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.

Kopkind Opens Summer Events 2017 with CineSLAM

17 06 2017

Latchis Theater, Main Street Brattleboro, 5pm  June 17th.

Pride Weekend!!


what’s going on? … THE DEEP THINK

5 10 2016


& the future

with Al Giordano, Dottie Morris, Gilbert Ruff, Kweku Toure,

John Scagliotti, JoAnn Wypijewski, Joe Grabarz 




Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2pm

at the Organ Barn in Guilford, VT

information: stonewal @ sover dot net

Kopkind's famous Tapas Feast will be presented

Kopkind’s famous Tapas Feast will be presented

The Peacemaker (Film) screening in Organ Barn July 23

9 07 2016

Kopkind is screening THE PEACEMAKER at the Organ Barn in Guilford, VT .

July 23rd, 7:30pm  James DemoJames Demo, Director of film will be here to screen and answer questions

THE PEACEMAKER follows international peacemaker Padraig O’Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. 

The film takes us from Padraig’s isolated life in Cambridge, Massachusetts to some of the most dangerous crisis zones on Earth – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq over five years – as he works a peacemaking model based on his recovery from addiction.  We meet Padraig in the third act of his life in a race against time to find some kind of salvation for both the world and himself.

Please email John Scagliotti (stonewal at sover dot net) for directions.

Kevin Gray talk at Kopkind Youtube Video

9 12 2015

Here is Kevin Alexander Gray’s  talk about the upcoming primary in South Carolina given in Vermont.

Gray To Speak at Harvest Colors Brunch in Guilford VT

27 09 2015

You won’t want to miss Kevin Alexander Gray at Kopkind’s Late Tapas Brunch on Oct 11, 2015

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Gray & his younger sister Valerie were among the first blacks to attend the local all-white elementary school in 1968.  Since then he has been involved in community organizing working on a variety of issues ranging from racial politics, police violence, third-world politics & relations, union organizing & workers’ rights, grassroots political campaigns, marches, actions & political events.

Gray is currently organizing the Harriet Tubman Freedom House Project which focuses on community based political and cultural education. Organizer — National Mobilization Committee Against the Drug War.  Former managing & contributing editor of Black News in Columbia.  Now serves as contributing writer to other minority newspapers in South Carolina.  He served as a national board member of the American Civil Liberties Union for 4 years & is a past eight-term president of the South Carolina affiliate of the ACLU.  Advisory board member of DRC Net (Drug Policy Reform Coalition).

In 1997, Gray was an organizer for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s anti-Proposition 209 marches in San Francisco & Sacramento, California.

South Carolina coordinator for the 1988 presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson & 1992 southern political director for the presidential campaign of Iowa Senator Tom Harkin.  2002 SC United Citizens’ Party & Green Party Gubernatorial candidate.

Founding member of the National Rainbow Coalition in 1986.  Former co-chair of the Southern Rainbow Education Project — a coalition of southern activists.  Former contributing editor – Independent Political Action Bulletin. 

Gray’s critique “A Call for a New Anti-War Movement” appears in How to Legalize Drugs: Public Health, Social Science and Civil Liberties Perspective edited by Dr. Jefferson Fish of St. John’s University.  The book is a collection of works by drug policy reformers across the country.  The essay takes a cultural & ideological look at the impact of the “war on drugs” on African Americans.  Gray’s “The Legacy of Strom Thurmond” appears in Jack Newfield’s American Monsters, “Soul Brother? Bill Clinton and Black America” appears in Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair’s Dimes Worth of Difference and “What Would Malcolm Say” appears in Peace Not Terror edited by Mary Susannah Robbins.

Gray’s essay on race & politics have appeared in The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy – “The Intensification of Racial Solidarity in the 1990s under the guise of Black Nationalism” (1996); The Progressive MagazineCounterpunch, The Washington Post Outlook Section, Emerge, One Magazine, The American University Graduate Review & numerous other national, regional & local publications.  His current essays on race, politics, cultural and world affairs can be found online at The Progressive,, The Black Agenda Report and “Holla If You

Hear Kevin and have a delicious Tapas Brunch while helping build support for Kopkind’s Summer Project taking place in 2016.   It happens at the Organ Barn in Guilford Vermont, just over the border from Massachusetts.  (at 2pm on Oct 11).   If you need directions, just email our administrator John Scagliotti at

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