Directors Matthew Broderick, Kenneth Lonergan, Josh Goldin to speak at Morristown film screenings


St. Peter’s Episcopal Church  in Morristown will screen a series of films with the movies’ directors during a Sunday Lenten program called “Removing Our Veils.”

The series begins Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. with Infinity, a 1996 American biographical drama about the early life of physicist Richard Feynman, followed by a talk with Matthew Broderick.

Brother of St. Peter’s Rector Janet Broderick, he portrayed Feynman as well as directed and produced the film. His mother, Patricia, wrote the screenplay based on the books Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?, both written by Feynman and Ralph Leighton.

Matthew Broderick’s acting roles have included the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Leo Bloom in The Producers. He won Tony Awards for his roles in Brighton Beach Memoirs and the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and currently appears on Broadway in Nice Work if You Can Get It.

Actor Matthew Broderick poses backstage with St. Peter's clergy and youth group members after an October performance of the Broadway musical "Nice Work if You Can Get It." Sharon Sheridan photo

On March 3 at 5 p.m., Janet Broderick will stage a reading by St. Peter’s members of the play The Graduation, featuring two teens in New York, one living in an apartment with her dying father. The father tries to get through to his daughter. She is unable to let her guard down with them, but she begins to heal with the help of a good friend.

March 10 will feature a 4 p.m. screening of Margaret, followed by a talk by Kenneth Lonergan. In the film, a young woman witnesses a bus accident and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not the accident really was intentional affects many people’s lives.

A playwright, screenwriter and director, Lonergan wrote and directed the film You Can Count on Me, nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay.

The series ends March 17 with a 5 p.m. screening of Wonderful World, a comedic drama in which Ben Singer has his cynical world view darkened by his roommate Ibu’s sudden medical situation. But the arrival of Ibu’s sister, Khadi, might remedy both men’s ills.

The film’s director Josh Goldin, who earned a master’s at Columbia Film School in New York, will speak after the screening.

Removing Our Veils was designed to help participants explore the powerful people God intended them to be, examining questions such as: Who are you deep inside? What would happen if that voice were allowed to speak in full volume? How do friends and community empower us?

A light soup-and-bread supper will be available for those attending the program. Suggested donation is $10 per evening.


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