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Bill Rosecan has been a part of the Camphill Hudson community for about seven years. He came from the Camphill Copake village along with a few other people who now all share a house here in town. Bill is turning seventy-one in July. We spoke about his seventieth birthday last summer when he and Roy Ford (Director of Camphill Hudson) went on a two weeklong ride on Amtrak to New Mexico. Bill also speaks about many of the people in the community, especially his good friend Elias Rive. He talks about going to the train station with Elias and talking to conductors, greeting passengers, and just watching the trains come in and out. Other topics discussed in this interview: community dinner on Tuesdays at Solaris, various jobs around the building and in the town, Copake village, Childhood, St. Louis, Chicago, Pride Parade, Flag Day, Clearwater, and Pete Seeger.
I am currently Program Coordinator for Oral history Summer School, a filmmaker, and a sometimes dancer. I have a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from The New School University. I grew up in Massachusetts, and then lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Burlington, VT last December. I am currently working on three film projects about addiction and mental illness, an antique storeowner and his dog, and my mother as she recovers from a stroke and subsequent aphasia. I am interested in experimental practices, cognition, PTSD, creativity, and humor.
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