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On Tour: Rehoboth Beach, DE

25 Apr

April 20th, 2013  |  What We Need is the Impossible!  |  Rehoboth Beach, DE

I was a little worried when I pulled up to the venue for my screening with the Rehoboth Beach Film Society. It was a huge multiplex, and my movies weren’t anywhere on the marquis!

photo-52_Building Front

I stood around in the lobby for a few minutes, waiting for someone to meet me, before I noticed a little doorway hidden off to the side with a sign above it that said “film screening upstairs.” I figured that was me, and went up there:

photo-53_Door Upstairs

photo-55_Screening Room

It was quite a weird space but there was something quite pleasing about it – it had good feng shui as they say. Sue Early was up there selling tickets; she’s the director of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society. I pulled out my camera to take a picture of her and she said “argh – I take horrible photos!” I disagree; I like this image:

photo-54_Sue Early

I had been worried about the turnout, but it ended up being a (little) full house. The Rehoboth Beach Film Society sounds like a pretty impressive organization; Sue said they have 1,600 paying members. Anyway, the screening was great. The crowd was mostly senior citizens, which I like. Older people are usually way more engaged with films and the filmmaker after. I had worried that some of the more youth-oriented films, like The Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie for example would be too weird for them, but they seemed to like it. So it was a fun Q and A.

photo-56_Audience

I was starving afterwards, and someone told me that Dogfish Brewery started in Rehoboth Beach and that the original brewpub would still be open. This is definitely not any kind of paid endorsement here. I do have to say though that I’m a fan of Dogfish and had a pretty fantastic beer and meal there later that evening.

photo-57_Dogfish

Post by OSIP Touring Filmmaker, Sam Green

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On Tour: Abel Raises Cain in Rehoboth Beach

13 Mar

March 9th, 2013  |  ABEL RAISES CAIN  |  Rehoboth Beach, DE

We divided our journey to Rehoboth Beach, DE into two parts and stopped halfway in Old Town Manassas, VA. Staying at the Manassas Junction B&B was a treat for all of us, including Cecil, who befriended resident dog, Maggie, a real flirt. The sun was setting as I went out to the car to retrieve some of our stuff. I experienced a magic hour moment enhanced by dramatic sounds. The wind was howling, a passing train was blaring its horn, and the wind chimes on the porch were clattering wildly. The cacophony was deafening yet blissful in a strange way.

An unusual bug that we saw in our room in Oswego must have followed us all the way to Virginia. I’m not sure if he hopped a ride in our suitcase or what. But there he was, again, in our room in Manassas. I guess the Western Conifer Tree Bug is the unofficial ‘On Screen In Person’ tour mascot. The following morning, we left the back of the minivan open again in our haste to outrun an approaching St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Kilt-adorned rows of bagpipe playing men marched in our direction and if we didn’t leave at precisely that moment, we would have gotten stuck there. Which wouldn’t have necessarily been a bad thing, since the B&B was a delightful place to stay. But we DID have a screening that night to get to!

It’s tortuous driving by so many thrift stores and not having time to stop and take a look around. It’s not like we have room to put anything in the car anyway, even if I scored something really great. So it’s just as well. I guess I was born to be a collector. I don’t know if it’s a hoarding tendency I’ve inherited, but I appreciate old things. Our film would not have been a reality had my parents not collected all of their memorabilia over the years. So I respect the process of saving, reusing and repurposing – bringing new life to things that might have just sat in a dusty attic going unnoticed otherwise.

Luckily our drive is no longer than a few hours. Crossing the Delaware border, the farmland is lush and it’s such an amazing contrast from the snow-covered mountains we witnessed the day before. We pulled into Rehoboth Beach and found ourselves amidst a tourist’s delight with beckoning billboards: “Hooters – Kids eat free on Tuesdays” and “Crabby Dick’s – Slurp ’em down – best mussels in town!” No thanks to either of those. Or we could shop at Candy Kitchen, a dazzling behemoth of a place that might be more aptly renamed Diabetes Land. Every single kind of colorful candy displayed that you could possibly ever imagine is there, putting poor Willy Wonka’s enterprise to shame.

Continuing along the coastal highway, we passed a sign-spinning guy on the side of the road who looked like Napoleon Dynamite. Jeff suggested that we pay him some cash and ask him to advertise ABEL RAISES CAIN. Like maybe he could stick one of our posters on his arrow and do some tricks with it. It was a short-lived fantasy that was interrupted by our sighting of the giant multiplex, ‘The Movies at Midway.’ My dad said there must be some mistake. This couldn’t be the place we’re screening because our movie was not advertised on the outdoor marquis!

