My first full length documentary is now available and the reviews are in:
“Spontaneous Creative Inventiveness” The New Yorker
“Charming” Fortune Magazine
“Gatsby fans rejoice!” Film Threat
Now available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, other digital platforms and major cable operators too!… Read the rest
Inspired by a 1996 New Yorker article by the esteemed Westport writer, Barbra Probst Solomon, who first connected the Gatsby dots to Westport, Deej Webb and myself picked up Barbara’s baton because her piece was ignored by the Fitzgerald scholars. Besides writing numerous books and essays, Barbara had also started a literary magazine with her good friends Saul Bellow and Norman Mailer, and yet nobody bit on her thesis.
Sam Waterston played Nick Carraway in the ’74 Gatsby, and he plays a person interested in literary history in my film: Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story
We interviewed more than a dozen scholars, dug into the archives at Princeton, made a presentation at a Fitzgerald Society Conference in Montgomery, Alabama. We even journeyed up to Burlington Vermont when it hit 18 degrees below zero to film one of Fitzgerald’s granddaughters, who incidentally, rarely speaks to anyone
What we uncovered was not only surprising, it made us realize that the Westport Fitzgerald home was much more than just about Gatsby, which let’s face it, should suffice for any literary buff (come to the event to learn more).
But the narrative isn’t just about what happened here in 1920, it’s about what’s … Read the rest