After leaving Allentown High School I was off driving to Newark, NJ and a screening that night at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Ronaldo Hertz, Associate Director Office of University-Community Partnerships, Rutgers-Newark is a man with a calm demeanor and is a well organized dynamo of energy. He and Diane Hill have a great program integrating their student staff fully into the presentation process. They had planned quite an evening. It started at 6PM with tours of the Institute of Jazz Studies at on campus, just across the courtyard from the Paul Robeson Center where the screening was held.
Next at 6:30PM Leo Johnson a local long time jazz sax player played an hour long set with a piano player and 15 year old bass player. The Robeson Center function room was set up like a jazz club with tables and chairs. There was a buffet that disappeared pretty quickly. At 7:30PM Cephas Bowles, CEO, WBGO-FM, and the evening’s co-sponsor spoke to the crowd,. WBGO had given a big promotion to the screening. Dan Morganstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, spoke next about Marian McPartland. This part of the program ended with Michael Bourne a WBGO DJ interviewing me about the film. At 8PM In Good Time was screened. The 130 people enjoyed the film and I had a chance to speak with many afterwards.
Saturday morning I gave a presentation at Newark Reads, a gathering for youth sponsored by area organizations in partnership with Office of University-Community Partnerships. In one of my presentations I met a very curious 5th grader named Derek, we had a great discussion about filmmaking and learning in general. An art teacher left intrigued by how I use animation with students. I gave him a few hints on how to get started. I hope he tries it with his students.
Oh, you can rest assured that Newark is a safe city. A half block from my hotel in Military Park I saw the Gotham Police Department in action.
It really was filming for the new Batman movie. It was interesting to see the Newark Police Department keeping the crowd of onlookers at bay while Gotham’s finest ran down a subway entrance arriving by Gotham police cars and even the Gotham SWAT team was there.
But Batman was nowhere to be seen. I guess he was resting in his trailer.
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