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March 31, 2006

We walked around today in NYC! Great weather

What a great article!



Sacramento tomorrow! Please come and watch Room 335!

March 30, 2006

Lunch with Jonah

Keep the emails going to Bill and the gang—they’re amazing. I talked to Tammy yesterday and she had some new jokes. Provocative (of course) and very funny.

We are going to be in Providence a week from Friday! The film will be playing in Sacramento this weekend so please go! It is being called the MUST SEE of the festival:

Malibu a week from this Saturday…

So a small summary on this past week in Phoenix (for me) and Cali (for Jonah).
It all starts on Friday night…Dorris, a wonderful Phoenix Film Festival volunteer, picks me up. My plane is late but Dorris is on top of things: she called Continental earlier and is right on time. She is a senior citizen (although doesn’t look it) so I am thinking people are going to assume I hired her. The film is about the elderly and here I am rolling around with my senior citizen entourage. Just like most of Phoenix, Dorris is way too nice and also incredibly smart. Over the next two days we bond quite a bit. We do lunch, spend some time at her renovated house, and gossip about the rapid development of Phoenix. I am dropped off in front of a beautiful hotel. I quickly take of my sweater; its 70 degrees and almost midnight. I pass out once I hit the bed.

Saturday morning comes and goes quickly. I get the chance to meet up with a very old friend and we hang out with Eric Matthews from Boy Meets World. Nice guy, talented actor. The films at Phoenix are incredible. By Friday night I only had the chance to see a couple but they are really original and very entertaining. Our screening goes very well even though it is early on Friday morning. Saturday night I get a chance to call Jonah who is in San Fernando with an international film festival. I later find out that Jonah has lunch that afternoon next to Steven Spielberg. But in a classic Jonah moment, and part of this incredibly anti-climactic story, the J-man doesn’t find out until afterwards that he was sitting next to this God of filmmaking. Jonah may be good at filming senior citizens but he can’t say hi to Spielberg when he eats a hamburger next to him for two hours.

Saturday and Sunday went so well I have to call Tammy and let her know. Two screenings and two standing ovations. I continue to wonder if I shouldn’t be living on the west coast; everyone is so sincerely nice. Not to mention, Phoenix treats its filmmakers better than any film festival in the world (not that I am an expert but I don’t know how it could get much better). They pay for everything, know everyone by name, and run a tight shift. I didn’t know it was even possible to run festival with this sort of success.

Sunday night I get a call from Jonah who informs me that we have won the San Fernando Int’l Film Festival for Best Documentary! Wow! After I get off the phone I go back to the awards ceremony under the tent. Phoenix has already announced the winners of Best Documentary and Audience Award. Unfortunately Room 335 is not a winner. But then, just as I get ready to head off for some much needed sleep, the festival directors get in front of the microphone to announce Best Film. The winner of the festival is…Room 335! It’s weird to actually win a festival and when I go up to the front of the stage I am nervous, almost embarrassed. I look at the trophy and know this will make Bill very happy. I am shipping this right to him. It’s going to look great on his desk.

March 27, 2006

Well that was a great day--WINNERS!

Phoenix Film Festival has been really incredible. Everyone here has been so nice, and the films have been great. I am very happy to report that Room 335 has won BEST FEATURE! Quite an honor with so many other amazing movies.

So that is very exciting. I am exhausted but tomorrow I will certainly give more details.

We also won the San Fernando Int'l Film Fest tonight. Jonah had the chance to go. It is all very exciting.

Getting some sleep--thanks again to everyone and don't forget to send a note to Bill, Tammy, and the whole gang. More tomorrow!

March 24, 2006

Dry Land

When you say hi to someone in NYC they look at you like your crazy. Hi? Hi, what? In Phoenix you can't walk a few steps without running into smiling faces. Perhaps it is the weather, maybe the festival which has taken over the city... It is incredible how nice everyone is and how well the festival treats its filmmakers. The film played today in the morning and the turn out wasn't bad. I mean a Friday at 9:30AM? Who would come? Well, people were there--with popcorn and everything. Saturday and Sunday we have some great screening times (3:15 and 5:45) so I will report back soon.

And keep emailing Bill!!

As I write this, Jonah is in San Fernando, California presenting the film to (hopefully) a packed audience. Wish him luck since he gets nervous in front of large crowds....

March 22, 2006

Poems and Jonah's trip to California

Hello all!!

Anyone in Phoneix the next few days? If so, the film is playing at all different times and different days. So if you're a monring person, afternoon person, night person, it's all covered. I hope to see you there.

Phoneix Film Festival

Theater 4 at 9:30 Friday
Theater 2 at 3:30 Saturday
Theater 6 at 5:45 Sunday

Meanwhile, San Fernando International will be showing the film at their festival. We have been nominated for Best Documentary! Jonah will be there for the weekend, including the Friday night screening at 8PM!

