Screening Of "Page One: Inside The New York Times" at Guild Hall in East Hampton, The Doll And Toy Show at the Southampton Historical Museum and Gateway To The Future Gala To Benefit The Performing Arts Center Of Suffolk County
The event was hosted by Actor Alec Baldwin with a Q&A immediately following the screening with director Andrew Rossi, The New York Times' Media Reporter, David Carr and The New York Times' Executive Editor, Bill Keller.
During the Screening I had a chance to interview the Director and Producer, Andrew Rossi, about this riveting and compelling film.
Andrew Rossi is a director, producer and cinematographer of documentary films. His first feature film, "Eat This New York," aired on the Sundance Channel in 2004. Mr. Rossi later directed "Le Cirque: A Table In Heaven," a documentary about restaurateur Sirio Maccioni and his family. The film premiered at the 2007 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and was later shown on HBO. His most recent and publicized film "Page One: Inside the New York Times" premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released in theaters on June 17th, 2011.
In the tradition of great fly-on-the-wall documentaries, "Page One: Inside the New York Times" deftly gains unprecedented access to The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, the documentary "Page One" chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. Writers like Brian Stelter, Tim Arango and the salty but brilliant David Carr track print journalism's metamorphosis even as their own paper struggles to stay vital and solvent. Meanwhile, their editors and publishers grapple with existential challenges from players like WikiLeaks, new platforms ranging from Twitter to tablet computers, and readers' expectations that news online should be free.
The question arises "Is rigorous journalism still thriving?" "Page One" gives us an up-close look at the vibrant cross-cubicle debates, collaborations, tenacious jockeying for on-the-record quotes, and skillful page-one pitching that produce the "daily miracle" of a great news organization.
The documentary shows us the inside workings of a nuanced portrait of journalists continuing to produce extraordinary work-under increasingly difficult circumstances.
At the heart of the film is the burning question on the minds of everyone who cares about a rigorous American press, Times lover or not: what will happen if the fast-moving future of media leaves behind the fact-based original reporting that helps to define our society?
TakePart is the digital division of Participant Media, whose slate of films includes "An Inconvenient Truth," " The Cove," "Food, Inc.," "Waiting for Superman," and "Page One: Inside the New York Times." TakePart's mission is to inspire people to get involved through their compelling films.
TakePart also provides services from custom content creation to campaign building to partners wishing to bolster their audiences with a message of social change. The company brings a powerful social action network of individuals, NGO's, online communities and brands who share a common interest in making the world a better place.
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the Independent film, long, short, fiction and documentary and to introduce a unique, varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the public. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.
For more information about the Festival, and to become a member, please visit their website at www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.
Guild Hall was founded over 75 years ago and is the year-round arts center dedicated to serving the residents, members, families, and artists of the East End. Guild Hall offers visitors and tourists enriching experiences by presenting relevant and meaningful programs in the visual and performing arts. The Guild works in collaboration with other artists providing a meeting place for the community. For more information and to become a member, visit www.guildhall.org.
For more information about the documentary "Page One: Inside the New York Times" visit www.takepart.com.
The Doll And Toy Show And Sale will be taking place from July until the middle of August at the Southampton Historical Museum in Southampton, New York at Rogers Mansion. The Southampton Historical Museum is located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, New York.
The estate sale has hundreds of collectibles, modern dolls, teddy bears and dollhouse furniture. Everything has been generously donated to help benefit the Southampton Historical Museum and The Toy Museum of New York.
In 1951, the Society acquired the Rogers Mansion. The estate was built in 1843 and exhibited furnishings donated by local families. During that decade the Society acquired and restored two historical properties with the help of Southampton summer resident Henry Frances DuPont, founder of the Winterthur Museum. The properties were the Thomas Halsey Homestead constructed in 1660 and the Elias Pelletreau Shop erected in 1686. After extensive restorations the structures were open to the public during the summer season with exhibits of colonial-era furnishings and tools. By the 1990's the Rogers Mansion property had expanded to include twelve historical buildings including a one-room schoolhouse, a colonial-era barn and a 19th-century paint shop. The museum is open year-round with revolving exhibits on historic topics, a research center and extensive education programs for school children and adults.
For more information about the Southampton Historical Museum please visit www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org.
On Saturday July 23rd The Gateway Playhouse Theater in Bellport, Long Island presented their first annual Gateway To The Future Gala To Benefit The Performing Arts Center Of Suffolk County.
The newly created Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County will be presenting the 62nd season and all future seasons at the Gateway Playhouse. The Gateway Playhouse is Long Island's oldest professional theater. The continuing legacy of theatrical excellence pioneered by the Gateway Playhouse will be upheld by the Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County while allowing the quality of future productions to soar to new heights.
The gala joined theater enthusiasts and Broadway sensations Luann Aronson ("Phantom of the Opera"), Dan Cooney ("Les MisÚrables"), Bradley Dean ("Monty Python's Spamalot"), and Kingsley Leggs ("Sister Act": A Divine Musical Comedy) at the much anticipated theater event. Guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction.
Following the cocktail hour, guests participated in a presentation from the student production of The Who's "Tommy," showcasing the talents of long-time performing arts students. At the presentation there was a special tribute to the Pomeran family with a look back on the sixty-two year history of The Gateway Playhouse.
The Gateway Playhouse and its first incarnation, the Gateway Hotel, operated under the same family management from 1941 through 2010. The property was originally a farm and was formerly the estate of J. L. B. Mott. The Mansion House and ballroom were designed by the famous architect Stanford White. Presently the structures on the property include: the Main Stage Playhouse and old Barn Theatre, part of the original mansion house, dance and rehearsal studios, costume shop and costume storage loft, the scene shop, paint shop and technical office, administrative office, prop and furniture storage, "the party room," and various buildings used as housing for staff.
For auction items and other information, please visit www.gatewayplayhouse.org.
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