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Film Screening of "Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World"

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See Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World, an in-depth examination of the life and work of one of America’s greatest female poets. Writer and Dickinson scholar Jerome Charyn will introduce the film (which is narrated by Cynthia Nixon) and afterward lead a Q/A with producer Sol Papadopoulos, who also produced the new feature film “A Quiet Passion” starring Cynthia Nixon as Dickinson. (2017; 80 m) The film premiered at the Morgan Library & Museum in May 2017. This screening is in conjunction with the Great Hall exhibit described below.


ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

Westport photographer/graphic artist and the Library's Artist-in-Residence Miggs Burroughs pairs his signature, "animated" lenticular imagery with the visual poetry of American Sign Language (ASL) to express a poem about compassion by Emily Dickinson. Entitled "Signs of Compassion," the exhibit features 30 Westporters signing segments of the short poem, written around 1864, that begins "If I can stop one heart from breaking." With the exception of Noah Steinman, who's a fluent signer and helped Burroughs pose each person's hands as closely as possible to the actual ASL signs, the people in the images are neither deaf nor fluent signers. Rather they volunteered to help Burroughs introduce this simple but powerful poem to both the hearing and hearing-impaired communities in a purely visual way.

Learn more about American Sign Language.

On display through August 31

Artist reception: Friday, May 26 from 6-7:30 pm in the Great Hall

Wednesday, June 14 at 6 pm: Artist-to-Artist TalkMiggs Burroughs discusses his work with Westport artist Katherine Ross. An opening reception for the artist will be held in The Great Hall on Friday, May 26, from 6-7:30 pm. And on Wednesday, June 14, from 6-7 pm, the Library will continue its Artist-to-Artist series in The Great Hall, with Burroughs changing seats this time from doing the interviewing to being interviewed by fellow Westport artist Katherine Ross.

Closing reception: Monday, August 21 from 6-8 pm

A lifelong resident of Westport and a full-time graphic artist since 1972, Burroughs has designed hundreds of logos, ads, brochures and now websites for commercial and nonprofit clients throughout Fairfield County. Among his most notable projects have been designing the Westport Town Flag, an Easter Egg for Reagan's White House (which is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution), a U.S. Postage Stamp, four covers for TIME Magazine and, more recently, Tunnel Vision on Main Street. As a member of the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan and of the Westport Arts Center, he has won much acclaim for his cutting-edge lenticular imagery and is one of only about a dozen artists in the country working in this medium.
A 1967 graduate of the Carnegie Tech drama department in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie Mellon University), Burroughs says that his short-lived career in theater "began and ended with an audition for The Graduate, when an actor of questionable talent, named Dustin Hoffman, got the part of Benjamin."

Dan Woog's O6889: "Miggs Burroughs’ Signs Of Compassion"

Migg's presentation at the CT State Capitol for Arts Day, speaking about the background and preparation of this exhibit

July 2016 Westport News article on Miggs

Dan Woog 06880 article on Miggs as Artist-in-Residence

Large Reading Room
Films, Exhibits
Poetry, Movies, Art

Sizzling Summer Film Series: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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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 at 3 pm, July 6-August 3 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin and John Carradine. It qualifies as a Western, but has been called “the greatest American political movie.” It’s about honesty, gun control, corruption, freedom of the press and racism. Four stars from Ebert. (1962, 2h 3m)

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

 

The films in the series are:

7/20: Z
7/27: De-Lovely
Other
Films
Movies

Sizzling Summer Film Series: De-Lovely

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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 at 3 pm, July 6-August 3 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue.

In De-Lovely, Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd and Jonathan Pryce re-create the life of Cole Porter. Full of his glorious music, it’s a tribute to the exhilarating American songbook. As Ebert said, “The film is a musical and a bio, and brings a worldly sophistication to them both, a rarity in films.” Ebert gave it  3½ stars. (2004, 2h)

 

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

 

The films in the series are:

7/20: Z
7/27: De-Lovely
Other
Films
Movies

Sizzling Summer Film Series: Z

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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 at 3 pm, July 6-August 3 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue.

