Driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is quite an experience especially on a windy day with the bay below full of white caps. After driving on the bridge high in the air above water it was a contrast to drive across the coastal plain and flat farmlands of Delaware.
Arriving in Rehoboth Beach I had a lay over day so that night I could take in some movies at my host site the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. Joe Bilancio, Festival program director, is a man with a smile and a ‘how can I help you?’ manner. The Festival was abuzz with excitement. The movie goers were plentiful and their talk was all about film. When I got my schedule and read that I had a 10:30AM screening on Saturday morning I was skeptical on who would show up. So it was a pleasant surprise to find a near full house and my biggest audience of the tour. The Q&A was filled with many questions from the knowledgeable audience. After the screening many lined up as I signed DVDs.
The screening was followed by a panel discussion hosted by Ric Edevane from the Delaware Independent Filmmakers. Filmmakers Allison Bagnell and James Diehl were my co-panelists. Again a knowledgeable crowd. How many audiences discuss the editing of the film. Afterwards I got to relax with family who live in the area and came to the show. Later I watched more movies and finally back to the motel room to pack for my trip back home to Maine.
This tour exceeded my expectations. In Good Time played well to all the audiences. As always, I enjoyed meeting the folks who came to the screenings and hearing their connections to Marian and their love of jazz and film. In Frederick, MD there was a 92 year old gentlemen who was a jazz player and from Portland, ME. He sang a verse of the Muskrat Ramble for us all.
Thanks to all who came to the screening and to all the presenters. Lastly, and not the least, thanks to Ann, Brigid and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for sponsoring On Screen/In Person. I wish good luck to the remaining filmmakers on the tour and I hope OSIP continues onto another year bringing independent film to audiences.
Thanks for participating in the tour, Huey! We’re so glad you could join us.