November 17, 2014 | The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations | West Long Branch, NJ
The last stop on the tour was Monmouth University, in Long Branch NJ, just an hour and a half from my home in Brooklyn. I drove up from Washington D.C. through the increasingly industrial landscape of the highway as it darts straight up the coast, connecting the South to the North. The late afternoon turned to eve, and it started to drizzle. I parked and walked across the wet field to the Pollak Theater.
There were lots of students tucked into corners and working on laptops outside of the theater. I met up with Andrew who had helped coordinate the screening and had invited his students for some pre-screening Q&A. It was nice to talk to students who were learning about all parts of the filmmaking process, both the glamorous and the less-so such as distribution and legal considerations and licensing, etc.
And then we begun the screening to a nice mix of students and people from the community. And afterwards we had another Q&A. Some of the questions and comments that stuck out to me came from a young man who wanted to know about scoring, composing and general audio use for filmmaking. It gave me a chance to talk about how the creative process meets the practical process, and how in filmmaking you are constantly navigating between what is ideal and what is possible.
After the screening I drove back to Brooklyn with the tour resonating in my head, happy to be home but also very grateful to have had the opportunity to visit these towns, meet wonderful artists and educators and programmers, and get a chance to talk to audiences I might not otherwise have met.
Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Hannah Jayanti.
To listen to a podcast interview with the filmmaker, click here.