A Film by Roger and Gerald Sindell

Where Are They Now?

Let us know where you are now, your current name, what you’ve been up to lo these many years and your contact information if you’d like.

Gerald Sindell (Writer-Director)

Made a number of films after Double-Stop as director, writer, editor and producer and then became a book publisher, founding Tudor and Knightsbridge publishing. He is now a business consultant. Gerald Sindell is married and has four sons, all of whom watched Double-Stop in the local theater for his 60th birthday a few years ago. Current activities include his book on how to develop ideas and get them rapidly accepted The Genius Machine (New World Library, 2009), and his company Agency for Social Media which provides development guidance for technology startups. He lives in Tiburon, CA and can be reached at gsindell@agencyforsocialmedia.com.

Roger (Ivan) Sindell (Writer-Producer)

Ivan is a senior consulting engineer and project manager in telecommunications. He makes his home in Alexandria, VA.

Jeremiah Sullivan (Mike Westfall)

Passed away in 1993 in New York City at the age of 58 after a career in theater, film, and television. Mr. Sullivan was also a professional astrologer with a regular column in Vogue Magazine and an international clientele. The NY Times obituary.

Mimi Torchin (Katherine Westfall)

Mimi Torchin

Mimi Torchin has lived in New York City for nearly 43 years. Upon completion of Double-stop, Mimi returned to the University of Texas to finish her senior year, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting. Before the ink was dry on her diploma she moved to New York City, leading the typical life of a young actress struggling for recognition for nearly a decade. She appeared in shows Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, on the road, made a guest appearance on The Bob Newhart Show, was a playwright and actress in the early years of Manhattan Class Company, and worked as an entertainment correspondent for WNEW TV.

When she was 29 she became an editor at CUE magazine, New York’s premiere entertainment and listings magazine. She wrote features and, as Theater Editor, reviewed plays and wrote a weekly column, “From the Wings,” covering the Broadway and Off Broadway scenes. She interviewed every leading star on and off Broadway and attended opening nights of every major show for five years, as well as covering every aspect of NYC’s cultural riches  from the opening of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to musical acts at the iconic Rainbow Grill at the top of Rockefeller Center to watching Baryshnikov and Nureyev dance for the American Ballet Theater.  She also hosted a popular local cable interview show, CUE on J for several years, interviewing stars of stage and film, musicians, politicians, TV personalities, reviewing restaurants and more.

After leaving CUE she was a freelance writer who wrote for magazines and newspapers including the New York Times Arts and Leisure section and was a theater critic. Rupert Murdoch offered her to the editor in chief position of a new magazine launch, Soap Opera Weekly, in 1989. The magazine was a huge success,  changing the way the press covers the soap industry by being a journalistic rather than a “fan” magazine. During her 11 years helming the magazine she also co hosted E!’s live Daytime Emmy “pre” show for many years, was a guest expert on every major talk show, was a regular celebrity interviewer on SOAPnet’s weekly magazine show,  Soap Center, and more (You can see more than 50 of her interviews on YouTube). After leaving the magazine she wrote a weekly column on SOAPnet.com and eventually reprised her popular weekly column, “Speaking My Mind,” for Soap Opera Weekly.

In the last several years Mimi has made further career transition into art photography, and her work can be seen and purchased on her website www.mimitorchinphotography.com and at the Island Art Gallery/Kennedy Studios on Martha’s Vineyard. She lives in Manhattan for seven months of the year and on Martha’s Vineyard for five.  She is unmarried but in a relationship. “It has been,” she says, “a wonderful life, and Double-stop remains a cherished and exciting memory!”

Tony Walsh (Don Streggor)

Passed away in 2005. There is a memorial page honoring his acting career.

Patti Fairchild (Patti Bolog Schaefer) (Susan)

Patti Fairchild

In the 1960s, Patti Fairchild worked successfully in New York City as an actress and model. She appeared in leading fashion magazines, fashion shows and national commercials. Patti returned home to Ohio to film the movie “Double-Stop.”  Shortly after, she married her hometown sweetheart and continued working in New York City. A few years later, Patti returned back home to Ohio to raise her children. She continued to make regional commercials and soon formed a business that is still very successful today, Patti Schaefer’s Modeling and Performing Arts Center.

Patti has designed and developed a program that teaches men and women how to “put their best foot forward” and how to advance in the work place and climb the corporate ladder. She has worked with the Cleveland Health Museum, several high schools, colleges and universities to help prepare their students for life beyond graduation.

She is the producer and director of “Manners For Everyone” videos and DVD’s for ages 3-5, 6-9, 10-13. She assisted Mt. Union University in their Career Development Department for seven years.

