We flew Virgin America--what a pleasure--and arrived early enough to go into San Francisco to shoot at
the Unitarian Church where Abdu'l-Baha spoke. Imagine--the same chairs, pulpits, and stained glass windows as in 1912. It was beautiful--and it seemed significant to be there, filming.
|Century Club, San Francisco|
In the morning our friend Mansour Taeed came to play one of the Persian entourage members--and Matthew Martin came to be our production assistant. He was a friend of a friend, from Little Rock, and worked so well with us.
|John & Michelle, on right|
(Michele Davey-Hatcher on left)
|Matthew Martin preparing an old camera to serve as a prop|
|John's character had the old camera|
|the group, getting ready for the shoot|
|Michelle and Mansour|
|Chris, Hugh, Gordon|
|Anne & Chris|
|Matt, sleeping between shoots|
|Anne, Tammy, Lena, Michelle|
|the group, historic building in Berkeley|
|I had made jewelry for the occasion|
|Mansour interviewing us|
|Virginia and David|
My cousin Virginia and her husband David came to greet us, bicycling in the rain! They both work at Stanford--David teaches Geology--and it was great to see them!
|Memorial Chapel, Stanford|
|Tim at the Gates of Hell|
Then, amazingly, my cousins Nancy and Virginia met us at a restaurant & we got to have a brief reunion together--after 30 years or so. . . .
|Anne, Nancy, Virginia--a rare reunion!|
|With Rose and her son at the Menlo Park Station|
It actually took place in NY, at the Kinney home, the day after the farewell banquet at the hotel where the African Americans weren't allowed. Our scene is a touching depiction of the white friends serving the dark friends the next day, with love. Abdu'l-Baha said it was a sign of the Grandeur of the Covenant--isn't that beautiful?
We had amazing extras--four of whom came from the Art Institute, with Lauren. Baha'is in the area responded as well, along with some other friends of John and Michelle's. It was quite an evening!
|Moriah (youngest actor)|
|Lauren in foreground|
We were happy to host you and Tim in our home; as well as assisting you with the myriad details which a project of this scope entails. And enjoyed the exhiliration of having the Master's 'entourage' in our midst. What an experience of a lifetime. Tim showed us some of the shoots from all five days and it was breathtaking what you both accomplished. Every one in the vignettes looked wonderful, too; with some really photogenic moments. John and I both feel confident that, if properly marketed, this could be a sought-after special for public television. . . ."
We did not get all we wanted--but the days were so full we could not have added more. I flew back to teach my classes; Tim stayed another couple of days to shoot the ocean, more of Lake Merritt, and Pleasanton--the former home and grounds of Phoebe Hearst.
I wish we could have gotten some Japanese participants, along with some additional scenes. Yet our California days were rich, indeed.