Cheers to 2020!

31 12 2019

From All of Us, to All of You

May “the principles of freedom, of humanity, and of justice … finally triumph over falsehood, tyranny and delusion, and every principle inimical to the interests of the human race”* 

Kopkind 2019

Wishing you love, peace and power in the new year.

                 —John Scagliotti, JoAnn Wypijewski and everyone involved in Kopkind

*from the final speech of Ned Despard, quoted in Peter Linebaugh’s Red Round Globe Hot Burning

Click to Watch the 2019 Kopkind Harvest Late Brunch Video

Being Brave & Remembering Pleasure

7 10 2019

Please Join Us on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2 pm
for Kopkind’s Annual Harvest Late Brunch Benefit, featuring
Verandah Porche and John Scagliotti in conversation
on Being Brave & Remembering Pleasure:

Thoughts from 50 years, for the next 100 

With earthy fare, and the music of Patty Carpenter

John Scagliotti successfully challenged one form of police entrapment in Massachusetts in the 1970s and became a pioneer in gay radio, television and documentary film. 

Verandah Porche was a pioneer in the commune movement in 1968 and invented “told poetry,” a collaborative form of literature she has been practicing for the past 30 years in nursing homes and mental hospitals, on street corners, and with those recently settled into permanent housing.

In this season dominated by presidential crimes and ambitions, Kopkind is celebrating individual bravery, collective action and the radical power of art. As always, the great questions involve accommodation or rebellion, silence or finding voice, humanity or barbarism. As always, they are personal and political, historical and contemporary. The past lives in the present, and challenges us all to fight for the future — and enlarge the space for joy. Are we up for it?

The Organ Barn at Guilford, 158 Kopkind Rd., Guilford, Vt. 05301

$25, Adults; $10, Students

Reservations or directions:, 802.254.4859

Kopkind and the Center for Independent Documentary present a film on the meaning of community

31 07 2019

Kopkind and the Center for Independent Documentary present a film on the meaning of community

East LA Interchange

“Not just a story about one neighborhood, a funny, insightful and poignant documentary that will transform how you think about living in the United States today.” (Huffington Post)

With filmmaker Betsy Kalin, Kopkind/CID Film Camp Alumna

Saturday, August 3, 7:30 pm — The Organ Barn, Guilford, Vt.

Why do we build community? Can we make a difference together? And can we protect our communities and cultural tapestry in the face of tremendous obstacles? These are questions at the heart of Betsy Kalin’s fascinating documentary East LA Interchange. Telling the story of Boyle Heights—a multicultural, immigrant and working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles that has fought to survive despite highway construction, dispossession and other social and economic changes—the film explores the values of home (housing, health, human solidarity) that transcend geography. A provocative, hopeful film, originally workshopped at Kopkind/CID Film Camp, it has sparked discussion wherever it has been shown, in communities large and small. This is its first Vermont showing. The screening is free, open to the public and will be followed by discussion.

When:  Saturday, August 3, 7:30 pm

Where:  158 Kopkind Road, Guilford, VT

Information: or 802.254.4859

Kopkind presents Potluck and Movie: “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” Organ Barn 5:30pm July 14th

7 07 2019

Please join us for Kopkind’s Potluck & Movie Night, a free public event, featuring James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket with special guest Kenyon Farrow, followed by discussion.

Janes Baldwin

In this our 20th anniversary summer we salute two other birthdays, Stonewall 50 and the 95th anniversary of James Baldwin’s birth, with the screening of this wonderful documentary. It is told mostly in the words of one of America’s greatest writers, whose exquisite voice, whether in fiction, essays, speeches or video and audio recordings, continues to call us to conscience on the price of history and the promise in the effort for love and human liberation. 

Joining us will be Kenyon Farrow, writer and activist, currently senior editor at, former executive director of Queers for Economic Justice, named by Black Entertainment TV as a Modern Black History Hero.

When:  Sunday, July 14; potluck cook-out begins 5:30 pm (bring a dish), with screening to follow

Where:  The Organ Barn, 158 Kopkind Road, Guilford, Vt.

Information or directions: or

Kopkind Presents Peter Linebaugh at Everyone’s Books, Friday July 19 6PM

7 07 2019

With Everyone’s Books, Kopkind is thrilled to bring Peter Linebaugh, “the best, most creative, most original historian living today,” to Downtown Brattleboro on Friday, July 19 at 6 pm for a celebration of, and free public talk on, his new book

In 1803 an Irish renegade, Ned Despard, stood on the gallows in London to be hanged for revolutionary conspiracy. His final speech, written with his Caribbean-born wife, Kate, expressed the hope that “the principles of freedom, of humanity, and of justice will triumph over falsehood, tyranny, and delusion.” The radical love between Kate and Ned serves as a cornerstone for this monumental history of the origins of capitalism (and simultaneously the UK and USA) as well as resistance to it, told through the lives and deeds of people whose No to war, privatization, capitalism and inequality resonates into the present. It is a story of dispossession and defeat, but also of common dreams and of the lessons that interlaced struggles for freedom hold for today. Kopkind was pleased to have Peter Linebaugh—a wondrous speaker and writer, praised in the quote above by Robin D.G. Kelley—as a mentor in residence five years ago. We are so happy Everyone’s Books will host this event this year for Red Round Globe Hot Burning, which, as Noam Chomsky says, “provides fascinating insights into the origins of our society” and is a work of beauty and genius.
Please join us!

