The ghost of Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch returns to Greenwich House, the community settlement she founded over a century earlier, and roams through the musical landscape that now thrives there.
Directed, Cinematography and Edited by Aleksandar Kostic
Music by Joan La Barbara
In 1902, Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch founded the Greenwich House settlement as a haven for newly-arrived immigrants striving to adjust to life in a new country; today, Greenwich House offers diverse art, education and social service programs, and has provided countless New Yorkers with enriching and stimulating cultural experiences. In this film, we take a journey with the ghost of Simkhovitch as she roams through Greenwich House, a voyage that blends together aspects of both past and present, set against a soundscape created by the musicians and composers who work there today. This piece was inspired by the compositions of Joan La Barbara, her performances and collaborations with the Ne(x)tworks musical ensemble, and the life of Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch.
Carol Neiman - actor "The Ghost of Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch"
Tiernan Ray - actor "The Music Teacher & Composer"
Joan La Barbara - voice, percussion and composer
Kenji Bunch - viola, bell
Shelley Burgon - pedal harp, bell
Yves Dharamraj - viola, bell
Cornelius Dufallo - violin, zither, bell
Miguel Frasconi - glass
Stephen Gosling - piano
Christopher McIntyre - trombone, bell
Leah Joy Dufallo - cello (child)
Amy Kauffman - violin (mother)
Ellen Mangan - lever harp, bell
Produced by Kostic Films LLC
Journey was screened on 2012 Big Apple Film Festival New York