ABOUT THE FILM
It Was the Nightingale: The Unreliable Story of Ford Madox Ford, is the first and only feature-length film on the life and work of this extraordinary author.
The author of over eighty books, including the masterpieces, The Good Soldier and Parade's End, Ford survived poverty, being blown up in the First World War and the miseries of passion to become perhaps the greatest writer you’ve never heard of.
Producer: Paul Lewis
Executive Producers: Jan Serr & John Shannon
Director: Paul Lewis
C0-Director: Ryan Poe
Editors: Paul Lewis & Ryan Poe
Sound & Film Design: Kelley Baker
Audio Mix: Marc Rose
Music: Jeff Gandee
Running Time: Approx. 93 mins
Ford's story brings together the great names in twentieth century American and European literature, figures such as James Joyce, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Joseph Conrad, Ezra Pound, Jean Rhys, Ernest Hemingway, H.D., Wyndham Lewis, W.H. Hudson, H.G. Wells, Thomas Hardy and many more. They all have the enormously talented Ford Madox Ford at the center or periphery of their own well-known stories.
The film also features extensive treatment and never-before-seen footage of Ford's last partner, the Jewish-American painter, Janice Biala, captured but never released by filmmakers Judith Wechsler and Richard Leacock in Paris in 1993.
Through principal conversations with eight contemporary voices who have helped re-shape our understanding of Ford, the film takes us on a documentary and impressionistic journey that we hope writers, readers and film-goers everywhere will embrace as their own.
Thank you to all those who contributed to this film!
JAN SERR & JOHN SHANNON
DOROTHY AND ED MILLER, BEVERLY LEWIS, PETER AND GABRIELA FISHER, GEORGE FISH AND KATHLEEN SULLIVAN, PROJECT 324, FRED FRANKLIN JOEL FLETCHER AND JOHN COPENHAVER, JOHN AND BARBARA SUVAL, DAMIAN AND MARYLISE COBEY, FORD TWORKOV PARTNERSHIP, SUE PARTYKE, ED AND KARI LEWIS, MAX SAUNDERS, PAUL SKINNER AND NAOMI NILE, JOHN LEWIS, CRAIG DIETZ, PIPER SHEPARD, MAX SAUNDERS, MARTIN NOVELLI, JUD HONAKER, MELANIE BISCOE, RALPH GORDON, JAMES BROWN, MARA SCANLON & CHRIS FOSS, ASHLEY CHANTLER, CHRISTI CARVER AND CHRIS SCHMIDT, ALICE COBEY, DAMIAN COBEY, HAP CONNORS, FRANK COURT, CAROL T. COX, JIM CROSBY, ED DILEONE, JO ANN LEWIS, ERIC DOYLE, HERMINE FORD, CLIFFORD GARBER, BRIAN GROTH, WIN HARRINGTON, ROB HAWKES, TROY HOWELL, TOM LITTLE, GENE MOORE, NICHOLAS NILE, CAROLINE PATEY, AUSTEN LEMA, SARAH PUERINI, BARBARA AND DANIEL QUANN, TIMOTHY REESE, NICK ROSSETTI, BENTLEY RUMBLE, ELIZABETH SEAVER, JOE SKADE, KIM SKINNER, ERICA SKOWRON, REEVES SMITH, OLIVER SOSKICE, ROB SPENCE, CATHY WACK, JO SKINNER, OWEN SHIRLEY, ERIC & SUSAN DOYLE, REBEKAH LOCKYER, NORRIE EPSTEIN, ELAINE J. JACKSON, WIN HARRINGTON, MELLIE NILE, THOMAS LITTLE, CHRIS AND STAVROULA CONRAD, ROB SPENCE, DAVID PETERSON, TIM HAIGH, PATRICK J. KEATING, JOHN ATTRIDGE, HEATHER FIRTH, WILLIAM BRADFORD, JEAN NATHAN, JON GANN, TROY HOWELL, ALEX CAPSHAW TAYLOR, ROBIN LUBBOCK, BROOKE DILEONE, BETH DILEONE, TIMOTHY REESE, RYAN POE, CHUCK STEIGERWALD AND KATE LOGAN, JUDITH WEBB, CAROLINE PATEY, BRIAN SMELTER.