Rt.100 bridge south of Moretown destroyed by Hurricane Irene

By Lisa Loomis

Warren filmmaker Charlie Brown’s documentary Irene in the Mad River Valley will be shown for the first time this weekend at Sugarbush’s birthday party.

The resort is hosting the debut and a party for the community on Saturday, December 10, at the Gate House at Lincoln Peak. Copies of the video will be available at the event with proceeds going to the Mad River Valley Community Fund’s flood relief fund.

The documentary will debut at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. After the film, Sugarbush will be celebrating its 53rd birthday at the Castlerock Pub.

The Grift will be playing and there is no cover charge. There will be complimentary appetizers, as well as pizza and a cash bar. Prizes will be awarded for the best vintage skiwear.

Filmmaker Brown spent the last two months interviewing people and gathering photographs and video clips from August 28 when Hurricane Irene caused widespread flooding in The Valley and in Vermont.

“After the flood and in the aftermath, a lot of people came forth with their pictures. David Garten and Sandy Macy have great pics. I also got all the pictures that The Valley Reporter had and received from readers and used the internet to track down other pics and clips,” he said.

“It’s a full-blown 30-minute film with interviews of people who were involved in the flood. I talked to Marta Marble who had six feet of water in her living room and her house is 26 feet above the Mad River,” Brown said.

“I interviewed Ozzie and Evelyn Goss in Moretown Village and others who were flooded, plus people who helped—and are still helping—with the cleanup,” Brown said.

He said he produced the film to keep awareness of the flood in front of people.

“The game is not over. The impact of Irene is going to linger in The Valley for quite a while. We still need funds to rebuild and get people back in their houses. That’s why half the price of the movie will be donated to flood relief,” he added.