Kopkind Harvest 20th anniversary Oct 7 2pm at Organ Barn

7 09 2018

Andy Kopkind (1935-1994) and Pamela Bridgewater (1969-2014)

You’re invited to Kopkind’s 20th Anniversary
Harvest Late Brunch Benefit

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 2 pm

The Organ Barn
158 Kopkind Road, Guilford, VT

featuring the music of Patty Carpenter
a talk by Don Guttenplan, author of The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority

Tickets, $35; student, $10
RSVP, see card enclosed, or visit
Information:; 646.498.5810

If you would like to buy your tickets here via credit card or pay pal  just hit our donation button and make a contribution equal to the tks you want (e.g. 2 tks equal $70 contribution) and then email John Scagliotti at and he will add you to the list.   Thank You for your support!!


K25 group, Treefrog Farm, 2012

“Love, Gilda — The Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner” Documentary Film Screening to Benefit Kopkind/CID at Latchis Theatre Filmmaker Q&A with Lisa D’Apolito – Friday, August 3 at 6:30pm

18 07 2018

(Guilford VT) The Vermont premiere of LOVE, GILDA, a film by Lisa D’Apolito about the life of comedian Gilda Radner, is scheduled for Gallery Walk Friday on August 3 at the Latchis Theatre, downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. The screening is a benefit to support Kopkind/CID film retreats.

D’Apolito, director and producer of LOVE, GILDA, originally shared the idea of the documentary with fellow Kopkind/CID filmmakers in 2014. For the last 13 years, Susi Walsh, CID co-founder (1981) and Executive Director, has collaborated with Guilford resident John Scagliotti to offer film camp retreats on his farm. Scagliotti is an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer and the creator of the public television series In the Life – the monthly hour-long program on news and culture about the gay community that ran on PBS from 1992-2012.

Returning to Kopkind/CID three years later, D’Apolito sought feedback on final edits before submission to the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. In April, LOVE, GILDA opened the prestigious event.

Now in its 19th year, The Kopkind Colony and the Center for Independent Documentary (CID) will combine forces during the first week in August to provide filmmakers a place to workshop their films in progress. The Kopkind/CID Film Camp is held at Treefrog Farm in Guilford, Vermont, a mountaintop haven that encourages filmmakers to engage in deep conversation, reflection and a chance to recharge from the intensity of independent filmmaking.

CID’s Walsh understands the power of the unique role that Kopkind/CID offers to independent filmmakers. “Over 120 filmmakers have joined us up at Kopkind over the years, bringing their diverse and inspiring films to be workshopped in a truly supportive space with their peers. Filmmakers have formed lasting partnerships, networks and collaborations with their fellow campers—many of them coming back at different stages in their film. And that was the case for Lisa. She first came in 2014 when she was early on in the process—and then again last year as she was close to the end and wanting feedback on her edit. We are proud to be “early and often” supporters of so many great filmmakers!”

The Kopkind Colony is a living memorial to the late journalist and Guilford resident, Andrew Kopkind, based at Tree Frog Farm in Guilford, Vermont where Kopkind did much of his writing and where his archives are housed. He wrote on politics and culture with a matchless style and depth for national and international publications until his death, in 1994. The Kopkind Colony has been sponsoring public movies, lectures and performances in Guilford and Brattleboro since 1999.

In addition to his role at the Kopkind Colony, Scagliotti programs Vermont’s LGBTQ Short Film Festival CineSLAM, which takes place at the Latchis Theatre during June Pride.

Tickets for LOVE, GILDA are $12 and can be purchased on the Cine SLAM website: For more information, contact John Scagliotti, Kopkind Administrator:


“We got our work cut out for us” Today would be a good day to help us with a small donation.

23 10 2017

Picture of Andy Kopkind and I at the beach in the late 80’s… Today is the 23rd anniversary of his death. I have a lot of friends (some here on FACEBOOK) to thank in helping me keep his spirit alive with our living memorial The Kopkind Colony. I realize that many of my new friends here we not even reading when Andy passed. So here is an obit from the New York Times.

Andy Kopkind and his partner John Scagliotti 1989



Larry Cohen at Kopkind Harvest Brunch Oct 15th 2pm Treefrog Farm Guilford VT 05301

29 09 2017

The Vivid Table
Kopkind’s Harvest Late Brunch Benefit

A conversation with Larry Cohen of Our Revolution and representatives from activist organizations including Black Lives Matter and #AllOfUs
The subject:
Left Strategies for Electoral Politics 2018?

