jamie & the arts

Jamie was passionate and fully immersed in the arts. He made music, he was extremely well-read, and he created original art.

The Jamie Kanzler fund encourages support of the arts through sponsorship of various events, community programming, and youth initiatives. We encourage everyone to participate as desired, in honor and testament to both the importance of the arts in the lives of young people, and Jamie.   



The Vermont Freedom & Unity Youth Film 2017 Contest was an enormous success! The contest "invites young Vermonters to create films that explore the life and culture of the Green Mountain State, both past and present." The Jamie Kanzler Experimental Film Award was given to How I Became Me: My Story by Lia Callahan.  Click here for the complete list of winning films and filmmakers as well as links to see the films on the Freedom & Unity YouTube channel. The Experimental Film award was sponsored by the Jamie Kanzler fund in memory of his love and talent for experimental film. 


Youth film competition 

Submission Deadline: April 10, 2015

The Jamie Kanzler fund is sponsoring the Vermont Movie's Youth Film Competition. This competition encourages youth to engage with their own personal stories and narratives to create a 2-15 minute film about Vermont. 

This competition creates a space for young filmmakers and storytellers to submit original work in hopes of being crowned victor. The Jamie Kanzler fund will have a representative judge at the festival, so be sure to come out for the competition! 


April 24-27, 2015 | website

WRiF is an educational non-profit dedicated to engaging the public in the political and social debates of our time through film. By showing films, hosting discussions, and partnering with local stakeholders, they hope to stimulate public appreciation for the arts. 

The Jamie Kanzler fund has been a consistent sponsor of these critical and important films because we believe that they reflect the insightful spirit of Jamie and his memory. This year, the fund is sponsoring the opening gala for Wrenched, a documentary film following American author and essayist, Edward Abbey. 


APRIL 24, 2015 | 7:00-9:00 PM| Tickets

Jamie loved the outdoors, but not in a way that made him an environmental activist. He was a champion of experience, encouraging people to love nature authentically, through direct engagement and personal appreciation. Not surprisingly, one of his favorite authors was Edward Abbey, an American author and essayist who wrote in support of conscious environmentalism and re-imagining public land policies. 

Wrenched chronicles Edward Abbey's influence on the environmental movement of the 1970s and 80s through ground-breaking interviews, archival footage, and historical re-enactments. For more information regarding this exclusive event, click here.