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(J.R.H. 140)

Offered by: Representatives Dunne of Hartland, Miller of Shaftsbury and

Milne of Washington.

Whereas, James Goldstone, a cofounder, and at the time of his death, chair, of the Vermont Film Commission, was instrumental in placing Vermont on the cinematic map, and

Whereas, after graduating from Dartmouth College, and earning a master's degree in drama at Bennington College, he embarked on a prolific filmmaking career that included writing, directing and producing for both the large silver and small television screens, and

Whereas, he directed many of the major stars of American film, including Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark and Joanne Woodward, and

Whereas, the work of James Goldstone was critically acclaimed as evidenced by the prestigious film industry awards that he received, and

Whereas, he was an active leader in major film and television organizations, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and

Whereas, in his role as a visiting professor in film at the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Division, and as a member of the Dartmouth College Film Advisory Board, James Goldstone sought to pass on his decades of professional experience to a younger generation of aspiring filmmakers, and

Whereas, inspired by his fond memories of Bennington College, in 1988 James Goldstone and his wife Ruth moved to Shaftsbury from where he assumed a prominent role in the state's artistic community, including the Oldcastle Theatre Company, the Vermont Arts Council, and, most significantly as a cofounder and chair of the Vermont Film Commission, and

Whereas, due to his efforts, there is a growing awareness among American and international filmmakers that Vermont is a wonderful place to shoot both small and large productions, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its sincere condolences to the family of James Goldstone, whose career as a film director, teacher and arts advocate has left a lasting cinematic legacy for the nation, and in particular the state of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ruth Goldstone.