MEN OF THE CLOTH Screens at San Joaquin International Film Festival

It was wonderful to have my San Francisco friends and my niece Donna and sister-in-law Carol present for the special screening of MEN OF THE CLOTH at the San Joaquin International Film Festival in Stockton, California. This jewel of a festival in the Bay Area is organized by Sophoan Sorn, who’s also the director of San Francisco’s Berlin & Beyond Festival. MEN OF THE CLOTH was part of the Cinema Italia program, which included THE GREAT BEAUTY (Italy’s Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language film) and the Isabella Rossellini movie THE ZIGZAG KID. It was quite an honor to be in such fine company! And to top it off, the audience at the Janet Leigh Theater was incredibly appreciative and gracious. Thanks to the super-talented Leslie Asfour of the San Joaquin Delta College Fashion Program for being a sponsor – and to calligrapher and stationer Billy Ola Hutchinson for conducting the Q & A. The fashion design students from Delta College gave me the most amazing gift by taking the festival flyers for the film and creating “couture” paper dresses!


(Photo by Tim Ulmer)

San Joaquin Film Festival

Leslie Asfour of Delta College, Director Vicki Vasilopoulos. Billy Ola Hutchinson, SJIFF director Sophoan Sorn (Photo by Tim Ulmer)



Director Vicki Vasilopoulos (Photo by Tim Ulmer)


A “couture” paper dress from a Delta College fashion student (Photo by Tim Ulmer)


A student creation from Delta College (Photo by Tim Ulmer)

Recording the Score for MEN OF THE CLOTH

Now that we’re essentially done editing MEN OF THE CLOTH (except for a few tweaks here and there) I wanted to post a clip from our music recording session at the John Kilgore studio in Manhattan. It was an all-day event orchestrated and supervised by my composer, Chris Hajian. The musicians were Allison Leyton-Brown on piano, Entcho Todorov on violin, Peter Sachon on cello, and Bernd Schoenhart on guitar. They were all superb and extremely professional. Joette Spinelli, my friend and fellow member of NYWIFT (New York Women in Film) was nice enough to take some video with her small dual-purpose still camera.

Director Vicki Vasilopoulos at John Kilgore Sound & Recording studio

Here’s one take from the opening title sequence of MEN OF THE CLOTH. You can see the film playing on the monitor inside the recording booth on the right side of the frame :

MEN OF THE CLOTH opening title music recording session from Vicki Vasilopoulos on Vimeo.

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