Private Project

Up The Green

Can a football club be a force for good? In their inaugural season, Vermont Green FC leverages the beautiful game as a catalyst for a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world.

Driven by a love for football and a commitment to environmental justice, the startup club enters their first season with ambitious goals on and off the field. What begins as a shared dream among a few friends grows into something beyond their wildest expectations.

  • Patrick McCormack
    Jet Line
  • Duane Peterson III
    No Other Lake
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    12 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2023
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    United States
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    United States
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  • Men In Blazers Live Podcast Taping
    Burlington, Vermont
    United States
    June 1, 2023
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - Patrick McCormack

Patrick McCormack is a Vermont based photographer, filmmaker, and Creative Director of the Climate Action Film Festival. Through his filmmaking work he aims to spotlight the communities, workers, and activists that make up the climate justice movement.

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Director Statement

I saw this film as an opportunity to illustrate the importance of community in light of the climate crisis. When we first met the VGFC players and founders, it seemed like the beginning of something locally impactful that the global sports community could benefit from observing.

VGFC's whole strategy was premised on promoting climate justice through building a football club, and that presented a lot of questions to us as filmmakers: How can this be more than just branding? How will the audience respond? Are the players actively engaging with the community to progress these goals?

As we attended more games, practices, and events, the answers to these questions surprised me. It was clear that one of the most significant results of the club's efforts was a passionate and growing base of supporters. The way the fans locked onto the mission seemed to be fueling wins on the field, and the local excitement surrounding the team signaled a clear demand for more climate conscious sport communities.