Nothing Like Dreaming
is about a teenage girl who befriends a strange, older man. Sonny Gale
is a reclusive sculptor who lives in an abandoned factory where he forges
steel and makes fire sing. Emma is a bright 17-year old who works in
the cafeteria of the state capitol building where gay marriage laws
are being debated along with gun control and drunk driving legislation.
Her father Jess, whom she adores, is a liberal state senator.
the space of one night, Emma's life is torn upside down: Her best friend
is killed in a car accident after a keg party in the woods. Repressing
feelings of guilt, unable to express her grief, and angry at the world,
Emma finds solace in Sonny's workshop. Like a shaman, he guides her
through her journey of loss and grief. She becomes his apprentice, and
together they build a spectacular fire organ that enchants Emma's teenage
friends with its other wordly, mysterious sounds. Emma's father, jealous
and fearful of Sonny and Emma's relationship, alerts the authorities
about Sonny's obsession with fire.
A confrontation with the police ensues, replete with
barricaded kids and hysterical parents, throwing Sonny into intense
emotional turmoil. Emma finds a way to connect with him, and brings
him back from the edge of madness. Nothing Like Dreaming is about compassion,
the freedom to be different, and the mystery of the human mind.
photo: Thomas Ames, Jr.