Responses to the film

I am gathering the responses to the screening of “Fire Ruin Renewal” and will be posting them here with gratitude to those who have written me upon seeing it. Thank you.

“I watched the dvd this afternoon (a warm, dry autumn day….) and I found it wonderfully done. It’s touching and inspiring, and I learned a lot about your house that I couldn’t never have imagined. Not just the history but of course how incredibly complex it was for you and Frederick to rebuild it. I’m sure that, as awful as it may have been, it was doubtless easier for those who had lost their entire homes to just build something completely new. But the lovingly restored version of your original house is something we in the neighborhood can all be grateful for. I remember walking my dog by there and seeing the tarps and plastic sheeting covering it for months and months, but I never imagined how much work was going on underneath.

Thanks for the sensitive use of my music. I am delighted that you chose “Hallelujah Junction” for the ending. That’s one of my favorite pieces, and “Hallelujah!” is certainly the word that springs to everyone’s mind when they reach the end of watching your odyssey.”

John Adams, Composer


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