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2 pm
Tree Frog Farm
158 Kopkind Rd., Guilford, VT 05301

Tickets, $25; student, $10. RSVP, see card enclosed.
Information:; 646.498.5810


Larry Cohen, chair of OUR REVOLUTION 


Benefit Screening of BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS July 22nd, 4pm at Latchis Theater, Brattleboro VT

11 07 2017


While local Guilford, VT, filmmaker John Scagliotti was news director at WBCN Boston in 1975 he was arrested by the vice squad and charged with “soliciting to commit unnatural and lascivious acts.” A jury dressed in festive St. Patrick’s Day attire quickly brought a verdict: guilty as charged. Scagliotti fought that conviction all the way to the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, and with the help of the ACLU, the initial ruling was overturned.

It was a landmark decision for gays and lesbians, and for personal freedom.

Representative Barney Frank at the time told Gay Community News: “This is binding. In effect, it has amended the state’s laws against unnatural acts… Private consensual, homosexual sex is not convictable.”

In his latest film, Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall, Scagliotti brings the Boston arrest full-circle while ruminating on a bit of ancient graffiti on the Greek island of Astypalaia at the start of the film. Standing over this affirmation of same-sex love etched in stone some 2,500 years ago, he ponders the naturalness of homosexuality among the ancient Greeks, in contrast to his arrest and conviction in the US in 1975.

Now Scagliotti is bringing his latest film home to Brattleboro for the Vermont Premiere. Presented by the Brattleboro Film Festival and benefiting local non-profit Kopkind’s CineSLAM LGBT Short Film Festival, the film takes us on a tour of erotic history, poetry and visual art expressing same-sex desire from ancient times to Victorian crimes. It is a searching, thoughtful, humorously edgy point-of-view documentary, in which Scagliotti (who received an Emmy Award as a producer of Before Stonewall) explores how the sexual revolution of the 1960s and the growth of LGBT political power in the decades that followed cleared the path for artists and scholars to re-discover the pre-20th century history of same-sex desire.

In addition to traveling the world to tell this story, Scagliotti drew on talent from the Brattleboro area for many aspects of the film. Michael Hanish (Guilford) shot a lot of the principal cinematography. Matt Bucy (White River Junction), who was recently recognized in American Cinematographer for his lighting and camera work, was the film’s digital colorist. Dave Snyder (Guilford) was the film’s Director of Recording from his studio Guilford Sound, where many local voices were recorded, including those of Suzanne d’Corsey (Brattleboro), as the poet Sappho, and Guilford Selectman Richard Wizansky, as literary giant Oscar Wilde. Many local artisans also contributed to the film. Bookbinder Susan Bonthron (Guilford) created an intricate tunnel book to visualize a lesbian love poem from Imperial China. Photographer Liz LaVorgna (Brattleboro) with the help of HB Lozito (Brattleboro) organized and shot a beautiful re-enactment of Natalie Clifford Barney’s Paris salon at the Latchis Theater. The Belden Hill Boogie Band (Jeremy Gold, Susan Bonthron, Dave Hall, Patty Carpenter, and Joan Peters) composed an eloquent rendition of “I’m Goin’ Home” for the film’s section on Walt Whitman’s influence on the early call for gay liberation.

Scagliotti said, “I can’t wait to show this film in Brattleboro, where so many people have contributed so much to making this film such a beautiful piece of history.”

Scagliotti has been creating ground-breaking media for over four decades. After his stint in Boston, where he and his partner, the late Andrew Kopkind, produced pioneering radio documentaries as well as America’s first gay and lesbian commercial radio program, Scagliotti moved to New York City, where he received his Master’s Degree in television and film at NYU. His first film, Stuff of Dreams, focusing on the Monteverdi Players’ production of The Tempest in Guilford in the 1970s, is a magical meditation on the role of art in forging community. In 1986, he produced the historic Before Stonewall (PBS) and later created America’s first gay and lesbian television series, In the Life, which ran for 21 years, also on PBS.

In 1994, after Kopkind’s death, Scagliotti moved his base of operations to his home studio in Guilford, VT. From there he made After Stonewall (PBS, 1999), Oliver Button Is a Star (PBS, 2001), and Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World (Logo, 2003). He co-founded the Kopkind Colony in 1999, which, among other things, holds a summer filmmakers workshop in collaboration with the Center for Independent Documentary. In 2015 Marlboro College awarded Scagliotti an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his service to the gay, lesbian, and allied communities.

Scagliotti will be in Brattleboro to present Before Homosexuals: The Prequel to Before Stonewall on July 22, 2017, at 4:00 PM at the Latchis Theatre. After the screening he will be joined by members of the crew for a lively Q&A session. Tickets are available online at

This film was produced in association with Boston’s Center for Independent Documentary; major funding was provided by LEF Foundation, located in Cambridge.