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Mariska Hargitay, Edward Hilbert, and Prokofiev!

Posted on Thursday June 1, 2006 by Steven Fischer

So insanely crazy! Yesterday in Virginia shooting interviews for a half-hour video showcase I created for NVCC-TV about regional animation. Then rushed to Baltimore by 4pm to be with Edward, but he was too sick for visitors. So Craig and I hung out at a nearby McDonald’s and took care of some other Freedom Dance business.

Then it was back home for me to work on the final cut. As I’m just about to start, our attorney Diane Davison calls. At our request she had begun a search for Mariska Hargitay’s agent to see about Mariska narrating the movie. She’s found him and made contact. As it turns out, the agent apparantly has a personal interest in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and is intrigued by Freedom Dance. So I ditch my editing plans and spent the next few hours putting a package together of specific things Diane wanted to Fed Ex today.

I had another shoot this afternoon in Northern Virginia, but left home about 7am and drove first to northwest Baltimore to drop off to Diane the package she would forward to L.A. As I pull back into my driveway, Edward’s daughter, Rose, calls.

Edward is back in hospital. They think the tumor is growing again and suspect the end in near. The family has made a tremendous gesture: in lieu of flowers, Rose told me, they would like to ask friends and family to donate to the movie as that’s what Edward would want.

Back in Northern VA by 11am to finish prep for the afternoon shoot, finalized a press release about Edward that I’ll send out when he does pass. Somehow managed to find the start of the Bluebird theme music on piano while taking my morning tea. (I’d been thinking of a melody for a few days and finally found the notes. I think the final arrangement will be for flute, but maybe that’s too Prokofiev!)

Finished today’s shoot at 9pm … and thanks to a mocha from Caribou made it back to Annapolis area in one piece!


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