A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Take the kids to Old Sturbridge Village in January, they get free admission. Of course, you do have to take them home.

Old Sturbridge Village is one of my most vivid childhood memories. We came out from Eastern Mass in summer. When I supposedly grew up, we moved with kids to just north of OSV. I've been there in all kinds of weather and I would hate to live far away even though I don't go as often as I'd wish. Part of that is my kid's fault. They have grown too fast and those still here, chafe to move on.

Those of you who have youngsters who have not lost a sense of wonder should take them to Old Sturbridge Village in January. Why? Read Below.

Kids Free at Old Sturbridge Village in January

Free admission for children through Jan. 30;

Includes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and “Fire & Ice” celebrations

Old Sturbridge Village is celebrating the new year with a special thank-you gift for visitors: free admission for children in January – (a $7 value per child). From Jan. 1 -30, all kids under 17 get free admission to the Village when accompanied by an adult (the offer does not apply to educational groups of 10 or more).

The “Kids Free at OSV” offer applies for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Jan. 18 and the museum’s popular Fire & Ice celebration on Jan. 30, when historians demonstrate vintage ice harvesting. Visitors can try their hands at cutting ice on the Village’s frozen mill pond using old-time ice saws. Other winter activities offered at Old Sturbridge Village include ice skating (bring your own skates), sledding on 1830s-style sleds, and weekend sleigh rides (snow permitting).

After enjoying the museum’s outdoor winter activities, visitors can warm up indoors by one of the Village’s many cozy fireplaces and take part in hands-on crafts and activities. Children can also spend time “pretending” in OSV’s popular “KidStory” indoor play area.

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates early New England life from 1790-1840. OSV is open year-round, but hours of operation change seasonally. In winter, the Village is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and on all Monday holidays, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents Day. It is also open daily for School Vacation Week Feb. 13-21. Admission: $20; seniors $18; children 3-17, $7; children under 3, free. Admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. OSV members receive free daytime admission all year long. For details, visit www.osv.org or call 1-800-SEE-1830.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Support Snowballs for Ware's Casino Theater

The post below was originally put up at Examiner. Since then, much has happened. The Facebook page went from near zero members to almost 700 in no time. Community Support is far more than anyone had a right to expect, with talk of a fundraiser. I dream of a Quabbin Film Festival having The Casino as its major venue.

Movement to save the Ware Casino Theater starts to grow Examiner, Dec.20, 2009

There is now a Facebook fan page for those who want to help Fred McLennan bring back Ware’s Casino Theater. Not only does the group talk about how wonderful it was and can be. There is actually some possible restoration money available.

Pauline Supka, Ware resident born and raised has been the impetus behind the new efforts. The new Facebook group has garnered over 300 members in no time at all.

If that were not enough, the Berkshire Bank is giving four $5,000 grants and if everyone who wants to preserve what is maybe the oldest movie house in the country votes, this could be a big help with some of the renovation costs.

If you would like to join the fan page, go here. If you would like to vote (one vote per person) go here.

At the Berkshire Bank page, put Ware Casino Theater for Name of the Organization and Main Street, Ware, Massachusetts for Address of the Organization.

I urge everyone to be part of this. Even if you are not from Western Central Massachusetts or the Eastern Pioneer Valley, we all benefit with another theater. Theater buffs, indie film fans or film makers, whatever, another venue helps us all.

See The Resurrection of the Casino.

Also see article at Sturbridge Times Magazine (click on link for December pdf and go to page 14) and

Friday, December 18, 2009

Big weekend in Sturbridge, BELIEVE continues

The Merchants of Sturbridge Twelve Days of Christmas continues this weekend with some great events. Saturday the 19th will see the magnificent Clydesdales at Yankee Spirits and Sturbridge Host Hotel.

Saturday night, the Rimscha Concert Series will present Celtic Carols and French Noels to celebrate the Franco-Mick heritage of Saint Anne and Saint Patrick's. The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will encore on Sunday, the 20th, at 3: p.m. Children's caroling and cocoa from the church to the Senior Center will begin at 6 p.m.

