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On Tour: Homecoming in New Brunswick, NJ

18 Apr

The BLAST! screening at Rutgers was a homecoming of sorts. I grew up nearby and some of my childhood buddies showed up. Problem was they were unfamiliar with the Busch Campus. So Jim Wood volunteered to be a human billboard and direct traffic to the screening. Perfect man for job! Jim is the star of my upcoming movie The Front Man  a romantic musicomedy about what it means to pursue your art in a society where anything short of celebrity is failure.

Jim Wood-The Front Man

Speaking of celebrity, local musician Jigs Giglio, also made an appearance. He’s one of the stars of my first documentary Rockin’ Brunswick.  I’ve known both Jigs and Jim since kindergarten. I guess, if I know you long enough, you end up in one of my movies.

Professor Thomas Devlin

My father, Thomas Devlin, was a physics professor at Rutgers for 40 years before he retired to Philadelphia to work in astrophysics with my brother Mark at University of Pennsylvania. He was in charge of the renovation that doubled the size of the Serin Physics building where the movie played.

Mark & Paul Devlin

Both my father and my brother Mark, who stars in the movie, joined us for the screening. Saved my butt with this crowd, because Mark was able to field all the science questions. There were quite a few youngsters in the audience. It is always gratifying to know that BLAST! is inspiring budding scientists. One science teacher in the audience suggested that BLAST! should be showing in every high school in the country – sounds good to me!

Future scientists

Afterwards, a bunch of us met up at The Old Bay Restaurant downtown for a very festive dinner. Great to be back in New Brunswick!

Post by OSIP touring filmmaker Paul Devlin

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On Tour: Fambul Tok at Rutgers

6 Mar

March 2 – Rutgers University, Newark.

It’s a cold, rainy night in gritty Newark, but a good group turns out for the Fambul Tok screening, which is being shown as part of the Women’s History Month Film Festival.

On this trip, I’m loving the way that the post-screening conversation is guided by the interests of people in the audience. Some questions that pop out first in one place never even surface in another. Acts of forgiveness that seems impossible to some individuals make perfect sense to others.

At this screening, the Q and A is moderated by Dosso Kassimou, the president of Newark’s African Commission, and an immigrant from the Ivory Coast. He embraces Fambul Tok’s message of using cultural traditions of resolving conflict as something familiar – a practice that has deep roots across the African continent, though it takes different shapes according to country and culture. It’s an idea that seems to resonate with this audience, an acknowledgment that people so often do have answers to their own problems – solutions that can be far more effective than the tools that outsiders bring.

We talk a bit about the South African word, ubuntu. It translates in a variety of ways, but the one I love most is, “Because you are, I am.” It’s a sensibility that underlies this distinctly African love of, and commitment to, community, the understanding that my being depends on your being, and vice versa, the idea that without each other, we cannot be complete.

Tonight, this is the idea that stays with me as I walk back to the hotel in the rain. I have a lot on my mind, and am wrestling with many things. I want to live this idea of ubuntu more fully.

Post by Sara Terry, OSIP touring filmmaker

Rutgers Article on Money Matters

10 Feb

The Daily Targum recently published an article on Money Matters and Ryan Richmond’s visit to the Douglass Campus Center.

Read it here.


On Tour: Ryan Richmond Visits Rutgers New Brunswick

6 Feb

Next up on tour is Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Here we have students and a city, my kind of atmosphere. Jersey looks the same no matter what city you go. I’ve never been here before but it feels like I have.

I link up with my hosts for dinner and we have a great conversation about the climate of Rutgers, the Latino and African American communities here and of course how good the film is. I had to throw that in there… No, but we did talk about how “Money Matters” story was true to many races and people across the board. And, that it makes a strong conversational piece for education. [I’m really pitching here educators. Call me.]

Through the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Carlos Fernandez arranged a great screening. When I introduced the film I saw a couple students take out note pads. I’m thinking, we are about to get busy up in here. After the screening, the students seemed to have appreciated the film. Again, the guys were more vocal than the girls. I couldn’t tell if the girls were stunned from what they had seen or what. They waited to say something to me after the talk back, just like the past screening. I’m starting to notice a pattern.

It was a pretty lengthy discussion overall. The students stuck around quite some time to get all their thoughts out. The students and the coordinator were so consumed by the characters and captured by the story, it made me think ‘wow maybe the film is OK’.

It was an enriching experience here at Rutgers. Now, off to the next location but not before the Super Bowl. Go G-men!!!

Sorry no pics. It was Jersey… Joking. Next location.

Post by Ryan Richmond, OSIP touring filmmaker.

On Tour: In Good Time Heads to New Jersey

8 Nov

After leaving Allentown High School I was off driving to Newark, NJ and a screening that night at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Ronaldo Hertz, Associate Director Office of University-Community Partnerships, Rutgers-Newark is a man with a calm demeanor and is a well organized dynamo of energy. He and Diane Hill have a great program integrating their student staff fully into the presentation process. They had planned quite an evening. It started at 6PM with tours of the Institute of Jazz Studies at on campus, just across the courtyard from the Paul Robeson Center where the screening was held.

Next at 6:30PM Leo Johnson a local long time jazz sax player played an hour long set with a piano player and 15 year old bass player. The Robeson Center function room was set up like a jazz club with tables and chairs. There was a buffet that disappeared pretty quickly. At 7:30PM Cephas Bowles, CEO, WBGO-FM, and the evening’s co-sponsor spoke to the crowd,. WBGO had given a big promotion to the screening. Dan Morganstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, spoke next about Marian McPartland. This part of the program ended with Michael Bourne a WBGO DJ interviewing me about the film. At 8PM In Good Time was screened. The 130 people enjoyed the film and I had a chance to speak with many afterwards.

Saturday morning I gave a presentation at Newark Reads, a gathering for youth sponsored by area organizations in partnership with Office of University-Community Partnerships. In one of my presentations I met a very curious 5th grader named Derek, we had a great discussion about filmmaking and learning in general. An art teacher left intrigued by how I use animation with students. I gave him a few hints on how to get started. I hope he tries it with his students.

Oh, you can rest assured that Newark is a safe city. A half block from my hotel in Military Park I saw the Gotham Police Department in action.

It really was filming for the new Batman movie. It was interesting to see the Newark Police Department keeping the crowd of onlookers at bay while Gotham’s finest ran down a subway entrance arriving by Gotham police cars and even the Gotham SWAT team was there.

But Batman was nowhere to be seen. I guess he was resting in his trailer.

Post by Huey, OSIP Touring Filmmaker

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