April 19, 2016 | Deaf Jam | Bethlehem, PA
Zoellner Arts Center was the last stop on the tour and I decided to take my 11-year-old son along on the trip. Planes, trains, subways, and buses – all modes of public transportation were my means of travel for the tour and it gave me a chance to immerse myself in the landscape of the sites visited and meet other travelers. The bus ride to Bethlehem was an adventure beginning with a mix- up in hotels! We arrived at our destination and phoned the Holiday Inn Express for a shuttle ride from the bus station. It was a quick 5-minute ride but when we arrived at the Hotel, I found that we needed to go to the other Holiday Inn Express across town. Cyndy Brinker, my contact at Zoellner, had arranged for a pick up from the Hotel to the Theater but I wasn’t sure which Holiday Inn Express the ride would be arriving at. It was a very funny predicament that worked out fine in the end but in the midst felt like a comedy of errors.
Zoellner Arts Center is a state of the art theater complex. The screening had an intimate gathering of members and students. The post screening discussion allowed for a personal dialogue with all the members of the audience.
One person asked if I had considered submitting the film to the U.N. or other organizations dealing with diplomatic relations. While the film has participated in the American Embassy program, it has not participated in a U.N. program yet. It was an intriguing idea to pursue and one that had not occurred to me.
After the screening, Deborah Sacarakis, brought my son and I to an amazing Greek restaurant where we indulged in a delicious meal and delightful conversation with the restaurant owner – a relaxing closure to an inspired tour.
A round of applause is due to the amazing efforts of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation staff and host sites. I am humbly grateful to have had the opportunity to bring Deaf Jam to Carnegie Hall, BlackRock Center, Light Up the Queen, Christopher Newport University, Monmouth University, the Tilles Center, and the Zoellner Arts Center. I hope the film was an inspiration to all that saw it. It certainly was an inspiration sharing it with all the diverse communities I met and had the pleasure of speaking with.
Post by On Screen/In Person touring filmmaker Judy Lieff.