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Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Me At The RI International Film Festival!

Written By: Schmitty The Weather Dog | August 12, 2015
Julia Louis Dreyfus paws-es for a pic with Author Elly & moi at the screening of her new documentary at the RIIFF. #Cool

Julia Louis-Dreyfus “pawses” for a pic with Author Elly & moi at the screening of her new documentary at the RIIFF. #Cool

OK, I’m a four pound dog. So what could I possibly have in common with the wonderful Ms Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Elaine? The Veep? One word. Education! OK, let me explain.

This past Sunday, Meteorologist Ron, Author Elly and I went to the Metcalf Auditorium at the RISD Museum in Providence, RI for the screening of “Generosity of Eye,” a documentary produced by Ms Julia, her very tall husband, Brad Hall and Julie R. Snyder.  They were all there as part of the pawsome Rhode Island International Film Festival.  After doing a weather pawcast to promote the festival and film . . .

. . . I attended the screening with Team Schmitty The Weather Dog and an SRO crowd of humans.

Ms  Julia, her dad, William, Brad Hall & Julie Synder join RIIFF top dog, Shawn Snyder, after the screening of their doc for a Q & A. OK, so what's a Q & A? Arf-Arf!

Ms Julia, her dad, William (l), Brad Hall & Julie Synder join RIIFF top dog, Shawn Snyder, after the screening of their doc for a Q & A. OK, so what’s a Q & A? Arf-Arf!

Their documentary centers around Julia’s dad, William, who over his lifetime has collected art. Over 3500 pieces of art. That’s a lot of art! When his daughter, Julia, finds out he wants to use his art collection to help support the Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit who’s goal is to help kids learn, go to college and not live in poverty, she thinks it would make a good movie.  And after seeing the movie, Ms JLD is right. Arf-Arf!

I was busy hanging out in my bag thru most of the movie (Ms Julia stood next to me towards the end of the movie and she didn’t even know I was there! BTW – nice shoes, JLD.  BOL!).  But from what Author Elly and Meteorologist Ron told me, it’s a film not to be missed. Julia narrates the film that shows us Mr Louis Dreyfus’ very different “breed” of art work, while also revealing their father/daughter relationship and Mr William’s relationship with all the artists themselves.  He appears to be a shy human that sparkles when it comes to his art and the artist who created them.

Is this an out-of-focus pic of Meteorologist Ron, Schmitty The Weather Dog with William & Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Julie Synder or is it art? Arf-Arf!

Is this an out-of-focus pic of Meteorologist Ron & Schmitty The Weather Dog with William & Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Julie Synder? Or is it art? Arf-Arf!

Then the film introduces us to the Harlem Children’s Zone and it’s top dog, Geoffrey Canada, who explains in such a clear way how it’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty in Harlem thru education. He wasn’t at the screening, but came across as a very smart and amazing human. Paws crossed I might be able to meet him in NYC someday.

After the screening Author Elly raised her hand and asked if their (the producers) plan was to make her cry. Julia pointed to Elly and said, “Yes, you specifically, We wanted to make you cry!” Ms LD is one funny human! Oh yeah . . . we already knew that. But seriously, folks – with the pawsome editing by Shon Hedges, music written just for this film by Steve Rashid, and directed by Brad Hall, “Generosity of Eye” takes you for a wonderful, if not emotional ride. And I love to go for a ride!

Oh yeah – so what does the famous & fun Julia Louis-Drefus and moi have in common? Well, besides not being just another pretty face, Ms Julia’s documentary about her Dad ultimately helps kid’s get an education. And I visit schools with my Schmitty The Weather Dog Weather/Science Assembly to inspire kids to get excited about studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects. Education is the common denominator. Whatever that means.

Full frontal photo bombing Julia and hubby, Brad after the screening at the RIIFF.

Full frontal photo bombing Julia and hubby, Brad after the screening at the RIIFF.

I give “Generosity of Eye” a Great Dane size “four paws up!”

Posing with George T. Marshall, founder & top dog of the RI International Film Festival . . .  for 19 years. He's one amazing human. Bow Wow!

Posing with George T. Marshall, founder & top dog of the RI International Film Festival . . . for 19 years. He’s one amazing human. Bow Wow!

See you in the movies . . .  or in school!

Arf-Arf,
Schmitty The Weather Dog


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