Monday, February 11, 2013

DVD Release of All That Lies Between Us

Blending interviews, poetry, photography, and music, All That Lies Between Us is a moving account of the life and work of Maria Mazziotti Gillan, the award-winning author and poet whose humble upbringing in an Italian-American enclave of Paterson inspired much of her writing and led her to establish innovative and highly respected literary ventures in that historic city, including the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College.

The film features interviews with Ms. Gillan as she reminisces and shares insights about her life, including her student days in Paterson when being Italian was sometimes ridiculed, and when she had the same teacher who taught one of the city’s most celebrated literary figures, poet Allen Ginsberg.

The documentary, which is written, produced and directed by Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse, incorporates images of Paterson that juxtapose sad urban decay with thrilling natural wonders, and remnants of an industrial past with scenes from contemporary life. It also includes footage of Ms. Gillan’s class at Binghamton University-SUNY, and scenes of the campus and city.

To order the DVD, 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. For more information, contact

View the movie trailer
Hear “The Crows of Paterson” written and performed by R. G. Evans, who did the soundtrack for the film.

Here’s what people are saying about All That Lies Between Us

"When this fascinating documentary is over you understand that if there were a country called Poetry, Paterson would be its capital and Maria Mazziotti Gillan would be its president." Jeff Page, Journalist/Writer

“This documentary captures everything I am fortunate to know about Maria—that she is wonderful and warm, gives generously of herself, and is an amazing teacher. I only wish I could flip the DVD over to a CD side with Maria’s rich voice reading every poem she has every written…” Jim Gwyn, poet

"Paterson is lucky to call [her] a native daughter." Jim Haba, Poet/Founder and director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival for 22 years.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). Her latest book is The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books, 2012). She is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. She has published fifteen books of poetry, including The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications), Where I Come From, Things My Mother Told Me, Italian Women in Black Dresses, and What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980-2009 (Guernica Editions). With her daughter, Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies.
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Kevin Carey has won "Best of the Net 2011," "Best Screenplay" (2009) at The New Hampshire Film Festival and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
 His one act plays have been staged at The New Hampshire Theater Project and The New Works Festival in Newburyport, Ma. The One Fifteen To Penn Station is his first book of poetry. He teaches Writing at Salem State University, and is also a seventh grade basketball coach in Beverly, MA.
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Mark Hillringhouse is a published poet, essayist, and photographer whose works have been published in The American Poetry Review, The Paterson Literary Review, The New York Times, The New Jersey Monthly, The Paris Review, and many other anthologies, books and magazines. His photographs, which have won many awards, have been widely exhibited in area galleries. He has recently published a book of photographs and poems, titled Between Frames (Serving House Books). He is a member of the English Department at Passaic County Community College.
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