Z is fictional account based on an assassination in Greece. The investigator hired to cover it up instead reveals a deeply corrupt political system. The result is a film that’s “almost unbearably exciting” according to the New York Times. With Yves Montand, Irene Papas and Jean-Louis Trintignant. (1969, 2h 7m)

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

 

The films in the series are:

7/20: Z
7/27: De-Lovely
Other
Films
Movies

Sizzling Summer Film Series: You Can't Take It With You

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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 at 3 pm, July 6-August 3 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue.

You Can't Take It With You is a delightful classic. The Best Picture of 1938 was directed by the Best Director of 1938, Frank Capra. Cast included Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer and a teenager named Ann Miller. You won’t be able to stop laughing. (1938, 1h 58m)

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

 

The films in the series are:

7/20: Z
7/27: De-Lovely
Other
Films
Movies

FamilyVacationMovies

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C'mon over for some Family Vacation Movies!
All screenings begin at 2pm and
will be shown in the Higgins Room.


Monday, April 10:
Zootopia
 

Tuesday, April 11:
Moana


Wednesday, April 12:
Trolls

Higgins Room
Films, Family
All ages
Movies

Godzilla Day: Classic Movies, Author Talk & Sculpting

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Join a day of activities around one of cinema's most enduring and popular characters, Godzilla. Start with classic Godzilla movies on the big screen. Then, Staples High School English teacher and author Brian Solomon shares his book, which explores the character, popularity and the many facets of the  "King of the Monsters." Finish the day with a sculpting workshop with Chris Crowe and create your very own Godzilla!

9:15 am: Godzilla (1954; 1h 36m)
11 am: King Kong vs. Godzilla
            (1962; 1h 31m)
1 pm: Author Brian Solomon on his book Godzilla FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of the Monsters
2:30-4:30 pm: Sculpt your own Godzilla with Chris Crowe (NOTE: This workshop will be held upstairs, in the new MakerSpace!)

Author Brian Solomon has been in love with Godzilla for as long as he can remember, and today he is proud to be passing along the kaiju craze to his own son. As a writer, he's contributed to publications such as Fangoria, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and VENU, and he s even edited a volume on the history of chemical and biological warfare. He s the mastermind behind the popular film website TheVaultOfHorror.net and has given film discussions throughout the greater New York area


ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

McManus Room
Films, Family, Authors
High School, All ages

Screening of the Documentary Film "Newtown"

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In Newtown, the filmmakers use unique access and never-before-heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Link to trailer. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience. After the film, CNN anchor and Westport resident Alisyn Camerota will moderate a discussion with teacher Abbey Clements, who survived the shooting, will answer questions. (2016, 1h 25m)  Register online.

NOTE LOCATION: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

Community partner: The League of Women Voters

WestportNow article on the program

New York Times Critics Pick: “Its sentiments are clear, underscored with heartache eloquently expressed.”

Abbey Clements was a second grade teacher at Sandy Hook School for 11 years. She and her students survived the shooting on December 14, 2012, which took the lives of 20 first graders and six educators. Since the shooting, Abbey has become a gun violence prevention activist; she is both a Survivor Fellow with Everytown for Gun Safety and a Communications Lead for the Connecticut chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Abbey taught at Sandy Hook School for two and a half years after the tragedy, and is currently teaching fourth grade at another Newtown elementary school.

Other
Films
Movies

"Oscar-Worthy" Film Series: Jackie

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Jackie is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). It places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well. Nominated for Golden Globe awards for Best Actress (Natalie Portman). (2016, 1h 40m)

Tuesdays in April at 2 pm

4/4: Arrival (2016, 2h 17m)
4/11: Jackie (2016, 1h 40m)
4/18: Hacksaw Ridge (2016, 2h 19m)
4/25: Elle (2016, 2h 10m)

McManus Room
Films
Movies

"Oscar-Worthy" Film Series: Hacksaw Ridge

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Believing that the war was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic he single-handedly evacuated 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII. He was the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Nominated for Golden Globe awards for Best Picure, Best Actor (Andrew Garfield) and Best Director (Mel Gibson.) (2016, 2h 19m)

Tuesdays in April at 2 pm

4/4: Arrival (2016, 2h 17m)
4/11: Jackie (2016, 1h 40m)
4/18: Hacksaw Ridge (2016, 2h 19m)
4/25: Elle (2016, 2h 10m)

McManus Room
Films
Movies