On Tour: Erie, PA

24 Mar

March 16th, 2014  | Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines| Erie, PA

Stop one on our tour. This is a special tour for me as I am traveling with my entire family. My partner, and one and a half year old daughter decided to fly into Cleveland because it was the most direct flight. That meant we had one extra day to acclimate and investigate! My daughter has never seen snow and has no vocabulary for cold weather. Every time the wind blew in her face she screamed, “Hot!” By the time we got to Erie, she was excited about the “icey” and though the snow was rock hard, thrilled at each snowball we managed to sculpt.

We drove into Erie right on schedule, our car packed to the brim with suitcases, snacks, toys, cold weather clothes, along with the requisite postcards and DVDs for my film, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. My family dropped me off at the local NPR station, WQLN, for a radio interview, while they explored town. I met Christine Olivier at the station, my gracious host and coordinator of the performance arts series at Mercyhurst University. Christine told me about the town of Erie, a historical railroad terminus and Great Lakes port, and a couple spots to hit while we were there.

My first screening was a Sunday matinee and while the good weather (by Erie standards) and approaching festivities of Saint Patrick’s Day may have kept some away, the audience was warm and receptive. The Mercyhurst Taylor Little Theatre was charming and classic. As I waited outside the lobby during the screening (I’ve seen the film a few times!), I caught one of the ushers watching the film from a cute little peekhole that had once functioned as a projector cutout.

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I always appreciate my chance to speak with the audience and this Q & A was no different! I was delighted to hear from one audience member who thought the film would be a hit with the women in the senior citizens’ organization she coordinates art events for. After the Q & A, one woman even asked me to sign the postcard. I have a fan!

Our biggest thrill was visiting the Presque Isle State Park, a jutting peninsula onto Lake Erie. We were told to watch for the ice fishers, their colorful tents looking like tiny bugs out on the frozen lake, and the kite surfers skitting across the surface. We even saw one family playing a little ice hockey. We braved the wind and darted onto the beach, marveling at the icey, 15-foot wave formations from currents pushing up under its frozen surface. We let my daughter, Zora, test the ice until she begged to go back “side” (inside). And then it was time to hit the road again.

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Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan.
To listen to a podcast interview with the filmmaker, click here.

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