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Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story

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 our film: Boats Against the Current.

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 happening today. This remarkable home is still unprotected–meaning, anyone could buy it and make it tomorrow’s Teardown of the Day, just like Ray Bradbury’s home in Los Angeles, which in 2015 was torn down before anyone could stop it.

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The dynamic duo with Scott and Zelda’s Granddaughter.

 

New York Times Covers Fitzgerald Project

After five years of research, writing and filming we are finally getting coverage on the Westport Fitzgerald project. More on this coming soon.

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Meet the narrator to my film Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story

Earth Day Animated Short: Solar Powers Water for those in Need

I was honored to put this animated short together for Safe Water Network:

With more than 25% of the world still in need of safe water, the Paul Newman co-founded not-for-profit helps communities own and manage Safe Water Enterprises. Leveraging the power of the sun, and the expertise of government, the private sector, and the local level, Safe Water Network coordinates and connects key stakeholders in Ghana and India, proving at scale that such an approach can make a significant contribution to solving the global water crisis.

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