About the Book
This entertaining, humorous, and well-illustrated book, harks back to a former time of tree-lined Main Streets, doctors who make house-calls, a gay couple (in this case, two female doctors), a mailman bribing with dog biscuits and a small town's soda fountain. The book encourages a recharge we could all use. It's nice to be reminded, occasionally, of how to just take a breath and look around, smell the roses– cell/phones, laptops, emails and other links disabled. Maybe take some time out to enjoy a midnight moon, the flight of pillow feathers and magical birds circling, a disco shower of light, urging on Abel–and ourselves to make time for a sense of wonder.
Rick Schmidt has been creating films since the seventies and "Sticky Wicket" is his 26th feature. His films have been screened in film festivals around the world, including Sundance's Dramatic Competition (Grand Jury Prize nomination), Slamdance, Rotterdam, Berlin International, New Directors/New Films, the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and has received critical praise from top film critics. Schmidt is also author of "Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices" which is considered "The Bible" of fledgling filmmakers and has been credited with influencing filmmakers Kevin Smith, Vin Diesel, Tom DiCillo and others. His "Extreme DV" (Penguin/Random House Books, 2004) is for the digital filmmaker who has an improv story to tell. Since 1995 his "Feature "Workshops" have helped dozens of aspiring filmmakers to make their first feature film, and their "Chetzemoka's Curse" has been certified Dogme #10 by internationally acclaimed Dogme 95 filmmakers Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.