Let's not forget old Sturbridge Village. Events this weekend are,

Saturday December 19

* Holiday Magic and Puppets with Robert Olson
* Worcester Men of Song
* Shepard Hill Madrigirls
* Boston Jazz Voices
* Readings of A Visit from St. Nicholas ('Twas the Night Before Christmas)
* Learn the Dance from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
* Christmas Carol sing-alongs

Sunday December 20

* Holiday Magic and Puppets with Robert Olson
* Members of the Seven Hills Symphony Orchestra
* Quintebrass
* Old Sturbridge Village Singers
* Readings of A Visit from St. Nicholas ('Twas the Night Before Christmas)
* Learn the Dance from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
* Christmas Carol sing-alongs

So, yeah, it's bitter cold, but cabin fever is worse. Get out and enjoy the last few days of autumn.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Two Tantasqua alumni make a satiric video

All right, let’s get this out of the way upfront. I can’t talk expertly about the subject of the video in question. Outside of a couple of youtube videos of the man, I can’t say I’ve seen Glenn Beck. We don’t have TV and since about 1994, I’ve never been in a position to see Glenn or Sean or Bill. As an equal opportunity no viewer, I have not seen Oprah or Keith or Chris or Dr. Phil. I only know them by reputation. If anyone believes me culturally deprived, please don’t let me know.

A group of lads, at least one a local high school grad, came back to Southwest Worcester County to make a video satire of Glenn Beck. The impresario of the show is a fellow named Felipe Diaz-Arango. Felipe made it under the auspices of Go Hard Films. On the blog, Still Dependent Films, he goes on about the ills of talksters and how they are unfair to Obama who Felipe takes pains to say he is not a fan of. All in all, the fellow read like Glenn Beck attacking the Glenn Becks of the world.

But, that is a digression. This, for all the team's lack of highly sophisticated technology is well done. The rant of the Glenn Beck character is over the top, as it was surely supposed to be. Local actor, Dan McNulty does great work as the manic talkmeister.

So someone did do something in Sturbridge, the next film making mecca. Felipe disparages the production values, but all things considered, he didn't do too badly. View below.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Shameless Self Promotion-December Edition

The Sturbridge Times Magazine December issue has been out even before the end of the last month, so I am late again. Still, it is never too late to self promote.

On Page 13 is my article about the Merchants of Sturbridge Twelve Days of Christmas celebration. Much is planned, including a visit by the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales to Yankee Spirits. Events will be held on weekends through the month.
The Giving Tree at the Handmaiden Shop

I love movie theaters. Yeah, it's nice to watch a video at home and be able to pause the action when necessary and hear everything without somebody behind you doing a play by play. Yet, I like to go to a movie in a theater. Multiplexes are okay, but community movie houses like I grew up are more my style. When the old Casino in Ware closed, it was a sad day as another small town movie house followed the trend to extinction.

Mr. Fred McLennan of Holyoke has taken up the cause and plans to repair the Casino and put it back into operation. Read about it on Page 14.

My column on Page 20 discusses philosophy and bee stings.

There are many other fine artcles. If you did not get a hard copy, you can read it on line here or click on the graphic below to find where to fetch one.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Forget about Black Friday, Come to the Star Co-op and have a bright Saturday and Sunday!

Are you looking for local? It's at the STAR Co-op.

The Sturbridge Area Cooperative (STAR Co-op) will have its monthly Farmer/Artisan Market Event featuring local produce, crafts and art, baked goods, and all kinds of cool things going on locally at the Sturbridge Marketplace at the Falls, 559 Main Street, First Floor.

This month it will be held for two days instead of one. So come down on Saturday the 28th and Sunday, the 29th.

There will be things you can't get at the big box stores. All kinds of arts and crafts and food.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sturbridge Times Magazine, Late Shameless Self Promotion-November Edition

Again, we are late bringing out our monthly Shameless Self Promotion posting. Fortunately the web problem is solved and one can access the magazine online by clicking the link to the right.

For years, I've seen the sign Food Books from Route 84 and finally went there. It is a fun place. I write about it on page 4.

Getting away from the subject of books, but staying with food is a piece about Giovanello's/Rom's takeout. Some family members went with me for a nice lunch. I loved Rom's, but I am going to like Dave Roscioli's new place even more.

The Rimscha Concert Series is back and its first evening was wonderful. Bass Gregory Sheppard was stalwart. Find out about the series on page 13.

There are ghosts in Sturbridge. They will do you no harm, but if you know the story, you will be haunted. See page 14.

My column is on page 20. There were some women I afflicted as a child yet to whom I owe a lot.

There are a lot of other fine articles in the issue. So if you have not received a copy in the mail, click to the right for the online version. If you like the print version, it is available all over. Click on the graphic below to find out where.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Financing independent film-Is Pirate My Film a scam, a dead end or does it work?

