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August 14, 2014


Thank you for doing this important work. It is necessary.

I hope you'll try one of the crowd-sourcing tools for raising money, if grants are not forthcoming. I would imagine many would support making such a film. I certainly would and know others who would, too.

Fascinating project, and I am looking forward to hear more about it. On a side note: "Israelitisch Meijesweishaus" ought to be spelled Israëlitisch Meisjesweeshuis. The history of that institution is rather interesting in itself. If you google Nederlands Israëlitisch Meisjesweeshuis you will find pictures etc.

Thank you Jacob for your comment. Yes, it is spelled Meijesweeshuis (I don't have an umlaut in the comments section). I wrote a German spelling, and didn't catch it. Thank you for correcting me. I was in Amsterdam in 2007, and went to the weeshuis. It is now an apartment building. I spoke with the man who let me into the building and told him my mother was there. He told he could barely believe that I would come to see it. Have you been?

Thank you Stacey for your kind comment. I so appreciate it.

If this film is basically - or no - part, documentary, I know someone you may with to speak with. Is the project complete?

Thank you Julie. I will email you. It is a "performance documentary" and the project is not completed yet.

Julie, I hit the post button in error. It is performance, not in the sense of a slam poetry performance, but performance where poets are not standing in front of a lectern reading.

Yes, I understand. Slam poetry is a type of performance poetry, and then there is poetry-reading, not quite performance. I'm expressing myself badly! But I get what you are saying.... Thank you for your email.

So I am suggesting you contact Tom Shepard, of the Bemis Art School, part of the Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO. I can send his email to you via email if interested.

Thank you Maureen for your comments. We had a successful campaign on Indiegogo to raise enough funds to produce the progress reel, which I am linking on today's post. We are still accepting contributions to help complete production. For anyone who is interested in contributing and becoming part of the BE•HOLD community, please email me at All contributions are tax deductible. Again, thank you for your interest in BE•HOLD.

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as I enter
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