The Somewhere in Time Weekend and Fan Club
As I mentioned yesterday, we are going to Mackinac Island, Michigan next week to celebrate the annual Somewhere in Time weekend, and also to premiere my book, Bringing Back The Old Hollywood.
Every year since 1991, the fans of Somewhere in Time have taken over the entire Grand Hotel for a weekend in October to celebrate the film. The film is shown in the hotel ballroom, there are guided tours of all the locations (with wonderful scene re-enactments by weekend participants), and there are several discussion panels (including a riotous film trivia contest). The climax to the weekend is a full-dress ball on Saturday night for which many participants dress in vintage 1912 clothing. In fact, many people bring trunks of clothes and dress in 1912 apparel for the entire weekend.
Writer and professor Steve Ellis is the host/impresario of the weekend and he accomplishes his job with a keen wit and a deep love of the film itself. Steve has become a great friend over the years and we so appreciate both his warmth and his dedication.
The annual weekend would never have happened, and I’m not sure Somewhere in Time would be recognized around the world as it is today, if it wasn’t for Bill Shepard.
In 1990, I was contacted by Bill who said that he was a huge fan of the film and that he was starting a fan club called INSITE, The International Network of Somewhere in Time Enthusiasts. INSITE’s newsletter has been published quarterly for the last 20 years! Through Bill’s tireless efforts and passion, INSITE literally lifted Somewhere in Time out of obscurity and into its place today as a “cult film” beloved by people all over the world.
Bill retired from INSITE a few years ago, leaving it in the more than capable and loving hands of Jo Addie who actually appeared as an extra in the film. Jo has also developed an incredible line of collectibles from the film. For more information, please see www.somewhereintime.tv
So, yes, Richard Matheson, who wrote the book and screenplay, is the prime architect of Somewhere in Time. And the film’s wonderful director Jeannot Szwarc is responsible (with huge assists from cinematographer Isidore Mankofsky and film editor Jeff Gourson) for the magic that happened on film. And the chemistry and performances of Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour were truly transcendent.
But the film would never have been made at the magical Grand Hotel without Dan Musser and the film’s exposure to people all around the world is also due in very large part to Bill Shepard, Steve Ellis, and Jo Addie.
We can’t wait to see everyone next week!