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 http://www.kopkind.org
Information: stonewal@sover.net; 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 stonewal@sover.net 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: http://cineslam.com/?p=1685. For more information, contact John Scagliotti, Kopkind Administrator: stonewal@sover.net


“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. http://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/25/obituaries/andrew-d-kopkind-writer-on-politics-and-editor-59.html

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: stonewal@sover.net; 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 http://www.beforehomosexuals.com/screenings

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