What’s the Story? Adapting Life into Film
Free workshop with Ernest Thompson
Tuesday, July 16, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm Street
Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson invites all filmmakers to a hands on interactive workshop that explores adapting our lives into film. All filmmakers, writers, directors, producers, actors and more are welcome. Thompson’s films include On Golden Pond (Academy Award, Best Adapted Screenplay; Golden Globe, Best Screenplay, Best Film; Writers Guild Award, Best Adapted Screenplay), Sweet Hearts Dance (starring Susan Sarandon and Don Johnson), The Lies Boys Tell (Kirk Douglas and Craig T. Nelson), The West Side Waltz (Shirley MacLaine and Liza Minnelli), and his newest, Time and Charges, premiering here at MIFF.
Time and Charges
Thompson returns to Central Maine (where On Golden Pond is set and where Thompson lived) with his new film, conceived and made in conjunction with Whitebridge Farm Productions, the New Hampshire-based film and theatre production company founded by Thompson with partners Morgan Murphy and Lori Gigliotti Murphy, who involved over 500 local residents in Time and Charges’ making. Jeremiah Ward, a hot-shot New York money manager, turns off the highway–straight into his past. In rural New Hampshire, he discovers confusing clues and ghostly reminders of not only people he knew forty years ago, but of the person he once was: an idealist, a visionary, whose clarity grew dimmer with each acquisition and every brilliant move on the career chess board. Exit 22-A seems to represent a portal connecting him with the values and virtue left behind, but it turns out to be much more. Melody, the daughter he never knew, has created the entire artiﬁce, the road map and the cast of characters, determined to test Jeremiah’s true convictions and to change his life. And, in doing so, saves it. The film is written and directed by Thompson himself, who will introduce it to central Maine at MIFF.
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House