I originally put this up on Examiner.com. Filmmakers in this area of Massachusetts are always struggling to find funds. Here is another scheme.

If Indie filmmaking is lush in its ability to lure capital investment, It’s a secret to me. So when I hear of a novel method of fundraising, three questions arise. Is it a scam? Is it a dead end? Does it work? Did you notice the subtle order of the questions. My natural assumption is that of Finley Peter Dunne, “Trust your fellow man, but always cut the cards.”

Pirate My Film is the creation of Max Keiser, a man who opines on matters of economics and finance at maxkeiser.com. I may be wrong, but I would characterize his attitude as “the world is going to hell in a hand basket and boy are there a lot of people to blame.” To be honest, if I made a study of it, it is my guess that I would find it hard to gainsay your man.

So what is the big idea? Well, I’ll let the site speak for itself,

Pirate Myfilm - The Film Futures Market for Pirates

Some film makers want to have copies of their films pirated by millions. Some want to sell copies. In either case, producers can raise money for their projects on Pirate Myfilm by selling future copies today. When enough future copies have been reserved to fund a project a group-debit occurs and the funds are made available to the producer.

Producers also have the option of offering members who reserve future copies a piece of ad or retail sales. In addition to getting a copy of the film you might also get some money back. For example, if a producer has opted to share ad revenues of future pirated copies or a percentage of future retailed copies of the next "Saw" or "The Blair Witch Project" the producer and future copy buyers like yourself could make a bewitching pot of gold.

Keep in mind, nobody is debited until 100% of the future copies needed to fund the project have been reserved and you can cancel at any time. And keep checking your Pirate Myfilm account because producers can change any aspect of their projects - including the percentage of future revenue splits on ads and retailed copies - up until the group-debit.

It sounds logical but so does Zeno’s Arrow. Does it work? Well, I browsed through the projects listed. Keep in mind, this is beta, and membership is restricted, but most did not have any contributors yet. Some are substantially funded. For example, Max Keiser’s project Where’s Kenny Boy? is 85% funded. It is for a short documentary that posits Ken “Enron “ Lay is alive in Paraguay. I don’t know how true or plausible it is, but if you couldn’t make a Dan Brown type show on Kenron you are slow.

Eden 2015 which is Post Appocallyptic(sic). One Man's destiny to defeat evil forever, and Rein in the everlasting Kingdom of God. Paradise on Earth, is 0% funded.

Though one would say Pirate My Film has some potential, and an exchange market is a good idea, it is not enough. Users will have to do a lot of marketing on their own to take advantage of the efficiencies this model offers.

I don’t feel qualified to judge Pirate My Film. I hope some of the indie filmmakers can figure out if this is a viable method of movie financing.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Yankee Spirits' Sturbridge Fall Wine Festival

This guy didn't look too happy even though his table had a nice malbec a pleasant montepulciano on offer

Yesterday, I attended the Yankee Spirits Fall Wine Festival at their store in Sturbridge. This was a good time. There were 200 wines to sample of which, due to taste and the discretion that comes with age, I only sampled a few.

I first experienced this event about ten years ago. I was just going into the store for a small purchase when I was asked if I was there for the wine tasting. In one of the few great decisions of my life, I said yes. It is a very good time and a chance to buy at a discount. I like it so much, I covered it for the Sturbridge Times Magazine. Click here and go to the link at the lower left for September 2007.

The most interesting comment was from a women who has a place in New Hampshire and said that the Yankee Spirits' pricing is better than the state liquor stores in the Granite State. The recession is hitting Massachusetts hard and Yankee, like most such establishments was not helped by the tax hike. Still, it shows what a company can do even in a less than optimum time. Being at the confluence of the Pike and Route 84 does not hurt. We have a natural advantage here with a great location.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

EZTakes Movie Review-A Few Days in September

At the movie site called EZTakes, you can download movies of different genres that you don't usually get to see. You can see the movie reviews I do for them here.

Below is my review at EZTakes of an interesting French offering, A Few Days in September.

The French Are Better Lovers Than Spies- “A Few Days in September” - (No Comments)

By Richard Murphy ~ February 13th, 2009. Filed under: Drama, Film Noir.

