March 10, 2015 | Still Dreaming | Newport News, VA
My last stop on the On Screen In Person tour was in Newport News, VA at the impressive campus of Christopher Newport University. Professors John Nichols and Terry Lee were spectacular hosts on a rainy Tuesday evening. The great fun of the evening was that the audience was very young – mostly college students. Still Dreaming has not yet played to a young audience, so I was curious if the film would resonate for this crowd. Just 10 minutes into the film, I knew it was a hit. There was so much laughter and connection with the characters. So Besta, my new friend in Wilmington, was right! Young people love this film, too. It has plenty to provoke laughter and reflection for this generation.
All in all, I have had a really fantastic tour – meeting new fans and finding out how the film plays to all sorts of people in all sorts of places. That is just invaluable information and I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. I thank The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the NEA, and all of my hosts, who have worked hard to program and promote the series. For those of you whom I haven’t met yet, I hope to see you at a screening soon! You can keep up to date with the film at our website, www.stilldreamingmovie.com. Thanks for following along with the tour!
Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Jilann Spitzmiller.
To listen to a podcast interview with the filmmaker, click here.