Cemetery Gates: A Tour of Lowell Cemetery

Lowell’s Matthew Ludvino is a professional filmmaker and editor whose documentary credits as an editor include Year of the Bull and The Man in the Mask. This year, Matt focused some of his considerable talent on creating a film version of one of my Lowell Cemetery tours. In this effort, Matt was assisted by his friend and professional colleague Georgia Pantazopoulos (whose cinematography credits include A Band Called Death and The Crest (Georgia is also a union grip and camera operator who has worked on such major motion pictures as Little Women and Knives Out) .

Matt and Georgia have created a tremendous 18-minute-long film that captures the beauty, mystery, and history of Lowell Cemetery. The full video is embedded below and can also be seen on Matt’s page on Vimeo.

Cemetery Gates: A Tour of Lowell Cemetery from Matthew Ludvino on Vimeo.


10 Responses to Cemetery Gates: A Tour of Lowell Cemetery

  1. Henri says:

    Wonderful production of a great tour! Until the snow clears away, a perfect way to enjoy spring, history, art and unique Lowell stories.

  2. Sheila says:

    Poe, Bell, Moxie, there is always a Lowell connection. Thank you to everyone involved for this most entertaining tour!

  3. Jeannie Sargent Judge says:

    What an interesting and informative tour, well produced. On this chilly day, it was lovely to watch!

  4. Gerard J Bisantz says:

    Dick, what a terrific tribute to Lowell and the many wonderful and interesting people who helped to make it the great city it is today. I can’t imagine a more concise and moving history lesson. This should be shown in all of our public schools.
    I am familiar with Georgia’s work, having screened her wonderful film “The Crest” at Old Court last year with Image Theater, but I am equally impressed with Matthew Ludvino’s editing and your calm and smooth voice over work. Well done!! This film deserves to have an “afterlife”!!!

  5. Louise Peloquin says:

    This magnificently shot, well-produced and clearly-narrated tour is not only a visit to the “outdoor museum” which is the Lowell Cemetery, but it is also a vision of peace in a new life.
    Thank you for posting this beautiful document!

  6. Louise says:

    James Joyce’s words make me think of the Lowell Cemetery during the 2020 winter solstice.
    “A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight…It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”
    – “Dubliners”, “The Dead”, James Joyce.

  7. David Daniel says:

    Another piece of the vast & ever intriguing mosaic that is Lowell. This film deserves to be seen far and wide. Congratulations to everyone who made it come together. As several commenters have noted, it’s a good teaser to take a tour when the planets are congenially aligned.

  8. Marie P Sweeney says:

    Kudos… beatifully captures the Lowell Cemetery in film and narrative… the birds, the breezes, the lore, the literary, the lofty and the lure of Lowell…

  9. Emily Ferrara says:

    Wonderful video and tribute to the Lowell Cemetery! I love Dick Howe’s narration of some of the cemetery’s history and the pairing with pastoral scenes. The bit of cobweb floating from the spool in the hand of the mill girl is haunting.