The film industry is notoriously hard to break into, especially if you don’t know where to start. That’s where we come in!

The Video ‘Crew Call’ Course at the Westport Library’s Verso Studios is taught by the Library’s own Emmy award winner, David Bibbey.  The six-week hybrid program starts on Monday April 12th at 7:00pm and continues virtually for the next three Mondays.

Crew Call will culminate in two final in-person sessions, training participants in the use of professional video production equipment including video cameras, recording audio for video microphones, lighting, and live switching/recording/streaming equipment. There will also be opportunities for participants to serve as live crew for video shoots.

For those who want to up their game, this course will provide a foundation in professional equipment and its use that you can take to the video production and streaming arenas.

Course cost is $150. Class size will be limited, please do register today here.

Join journalist, author, and anchor of CNN's morning show "New Day," Alisyn Camerota, in conversation with Emmy-award winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg.

If you missed the event, you can watch the recording here.

In his new, deeply troubling documentary, Viral: Anti-Semitism in Four Mutations, Emmy-award winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg shows the stunning rise of anti-Semitism in the United States, Hungary, United Kingdom, and France.  With commentary from notable figures such as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Fareed Zakaria, and George Will, Goldberg demonstrates the growing problem of anti-Semitism through compelling first-hand accounts.

The Westport Library and Andrew Wilk are very pleased to present a screening of Viral and discussion with its filmmaker on Wednesday, March 10th and 11th.  The film will be available to viewers on the 10th and on Thursday the 11th at 7:00 pm, Goldberg and Wilk will discuss the film and take questions from the virtual audience.

“The library has long been a bastion of democracy, protecting intellectual freedom and open access to information,” commented Westport Library Executive Director Bill Harmer.  “Libraries are trusted “informal education centers,” that during the current climate are more valuable than ever.”

Andrew Goldberg’s work includes public affairs, history, and current events, with projects focusing on topics such as the Armenian Genocide and contemporary anti-Semitism.

A Yiddish World Remembered focuses on the story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust, as told by some of the remaining eyewitnesses. The film won a New York Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Programming in 2003.

In 2004, Walter Cronkite hosted Goldberg's film Proud to Serve, which explores the life and culture of the US Army through personal stories of veterans. Goldberg's 2006 film, The Armenian Genocide examines the Armenian Genocide during World War I.

Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence aired on PBS in January 2007. Goldberg's 2009 film, Jerusalem: Center of the World, aired nationally on PBS in 2009.

His 2012 film, The Iranian Americans, chronicles the journey of Iranians who moved to the United States shortly after Ayatollah Khomeini's rise to power in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution.

Goldberg has also written and produced television commercials and has also worked extensively in live television and on weekly series.  He and his family recently moved to Westport.

 

Alisyn Camerota is a journalist, author, and anchor of CNN’s morning show New Day.  In her three decades in journalism, Camerota has covered stories nationally and internationally, earning an Emmy Award for her breaking news coverage of the arrest of Roger Stone and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for her breaking news coverage of Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico.

Camerota has also anchored a number of primetime specials, including Tipping Point: Sexual Harassment in America and The Hunting Ground: Sexual Assault on Campus.

Alisyn’s debut novel, Amanda Wakes Up, was selected as one of the best books of the year, and by Oprah Magazine as “a must read.”

 

Andrew Wilk is a five-time Emmy Award winning television, film, music, and media producer. As the former Executive Producer of Live From Lincoln Center, Wilk created programs that featured performances by the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and many other world-class visiting artists.

Prior to this role, Wilk served as the Chief Creative Officer at Sony BMG Music Entertainment where he was in charge of visual content for all 22 Sony BMG label groups: Columbia, Epic, RCA, Legacy, and others.

Wilk spent over a decade at the National Geographic Channel where he was responsible for programming and production that earned him numerous Emmy’s.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County and the CT Anti-Defamation League.

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Watch Westporter Jarret Liotta's newest film, Home Movie and join a discussion between the filmmaker and artist Miggs Burroughs afterward.

Home Movie is a dark comedy about a wounded family’s struggles with death, deception and general mania. Following the death of her father, Alex Hughes returns home to a growing suspicion that her mother may have killed him. As she struggles to make sense of some very odd occurrences—in council with her equally odd sister, Porter—her mother’s warped behavior drags the family deeper into dark dysfunction.

This is a virtual event, please register.

A native of Westport, Jarret Liotta’s artistic passions root deep in the soil of the community he still calls home. A creative professional by trade—award-winning writer, photographer and video producer—his first love has always been film, ever since he was first placed in front of the TV as a small child in a remarkable gesture of inspiration & neglect.

Jarret’s first movie—How Clean is My Laundry—received moderate acclaim, but it wasn’t very good. His second—The Acting Bug—was much better, but no one saw it. Jarret is currently writing a new comedy film that explores racism & gun violence. He intends to shoot it entirely in Westport—hopefully starting next year—and he dreams of seeing a timely & insightful project uniting the community in the spirit of Westport’s artistic tradition.

A lifelong resident of Westport and a full-time graphic artist since 1972, Miggs 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.

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