Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 pm

“Haunting the Kerouac House”: A Documentary Film Screening & Discussion


H K House Screenshot 14Join current Stone Court Writer-in-Residence Sion Dayson and French filmmaker Frederic Monpierre for the presentation of the documentary short “Haunting the Kerouac House.” A writer suffering from self-doubt gets the chance to live three months in the house of an iconic author. Inhabiting the same space where Jack Kerouac penned The Dharma Bums and found fame with On the Road, the struggling writer not only feels the Beat poet’s spirit as she moves through his home, but also reawakens to her own creative soul.


After screening the 15-minute film, Sion Dayson, the subject of the documentary, and Frederic Monpierre, the filmmaker, will discuss the process behind the project and the lessons they learned about each other’s respective art, as well as invite Q&A. Time permitting, Frederic will also share another short film.


Dayson-SionSion Dayson is an American writer (and recently naturalized French citizen) who has been living in Paris, France for nearly a decade. Her work has appeared in numerous venues including The Wall Street Journal, Utne Reader, Courrier International, Numero Cinq and several anthologies, including Strangers in Paris (Tightrope Books) and Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep (Red Claw Press). Her debut novel, When Things Were Green, will be published by Queen’s Ferry Press in April 2017.

Sion has won grants and residencies from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Kerouac House, and is the current Stone Court Writer-in-Residence in Stockbridge. For the past 6 years she’s blogged about the quirkier side of the City of Light at paris (im)perfect . Sion holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. www.siondayson.com


FredericMonpierreHeadshotFrederic Monpierre is a French filmmaker originally from the island of Guadeloupe. After completing his Masters in Cinematography and Audiovisual Studies at the University of Aix-Marseille, he moved to Paris where he has worked in the field ever since.

As a writer/director, Frederic has created music videos and short films, including “Les Anges Malicieux” (Mischievous Angels), which was selected as a top three finalist in the Babelgum Online Film Festival judged by Spike Lee. It was broadcast on major TV networks including France 2, Canal+ Belgique and ARTV (Canada), as well as shown at many festivals.

As an editor, Frederic has worked for TV channels such as TV5 Monde, France 24, Canal+ (chaine Demain !), and Usuaiha TV. Frederic is currently seeking a producer for his first full-length feature film “Rose,” a psychological thriller set in Paris.  www.fredericmonpierre.com


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