strauss, the project's screenwriter. "The writing of the play itself is really a wonderful collaboration with people."

"My mission, and I think the team shares it, is to build community," said Lonnie Poland, an actor and the project's producer.

And the community has been very supportive of this zero budget venture, allowing the cast and crew to film in various locations throughout the state -- from the Burlington DMV, to an old Jail in Chester, to scenes at Backstage in Essex. "The people who provided the locations, who volunteered the food or whatever, we're all Vermont, and I guess that's our focus," Reid said.

The bar scenes in Essex happen towards the start of the movie, as viewers are still getting to know the characters. "Vinny and Maggie are announcing their engagement, so we had a group toast," Poland said.

"May the success in love be mirrored by the success of our film," Reid said. "I think I'm supposed to be the voice of reason, maybe a little bit cynical."

"My character is kind of the dark energy character," Strauss said. "I could care less about the movie, I just want to do it to see if I can get her interested in me again."

There's one character you may recognize. "There's a lot of talent here, just so thrilled to always watch people just show their stuff," Poland said.

"Vermont is known for getting together and doing lots of things in community. I think all of us are acting like good Vermonters," Strauss said.

When it comes to showing these people's passion and love for the state, there's no acting needed.  

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