WINNER: Shouldice Family Prize for Best Vermont-Made Film
The Life of Stephen Bates tells the story of Vermont’s first-known Black sheriff. Stephen Bates escaped slavery in 1862. After the Civil War, he moved north to Vergennes, Vermont where he was elected sheriff for 25 years. For over a century, his life was all but forgotten until 2019, when his great-grandsons teamed up with a group of historians and community members to research and commemorate Stephen Bates’ remarkable life.
Date: Friday, August 26
Location: Town Hall Theater
Director: Chris Spencer [Filmmaker to Attend]
Producer: Chris Spencer
Length: 8 minutes
Location: United States