Maria Mazziotti Gillan used poetry as a way out of an urban childhood that was happy but lower class to success in the writing world.
Filmmakers Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse's documentary on Maria, "All That Lies Between Us" chronicles the deep connections between her life and her writing. It travels from the streets of her hometown Paterson, New Jersey to readings, her home and her work as Director of Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University (SUNY).
“We’re raised to not be honest with anyone outside the home,” she said. “I spent a good portion of my life biting my tongue. The more I taught poetry was the braver I got,” says Gillan.
The film will has two screenings this month.
On Saturday, May 4, it will be shown at the 5th Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem where Maria will be reading.(Peabody Essex Museum Morse Auditorium 12:30 PM ― 1:45 PM)
On Friday, May 10, it will be shown at the Cumberland Regional High School Festival in New Jersey. (7PM, free with donations accepted, at Cumberland Regional H.S., 90 Silver Lake Rd., Bridgeton)
The documentary was written, produced and directed by Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse.
To order a DVD of the film, send check or money order for $17.00 ($15.00 plus $2.00 for postage and handling) payable to Kevin Carey at 605 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915.