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Festival Season:

April 2024

Love of the Land

Love of the Land



Travis Van Alstyne


Travis Van Alstyne

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A short animated film based on the true and tragic story of Vermont farmer Romaine Tenney. His farm was in the construction path of Interstate 91 in the 1960s and the State of Vermont seized his land through eminent domain. 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of his passing.

Submitter Statement

"Love of the Land" focuses on farmer Romaine Tenney’s connection to his land, his sense of place, and what progress means in 1960s Vermont. There is a power to this story. It taps into what New Englanders think about progress and what are the benefits and downsides of it. 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of Tenney's passing. The short animation uses a rotoscope animation technique, where the animator digitally draws/traces over recorded video frame-by-frame. The four-year project began in 2020 and consists of almost 3,000 digitally hand drawn frames.
Travis owns Travis Animates, a one-man production company based in Burlington, VT. The company has the goal of bringing Vermont stories to life through animation and focuses on partnering with artists with a Vermont connection. He specializes in short 2D animations ranging in medium and subject matter. Travis is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design animation program.

Key Cast

George Woodard

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