Welcome to the Official Blog for the Documentary Film "On Joy & Sorrow"

The Glass Prism rose to rock 'n roll fame in the 1960s using the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe as the lyrics to its groovin' progressive rock tunes, but the group's journey to stardom was quickly snuffed out like so many bands of the time. Now the guys are back and ready to rock again!
Produced by SailleVision and Post Sputnik
Run Time - 56 minutes

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Scranton Screening - The Aftermath

We had an excellent screening on May 2 at the Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College. The venue was gorgeous! I was told about 500 people bought tickets to the dual show, which included the presentation of the documentary (On Joy & Sorrow - The Glass Prism Story) and rockin' concert that followed by the Glass Prism (Tom Varano, Augie Christiano, Rick Richards and Lou Cossa).

Here are some photos from the big day:

Shadoe Steele from 98.5KRZ as the Master of Ceremonies

Mike Soltis sells t-shirts

Bob & Susan Ross with DVDs of the 2008 concert

The beautiful facade of the Mellow Theater

Producer Bob Ross, his wife Susan, myself (Sarah Fulton) and my husband Matt Lewis were in attendance. We were all very proud and excited to finally share this story with the passionate fans from the Scranton area. It was fantastic to hear the audience applaud at different parts of the film - such as after the Raven "music video" in the middle of the film. I also enjoyed hearing the fans singing along to that part of the movie. I think members of the audience liked seeing themselves and the old photos of the region and the band members.
I'm glad we finally had this generous opportunity to share the film with all of you in an appropriate theater and be part of a huge evening surrounded by those reliving their memories of the Glass Prism while enjoying their groovy music today.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Finally, a screening in SCRANTON!!!

The documentary has been completed for a year and all the key components have finally come together for a live screening in Scranton!

Please join us for a SPECIAL EVENING of film and a LIVE one-hour performance by The Glass Prism followed by a meet-and-greet on Sunday, May 2 at the Mellow Center in Scranton, PA. The documentary goes on first at 7 p.m., followed by Tom, Rick, Augie & Lou rockin' out at 8 p.m.

Get your tickets NOW! Tickets are $25.50 a piece and are on sale at www.etix.com or at Joe Nardone's Gallery of Sound at Fashion Mall in Dickson City or 186 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre. For more info call: 570-829-3603.

Concert DVDs of The Glass Prism's 2008 reunion concert will be on sale at The Mellow Center show. All three filmmakers (Bob, Matt & Sarah) will be present and look forward to meeting you.
Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 29, 2009


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Monday, October 26, 2009

Allentown Screening 10-24-09

Hi everyone.

We just wanted to thank all the people that showed up at the Allentown BrewWorks this past Saturday. There were about 50 people there to see the film. What a great turnout! The viewing was in the downstairs martini bar called the Silk Lounge. Two screens were set up so that nobody would have a bad seat.

Special thanks to Diane and the rest of the BrewWorks crew for making this event possible.

Please check out the pictures below to see some of the crowd.

Film Editor Matt Lewis & Diane from BrewWorks

Local musician Dave with Producer Bob Ross and artist Zehra

Artist Vicki DaSilva & husband Antonio

Filmmakers Sarah Fulton, Bob Ross & Matt Lewis

Peter & Joseph with a front row seat

Friday, October 2, 2009

Screening Scheduled in Allentown, PA


A nationally screened film produced by Lehigh Valley filmmakers to premiere locally at Allentown Brew Works on October 24.

“On Joy & Sorrow – The Glass Prism Story” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 in the Silk Lounge at Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street.

The film tells the story of The Glass Prism, who rose out of industrial Scranton with the first concept album, “Poe Through The Glass Prism.”

The Glass Prism achieved rock ‘n roll fame in the 1960s using the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe as the lyrics to its groovin’ progressive rock tunes, but the group’s journey to stardom was quickly snuffed out like so many bands of the time.

The film chronicles the rise of the band, its ultimate demise and the journey of the remaining members, who 40 years later, decided to reunite and start rocking again.

The film is an Official 2009 Selection of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Flint Film Festival, of Flint, Michigan.

The documentary is a collaboration of Bob Ross, of Jim Thorpe, and Sarah Fulton and Matt Lewis, of Allentown. The filmmakers plan to attend the screening.

The event is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Silk Lounge, lower level of Allentown Brew Works. Come early to claim a good seat! Guests are encouraged to patronize Brew Works, which is graciously hosting the screening, and enjoy the restaurant’s delicious food and award-winning microbrews.


Sarah Fulton

UPDATE: Here is the link to the Brew Works Listing.

Visit the official documentary blogsite: OnJoyAndSorrow.blogspot.com

Monday, September 7, 2009

Another Festival!

The 6th annual Flint Film Festival in Flint, Michigan, has accepted the documentary for screening. It will be showing Saturday, October 17.

We are very excited that our film is being recognized and accepted in other places that have no ties to the Glass Prism or Poe. We think it really speaks to the quality of our storytelling and that makes us proud!

We will provide updates as they arrive.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

R.I.P. Les Paul

Les Paul died last night, Aug. 12, of respiratory failure. He was 94 years old.

We were all very proud to have met this incredible man - inventor of the electric guitar, multi-track recording, and up until this year, a live performer for more than 70 years.

Our film crew met Les at Iridium Cafe in NYC last winter (2008) to interview him for "On Joy & Sorrow." Les was willing to speak with us before taking the stage for his weekly jazz performance. He discussed The Glass Prism, recording in the 1960s, musicians changing taste in an attempt to please the public and his mission to preserve the enormous catalog of famous musicians that he recorded at his home studio in Mahwah, N.J. He was a kind old man and offered us popcorn, one of his favorite treats.

Les leaves an incredible legacy, from the engineering feats he completed, ideas he invented and mastered and the hundreds of talented musicians he recorded. May he rest in peace.