Filmmaker James Lantz traveled over 12,000 miles to 13 different states, collecting hundreds of hours of footage to document this story.

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.

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.

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.

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 interview     by the main subject of the documentary.

The story at the center of the film began in Vermont in 2011 and ended in 2018 in a revealing interview by the main subject of the documentary.

The film reflects a national story as much as a Vermont story.  The Vermont Statehouse.

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.”

Months earlier, James also made a public commitment to his backers that the film was in post-production and would be completed for festival submission in 2019 — a goal he still hopes to meet.

James is currently in treatment at one of the nation’s leading cancer hospitals in the U.S. — and he’s continuing (albeit, more slowly) to complete the film.

You can help with completion funds for this film by making a tax-deductible donation to the documentary.

Your donation will be made through Vermont’s Peace and Justice Center (a 501c-3 organization) that is acting as a fiscal sponsor for James’s documentary film.

To make a donation, please follow the PayPal link here.

 

Or you can send a check to:

Peace and Justice Center, 60 Lake St, Burlington, VT 05401

Please write your check to ‘Peace and Justice Center,’ and note that it is for James Lantz’s VT Trademark Documentary.

 

Please note: Your tax-deductible donation receipt from PayPal will say:

“To: Peace and Justice Center. Purpose: VT Trademark Documentary.”

All proceeds will go to post-production expenses of this documentary film, only, including narration, final sound mix and editing, legal vetting, E&O insurance, music, back-up hard drives, b-roll filming, misc hard costs, etc.

Thank you!