October 20, 2015 | Small, Small Thing | Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh University was one of the highlights of my tour, I can’t say enough good things about my experience! It was a beautiful autumn day, the leaves were turning and it was unseasonably warm. First on the agenda was a lunch with a few faculty members. We discussed the philosophy and challenges behind documentary filmmaking. Next I participated in a class about entrepreneurial communication. I tried to impart my “wisdom” on a very large class. The overriding theme seemed to be “no one will care as much about your work as you do.” And I believe that wholeheartedly. You are your own best champion.
Next I went to a creative writing class. It was much smaller and casual. We chatted about storytelling techniques, and finding ones own voice.
I had a small break until the screening, so my host Deborah showed me around Bethlehem. I’m from Pennsylvania, and love the old steel towns. Bethlehem is much cuter than I imagined. The reuse of the steel furnaces into art spaces is fantastic. I had dinner at the haunted Bethlehem Hotel, and wandered around town for a bit.
As evening set in, the screening began. We had a nice turn out, both faculty and students, followed by a lively Q&A. I made some potentially valuable contacts for my next film as well.
Thank you to Deborah and everyone I met at Lehigh! You all were such amazing hosts, I look forward to returning in the future!
Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Jessica Vale.