On a tip from a Facebook post, I ventured west across the river last evening to our neighboring city of York, PA, for the premiere of a documentary film called A Day in the Sun by filmmaker Brian Plow. The 30-minute film profiles several York area artists, touching on the diversity of their back stories and the commonality of their current lives as working artists in a city that is experiencing a wonderful arts renaissance. Interspersed throughout the artist profiles is the story of struggle that arts organizations face to keep their funding during difficult economic times, even though the arts are a critical part of a community’s economic health and stability.
Over 250 people turned up at the York County Agricultural & Industrial Museum for an amazing event that seemed to far exceed the organizers’ expectations, as the crowd nearly tripled the number of chairs set up for the screening. The whole night was coordinated by The Parliament, a local non-profit arts agency in York aimed to connect creatives to their community, but it was also supported by several sponsors who provided free food and beverages, audio and visual equipment, and the space to hold the event. It was an authentic demonstration of true support from a community.
By the time the film started at 9pm, the room was jam packed with energy and excitement and the 30-minute viewing sounded at times like a state of the union address with cheers and applause erupting at key moments. Plow and The Parliament’s Alex Dwyer officially closed the evening with a few words of gratitude for all of the support, and calls to spread the word about the film and all of the great art related events happening in York.
I’m very grateful to have learned about this event and had the opportunity to check it out. It was truly inspirational. Check out the trailer below and be sure to visit the film’s website to learn more about A Day in the Sun.