Filmmaker James Lantz traveled over 12,000 miles to 13 different states, collecting hundreds of hours of footage to document this story.
The story began with two high-profile Vermont cases that became nationally known as Trademark Bullying. Sen Patrick Leahy got involved.
James interviewed numerous small business owners across the country who were attacked over dubious claims of trademark infringement.
He also interviewed many of the nation’s leading trademark scholars including those at Stanford, Georgetown, NYU and Nortre Dame.
The story at the center of the film began in Vermont in 2011 and ended in 2018 in a revealing interviewby the main subject of the documentary.
The film reflects a national story as much as a Vermont story. The Vermont Statehouse.
In Spring 2019, James Lantz announced to the nearly 2000 Kickstarter backers of his Vermont documentary-in-progress that the film’s production had been thrown yet another twist:
“I’ve been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that currently exists as a tumor near my spine. It’s called a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, or MPNST.”
Following two successful surgeries to remove the tumor at one of the nation’s leading cancer hospitals — he’s continuing (albeit, more slowly) to complete the film. It is scheduled for completion in 2020.
Peace and Justice Center, 60 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401
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