The screening that night was probably one of the best audience reactions we’ve had so far on the tour. Jeff and I wondered if laughing gas had accidentally been piped into the theatre through the air duct system. Everyone was over 50 and it was really interesting to witness the audience collectively getting so many of the references in the film that often go over college kids’ heads. Young people in their 20’s were too young to know Jenny Jones or Phil Donahue. They weren’t even born yet! The uproarious laughter I fantasized about a few evenings before came true in Rehoboth Beach. It was an incredible evening and fun was had by all.

Jenny-Rehoboth

Photo: Film subject, Alan Abel, and wife, Jeanne 

Of course daylight savings happened, so one more hour out the window for a constantly tardy group. We really need more sleep! I don’t know how bands do it – playing a gig every night and traveling during the day. It is really hard. Our schedule isn’t even that grueling, but it takes a toll on all of us. After breakfast the following day, we took a relaxed stroll on the boardwalk. Our dog got his ya-ya’s out meeting a parade of other dogs and galloping along the beach at breakneck speed. It was a gorgeous afternoon and a neat way to end our visit to Rehoboth Beach.

 

Post by OSIP Touring Filmmaker, Jenny Abel.

On Tour: Rehoboth Beach Film Society

25 Feb

While it is at first disconcerting to be showing an indie documentary in a private second floor screening room of an eight screen multiplex movie theater on a Saturday night, it becomes very logical and comfortable soon enough. The Rehoboth Beach Film Society has a strong membership and an active following composed of year-round residents of this tasteful and classy resort town of Delaware. The organization’s director Sue Early, also involved in their annual film festival where Cafeteria Man was screened a year and a half ago, hosted the screening and introduced me to a gathering of about 30 devoted audience members. They were about 50-65 years old and highly educated types and almost all knew each other.

The aftermath discussion was vibrant. Whether still working or retired, these folks were incredibly insightful and progressive citizens who care deeply about improving the town they live in.  They loved the film and wanted to share it with others, including the local school board, in hopes of getting their community activated in school food reform efforts.

It was a warm and affectionate reception with much humor and mutual appreciation. I don’t think I’ve ever been so verbally thanked for making Cafeteria Man. They really “got” the message and some were particularly moved by the children in the film who can be seen in moments of epiphany around food awareness. One person remarked: “I think we all need to be a little like Tony Geraci in whatever we do.” To that I say “Amen!”

Being present at a screening of a film that one has made has a powerful effect. It closes a feedback loop and informs the maker of the impact and efficacy of the project. Nothing could be more gratifying than to see the end product consumed, appreciated and understood. And the occasional glimpse of the film’s ability to encourage or provoke activism is a huge bonus.

It is a privilege to be able to participate in these conversations about making the world a better place.

On Tour: The audience in Rehoboth Beach

26 Sep

Near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

The crowd at our latest stop is quite a contrast from the mostly 20-somethings at our last screening at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.  I have driven about two hours down to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Now,  I am the youngest person in the room. And at 47-years old, that’s saying something.

Being around people who are in the second half of life makes me feel very comfortable.  And our screening of Gen Silent evoked a lot of personal life experiences shared among audience members during an unusually in-depth conversation after the film.

While the rest of town seemed to be watching big Hollywood blockbusters downstairs,  Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Greg Jones secretly had the hottest ticket in the house.  He filled the space upstairs reserved just for us.

Greg Jones, Rehoboth Beach Film Society 

It’s been a very interesting  to screen in the very state and very county where my ancestors arrived in the 1680’s.

The picturesque town of Lewes is next door to Rehoboth Beach.

So, earlier in the day we went to the historic town of Lewes for… Mexican.

 Quality time with organizers is really valued by this filmmaker

 Cannonballs shot from ships hundreds of years ago are still stuck in the foundations of homes.

Tomorrow it’s back to talking to students. This time at the University of Richmond in Virginia.  I wish I could get these two generations together at screenings. They could learn so much from each other.

 Film Society Volunteers

Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Stu Maddux.

On Tour: Paul Devlin bids the tour farewell in Rehoboth Beach, DE

26 Apr

Executive Director of the Rehoboth Film Society, Sue Early, was concerned about the BLAST! screening in Rehoboth, Delaware. There were only 5 tickets sold in advance. The event was at a huge multiplex, Movies at Midway, so my wife Emily and I were concerned as well – How could we compete with these blockbuster Hollywood movies?

Movies at Midway


But the Film Society has its own screening room in the building, and a very dedicated membership. The final BLAST! show of the tour had a great turnout! Since it was our last chance, Emily and I came back to watch the back half of the movie with the audience. It was very gratifying to hear their very vocal reactions, gasping and laughing in all the right places.