Great read:

SOME GREAT WORDS OF WISDOM FROM LISA MORISON - well worth a read and reflection.

When an old lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near
Dundee, Scotland, it was believed that she had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through her meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that
copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Ireland. The old lady’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the North Ireland Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on her simple, but eloquent, poem. And this little old Scottish lady, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this “anonymous” poem winging across the Internet:

Crabby Old Woman

What do you see, nurses?
What do you see?
What are you thinking
When you’re looking at me?

A crabby old woman,
Not very wise,
Uncertain of habit,
With faraway eyes?

Who dribbles her food
And makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice,
“I do wish you’d try!”

Who seems not to notice
The things that you do,
And forever is losing
A stocking or shoe?

Who, resisting or not,
Lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding,
The long day to fill?

Is that what you’re thinking?
Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse,
You’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am
As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding,
As I eat at your will.

I’m a small child of ten
With a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters,
Who love one another.

A young girl of sixteen
With wings on her feet
Dreaming that soon now
A lover she’ll meet.

A bride soon at twenty,
My heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows
That I promised to keep

At twenty-five now,
I have young of my own,
Who need me to guide
And a secure happy home.

A woman of thirty,
My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other
With ties that should last.

At forty, my young sons
Have grown and are gone,
But my man’s beside me
To see I don’t mourn.

At fifty once more,
Babies play round my knee,
Again we know children,
My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me,
My husband is dead,
I look at the future,
I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing
Young of their own,
And I think of the years
And the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old woman
And nature is cruel;
‘Tis jest to make old age
Look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles,
Grace and vigour depart,
There is now a stone
Where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass
A young girl still dwells,
And now and again,
My battered heart swells.

I remember the joys,
I remember the pain,
And I’m loving and living
Life over again.

I think of the years
All too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact
That nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people,
Open and see,
Not a crabby old woman;
Look closer . . . see ME!!

March 20, 2006

Who is a better driver: an old man or a young dude?

Sarasota Film Festival is coming up! Their schedule is on the website.

BUT FIRST: This weekend I will be in Phoneix and Jonah will be in San Fernando so come out and enjoy the film with us--also we just got into the Ivy League Film Festival for all of those who live in Providence. That's in about a month...

Now the good stuff:

About 1 of 6 celebrating National Singles Week were 65 years of age or older. Did you even know there was a national singles week?

22% of Americans 65 or older go online. In fact 35 million Americans consistently go on the internet (one of the most regular visitors to this blog is JJ, my grandmother, dialing up from Switzerland).

Most incredible: Teenagers are statistically worse drivers than senior citizens. Now in our defense, Tammy knows just as well as anyone that her being off the road is a good thing.

I am sure Bill would disagree.

March 13, 2006


Thank you to San Jose.

Last night "Andrew Jenks, Room 335" won the Audience Award for Best Documentary.

It is really an honor. CINEQUEST is a top film festival in the US. For all those who voted thanks so much!!

March 11, 2006

News from Sacremento

Room 335 has been nominated for Best Documentary at the Sacremento Int'l FIlm Festival.
It has also been nominated for Best Editing!

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March 09, 2006

Who Lives in Palm Beach?

We are thrilled to announce that we have been invited to the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Join us April 20-28!

We will be in Phoneix in two weeks and that same weekend we will also be in San Fernando Valley.

We're going to get some cool things up in the next couple of weeks. And as Bill says, "Just hang out. As long as you ain't scared of anybody you just do it that way".

March 08, 2006

Who Lives in Malibu?

Malibu International Film Festival is April 7-10 and Room 335 is lucky enough to be an official selection!! Hopefully we can make it out there since California has been very nice to us so far.

Thanks again to all of those who have been emailing and helping us out through this wild process. It has been very exciting. And keep contacting Bill, Tammy and the entire gang!!

March 07, 2006


San Jose was wonderful. We packed out two screenings and met some incredible people. Today we were informed that a woman and her children, after watching the film, signed up to volunteer at their local assisted living facility. Now that is so cool.

Adopt a Grandparent is a great organization and one that can help youngsters like me visit places like Harobr Place.

More soon.

March 04, 2006

San Jose and other Stuff

Friday March 24 at 8pm San Fernando Valley
Friday March 24 at 9:30AM Phoneix
Saturday March 25 at 3:15PM Phoneix
Sunday March 26 at at 5:45 PM Phoneix
Saturday April 1 at 4:05PM Sacremento
March 31-April 7 Sarasota

More dates and screenings on the way. We'll keep you posted.

We're in San Jose today and tomorrow. Today at 12 and tomorrow at 3:30 at Cinema 12!

We can hopefully soon report some exciting news.