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Reel Science: "The Blob”

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The Westport Library is teaming up with Earthplace to give Westport a new way to look at science. “Reel Science” is a film series that pairs screenings of popular films with science-focused introductions by professionals from the worlds of science and technology. The evening also includes hands-on MakerSpace activities inspired by the film.

In August, we will screen the campy 1958 science fiction classic, The Blob, (1h 26m) starring Steve McQueen. The introduction will explore the science behind meteors. What really happens when a meteor hits the Earth? We will explore a few of the scenarios surrounding space objects colliding with Earth. The evening will include a “Make Your Own Blob” slime-making activity.

Note location: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport
If it rains, the program will be inside Earthplace.

Earthplace
Teen, Maker Movement, Films
High School
Grade10, Grade9

Reel Science: “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids”

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The Westport Library is teaming up with Earthplace to give Westport a new way to look at science. “Reel Science” is a film series that pairs screenings of popular films with science-focused introductions by professionals from the worlds of science and technology. The evening also includes hands-on MakerSpace activities inspired by the film.

In July, see Honey I Shrunk the Kids, the 1989 family classic starring Rick Moranis. The introduction to the film will explore the ecology of backyards. What kind of life is in our backyard? Why is that life important? And what can we do to ensure that the living things in our backyards are well cared for? (Film runs 1 hr, 41m.)

Partner & location: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport
If it rains, the program will be inside Earthplace.

Earthplace
Maker Movement, Films, Family
All ages
Maker Kids

Sizzling Summer Film Series: The Stunt Man

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Enjoy a brief introduction by filmmaker Doris Jacoby and a film. This is a part of a series of five films running on Thursdays, July 12-August 9 at 3:15 pm at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue.

The Stunt Man both a rousing comedy and a drama. Peter O’Toole is directing a film on location and needs another actor. A fugitive shows up and gets the part. The film sat on the shelf for about a year before being released and then wound up on everyone’s “Top Ten Films of the Year.” With Barbara Hershey. Great performances all around.
(1980, 2h 11m)

Note location:  Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue

 

The films in the series are:

Westport Senior Center
Films
Movies

Sizzling Summer Film Series: Fried Green Tomatoes

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Enjoy a brief introduction by filmmaker Doris Jacoby and a film. This is a part of a series of five films running on Thursdays, July 12-August 9 at 3:15 pm at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue.

In Fried Green Tomatoes, women take charge and go from frumps to fighters. Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy (who was a Westport resident), Cicely Tyson, Mary Louise Parker and Fannie Flagg star. Both Tandy & Flagg had Oscar nominations; Bates and Tandy had Golden Globe nominations. Flagg co-scripted from her novel. (1991, 2h 17m)

Note location:  Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue

 

The films in the series are:

Westport Senior Center
Films
Movies

Sizzling Summer Film Series: Meet John Doe

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Enjoy a brief introduction by filmmaker Doris Jacoby and a film. This is a part of a series of five films running on Thursdays, July 12-August 9 at 3:15 pm at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue.

In Meet John Doe, Frank Capra directs another man vs. the establishment—this time with Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Walter Brennan. The American Flm Institute lists it as one of the 100 most inspirational films ever made. It received an Oscar nomination for best script. (1941, B&W, 2h 15m)

Note location:  Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue

 

The films in the series are:

Westport Senior Center
Films
Movies

Sizzling Summer Film Series: Radio

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Enjoy a brief introduction by filmmaker Doris Jacoby and a film. This is a part of a series of five films running on Thursdays, July 12-August 9 at 3:15 pm at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue.

Set in 1976, Radio the true story of a coach and a mentally challenged wannabee football player with Stevie Wonder music throughout. With Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding, Debra Winger & Alfre Woodard. Shot in South Carolina, it’s an inspiring sports drama that got great reviews. (2003, 1h 49m)

Note location:  Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue

 

The films in the series are:

Westport Senior Center
Films
Movies

Sizzling Summer Film Series: Noises Off

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Enjoy a brief introduction by filmmaker Doris Jacoby and a film. This is a part of a series of five films running on Thursdays, July 12-August 9 at 3:15 pm at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue.

