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Get Lost in Filmmaking with Crowdsourced Cinema VT

A statewide collaborative filmmaking project coordinated by Vermont Access Network (VAN)

Filmmakers: scenes are available, sign up below.
Musicians: all scenes have been claimed, new signups will be placed on a waitlist.

Sign up to produce a scene from a famous film! Take creative license with casting and film techniques, and make the scene your own! The scenes will be assembled into a complete film that is uniquely Vermont-made. 

This summer, we will recreate “Cast Away” - a great film to showcase the lakes and rivers of Vermont, and a film that has many scenes that will work well on a physically-distanced film set.


Each team is assigned a scene from the film to interpret creatively – it could be filmed with live action, animation, remix, puppetry, and other visual styles. Scenes should contain similar dialog, action, be close to the original runtime - remember each scene is part of a bigger project. We encourage teams to look at the film with new eyes, which may mean adapting language, challenging cultural norms, and updating cultural references. Scenes cannot contain any copyrighted images or audio.

Teams and individuals can sign up now to participate! Scenes will be handed out on a rolling basis until they are gone, but we also have a waiting list on which we will put additional teams in case there is a team that must drop out. Scenes with content for general audiences and families with young children will be reserved for VT summer youth programs.



We are also seeking musicians and composers to contribute new music to our remake! Since the original film soundtrack is copyrighted, we will need new music for several scenes. If you are a musician or composer interested in participating, sign up below.

Technical Support

Participating teams can take part in webinars provided by VAN community media centers to help you get started and support your productions. We will have a packet of resources available to all production teams for reference throughout the project. Teams will also have opportunities to check in with a VAN mentor to help troubleshoot any problems that arise. 

Need gear? Contact your Community Media Center to see what video production equipment is available in your area.



June 26 Team Registration Opens
July 17 Scenes Assigned (This continues on a rolling basis)
July 20 Workshops Begin
September 18 Scenes Due
September 25 Soundtrack Due
October Film Premiere (Date and Time TBA)


Crowdsourced Cinema VT is a project of the Vermont Access Network, (VAN), a membership organization of the 25 regional Community Media Access Centers operating more than 80 local cable channels across Vermont. VAN Members use emerging communications technologies to foster free speech, encourage civic engagement, enhance public discourse, and allow elected officials and community members to communicate better. 

VAN collaborates on this project with the original Crowdsourced Cinema, a public art project created and managed by Northampton Open Media.