STILLPOINT – a film by Penny Peyser (followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker)


Friday, April 8, 2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm



STILLPOINT – a film by Penny Peyser (followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker)
Presented by the Irvington Town Hall Theater
(Part of the Best of Film Series)

“Stillpoint” is a fly-on-the-wall documentary by actress/writer/producer PENNY PEYSER, who was born and raised in Irvington.  Inspired by Peyser’s effort to reconnect with her estranged sister, the film provides a look at an eclectic group of seekers living under the direction of an awakened Zen master named Umi.
Peyser, the daughter of former United States Congressman and Irvington Mayor Peter Peyser, has appeared in numerous feature films such “All The President’s Men,” “The In-Laws,” and “The Frisco Kid,” as well as TV shows including “The Mentalist.”
“I moved to Los Angeles in 1976 but remained a frequent visitor to Irvington and have always considered it my anchor,” says filmmaker Peyser.  “Having ‘Stillpoint’ screen at my hometown theater is a thrill and an honor.”
Shot over two years, “Stillpoint” offers a rare glimpse into a cloistered world divorced from the rat race– but not from the every day challenges of the human experience.
I hadn’t seen my sister Carolyn in eight years. She had joined what I considered to be a cult centered around a Zen master named “Umi,” changed her name and cut off most contact with family and friends. Why she would make such a radical choice was a mystery and she offered few clues. I resented her choice and withdrew myself. Finally I realized I’d lose her forever if I didn’t cast off my prejudices and enter her world. And I realized that to know her again I’d need to get to know her community as well. I was compelled to pick up a camera and spent two years filming this fascinating, eclectic group of people who were divorced from the rat race but not from everyday challenges of the human experience. While STILLPOINT isn’t about my sister – it’s because of her.
– Filmmaker Penny Peyser
General Admission.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Irvington Town Hall Theater
85 Main Street
Irvington, NY 10533
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Times: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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