On Tour: Germantown, MD

24 Nov

November 22, 2015 | Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos | Germantown, MD

The big finale for the On Screen In Person program was the high point for me. Not because of anything the other great sites didn’t do, but because this was the closest screening to home. Lots of friends came, but more importantly, Miriam and her son Bill came!

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Bill has been so dedicated to the project over the nearly five years since we started working on it. He helped find the support for the film as we cobbled it together, connected me with great interview subjects, made Miriam’s work and archives available, and generally was a great partner as the documentary went through its ups and downs, as every independent film does.

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Krista Bradley and the rest of the BlackRock team did such a nice job setting up the screening and being gracious hosts for us. Because they were so close, Anne Burton, BlackRock’s Gallery Director, came to Bill’s house to take up some of Miriam’s artwork to display in the screening room, including the painting that appears in the title sequence.

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Miriam was a trooper to show up, as she just turned 92 earlier in November. Because of her age, it was hard for her to hear all the questions, but she answered everything as best as she could until she ended it all by telling everyone that she was ready to go home. Miriam never holds back!

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I’m honored to have been a part of this year’s On Screen In Person program. To travel across seven states over a few weeks has been a whirlwind. The miles I’ve covered are equivalent to driving from Washington, DC to Steamboat Springs, Colorado! But it’s given me lots of quality time to reflect on my good fortune in being a storyteller that has a great story to tell. So thanks to everyone for making this a trip to remember!

Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Jonathan Gruber.

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