Sue Lange’s ’The Traffic Opera’ is just a part of her story. It’s one of many successes in her journey.
Have you ever been stuck in a traffic jam? Sue Lange was stuck in one on her way home from Harrisburg. The experience became the seed for ‘The Traffic Opera.’ Wow did that seed blossom! The Comedy Short has been nominated for multiple awards at the Southampton Film International, the Nice International Film Festival and the London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival to name a few. Sue Lange is the writer, Andrew Pochan is the director, and Chris Heslop wrote the score for this wildly successful project. Sue is most surprised by the numbers of people in the Berks County area who are familiar with ‘The Traffic Opera,’ and she calls it a gift card to Reading as it was filmed at 6th & Court Streets in downtown Reading and nearly everyone involved in the project is from the Reading / Berks area. Asked if she is surprised by the success of this show, Sue says, “It’s unique. And that’s what gets attention.” You can watch the Comedy short here https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7374490/?ref_=rvi_tt
Sue talks about how it all comes together and which comes first, the writing or the music as she discusses the process from inception to completion. ‘The Traffic Opera’ is part of a larger initiative by The Film Commission and the Reading Theatre Project to make Reading THE Destination for filmmaking. Not one to rest on her laurels, Sue is already onto the next project, ‘Dust Nuggets’ which is also based in the Reading-Berks area. Sue Lange’s story underscores the amount of opportunity available in this area and the numbers of people using their talents to put Reading on the international filmmaking map! Can’t wait to see the release of ‘Dust Nuggets’!
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