July 1, 2024

Filming Wraps for Documentary on Mount Dora’s Iconic Starry Night House

2.1 min read| Published On: July 1st, 2024|

By Cindy Peterson

Filming Wraps for Documentary on Mount Dora’s Iconic Starry Night House

2.1 min read| Published On: July 1st, 2024|

Filming has officially wrapped on the highly anticipated documentary about Mount Dora’s renowned Van Gogh ‘Starry Night’ house. Directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Lionel Montells, the documentary aims to share the remarkable story of the family and their extraordinary home with the world.

In 2017, Nancy Nemhauser and her husband Lubomir Jastrzebski transformed their 10,000-square-foot home into a stunning replica of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to help their autistic son, Chip, find his way home if he ever got lost. This act of love and creativity sparked a legal battle with the city of Mount Dora over code violations. The conflict drew international attention and was ultimately resolved in 2018 with a settlement and an apology from the city’s mayor.

The documentary delves into the heartwarming and dramatic journey of the family, featuring interviews with key figures involved in the story, including family members, neighbors, and even strangers who supported the cause. Montells, captivated by the story’s humanity and resilience, said, “My fascination with this story is how a simple sign code violation started a succession of events that captured the hearts of millions of people all around the world. Even to this day.”

Post-production will begin immediately, with the documentary expected to premiere later this year. The film will be submitted to major film festivals and hopes to be available on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Here are some pictures from the wrap party!

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About the Author: Cindy Peterson

Originally from the small town of Berryville, Arkansas, Cindy has become a multimedia specialist in journalism, photography, videography, and video editing. She has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and produces Style Magazine's Sports Hub Podcast and the Healthy Living Podcast. She also produces for Beacon College’s Telly Award-winning PBS show, “A World of Difference.” When she isn’t working, Cindy loves traveling the National Parks with her husband , Ryan, and son, David, photographing wildlife.

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