Ah, poor Juliette Binoche. Ten years after her triumph as the nurse in the English Patient. Six years after her signature role in Chocolat. Still lovely in her forties. What could be wrong? Well, I suspect that she must be horribly upset that she was cast as Sarah Palin in a movie that came out two years before anyone knew, probably least of all Juliette, who the heck Sarah Palin is. The physical resemblance would be uncanny, but Mademoiselle Binoche tops it off with glasses and makes it even more eerie. Her voice doesn’t carry the Western twang of La Palin, but other than that, sounds like her, Of course, it is surreal in that Juliette gets to play with guns, just like the pistol packin mama from Alaska.

What do I know? Maybe Juliette revels in the resemblance to the Gov. Still the movie has that big bad American tone to it. "A Few Days in September" (French, Quelques Jours en Septembre) takes place in the days leading up to 9-11. Juliette was not really cast in the role of Sarah Palin. Rather, she is a French spy by the name of Irène Montano. She is bringing two young people to meet their father, Elliott (Nick Nolte), her former colleague. Only one of them is Elliot’s biological child and we can see where that’s headed a mile away. Still, it develops pleasantly.

John Turturro with credits like Reggie Simmons in Transformers knows how to seem disturbed. In this movie, if he wanted to solidify his standing as one of cinema’s greatest wingnuts, he proved it to me. The funny thing about this film is that as much as it wants to seem sinister, there is no great conspiracy chasing anyone. It is just Turturro playing William Pound, former colleague of Elliot. He had seen Elliot as a father figure and knows there is a problem. Thanks to a psychiatrist, he is off the deep end. He is dangerous enough all by himself.

Elliott has some crucial information, we are led to believe, about 9-11 to impart to financiers. There is no hint that this great uber spy is trying to save lives with his secret. His last moments are taken up with trying to make up to his daughter for his absence.

Sarah Forestier as Orlando and Tom riley as David play Elliott’s kid’s who are unrelated to each other. They start as enemies and end up, well, you know. Irène works to protect them, even though no one is really after them. No matter, they are both engaging.

Obviously, we don’t know everything about 9-11. The official committee left a lot of questions unanswered. So what? A Few Days in September, as polemic is lame. As a cat and mouse game between two agents with Venice as a backdrop, it has some charm. Turturro as a psycho doesn’t hurt, but Binoche is the best thing about the movie. One thing I learned from this picture, Governor Palin should think about taking up the habit of smoking cigarillos like Juliette.

Click here to download A Few Days in September.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sturbridge Times Magazine, Late Shameless Self Promotion-October Edition

Okay, I usually have the post promoting the new issue up earlier than usual. Unfortunately, there is an unsolved web problem. Better late than never. You still have a few days to pick up the Sturbridge Times Magazine October edition at newstands.

On page 16 is my article, Grazing in West Brookfield, on the work Jim Talvy and Jane Carbone are doing to bring locally and humanely raised healthy grass fed beef to the area.

On page 19, is a review of Soup to Nuts. My daughter and I went down to sample the famous soups and came away satisfied.

My column What Do I know? on page 22 is another bit of evidence of the humility I am so proud of:)

So like I say, it's not to late to pick up an issue. If you don't know where to find one, click on the graphic below.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Good Crowd at STAR Co-op

The fourth market was held today at the Star co-op. A good crowd came out for the event. Rather than write about it, We made some videos about the participants.

Here Goes,

Honey and Salt is a shop in West Brookfield. Take it from me, the coffee is sufficiently strong.

Sangita Desai from Sturbridge brought her henna and Indian art and designs.

Mark Kaufman from Wild Mountain Beefalo in West Brookfield.

Linda speaks.

Ken Pickren and East Acres Farm and humanely raised veal.

Salli Greene from Alternatives for Health.

Julie and her homemade cards.

We also had John Small who came by and sang for us.

Unfortunately, there was a vendor who had a wonderful display of jewelry and we could not upload her video.

The next market will be Novemver 28th and 29th, after Thanksgiving. Don't miss it.

Friday, October 23, 2009

For a good time, come to the STAR Co-op

Are you looking for local? It's at the STAR Co-op.

The Sturbridge Area Cooperative (STAR Co-op) will have its monthly Farmer/Artisan Market Event featuring local produce, crafts and art, baked goods, and all kinds of cool things going on locally on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at the Sturbridge Marketplace at the Falls, 559 Main Street, First Floor - from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.!

Local music legend John Small will be there for some musical entertainment so come and join us and please spread the word!

