Documentary Screenings

Co-producer Stu Lisson (left), actor Brian Rohan (center) and co-producer Francis DiClemente (right)

I’m excited to announce that this weekend we are screening our work-in-progress documentary The Real Bedford Falls: It’s a Wonderful Life, presented by Honest Engine Films. The first showing is at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Trinity Church in Seneca Falls as part of the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival. The second screening is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the MOST Museum in Syracuse.

Drone image of Seneca Falls. Photo by Chase Guttman.

The film explores the connections between Seneca Falls, New York and Bedford Falls — the setting of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. The documentary examines small town life in Seneca Falls, captures the excitement of the annual It’s a Wonderful Life Festival and celebrates the enduring themes of the Frank Capra classic. It features actors Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu Bailey) and Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy Bailey), film critic Leonard Maltin, Syracuse University professor of popular culture Robert Thompson, film historian Jeanine Basinger and Monica Capra Hodges, granddaughter of director Frank Capra. Former NBC Today show correspondent Bob Dotson serves as narrator. Here’s a short clip from the film.

 

 

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Late Summer Melange

It’s been a busy summer at work, as I’ve been shooting and editing Syracuse University-related video projects. Last week, a colleague and I traveled to Washington, DC and Baltimore to conduct interviews in the District and in Charm City. Here are a couple of iPhone photos I took outside our hotel in downtown Baltimore, across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD

Brooks Robinson statue, Baltimore, MD

Brooks Robinson statue, Baltimore, MD

I also wanted to point out that I had a couple of essays published online this week. The first was about an episode of low potassium and periodic paralysis I suffered while living in Toledo, Ohio, in the 1990s. The piece was published on the Be Yourself blog at Medium. It’s entitled Pursuit of Gratitude. And here’s a photo of the medication I now need to take twice a day to compensate for my condition of hypokalemia (low potassium).

Potassium effervescent medication

Potassium effervescent medication

And lastly, an essay about my mother’s love of the 1965 movie musical The Sound of Music was published by The Millions. The story is called Comfort Objects.

Thanks for listening to my ramblings and for reading my stories. Enjoy the rest of the warm summer weather before the cold air takes over (at least here in central New York).

 

 

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Poetry Pals

I can’t seem to get enough of writer Charles Bukowski these days.

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

I recently finished reading his novel Hollywood, a fictionalized account about Bukowski’s experience writing the screenplay for the movie Barfly.

I then ran out to the library and checked out two poetry books by Bukowski—The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain: New Poems and Come On In!: New Poems.

I don’t even read much poetry but I felt I needed more Bukowski books in the house, like I wanted to keep my friend around for a while. Bukowski seems less like a deceased author and more like a buddy spending his vacation with me. When I’m engrossed in a Bukowski work, I often picture him sitting in my living room and reading aloud from his book while taking sips of beer from a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon or Miller High Life.

Anyway, that’s just a fleeting image. The writing speaks for itself. And I’ve only read up to page 57 in The Flash of Lightning, but here’s a poem I found worthy of sharing. I hope you enjoy it too.

Born Again

this special place of ourselves
sometimes explodes in our
faces.
I got a flat on the freeway yesterday,
changed the right rear wheel on the
shoulder,
the big rigs storming by,
slamming the sky
against my head and
body.
it felt like I was clinging to the
edge of the earth,
30 minutes late for the first
post.

but strangely, something
about the experience
was very much like emerging reluctantly
a second time
from my
mother’s womb.

Bukowski, Charles. The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain: New Poems. New York: Ecco (An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), 2004.

I also ran across an old interview with Bukowski in the New York Times in which he discusses his style of writing and being a lucky late bloomer.

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