‘Saving the Great Swamp’ film lands another screening, March 2 at Bickford

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By Kevin Coughlin

If you missed the December premiere of Saving the Great Swamp, Battle to Defeat the Jetport,  you have another chance to see this hour-long documentary.

A free screening is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre in Morris Township.

Audience member Geri Silk asks question at MPAC screening of jetport movie. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Audience member Geri Silk asks question at MPAC screening of jetport movie in December 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Tickets still are available, but the 300-seat theater is likely to fill up fast. Contact the box office at 973-971-3706 to make a reservation. 

A 6 pm reception will precede the 7 pm screening.

Narrated by actress Blythe Danner, the documentary explores the nine-year fight to defeat the powerful Port of New York Authority, which pressed hard throughout the 1960s for an airport in the Great Swamp.

Life in Greater Morristown would be drastically different today if not for that ferocious grassroots effort–waged without benefit of social media.

Major funder Dillard Kirby speaks at MPAC screening of jetport movie. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Major funder Dillard Kirby speaks at MPAC screening of jetport documentary in December 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Jetport is a cautionary tale about the “precious, fragile, undeveloped land that we have, and how quickly things can change without ongoing diligence,” said local philanthropist Dillard Kirby, who, with his wife Adrienne, spearheaded financing of the project.

The Community Foundation of New Jersey also played a key role in getting Jetport off the ground.  A big crowd turned out for the premiere at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

“It’s fabulous,” said Cam Cavanaugh, whose book Saving the Great Swamp: The People, the Power Brokers, and an Urban Wilderness, was the basis for the film.

Director Scott Morris said he is pursuing talks to land the documentary on PBS, and in film festivals.

The Great Swamp. Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service
The Great Swamp. Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service
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