On Tour: Germantown, MD

10 Feb

November 16, 2014  | The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations | Germantown, MD

Coming towards the end of the tour I headed to Washington D.C. for the 4th screening at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. I drove up from Newport News listening to podcasts and watching the yellow and orange leaves fly around the highway as I sped past.

My mother and my twin 11-year old sisters live in Washington D.C. so it was a treat to get to stay with them for a couple of nights. They came to the screening along with a couple of old family friends. One of whose mother used to teach English and train English teachers, and taught The Phantom Tollbooth as part of the curriculum for 30 years. She told her story during the Q&A which was wonderful.


The screening was a great combination of people I knew (my Producer on the film, Janice, and some of her family and friends) and people I didn’t, some of whom were huge fans of the book and some of whom had never heard of the book at all. For me, one of the most rewarding parts of hearing people’s feedback about the film is from people who have never read the book but still love the story and connect to Norton and Jules and to the larger themes in the documentary like education and the love of books and the creative process.


But it is of course also wonderful to hear the stories of people who treasure the book and for whom it changed their life. After returning from the screening I saw that I had got this email from one of our Kickstarter backers:


It is so nice to read all the updates of your documentary and the exciting places it is going. Congratulations!

I wanted to share that we had another son on Thursday night and named him Milo!

I will send some pics.

All best,
Laura “

It’s notes like these that remind me why I do this work.

Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Hannah Jayanti.
To listen to a podcast interview with the filmmaker, click here.


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