Overlook will have veggies, Kari will bring scones and Lamoureux will bring plants. Alternatives for Health is coming. Other local artisans will be there, so you should too.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Resurrection of the Casino

This is a little bit out of the Sturbridge area, but close enough to be noted.

Do we need small town movie theaters? After all, if we are going to have a film industry in New England, the flicks will have to be seen all over the country and not just in a six state region. Still, a place where the home team can practice and get in shape is not to be despised.

The Casino Theater in Ware Massachusetts (not to be confused with the Casino Mohegan Sun is trying to build down the street in Palmer) may be the oldest movie house in the country. It started showing flicks in 1909.

I have an interest in seeing a resurrection. I used to take my kids to see movies there until it closed. Granted, we knew it was in trouble as the occassional piece of ceiling fell on one’s lap. I feel sorry for children who do not have the experience of a community cinema as opposed to the multiplex. It is one of my favorite memories of being a kid.

Fred McLennan of Holyoke, a veteran of the theater business, has purchased the place for a nominal fee. I do hope there is support not just in the area, the border of Western and Central Massachusetts. I dream of the Quabbin Film Festival.

For more info: The email address is warecasino@hotmail.com. The Ware Historical Society's page on the subject is here.

Some pictures below from back in the day of what is arguably the nation's oldest movie house.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What Sturbridge lacks and why you should support the Star Co-op

I went to the Amherst Farmers Market to sell my honey on Saturday morning. The day was overcast, but the temperature was pleasant. A steady stream of people came by as customers. The farmers market has a pleasant and festive air about and everyone, buyers and sellers and passersby enjoyed the day.

Since I've been writing about Sturbridge, I've often heard that Sturbridge needs a farmers market. What goes on up in Amherst should happen here as well. Well, some people have been trying for a few months now. Melinda and Doug Kirkpatrick have been the moving force behind the idea of a market in the area. They have allowed their law office and studio in the Sturbridge Marketplace to be the venue for the market.

It is a start. If it is popular enough, we could have festive scenes and vendors providing great products weekly instead of monthly as is happening now. Come to the Marketplace on October 25 from 9am to 3pm and see local people providing local products. Click here for more info.

One sad thing to see was the demise of the Jeffrey Amherst bookshop.. I used to browse there after the market. A pleasant old style bookstore. Was it the competition, the economy? Who knows? Its genre is an endangered species.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Darn, I'm going to miss Feast and Fire!

I have a family event in Eastern Massachusetts so tomorrow will not find moi attending Feast and Fire. What is Feast and Fire,I'll let the Merchants of Sturbridge tell you,

The Merchants of Sturbridge present a holiday tribute to Columbus Day. Enjoy great food offerings from local restaurants, (Rovezzi's, Annie's Country Kitchen, Copper Stallion, Cedar Street, and others). Bring a blanket or pull up a lawn chair and listen to live music spanning several generations, as families and children enjoy face painting, bead making, games, and the Moonwalk Bouncy House. Enjoy the ambiance, warmth, and crackle of an old fashioned community bonfire while chatting with old friends or the company of new friends.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Two New Links

There are many groups, events and places to link to in the Sturbridge area. Of course, one hopes to get around to all of them. For the time being, here are two.

Where is the closest studio to Sturbridge and environs. It is in Wilbraham. Stonegate Studios is a project of Tony Colapietro. So we have the new media OurTvSpace/OurFilmSpace at the Sturbridge Marketplace and now Stonegate in Wilbraham.

Sturbridge Yoga's Laura Pucci has been part of Star Co-op since it began. She is now giving classes at OurTvSpace. Click here for the schedule.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Missing the Big E already!

Sunday was the final day of the Big E and our family made it there in the afternoon. The crowd was large and the weather lovely. Once close, it was a good wait in traffic, but we finally arrived. We did the rounds of all the buildings and enjoyed ourselves well enough. Excess was the order of the day and we took in all the food we could.Soon after entering, we walked up to the dairy barn. Milk Shakes were ordered after viewing the 600 Lb. butter sculpture.

As part of our training we had foregone eating much before arriving so the shake would have to suffice as we strolled through the building hyping chamois and other things you never needed. Then Farmarama and the horse arena and many other spots.

The production above is the type of thing my kids loved when they were little. Of course it bores them now at their advanced ages.

Finally, we arrived at the Avenue of the States. It was time to begin in earnest.
Tucker Seafood in the Rhode Island building purveys a concoction unique to the Ocean State, Quahog Chili. Add some of their Tangy Bang hot sauce and you are living.

