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Student film premiere at Washington’s Headquarters Museum in Morristown

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Morristown High School seniors and film students, Katie Rosa and Kylee Strasser have produced an outstanding new film, Historic Morristown: A Beacon of Light in the American Revolution.

The Washington Association of New Jersey and the Morristown National Historical Park are pleased to present the inaugural of the film on Saturday, September 15. The Washington Association will make the Premiere Presentation of the Association’s new prize, The G. Washington Prize for Creative Excellence to the film producers at the event. The award will be presented by award-winning documentarian Janice Selinger, Executive Director of Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.

Last fall on spectacular sunny and crisp days, the students, then juniors, worked on the production of the film, researching, filming and editing their award-winning video. They carefully arranged each shot professionally, filling the frame with dramatic story, light and detail. The setup of scene, script and performer and follow-up editing was extraordinary.

The film team worked seamlessly with the script written by Eileen Cameron, WANJ Trustee and narrator Karen Sloat-Olsen of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park.

As the film rolls, Pat Sanftner of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as Mrs. Ford, welcomes the viewing visitor to her home, the Ford Mansion, now known as Washington’s Headquarters, and explains how life changed with General Washington and his staff filling her home with intense activity and military planning which would change the world. Ms. Sanftner is a consummate actress and the audience feels as if they too are as welcome as the General.

Retired Judge Ken MacKenzie, WANJ Trustee and veteran historical tour presenter, leads the viewer through the Headquarters Museum, describing each of the major galleries.

The camera shifts to the hills above Morristown, where Phil Gaffney, WANJ Trustee and Fort Nonsense expert, stands at the top of the fort’s heights and directs the viewer to observe the vantage point of the patriots, where they could see 360 degrees around and far in the distance, watching for signs of the British approaching. Phil particularly focuses the visitor to look eastward where on a clear day the observer can see New York City, stronghold of the British.

The film moves to Jockey Hollow where Eric Olsen, experienced Park Ranger, brings the viewer back in time to the hard life off a working farm at the time of the Revolution, and the patriotic Wick family at their home. Eric also takes the visitors to the Soldiers Huts where he brings to life the suffering and endurance of the Continental soldiers during the harsh winter of 1779-80.

The film runs for 11 minutes and is designed also to be shown in separate segments for each site. Each section of approximately 2 minutes each, can be shown on social media separately.

The film producers, Ms. Rosa and Ms. Strasser, have produced a superb addition to American history and joined WANJ and MNHP in a successful, cooperative effort between Morristown High School and the greater Morristown area.

Washington Association is also unveiling its new award, the G. Washington Prize for Creative Excellence, which they will present to the Ms. Rosa and Ms. Strasser, the Morristown High School film producers.

The G. Washington Prize for Creative Excellence is to be presented to an individual, or individuals, who have created an outstanding product of distinguished artistic or literary merit and which presents an accurate view of American history and focuses on the integrity and leadership of General George Washington and or the courage and endurance of the Continental soldiers, the story of Morristown and New Jersey in the American Revolutionary War, the securing of independence and individual liberties and the founding of our new nation.

WANJ and MNHP invite the public to attend the presentations and to join the applause for this new film, and film producers, Ms. Rosa and Ms. Strasser, and for the presentation of the first G. Washington Prize for creative Excellence on Saturday, September 15 at 10:30-Noon at the Great Hall, Washington’s Headquarters Museum, MNHP. Space is limited so please RSVP to WANJ at 973-292-1874 or [email protected]


Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Washington’s Headquarters Museum at Morristown NHP
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