Next up on tour is Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Here we have students and a city, my kind of atmosphere. Jersey looks the same no matter what city you go. I’ve never been here before but it feels like I have.
I link up with my hosts for dinner and we have a great conversation about the climate of Rutgers, the Latino and African American communities here and of course how good the film is. I had to throw that in there… No, but we did talk about how “Money Matters” story was true to many races and people across the board. And, that it makes a strong conversational piece for education. [I’m really pitching here educators. Call me.]
Through the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Carlos Fernandez arranged a great screening. When I introduced the film I saw a couple students take out note pads. I’m thinking, we are about to get busy up in here. After the screening, the students seemed to have appreciated the film. Again, the guys were more vocal than the girls. I couldn’t tell if the girls were stunned from what they had seen or what. They waited to say something to me after the talk back, just like the past screening. I’m starting to notice a pattern.
It was a pretty lengthy discussion overall. The students stuck around quite some time to get all their thoughts out. The students and the coordinator were so consumed by the characters and captured by the story, it made me think ‘wow maybe the film is OK’.
It was an enriching experience here at Rutgers. Now, off to the next location but not before the Super Bowl. Go G-men!!!
Sorry no pics. It was Jersey… Joking. Next location.
Post by Ryan Richmond, OSIP touring filmmaker.