Theater in New York State Screens ‘Peanuts’ Documentary

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By: E&P Staff

A screening of the “Good Ol’ Charles Schulz” documentary was held yesterday at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, N.Y.

After the screening, a question-and-answer session was scheduled with director David Van Taylor, producer Ali Pomeroy, and former syndicate executive Sarah Gillespie, who worked with Schulz when she was comics editor of United Media.

United continues to syndicate “Peanuts” reruns.

In an interview with The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., Taylor said doing the film made him realize that “Peanuts” was like Schulz’s “diary. Always, the strip reflected the things he was working out mentally in his life at any given moment.”

Taylor also told JN reporter Kevin Canfield that the comic “was about two things on the existential level: man’s inhumanity to man and the question of whether the universe is just. And yup, those are timeless.

“And the joyful aspects of it are timeless, too. The Easter Beagle is timeless, the notion of the pure joy expressed in Snoopy’s dance will always appeal to the child in all of us.”

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