Film poster

Film poster

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fred Mortensen

Of course one of the most interesting stories of people who met `Abdu'l-Bahá at Green Acre is the story of Fred Mortensen. A man with a rough past, Fred learned of the Faith from his lawyer Albert Hall when he was in jail--and when he heard about `Abdu'l-Bahá determined to see Him. So, he rode the rods--under and on top of trains--to get to Boston and then up to Green Acre. I won't divulge the whole story here--but as you can imagine, the Master asked how his trip was and Fred, reluctant to tell Him how he came, did so. `Abdu'l-Bahá showered him with love and acceptance and even kissed his dirty hat.

We shot a scene in the Inn re-enacting just a suggestion of this--the society men and women showing disapproval of Fred, and Fred's encounter with `Abdu'l-Bahá--suggested, of course!  We found a great actor to play Fred--a "Canadian" from Iceland!

interpreter gesturing for "Fred" to go in to see the Master

"Fred" at his meeting with the Master

Fred getting hair gel

Directing the scene (Fred with society people) 
shooting Fred's dirty hat


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