February 21, 2017 | HILLEMAN: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children | Waynesboro, VA
The arts community that has convened to restore the Wayne Theater in Waynesboro, VA is impressive. Not only have they lovingly and impeccably brought this historic building back to life, but by doing so it seems they have revived a local passion in the arts. It’s a Tuesday evening and I’m taken by the shear number of volunteers helping in the lobby. The people I meet and the conviction with which they carry out their well-defined roles, from grant writers to administrators to technical personnel to volunteers, are impressive, all engaged and all seeking to make each event the best it can be.
I must admit, the turnout for our film is a little disappointing, but right before the movie begins a gaggle of people file in and find their seats: it’s the volunteers. This intimate crowd proceeds to laugh, or gasp, or fall silent at all the right times. When the credits finally roll the questions are many and the discussion lively. It’s fun and engaging and from a filmmaker’s point of view it couldn’t be better. I’d rather have the film resonate with a small crowd than fall flat in a packed house. And as we wind the evening down someone says, “Next time we’ll do things differently and get more people here.” I think to myself, you’re doing just fine, Waynesboro. A few more volunteers and you’ll have a packed house!
Post provided by On Screen/In Person touring filmmaker, Donald Mitchell