Thank you for your interest in and support of the Valley News.

An anonymous donor has agreed to MATCH every dollar donated up to $28,500 in our hosting of journalists Frances Mize and Alex Driehaus for their one-year placements with the Valley News through Report for America, a national service program that boosts local news by harnessing community support. Donate today and DOUBLE the impact of your support.

Film Notes: Cornish Colony Movie Reaching Audiences

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/13/2018 12:05:03 AM
Modified: 4/13/2018 5:58:56 PM

Sneak peeks are coming to screens big and small this spring and summer, for Norwich director Nora Jacobson’s documentary about the artists, writers and conservationists who orbited around Gilded Age sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in Cornish in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

On Tuesday night in Dartmouth College’s Loew Auditorium, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will screen a 26-minute cut of Land and Legacy of An Art Colony, which Jacobson spent a week shooting last summer at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock and other Upper Valley locations.

Etna author and retired musician Fern Meyers, who conceived and produced the film, said recently that Vermont PBS will broadcast the short version several times over the summer.

“They are interested in helping us get the feature-length final cut to national PBS,” Meyers said. “We will start editing that film in April and complete it when sufficient funds are raised.”

Aiming to illuminate how colony members collaborated and sparked artistic and environmental movements that carried into the 21st century, Jacobson and Meyers built the film around the conceit of following two descendants of Cornish Colony members on a one-day tour of the colony’s landmarks.

Land and Legacy of An Art Colonyscreens in Loew Auditorium in Hanover on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Looking Back

PBS this weekend will start showing Still Dreaming, the 2015 documentary by Dartmouth College graduates Jilann Spitzmiller and Hank Rogerson about former thespians staging a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at a rest home for retired actors in New Jersey.

New Hampshire PBS is scheduled to air the 90-minute movie on its PBS World channel on Saturday night at 8, at midnight on Sunday, and at 10 a.m. on Monday. Vermont PBS is listing broadcasts on its Plus channel at midnight on Sunday and at 10 on Monday morning.

This week, Rogerson, whose mother lives in Barnard, said that it took almost three years of negotiations to bring the movie to PBS.

“It went across the country to arthouses, and to conferences ranging from geriatrics to Shakespeare,” Rogerson said during a telephone conversation from his home in New Mexico. “We kind of had to switch gears on how we talked about it, depending on who we were talking to. During this time, we looked for a sponsor to start running it, and finally Twin Cities public television in Minnesota took it on. It was slow going to them on board, then to get the game plan, then to shop it nationally.”

While national PBS aimed to start the broadcast last fall, Rogerson added, “we were shooting for the spring. We wanted it to be close to Shakespeare’s birthday in April.”

Rogerson estimated that of the 20 retired actors in the movie, which was shot in 2011, “I’d say about a quarter of them are still with us.

“It has resonated quite a lot with middle-aged sons and daughters who have their parents at this stage. We get a lot of feedback saying, ‘That character really reminded me of my mom or my aunt who played the piano right up to the end.’ It struck a nice chord with a lot of people.”

The Cine Salon series at Hanover’s Howe Library resumes on Monday night, with a wide-ranging examination of nostalgia versus reality surrounding the American South.

The gathering on the theme of “We Outliers,” which starts at 7, opens with art scholar and curator Trevor Fairbrother examining the work of photographer Sally Mann and artist Cy

Twombly, who were both natives and longtime residents of Lexington, Va.

Next is a screening of John Ford’s The Sun Shines Bright, a 1953 feature about old Kentucky. The session concludes with Carolee Schneemann’s 1978 documentary Pittsburgh Filmmakers, a retrospective on artist Joseph Cornell.

Admission is free. To learn more about the Cine Salon series, visit

David Corriveau can be reached at and at 603-727-3304. Movie and television-related news also can be sent to


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will screen the Nora Jacobson documentary Land and Legacy of An Art Colony on Tuesday night at 7, at Dartmouth College’s Loew Auditorium in Hanover. The doors open at 6:30. The starting time of the movie was listed incorrectly in an earlier version of this story.

Valley News

24 Interchange Drive
West Lebanon, NH 03784


© 2021 Valley News
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy