Photo Credit: – Jessamyn West

I grew up in Yonkers, New York, and became hooked watching old films on TV at a young age. I went to Columbia College and University of California, Berkeley, where there were many opportunities to catch up on films while putting off writing English Literature papers. I moved to Vermont in 1970 and shortly afterward founded the Lightning Ridge Film Society, which morphed into the Savoy Theater in 1981. I was one of the founders of Montpelier’s Green Mountain Film Festival  and was its Programming Director until 2012. At the festival, I also instituted a featured interview with a nationally-known film writer; the critics and historians that I interviewed were Phillip Lopate, Stuart Klawans, Molly Haskell, Kenneth Turan, Kathleen Carroll, Matthew Hays, Jeanine Basinger, Godfrey Cheshire, and Peter Rainer. My wife Andrea Serota and I sold the Savoy in 2009, and since then, I have been teaching film at Burlington College, Community College of Vermont (Montpelier), and the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, while speaking on film subjects for the Vermont Humanities Council. Some of my other interests and projects include historical research on Vermont During the McCarthy Era, and constructing twice-monthly “double crostic” puzzles for the Times Argus/Rutland Herald.