November 13, 2014 | The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations | Newport News, VA
Third stop – Newport News.
To continue my trend of staying in old historic houses, I arrived early in the morning and drove to an old southern mansion turned B&B. I turned out to be the only one staying there as there was a new owner and it was also off season. It was pretty wonderful and strange to be the only guest in this huge old house where I got my pick of which room I wanted to stay in (Politician Suite – yes please!).
The screening was at Christopher Newport University a small-ish liberal arts college with a great new and shiny art building and performance hall. I was met there by John Nichols who runs the Film Studies program and the students who run the Film Society. There was a great mix of people from the community, teachers and students from both the film program and the children’s literature department. A perfect combination for the Q&A.
The panel after the screening was me, John Nichols and Dr. Kevin Shortsleeve who teaches children’s literature at CNU (and who bought the DVD after the screening to start using in his classes next semester!). We talked about the great children’s book authors, children’s book publishing in the 50s and 60s, working with music in documentaries, the slightly grueling documentary editing process, and much more.
I already thought the turn out and the screening was great, but I was even more impressed when I found out afterwards that I had been competing with Garrison Keillor, who was speaking in the adjacent theater.
Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Hannah Jayanti.
To listen to a podcast interview with the filmmaker, click here.