By Jenny Levine
Late Thursday, November 11, students filed into the Cantor Film Center for Fusion Film Festival’s Launch Event, a screening of Jean of the Joneses followed by a Skype interview with director Stella Meghie and a Q&A with stars Gloria Reuben and Michelle Hurst. Some attendees came straight from an anti-hate rally held on the Kimmel stairs, some from protests in Washington Square Park, and others from Bobst library, trying to come to terms with the results of the presidential election.
Fusion Faculty Advisor Susan Sandler addressed the crowd before the event and said, although it was unusual for her to speak before a program, that it was necessary to address everyone during these emotionally heated times. Susan spoke of artists like Stella Meghie and others sitting in the audience who will continue to inspire her by telling their stories and creating beautifully diverse work.
Jean of the Joneses proved to be exactly what everyone needed. The students and faculty alike laughed at cleverly written jokes about love, death, and failure. With a jazzy score and a sense of camaraderie in shared struggles, Meghie created a beautifully tragic comedic film.