On Tour: Silver Linings and Connections

6 Mar

March 5, 2015  | Still Dreaming | New Jersey

Well, if you were a bit envious about my being in St. John, no worries, I have been humbled by a huge snow storm upon coming back to the East Coast. It’s full-on winter and unfortunately, my Monmouth University screening has been canceled due to 8 inches of snowfall. The silver lining is that I got to see some of my favorite people on earth this morning before the roads got too bad. I saw the residents and staff at The Lillian Booth Actors Home where we shot STILL DREAMING.

If you’ve seen the film, you’ll be happy to know that Joan is still playing piano with unbelievable virtuosity at age 90. It was a gift to be with her, talking music and life. She always asks about our kids and if they’re playing music. She gave me some good advice about our daughter’s violin instruction.

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Jilann with Joan Stein

Dimo is continuing with his rock art, and has been experimenting with a urethane finish. We talked about the pros and cons of this shinier finish and discussed how he’d really like to have a show of the work.

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Jilann and Dimo in his art studio at The Lillian Booth Actors Home

And Harold is still as upbeat as ever, ready to give a kiss hello, a quote for enlightenment, and a piece of advice.

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Harold Cherry and Jilann

I am grateful for this chance to be out in the world with the film on this tour. In the end, the most rewarding part of filmmaking are the human connections made, both with the subjects and the audience.

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

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