Ah, the Maine Baked Potato with everything. I remember when I could eat two of them. That was a long time ago.

Ben and Jerry's is a great product, but in our current economic climate, I find it overpriced even in the "why pay less" atmosphere of the Big E. Oh well, we moseyed over to another part of the Vermont Building and drowned our sorrows with some of Wolavers' Pale Ale and Oat Stout.

The chocolate covered bacon was better than I thought it would be. I yield to no one in my love for both components, but was reticent to try them together. The verdict, it's okay, but I still like bacon and chocolate separately better.

The Mardi Gras parade was fun. I am so grateful my kids still enjoy it.

At the Big E, anything is possible. Do you feel lost in this world. They have a place where you can find yourself.

There were so other things to see here and it was over so fast. So we shall have to wait almost a whole year to partake of this mania again. I don't know how many more years mes enfants will tolerate going with us. There is always a point in time when accompanying parents becomes less and less fun. Already most things we shared are. Oh well, this year, I hoped for just one more time.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Review of Secession Path-short film to be made full length in New England

This is a review that originally appeared elsewhere. The movie is to be made full length. It is hoped that at least some of the filming will take place here in the Sturbridge and surrounding areas.

Secession Path is a movie skillfully made by the team of John Hartman and “Zee” Zarbock. The term bang for the buck gets new meaning as they had a budget of under $2,000. Though it is obvious they did not have the special effects and sophisticated equipment of a major studio, they did a credible job utilizing what they had access to.

Maximilien Robespierre was responsible for tens of thousands of deaths during the French Revolution, yet he had resigned as a criminal judge to avoid giving out a death sentence during the Ancien Regime. Such is life’s ironies. Doctor David Hornblower did not feel he had a steady enough hand for field surgery so he joined the Confederate infantry to deal death directly.

Captain” David Hornblower, it is safe to say, had a bit more of a talent for self reflection than the man known in France as “The Incorruptible.”

The movie begins with the First Battle of Kinston in December of 1862. The Union expeditionary force based on the coast in New Bern has moved inland. The Confederates, utilizing fabian strategy, attack when it is opportune, delay where they can and retreat as they must. The Yanks, superior in men and materiel, go as far as they dare. They have not yet learned the live off the land, scorched earth methods of Billy Sherman.

As this is a John Hartman film. war is not the answer. I’m sorry to have used that bumper sticker, but it kinda fits. War is the environment here, but John, who plays Hornblower, maybe thinks there is something more than the war at play.

The captain had led his men at Kinston and from the movies action, had handled them competently. He is called to headquarters by a superior officer as his conduct away from the battle has been problematic. He has been partaking of debauchery and arrives for his tête-à-tête hungover.

In the interview, his superior brings up the subject of sedition. Sedition is rarely considered a mere peccadillo as are his other faults. It appears our man has been giving voice to his war is not the answer thoughts in public.

From a managerial standpoint, one would not suggest that the meeting went well for Hornblower. A contrite yes sir, no sir attitude would be called for. The Captain is showing signs of not quite being there. He comes in smelling of the night before. The superior officer thinks he is being mocked, though Hornblower says it is “not with intent, Sir.” In the midst of his meeting, he seems to swoon and fixate on a picture of Christ attached to the wall.

He is given a choice to either return to the medical corp or go on an espionage mission through the swamp to spy on the Federals. Citing the fact that his surgery was not at the level of, say, Dr. Christiaan Barnard, he opts for the swamp.

The Captain sets out with a scout named Kyle. During a rest, Hornblower is asked by his subordinate his thoughts on the war. In a flash forward, he had given vent to Kyle of a some pacific thoughts so you know something had been brewing. They march to the location of the construction site of the CSS Neuse. The Neuse was being built to be part of an expedition to drive the Bluecoats out of New Bern.

The Captain and Kyle grab a guide from the shipbuilding detail and proceed toward the swamp. While walking along, Hornblower hears a train go by, not that there are any trains in the swamp.

As they march, they come upon a detachment of Yanks and engage in a standoff. Capt. Hornblower tries to calm the showdown by treating the enemy’s wounded man. The others, still at arms, are disturbed by a deer wandering and a shot is fired In the melee all are dispatched except the Captain who is severely wounded.