Noises Off is a screwball comedy about a troupe of actors who encounter every backstage nightmare possible. It was a hit on Broadway before becoming a film. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich, it stars Carol Burnett, Michael Caine and Chris Reeve. Great fun. (1992, 1h 43m)

Note location:  Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue

 

The films in the series are:

Westport Senior Center
Films
Movies

Documentary Film: "The Mask You Live In"

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The Westport Library partners with the Westport Young Woman’s League to screen the award-winning documentary The Mask You Live In. The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. (2015, 1h 37m) Register online.

Community partner: Westport Young Woman’s League

After the screening, WYWL member Naree Viner will moderate a discussion with panelists Harold Bailey, Jr., Addie Hogue, Sherry Minniti D'Elia, Douglas Moser and Dan Woog.

Harold Bailey, Jr., is Chair of TEAMWestport (Together Effectively Achieving Multicultrualism). Members, who are appointed by Westport’s First Selectman and volunteer their time, believe there are important benefits to our children, ourselves, our neighbors and our towns in doing so. Harold Bailey, Jr. is President of Aisha & Co. LLC. He was formerly CEO, Americas for Show Business Software, Ltd. He is a trustee emeritus of Brown University, his alma mater, from which he also received an honorary Ph.D. He is also a board member of the Westport Country Playhouse, and a founding member of the Stamford chapter of 100 Black Men. Bailey received the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Community Leadership award in 2005.

Addie Hogue attended Saugatuck Elementary School, Bedford Middle School and is currently a junior at Staples High School. She is a member of the crew team for Saugatuck Rowing Club, and participates in community service through several local and national charities. She is a member of The Junior State of America, a National non-partisan organization focused on equipping youth with leadership skills, helping teens fight apathy and teaching them how to become active civic participants. Addie lives in Westport with her mother, father, two brothers and dog, Coco.

Sherry Minniti D'Elia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice for over 20 years and helps people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues and self-esteem.

Douglas Moser is an award-winning theatre and film director who will be leading a class “Writing Your Truth”, a creative writing workshop for the LGBTQ community starting April 16th at the Westport Writers' Workshop. Doug's new novel Pussy Boy bridges the gap between Young Adult and adult themes as a boy and his family learn how to deal with increased bullying.

Dan Woog is the long-time boys' Varsity soccer coach for Staples High School, founder of OutSpoken, Fairfield County's LGBT youth group, and full-time freelance writer known locally for "06880: Where Westport Meets the World".
 

Large Reading Room
Teen, Films
Movies

POSTPONED: Documentary Film: "The Mask You Live In"

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Postponed. New date to be announced.

The Westport Library partners with the Westport Young Woman’s League to screen the award-winning documentary The Mask You Live In. The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. (2015, 1h 37m)

The screening will be followed by a moderated talkback.
Community partner: Westport Young Woman’s League

Large Reading Room
Teen, Films
Movies

WestportREADS 2018 Film: "Community & Country: A Spirit of Service"

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In recognition of Veterans Day, the Westport Library, in partnership with the Westport Historical Society, present a film featuring some of Westport military veterans and their stories. Created by Westport filmmaker Jarret Liotta, Community & Country: A Spirit of Service includes interviews with more than 20 local veterans sharing insights into their personal experiences as a part of something that changed their lives forever. This film is dedicated to our friend Bob Satter, WWII veteran and film interviewee. (2016, 45m)

See the film at this link, Community & Country, Spirit of Service.

Listen to Ebong Udoma's interview with Jarret Liotta on Westport war veterans.

WestportREADS movies are Tuesdays, January 16-February 13 at 2 pm

1/16: A Farewell to Arm
1/23: All Quiet on the Western Front
1/30: Legends of the Fall
2/6: Regeneration
2/13: Community & Country: A Spirit of Service

Community partner: Westport Historical Society

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS 2018 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

A Westport native, Jarret Liotta works professionally as a photographer, writer and video producer. He is currently in post-production on a full-length narrative film he wrote & directed called Home Movie, which was shot entirely in Westport and is due to be completed in early 2018.
Dan Woog's 06880 article on Jarret.

Large Reading Room
WestportREADS 2018, WestportREADS, Films