Angelike Contis is a journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work has been shown around the world at festivals and on television. She took her first steps in Vlahokerasia while on summer vacation; her father (Vasilios Kontogiannis or Vasilios Contis) hails from the village. Though she and her sister grew up in rural Vermont, they were tickled to be called “Brooklakia” (“Brooklyn kids”) when they visited their grandparents Christina and Nicholaos Kontogiannis there. As children, they enjoyed playing hide-and-go-seek in the village and enjoying “exotic” treats like donkey rides and feeding goats.
Since 2012 she has been the executive director of Mount Mansfield Community Television, a public access television station in Northern Vermont, in the United States. Before that, she was on the staff of the historic, Astoria, New York Greek newspaper, The National Herald, where she worked as a journalist and produced videos.
Between 1997 and 2008, she lived and worked in Athens, Greece and was on the staff of the Athens News, with a specialty in film criticism. She has written for publications in the past including Fodor's travel guides.
She has directed documentary projects with a Greek focus on topics such as folk dancing, Vlahokerasia, marathon running, stray dogs and life during the 2004 Olympics. Her recent film projects include a documentary commissioned by Stockton University of New Jersey about noteworthy scholar Father Demetrios Constantellos and an independent project about a small town’s shift away from dairy farming in Vermont.
Contis graduated with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University. She got a start in documentary production working at the Latin American-focused Boston production company Geovision.
She and husband Jeremy Bentley, an English language instructor, have one son. Contis is currently on the board of the Vermont Access Network and the Western Slopes Business Association. She also serves on the Parish Council of the Dormition Greek Orthodox Church in Burlington, VT.
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