"Down in the streets, Beauty was hard to find, but I did it"

  Now seeking local venues.   If you have a suggestion or a lead for a showing of the video, please send us an email.
In the meantime,  you can download short clips below, or  visit our MYSPACE page and leave us a message!

About the Musicians

About the Video

About the Process

About the Authors

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"Life is the stem with thorns.   Art is the Bloom"

                                                                 - President Daisaku, Ikeda, Soka Gakkai International



Special thanks to Lee Wanicur, Lee Fury, Marvin Mitchell, Jay Mark, and Iggy Taylor, for giving us permission to use their original music.  If you have recent webpages or contact information, please send us your new info for the website!


writing1small.jpg “This Way Out” is a short film evolved from a 2003 Philadelphia Fringe Performance that was written, performed and produced by Veronica Gledhill and Peggy Carrigan.  It was first presented to the public at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia with Poets & Prophets Poetry Organization hosting.

Veronica Gledhill, Painter and Poet, met Peggy Carrigan, Poet, in the nineties on the Philadelphia poetry scene. Both were involved with Poets & Prophets Founder and President, Bob Small, they organized various venues while writing and performing their own poetry. As they got to know each other, they often reminisced about the experiences they had as children in South Philadelphia.  The differences were as interesting as the similarities. Their desire to create a piece together and the subject matter came together as both agreed to use their experience as the basis to build upon.

The concept of diversity within the same ethnic group, geography and religious indoctrination seemed a juicy bite to put out there for consumption.  They decided to use the bones of an original play written by Veronica Gledhill in a workshop at a Philadelphia writer’s conference where the original two female characters were sisters. Veronica and Peggy personalized and fleshed out the characters dialogue and went about the creative process that followed of multi-layering various artistic expressions.

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Joe Donato, a local film maker, was brought aboard to film footage of South Philadelphia neighborhoods and city scenes. Veronica and he had worked together on a 2002 Fringe piece, “Wild Women Burn”.  The footage was rolling as a stage backdrop behind the actors as Joe filmed the entire 2003 performance, hence another layer.

Joe was quickly in tune with the art of the piece and after the Fringe Performance the three came together as full collaborators in taking the piece to another level. The film was stripped down, re-acted in front of a blue screen, reproduced and re-scored.   Joe comments on the evolving process:

"We initially discussed the idea of staging certain sections for the video, but on the editing table, I began to see that the vision of the project, the overall idea behind it, requires me to "fill" all the dialouge purely with found footage.   The challenge for me is the same one that Peggy, Veronica, and all Philadelphians for that matter, have for their very lives:  to create an aesthetically pleasing piece that is not only visually compelling, but that carries you through it dramtically at the same time, with our only  palette being the streets of Philadelphia, and our own creativity ."

"This Way Out” movie has been a work of love. We thank the people and art of Philadelphia for the beauty and inspiration they have given.   

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vero.GIF (9912 bytes)Veronica Gledhill is a Philadelphia born artist who attended Lansdowne Institute of Art in Lansdowne Pennsylvania.

Her doorway of expression in the visual realm opened wider through the creative process of pregnancy, birth and motherhood coupled with continued study of master artists in the museums, libraries and art galleries of the greater Philadelphia area, private lessons and adult classes. Her emotional experience to life is the fabric of which the socially conscious images she creates are explored. Relating to the struggles of people in disadvantaged situations underscores the tensions in her strongly colored and powerful depictions and edifying forms.

Her work has been included in juried exhibits including: The Tim Mark Endowment at Penn State - Lima, PA Campus, The Creese Gallery at Drexel University, Highwire Gallery and other Philadelphia Galleries, Delaware County Community College – Media, PA,   Manayunk Art Center in Philadelphia, Community Art Center - Wallingford, PA, Tyme Gallery in Havertown PA as well as numerous Café’s, bookstores and other fine art shows.  Veronica is a current member of the "Philadelphia Women's Caucus for the Arts" and the "Secret Path" Gift Shop in Gradyville, PA also features some of her works.

She was the co-producer, art director and performer in two Philadelphia Fringe Festival events at “The Ethical Society” in Philadelphia: 2002 and 2003. Many of Veronica’s sketches have been published in poetry chap books locally and were featured in the international publication, “The Global Village”.  She has created and produced a line of hand-painted note cards that are sold locally in fine retail establishments as well as retail shops in St. Petersburg, FL.  She also teaches “Creative Painting with Pastel”Adult Night Classes at Springton Lake School.


joe.GIF (13468 bytes)Joe Donato has been pursuing creative ventures all his life, in one medium or another. 

After three years of intensive Theater Study in High school, Joe pursued a degree in Film and Media arts at Temple University, where he was first introduced to new frontiers of non-linear editing. His senior project, "Citizen Ken, a controversial documentary about individuals who legally do not pay income tax was nominated for the Derek Freese grant award.  After graduating in '97, he began to develop his unique shooting style, and hasn't stopped since.  After realizing how few jobs there were locally in the field, but not wanting to be a starving artist, he began his own video and multimedia production business which he's been running for the last five years. He recently was the main cameraman and editor for "Rip Roarin' Lacrosse", a reality-based sports show revolving around the Philadelphia Wings 2004 season.

In 1999, Joe participated in the first class of "Act One: Writing for Hollywood", a month long screenwriting program based in Hollywood, focused not only on the professional business of writing for the entertainment industry, but on the spiritual aspects as well.  His first completed screenplay made quarter finalists in this year's Scriptapalooza contest, and after a few more rewrites, will hopefully have an even more promising future.

Joe is also a musician and has been performing on and off over the years in the band Think of 3, and has also been working on his own recording of original music, which he hopes to finish within the year.

            Peggy Carrigan bio coming soon.



Click below to download short Windows Media files of the final piece.
 (between 1 - 2 megabytes)

"Cement World" "Shadow Man"
"Talking too much" "Poets Need other Poets"

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Click on the thumbnail for a larger images from the streets of Philadelphia featured in "This Way Out". 
See if you can figure out where the image is in the city... 

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We are seeking venues to show the video, as well as film and video festivals to enter!
We are currently scanning the South Philadelphia area for places to show the video, and are looking for a debut party, most likely in South Philadelphia, as well as in Media, Delaware County.   
If you have any ideas for potential screenings, please contact Joe and/or Veronica directly.  Thanks.

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Contact Joe Donato for information about video performances, 610-420-4727, acappella@dvol.com

Contact Veronica Gledhill for information about showings or interests 484-422-8132, veroart@netscape.com



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