On Tour: Bethlehem, PA

24 Nov

November 15, 2015 | Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos | Bethlehem, PA

A Sunday drive up I-95 was much more successful today. I’ve never been to Bethlehem, but I do have some memories of nearby Allentown—I did an interview at the Masonic Hall for a History Channel show, and I also once brought home a live lobster from a restaurant. The sign said, “Lobster—any way you like it.” So my college roommate and I thought it would be great to take Lucifer—our name for him—home as a pet. He didn’t last long in the hotel.

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I pulled onto the Lehigh University campus just before sunset and was struck by the Alumni Memorial Building in the fading light. 2015 is Lehigh’s sesquicentennial—I don’t get to use that word very often. I was taken to dinner by Deborah Sacarakis, who was part of the selection committee for the film. She invited some interesting folks, including an art professor named Berrisford Boothe.

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The Zoellner Center for the Arts is a modern multi-purpose building whose theatre was a great space for the film. A small but enthusiastic crowd was enthralled with Miriam and her work. It’s always a wonder to me how visual artists of significant success like Miriam still toil in the shadows. Makes being a documentary filmmaker look like a breeze!

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Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Jonathan Gruber.

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