Patti is a certified judge for the Miss America pageant and for numerous years she prepared and coached Miss Ohio’s for the Miss America Scholarship Pageant. She was the Executive Director for the Miss Northeastern Ohio Scholarship Program for nine years.

For 25 years she has been is a certified literacy instructor and tutors adults in her surrounding area.

In 2006, Patti was presented the National Leadership Award by the Republican Congressional Committee as the honorary chairman for the Business Advisory Council. She received two appreciation awards for her contribution to the ongoing fight against hatred and intolerance in America. One of the awards was signed by Rosa Parks. Patti’s name was added to the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama. In June of 1990, she was honored as on of Stark Counties Top Twenty Citizens of the year. Patti was the recipient of the Alliance Mayors Community Service Award in 1981 and just this past year she was honored with the 2010 Athena Award. An International award established in 1982, the Athena Award is given to women who assist other women in reaching their full potential and demonstrate business accomplishments and community service.

What she is most proud of in her life are her children and grandchildren. Patti has a son Tommy who is a singer/songwriter and resides in San Diego, CA and a daughter, Stefani Schaefer who works at Fox 8 News in Cleveland. Patti has two grandchildren Race – who is 10 years old and Siena age 8.

Patti was honored to have been a part of this film and remembers the brilliance of brothers Jerry and Roger Sindell. One of her fondest memories from the movie set?  She says the cast really became more like family than co-workers.

Billy Kurtz (Pablo Westfall)

Billy Kurtz appeared in more than 60 plays and commercials for television and radio in the Cleveland area in the 1960s and early ’70s, including several productions at the Cleveland Play House and Karamu House Theatre. He spent 15 years working with the oldies band Sha Na Na, and has had four books published, with another slated for publication later this year. He lives in the Cleveland area and teaches English at Lorain County Community College.

Michael Charry (Conductor of the Cleveland Symphony)

For nine years, Mr. Charry was assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, whose biography he is writing, to be published by the University of Illinois Press in the summer of 2011. Mr. Charry as been a guest conductor of the orchestras of Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Dallas, Syracuse, Louisville, San Antonio, and Kansas City; the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Belgian BRT, Vancouver CBC and Swiss Radio Orchestras, the Vancouver Academy Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of the State of Mexico.

Opera credits include the New York City, Santa Fe, and San Francisco Spring Operas, Kansas City Lyric Theater, Lake Erie Opera Theater (with the Cleveland Orchestra), Lake George Opera Festival, Netherlands Opera, Holland Festival, and the Boston Lyric Opera. Mr. Charry was Music Director of The Mannes Orchestra and head of Orchestral Conducting from 1989 to 1999.

Frank Evans (Art Director)

Frank was possibly the youngest art director on a feature film in history. Now, Frank Evans’ plays and musicals have been seen off –Broadway, in London and regionally from Hollywood, Florida to Valdez, Alaska. His work has been named “Best of the Year” by the Palm Beach Post, Norwich (CT) Bulletin and TheatreWeek Magazine.  He serves on the Steering Committee of Tony® Honored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and is Producing Director of Musical Mondays Theatre Lab which presents new musicals including an early version of “Next to Normal.”  He shares the Jerry Bock Award with Julie Gilbert for their work on a musical version of “Dinner at Eight.”  Their play, “Puma” which chronicles the thirty year obsessive relationship between Marlene Dietrich and Erich Maria Remarque runs at New Jersey Rep from Feb 24-April 3, 2011.  For “Back Home, the War Brides Musical,” he won the CT Spirit Award and designation by the New York Musical Theatre Festival for “Best of Fest” and “Best Lyrics.”

Tom Peterson (Sound Recording and Mixing)

Tom continued to operate Motion Picture Sound in Cleveland for many years and eventually donated his entire studio to Ohio University. Tom is active in scientific research, sits on many boards, is President of the Antique Wireless Association, and funds numerous projects with his alma mater, M.I.T.

David Davis (Composer)

David continued his long career in Hollywood composing for film and television. He and his wife Peggy retired to the Oregon coast.

Rodger Reinfeld (Production co-ordinator)

Rodger Reinfeld and Gerald Sindell worked together throughout high school as members of The Cruisers, a dance band, and as The Cruisers Trio, a jazz trio, which played for smaller parties, cocktail lounges (yes — in high school!), at a movie premiere  (The Gene Krupa Story) and on local television. Rodger lives in St. Louis, has been married more than 40 years, has three daughters and grandchildren, and has been in retailing most of his professional life. He recently gave his drum set to one of his grandchildren.