Appreciation for documentaries–the theme of Saturday’s MorristownGreen.com Film Festival–runs deep around Greater Morristown.
And we’re not just talking about the local filmmakers who will be competing for prizes at the Hyatt Morristown on Aug. 24, 2013.
S. Dillard Kirby, the newest member of our MG Film Fest sponsor family, likes documentaries so much that he has supported some powerful ones over the years.
The president of the Morristown-based F.M. Kirby Foundation and his wife Adrienne were major backers of Morristown: Where America Survived.
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013
Hyatt Morristown, 6 PM
Admission: Free. Live music: SteppingSTONE Band
Home-grown short documentaries; vote for your favorite!
Bring lawn chair / beach blanket for indoor beach party
Directed by Bob Szuter and based on a book by the late historian John Cunningham, the 30-minute production for New Jersey public television vividly depicts hardships endured locally by Revolutionary War soldiers to win our freedom.
The Kirby Foundation also helped finance The Cartel, a controversial look at New Jersey public education by Bob Bowdon. Gov. Chris Christie has credited The Cartel with influencing his views on educational reforms; the state teachers union dismissed the film as an attack on its members.
That’s what documentaries do: They stir the pot, they provoke debate.
Dillard generously has contributed $500 in prize money to this year’s MorristownGreen.com Film Festival. The donation has purchased gift certificates from Sandrian Camera–which also is donating two video cameras.
Dillard said he hopes Saturday’s MG Film Fest winners (as voted by the audience) might feel stimulated to pursue a film education “and even a career” making documentaries.
He likes how documentaries can be educational, non-commercial and, thanks to advances in affordable digital technology, “they can be done as a compelling story.”
Of course, documentaries don’t have to be controversial to be compelling.
One of Dillard’s favorites is March of the Penguins, the 2005 Oscar-winning nature epic.
“It showed the sacrifices that parents go through. It’s a great movie, with great narration.”