Filmmakers, mentors, and friends, Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson of Philomath Films, just finished the production stage of their feature length documentary film, currently titled “Still Dreaming”. I had the great fortune to join them at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ for the final two weeks of rehearsal and the grand performance of Shakespeare’s, Midsummer Night’s Dream. Being there with them and the “retired” performers was amazing on many levels.
One underlying question of the documentary, “What is the role and value of creativity and the creative process throughout life? ”
A group of thirteen residents from the home, varied in age and health challenges, all overcame obstacles, to come together and find and tell the story of Midsummer Night’s Dream. The documentary and the play, brought a life and energy into lives that have in some cases, slowed down. It was quite a change of pace from routine retirement home activity, to be “on stage” again. And, it was a change of pace for me, to spend time with a community of elders, and filmmakers.
I was instantly engaged, moved, and inspired by this group of people.
And, yes, this process is going to be a documentary film, one that I know I will watch over and over again.
The fabulous, tireless husband/ wife documentary team, Hank and Jilann:
To keep up to date on the production of the film, head over to Facebook and join the “Still Dreaming” fan club, by clicking HERE.
To hang out with Hank and Jilann, as teachers and guides who are committed to helping others make their documentary films, visit DocuMentors