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Green Valley Media

300 Maple Street

Burlington, VT 05401

802-862-2024

Green Valley Media

(formerly Green Valley Film and Art) was founded by Robin Lloyd and Doreen Kraft in 1976 as a production and distribution company for their films and books. Black Dawn, the 20 minute animated film of the Haitian Revolution of 1804, was their initial collaboration.

 

In the ‘70s and ’80s, the organization sponsored some of the earliest ilm festivals in the Burlington area. and later, was the fiscal sponsor for many media-related projects, supporting the work of budding Vermont videographers. 

Robin Lloyd brought her experience making experimental films in New York City in the late 60’s (Dan Basen, Turn of the Year) to their collaboration together, leading to their early films Medusa and Red Fall of Time, and other adventures in the 70’s. 

With the advent of the election of Ronald Reagan as President, and Bernie Sanders as mayor of Burlington, their work turned to documentaries. Doreen, with Jay Craven, directed and produced Dawn of the People about the Sandinista literacy crusade that revolutionized Nicaragua in 1981, and later, with her husband Marvin Fishman, documented Burlington’s Sister City: Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and helped organize two humanitarian aid shipments to war torn Puerto Cabezas bringing medicine, food and clothing.

 

Doreen Kraft studied filmmaking at a number of colleges including UVM, Hampshire College and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with noted filmmakers Robert Frank and Ed Emshwiller

 

In 1981, Doreen split her time between Burlington City Arts, where she served as the founding director, and producing documentary film projects while remaining president of the board of GVM.

 

Robin returned to Haiti several times, producing Haiti’s Piggy Bank, documenting the top down eradication of the creole pig  during the swine flu epidemic of 1984, a catastrophe for the rural population that led to the overthrow of dictator Baby Doc Duvalier in 1986. 

 

In the 80’s and 90’s she worked with script writer Greg Guma to produce documentaries in collaboration with the Colombia Support Network, Witness for Peace, Citizen Soldier and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

 

Robin is also the publisher of Toward Freedom , an international news journal founded by her father in 1952. In 1998, she won the Burlington City Arts Award for Humanistic Cinema. She is a founding member of the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington, Vermont, has served on the advisory board of the Vermont International Film Foundation, and on the national board of WILPF-US. See her website documenting her grandmother’s dramatic history as one of the many founders of WILPF. Also she has sponsored annual summer gathering of WILPF at her family’s farm in Rochester VT.

 

To follow Doreen’s extraordinary career as Executive Director of Burlington City Arts, read about her here

Filmography----

Film Awards——

 

The board of Directors of Green Valley Media are: President Doreen Kraft, director of Burlington City Arts; Dorothy Tod, filmmaker, video editor and herbalist and Robin Lloyd. 

Awards

1981

Special Mention

Documentary

Xe Festival International Du Film Court Metrage et Documentaire

France 1981

Black Dawn - Mention Spéciale du Jury

1995

Silver Metal

Excellent Animation

Prix Leonardo, Fondazione Medikinale International

Parma, Italy 1995

Black Dawn - Silver Medal Excellent Animation

1995

Bronze Metal

Prix Leonardo, Fondazione Medikinale International

Parma, Italy 1995

Puerto Cabezas: Our Sister City - Bronze Medal

1995

Bronze Metal

1995

Bronze Metal

Prix Leonardo, Fondazione Medikinale International

Parma, Italy 1995

Haitian Pilgrimage - Bronze Medal

1998

Best Documentary

Providence Convergence Film and Video Festival

1998

Courageous Women of Columbia - Winner Best Documentary

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