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Heartwarming Documentaries for December: "Young@Heart"

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In December, view documentaries curated by the Patron Services staff. These touching and inspiring stories will have you re-considering non-fiction films.

Young@Heart follows the Young@Heart Chorus, a group composed of New England senior citizens who perform songs by artists from Clash to Coldplay. It chronicles seven weeks in the lives of the members of the chorus as they prepare for a one-night-only concert in their hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts. The group is made up of two dozen seniors—former schoolteachers, executives, doctors and food service workers—who specialize in reinterpreting rock, punk, and R&B classics from a unique perspective. What ultimately emerges in the film is a funny and moving testament to friendship, creative inspiration and expectations defied. (2007; 1h 47m)

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Heartwarming Documentaries for December: "Buck"

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In December, view documentaries curated by the Patron Services staff. These touching and inspiring stories will have you re-considering non-fiction films.

Buck follows Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. From his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses, this real-life “horse-whisperer” eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. “Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” (2011; 1h 30m)

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Heartwarming Documentaries for December: "The Rape of Europa"

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In December view documentaries curated by the Patron Services staff. These touching and inspiring stories will have you re-considering non-fiction films.

The Rape of Europa is the story of Hitler and the Nazi regime who, in addition to being some of the worst war criminals in history, were also among the most prolific art thieves. During World War II, the Third Reich ordered the destruction of thousands of pieces of art from "inferior" cultures and the theft of thousands more. This documentary explores the effects of the cultural destruction perpetrated by the Nazis across Europe, and examines the ongoing struggle to recover and return the stolen art. (2006; 1h 57m)

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Heartwarming Documentaries for December: "Obit. Life on Deadline"

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In December view documentaries curated by the Patron Services staff. These touching and inspiring stories will have you re-considering non-fiction films.

Obit. Life on Deadline presents the small staff of obituary writers at The New York Times who, every morning, deposit the details of three or four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory—each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. It’s amazing what goes on in the obits. There are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world, and none are better than at The Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism. The writers de-emphasize the death, and tell stories of lives lived in extraordinary ways, often below the radar. With this comes uncommon insights – insights only the rare obituary writer could have – into the passage of generations, the astonishing cycle of life, the ebb and flow of time, and culture as it appears to accelerate and vanish at the same time. (2016; 1h 33m)

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Indie Films for November: "Night on Earth"

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In November, view independent films chosen by Westport Library’s Executive Director Bill Harmer. These are iconic films or filmmakers that inspired the new independent film wave.

Night on Earth presents five stories, each involving a cab ride and set in a different city around the world. In Los Angeles, no-nonsense taxi driver Corky (Winona Ryder) gets an engaging customer in the form of a Hollywood casting agent (Gena Rowlands), while a Parisian cabbie (Isaach De Bankolé) must contend with some rowdy African diplomats. Among the other tales, a standout is the Italian taxi ride that finds quirky driver Gino (Roberto Benigni) making a lively confession to an ailing priest. (1991; 2h 9m)

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Indie Films for November: "The Straight Story "

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In November, view independent films chosen by Westport Library’s Executive Director Bill Harmer. These are iconic films or filmmakers that inspired the new independent film wave.

In The Straight Story, directed by David Lynch, a retired Iowan farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), learns that his estranged brother Lyle (Harry Dean Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey. (1990; 1h 52m)

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Indie Films for November: "Slacker"

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In November, view independent films chosen by Westport Library’s Executive Director Bill Harmer. These are iconic films or filmmakers that inspired the new independent film wave.

Slacker, directed by Richard Linklater, presents a day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs. (1991; 1h 37m)

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Indie Films for November: "Henry Fool"

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In November, view independent films chosen by Westport Library’s Executive Director Bill Harmer. These are iconic films or filmmakers that inspired the new independent film wave.

In Henry Fool, socially inept garbage man Simon (James Urbaniak)  is befriended by Henry Fool (Thomas Jay Ryan), a witty roguish, but talentless novelist. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the 'great American poem.' As Simon begins his controversial ascent to the dizzying heights of Nobel Prize-winning poet, Henry sinks to a life of drinking in low-life bars. The two friends fall out and lose touch until Henry's criminal past catches up with him and he needs Simon's help to flee the country. (1997; 2h 17m)

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Film About Local Veterans: "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 short 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. Following the screening, WSHU Senior Reporter Ebong Udoma will moderate the discussion with veterans Leonard Fisher, Pat Scott and RJ Feliciano. This film is dedicated to our friend Bob Satter, WWII veteran and film interviewee.

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


Leonard Fisher

Pat Scott

RJ Feliciano

Community partner: Westport Historical Society

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

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.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year. In addition to providing long-form reports and features for WSHU, he regularly contributes spot news to NPR, and has worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR’s diversity initiative. More...

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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. Learn more about Emily Dickinson.

 


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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

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