Nice turnout for the screening


As always, the discussion afterward was active, intelligent and fun. Sue had arranged for Douglas Miller, Associate Professor University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, to join me upfront. I fielded the science questions as best I could, then handed more detailed follow-up over to Doug. The audience had a wide range of interests, from how the science team used other astronomical observations in their data analysis, to the techniques I employed to heighten the drama of the narrative.


I am so thankful to the audiences who joined us on this tour. It was fun to meet them face-to-face and to serve them by engaging their interests directly. They inspired me with their enthusiasm and energized me with their kind, encouraging words about my work.


Thanks to the National Endowments for the Arts for making these touring programs possible with their funding, and to the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, especially Ann Turiano and Brigid Myers, for the hard work making sure all the logistics ran smoothly. I will be encouraging my filmmaking colleagues to participate and look forward to seeing the program spread and grow, both in the quality and number of the films and the development of the audiences.

On the ferry from Delaware

Post by Paul Devlin, OSIP touring filmmaker

Thanks for joining us for the tour, Paul (and Emily)! We’re delighted that audiences across the mid-Atlantic could experience BLAST!

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On Tour: Money Matters bids OSIP farewell in Rehoboth Beach, DE

15 Feb

My last stop is Delaware State University, set up through The Rehoboth Beach Film Society. The cherry on top gets to be a historically black university. This is a great way to wrap up the tour.  This is my first time here. It’s a nice big campus. We got a combination of two classes to attend on a Saturday. Not an easy task to get students to show on Saturday folks.

At the discussion, the exact opposite happen then most of the tour. The female students had a lot to say here. They really dove in with questions. Surprisingly, a lot of the discussion revolved around filmmaking. A couple students shared their interest in going to graduate film school. One girl is currently writing a feature script. It was fun sharing my experiences with kids you knew it was going to affect immediately. I hope the event inspired someone there besides me.

Before leaving DSU I was inspired by talking with Emmy winning Filmmaker Olaniyi Areke. A retired network executive who is partially responsible for bringing me to the university spoke to me in length about his distribution company and projects. I was able to pick his brain and walked away with a few nuggets to prep me for my next chapter in LA.

Well that is the end to a wonderful tour. I had an amazing time. Meet some great people and had interesting conversations across the Mid-Atlantic. I would like to thank the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Ann, Brigid, all the host sites and contact people for making this ride one I will never forget. Please keep up with the film through it’s website, twitter and facebook (below). Until next time, happy trails.

www.moneymattersmovie.com

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Post by Ryan Richmond, OSIP touring filmmaker. We’re so glad you could join us on the tour, Ryan! Do us proud in LA.

On Tour: In Good Time makes its final stop at the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

21 Nov

Driving over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is quite an experience especially on a windy day with the bay below full of white caps. After driving on the bridge high in the air above water it was a contrast to drive across the coastal plain and flat farmlands of Delaware.

Arriving in Rehoboth Beach I had a lay over day so that night I could take in some movies at my host site the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. Joe Bilancio, Festival program director, is a man with a smile and a ‘how can I help you?’ manner. The Festival was abuzz with excitement. The movie goers were plentiful and their talk was all about film. When I got my schedule and read that I had a 10:30AM screening on Saturday morning I was skeptical on who would show up. So it was a pleasant surprise to find a near full house and my biggest audience of the tour. The Q&A was filled with many questions from the knowledgeable audience. After the screening many lined up as I signed DVDs.

Inside the tent at the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival

The screening was followed by a panel discussion hosted by Ric Edevane from the Delaware Independent Filmmakers. Filmmakers Allison Bagnell and James Diehl were my co-panelists. Again a knowledgeable crowd. How many audiences discuss the editing of the film. Afterwards I got to relax with family who live in the area and came to the show. Later I watched more movies and finally back to the motel room to pack for my trip back home to Maine.

This tour exceeded my expectations. In Good Time played well to all the audiences. As always, I enjoyed meeting the folks who came to the screenings and hearing their connections to Marian and their love of jazz and film. In Frederick, MD there was a 92 year old gentlemen who was a jazz player and from Portland, ME. He sang a verse of the Muskrat Ramble for us all.

Thanks to all who came to the screening and to all the presenters. Lastly, and not the least, thanks to Ann, Brigid and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for sponsoring On Screen/In Person. I wish good luck to the remaining filmmakers on the tour and I hope OSIP continues onto another year bringing independent film to audiences.

Peace, Huey

Thanks for participating in the tour, Huey!  We’re so glad you could join us.

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