Posted on Wednesday November 8, 2006 by Steven Fischer
Screening tonight at the Jewish Community Center in Baltimore. Successful night. Close to 100 in attendance. Judy and family guest of honor … reps from Mayor’s Office, Embassy of Hungary, and Advocates for Survivors of Torture & Trauma each spoke and presented Judy with proclamations. Mayor Martin O’Malley declared in his proclamation that November 8 will forever be Edward & Judy Hilbert Day! Very exciting! (I wonder if this means we get the day off?)
A camera crew from CineMaryland was there with host (and good friend) Rebecca Jessop. Rebecca interviewed Craig, me and Judy individually for a story that will air next month. Good press also from The Jewish Times and The Baltimore Sun .. thanks to JCC marketing department and Robin Rose Samuels.
Craig had the idea to sell some of the artwork we have from the movie along with cards and bookmarkers he make featuring images from Edward’s journal … as well as special addition DVDs of theh rough cut (whihc we promoted as a rare collectors item). It worked we pulled in a bunch of cash.
One big, happy surprise was that Judy paid for the evening to be catered. Such a treat!
Many thanks to the JCC and Claudine Davison for making the night possible!
I had good vantage seating off to the side during the screening. Could see the screen and the audience. When Edward & Judy reached New York Harbor I could see more than one audience member wiping a tear from their eyes. Great! The inteneded reaction. Tears of joy.
A good night and party all around.