A Union deserter comes upon him with intent to loot the unconscious officer. Hornblower comes to, and stealthily draws his gun. The deserter offers to treat his wounds if he will let him go. Hornblower agrees if the deserter will remove the blade he had been stabbed with. The captain passes out and the reb takes his stuff and reads his orders. The deserter hears the same non existent train and is taken aback. When Hornblower again wakes they struggle and the deserter shoots.

He finds himself back in the office struggling with his superior. Has the trip to the swamp been an hallucination or post traumatic stress syndrome. Maybe it was a conversion experience, for as he struggles he is still fixated on the picture of Christ. Regaining composure, he asks forgiveness and requests reassignment to the medical corps.

The problem with Secession Path is you have a lot of questions after it is done. A half hour is not enough time to tie up all the odds and ends.

The DVD not only has the movie, but another segment called Guerrilla Film Secession’s Path. It is filled with information on what John and Zee had to do to make a movie for next to nothing. Guerilla film making as John puts it, is doing “what you can with what you have.” He had to do a lot of fancy footwork.

I can’t understand why there are not a zillion Civil War films made. There is no dearth of reenactor groups replaying the War Between the States. I mean, have you ever run across people redoing the Spanish American War or the War of 1812.

So, I don’t know where John and Zee are going with this, but there is plenty of scope to expand in keeping with John’s vision to “inspire by leaving the audience with a bright light at the end of an odd and dark tunnel.”

It will be necessary to raise money for the next incarnation of Secession Path. They did so well with so little that one speculates raising millions could ruin them.

As filming will take place here in Nova Anglia, we shall keep you informed of fund raising and filming progress.

For more info: contact zee@unfoldingstorypictures.com. To view a trailer, go to www.secessionpath.com.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Light of Knowing Fundraiser coming Saturday-Interview with Doug Kirkpatrick about LOK vision

A webisode series infused with mystery and spirituality is to be fimed in Western and Central Massachusetts.

Short synopsis, A bizarre murder in a monastery secluded in the hills of western Massachusetts reveals the centuries long struggle to protect a secret ancient book (called “Light of Knowing”) which is believed to contain mystical powers – and a pathway to the discovery of forming a perfect union with the divine! The weekly series culminates with the publishing of the book – “Light of Knowing”!

Below is an interview with the moving spirit behind the project in three parts.

A webisode series infused with mystery and spirituality is to be fimed in Western and Central Massachusetts.

Short synopsis, A bizarre murder in a monastery secluded in the hills of western Massachusetts reveals the centuries long struggle to protect a secret ancient book (called “Light of Knowing”) which is believed to contain mystical powers – and a pathway to the discovery of forming a perfect union with the divine! The weekly series culminates with the publishing of the book – “Light of Knowing”!

You can help Launch the project “Light of Knowing” – a film/book project that we intend to accomplish through “Crowd-Funding” (from support of many people)!

On Sat. Night, October 3, 2009 at OurTvSpace Studio in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, we will come together to help launch “Light of Knowing”! Join us for an evening of celebration and mutual support! The Evening will include:

1. Screening of the movie “One”! Click Here to Check out “One’s” website! Click Here to see the trailer for “One”!

2. Discussion and “Playshop” Led by Spiritual Healers Ron and Joan – which will also include How Filmmakers and Actors Can Find the Center of Creativity to Enhance Their Craft!

Through Ron and Joan’s personal journey, they have been gifted with support and guidance to more consciously embody the essence of who they truly are. They now feel drawn to offer others that which they have been gifted...

Ron and Joan create an environment to support others choosing to live a life of the heart -- a life of self-acceptance, openness, gratitude and appreciation for all of life and all that they are!

3. Short Film Screening - short Light of Knowing team film featuring YOU! Let us know asap if you would like to appear in the short film which we will screen that evening and we would love to interview you in advance on camera (not all those interviewed are guaranteed to appear in the film)!

Also - Get Interviewed on Camera that Evening for Upcoming Video Screenings related to the Light of Knowing project!

4. Special Musical Guest – to be announced.-Feel the Noise!

5. Networking with filmmakers, producers, and actors.

6 Light Refreshments and Food!

Tix $15.00 in Advance through Paypal. Limited Space so get Your Tix soon!

For more info: and to learn how to be part of Light of Knowing click here.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Third Sturbridge Market Braves the Weather

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, actually, it was a grey overcast day. Still the stalwart crew at the coop did not falter. They offered up good value and those who attended benefitted as well.