Interview: ‘Nothing Like Dreaming’

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A new film by Vermont native Nora Jacobson is an exploration of friendship, mental illness and the healing power of art. In “Nothing Like Dreaming,” Emma is a bright 17-year-old girl who works in the Statehouse cafeteria, a backdrop to debates about gay marriage, gun control and drunk driving legislation. She befriends a Sonny, a reclusive sculptor who lives in an abandoned factory where he forges steel.

When Emma is consumed by grief over the death of a friend, she finds solace by becoming Sonny’s apprentice and together they build a rare, strange instrument known as a fire organ.

“Nothing Like Dreaming” is Nora Jacobson’s second dramatic feature film, following “My Mother’s Early Lovers.” Jacobson lives in Norwich, Vermont, and joins us in our Montpelier studio.

(To hear Neal Charnoff’s interview with Jacobson, click on the “Listen” icon.)


  • Savoy Theater, Montpelier – April 1-7, 6:30pm
  • St. Paul’s Church, White River Junction – Friday April 15, 7pm
  • Middle Earth Music Hall, Bradford – Thursday, April 21, 7:30pm
  • White River Indie Film Festival, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction
  • Catamount Arts, Saint Johnsbury –
    May 6-8, 7pm, and May 8 also at 9pm

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