November 30, 2015
JFI presents Jerome’s Bouquet as our Online Short of the Month for December!
Dirs. Bebe Neuwirth, Chris Calkins, USA, 2015, English, 16 min.
An elderly woman’s troubled walk to the bus is made better by the kindness of strangers she encounters along the way. “I’m off to work…hi ho!” says 82-year-old Elena Klein (Suzanne Shepherd, Goodfellas, The Sopranos). “Ok, Ma…” her daughter replies, shaking her head. Elena’s been retired since her husband Jerome, a florist, died in 2008. What could she possibly mean by “work?” What could she still be arranging? Oy vey!
Filmmaker Q&A: Chris Calkins
What inspired you to make this film?
It was inspired by the interesting life of a 90 year old man from New Jersey who would travel to NYC once a week just for the adventure.
What was your greatest challenge during the filmmaking process?
The budget was tight and therefore we could only shoot for 3 days, which didn’t give us enough coverage. Fortunately we had a great editor who could make magic happen.
Any thoughts you’d like to share about screening this film in a Jewish context?
Not really. This was a NY film staring a actor but there was not an effort to make it in any specific context.
What film/media has inspired you lately?
It seems to be the golden age of television, again! What do you do when you’re not filmmaking? My wife is on a TV show and I take photos and run a coffee company in Brooklyn.
Lastly, gefilte fish: delicious, or disgusting?
It all depends on how long it has been sitting on the counter.