Nancy Tuttle writes about the start of school and Merrimack Valley-Hollywood connections in the following post which originally appeared on Nancye’s World:
It’s been several weeks since I’ve posted, but it isn’t because I’m lazy, just particularly busy as school got underway.
Right now, I’m enjoying the sunshine and bright blue ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine, where my daughter and son-in-law have a cozy abode that’s a perfect getaway, even on a chilly September weekend. Amazing how a couple of space heaters warm up a cool room on a nippy night.
So, here’s a few things I’ve noticed, enjoyed or thought about since last posting:
Back to school always fills me with excitement and a bit of nostalgia. I guess it’s because my mother was a teacher and my daughter is a teacher and the call of the classroom always beckons me, too. I love the anticipation of new books, backpacks, lunch boxes and friends. And I feel truly blessed and honored that for the past six, almost seven, years that I’ve been able to teach at Middlesex Community College. I met my new students last week in my Film, Video and Society class. They seem like a bright, inquisitive bunch and are already into the semester, sharing their thoughts and insight on film. We’ve started with the movie School Ties, shot in Lowell, Concord, Groton and Acton 19 years ago. It’s a well-made small film, accurately depicting the 1950s at an elite prep school, where prejudice was the norm. I like to think things have changed on that front, but sadly, I don’t think it’s that much different. It’s always fun to point out local “locations” in the movie, though, including Danas’ Market on Gorham Street in the opening segment. If you haven’t seen School Ties, I recommend it. And, hopefully this time next year, I’ll be recommending The Fighter as another great example of a locally made film. read more »