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Vermont Premiere


Q&A following the film 

All attendees are asked to wear a mask and be vaccinated against Covid-19. Unvaccinated youth under age 12 may attend wearing masks.

Sat Nov 6, 2021

7:00 PM

Tickets  $15

plus applicable fees

Underdog - The curiously optimistic tale of Doug Butler

Underdog is the curiously optimistic tale of Doug Butler—a hardscrabble Vermont dairy farmer who risks losing the only home he’s ever known to chase his dreams of dog mushing in Alaska. Revealed in intimate vérité, Doug at first presents as a modern Quixote, but then finds to his delight that sometimes the world can actually be as he imagines. Meticulously captured over the course of a decade, the resonance of Doug’s journey extends to all who have faced down loneliness, isolation and the struggle to make sense of forces beyond control.

Film Genre

Documentary Feature

Team Members in Attendance

Director, Camera, Editor – Tommy Hyde

Producer & Writer – Aaron Woolf 

Subject – Doug Butler 

Co-Producer – Kyra Schaefer 

For more information about Doug and the Underdog film team visit

If you can’t get to THT for the screening…Here is an alternative. A virtual screening at the same time. Follow this link to purchase access: 

Town Hall Theater’s mission is to celebrate local talent, so we jumped at the chance to support Tommy Hyde’s vision and Doug Butler’s skill and perseverance.
Douglas Anderson
THT Artistic Director
Tommy Hyde is a gifted young filmmaker with broad interests and strong feelings for Vermont and the meaning of its agricultural roots and realities. I have seen his work, and it has always struck me as intelligent and thoughtful.
Jay Parini
Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College

Town Hall Theater

68 South Pleasant Street

Middlebury, VT 05753

The Box Office is also open one hour prior to performances.


    Tickets $15

    plus applicable fee

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