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Still Dreaming

Doc on Nursing Home Dream to Premiere

Old woman in multi-colored and black striped jacket, orange straw hat with script in hand next to a black woman with white blouse, bright green vest, and flowers in her hairThe documentary Still Dreaming, produced by the same filmmakers who did Shakespeare Behind Bars, will be getting its official world premiere this month at DOC NYC, a film festival dedicated to documentaries.

Directed by Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller, who also coproduced the film through their Santa Feā€“based production company Philomath Films, Still Dreaming documents the residents of the Lillian Booth Actors Home staging a public production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The nursing home residents have a wide array of theater experience and Broadway credits, but some are at various stages of physical, mental, and psychological disabilities.

Directing their play are Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody, founding members of Fiasco Theater Company. The documentary traces the two young directors as they cast the play and cajole residents through rehearsals to a public staging.

Scheduled screenings at DOC NYC are Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:15 p.m. at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at West Third St., and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m. at the IFC Center. Rogerson and Spitzmiller will be on hand after the screenings for Q&A sessions.

To purchase tickets to the screenings, click here. For more information about DOC NYC, visit

November 14, 2014

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