- the making of Welles's first film, The Hearts of Age
the publication by Todd Press of Everybody's Shakespeare by Welles and Roger Hill, Todd School headmaster
the Todd Theatre Festival orchestrated by Welles at the Woodstock Opera House
This 2014 event (which would benefit the Woodstock Opera House) would feature lectures and panel discussions about these activities by Welles in the Midwest and also in Ireland by Jonathan Rosenbaum, Joseph McBride, Lawrence French, and Michael Dawson.
I'm hoping we can pull an audience from outside Woodstock, not only Chicagoans but even Welles enthusiasts across the country. Interest in this as a Welles event would put "heads in beds" and thereby justify interest on the part of the local tourism bureau in promoting the event. In addition, Welles's centenary occurs in 2015. What better place than Woodstock to celebrate Welles's 100th birthday?
Do you think we can attract attendance from Chicago-area film societies and schools, as well as from outside Chicago? If I can point to evidence of such interest, that would support my case for local sponsorship of such events.
Thank you for your input.