The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations

Event Details

Film | Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM | $5

The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations

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The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations” playfully explores the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of one of the most universally beloved children’s books of our time.

Through interviews, animation and archival materials, the documentary traces the friendship between author Norton Juster and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer, and the wit and wisdom of the novel over half a century.

Starting with its opening sequence, featuring actor David Hyde Pierce narrating an animated sequence created for the documentary, the film introduces viewers to the hilarious world of The Phantom Tollbooth, along with some of the novel’s more serious themes. Discover Norton Juster’s word play, watch Jules Feiffer draw Tollbooth protagonist Milo for the camera, and hear children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle reflect on the creative process and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik share what makes the book a classic.

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Immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion concerning the film and the subjects that it raises.


The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations – Official Documentary Trailer from freckless productions on Vimeo.

About the Director

Hannah Jayanti is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and editor combining documentary and video art to explore the world around her. She recently directed and edited her first full length documentary, The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations, which premiered at the 2013 New Yorker Festival ( She has worked as
line-producer, 2nd camera and still photographer on documentaries for the BBC and VIXPIX Films including “The Secret Life of Uri Geller,” “Rolf Harris Paints His Dream” and “The Agony and The Ecstasy of Phil Spector”. She currently teaches video production in Brooklyn while working freelance as an editor and video producer for independent documentaries and short videos for such clients as VICE, Random House, BRIC Arts Media, The Village Voice, All Rites Reserved, Film at Eleven, Grand Central Publishing, among others.  She is interested in the cross section of documentary, video art, animation and literature. And in embodying pithy phrases such as “life is an end itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have enough of it”.

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On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.


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