If you want to see what one Northeast Kingdom guy - who singlehandedly funded, wrote, directed, scored and edited a movie - can do, check out a local screening of Michael Hahn's Green Mountain Shuffle. Hahn, 53, is a musician, writer and journalist who lives in Barton. He writes a fishing column for Outdoors magazine and has published books with the New England Press. On April 1, he premiered his first film at the Middle Earth Music Hall in Bradford.
Hahn calls Green Mountain Shuffle "an offbeat love story, set in the mountains of Vermont." To create it, he borrowed technical equipment from NKT-TV, Newport's cable access station, and advertised for actors in Veronica Lopez's Theater Notes. The villain is played by Hahn's friend Derek Campbell, a musician and glassblower in Lyndonville, who also recorded the soundtrack.
That's an integral part of the movie for Hahn, who performs regularly with the Michael Hahn Band. "Rather than having plot and putting in background music, I took some songs and created a plot to fit the music," he says. Green Mountain Shuffle screens on April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Essex Outlet Cinema, and on April 28 at 2 p.m. at the Barton Memorial Building.