'Gatsby in Connecticut' at Ventfort Hall

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LENOX, Mass. Filmmaker and director Robert Steven Williams will show his documentary film "Gatsby in Connecticut," at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, May 21 at 3:30 pm. 
 
The seventy-minute film will be followed by a discussion about the making of the documentary by Mr. Williams. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1920's inspired attire. 
 
A special tea will be served following the program.
 
According to Williams, the writer's inspiration came not from his time spent on Long Island's Gold Coast, but rather from the wild summer of 1920 in Connecticut where the Fitzgeralds lived next door to a mystery millionaire who threw wild parties.
 
With local historian Richard Webb, Williams dug into the Princeton University Archives; they interviewed more than a dozen Fitzgerald scholars and met with Scott and Zelda's granddaughter. 
 
"Gatsby in Connecticut," featuring Sam Waterston and Keir Dullea, was chosen by The New Yorker as one of thirty-six Best Movies for 2020.  It was also selected by seventeen film festivals and won Best New England film at the Mystic Film Festival. 
 
Learn more about the documentary at GatsbyinCT.com
 
Robert Steven Williams is also an award-winning novelist. He won the silver medal for popular fiction from the Independent Book Publisher Awards for "My Year as a Clown." He was nominated for Harvey for his work on the CBGB Comic Book series (executive producer and writer of one of the twelve stories in the series).
 
The admission for the "Gatsby in Connecticut" screening with director, Robert Steven Williams is $30 per person with advance reservation, $35 day of and $28 for Ventfort Hall members. Reservations are strongly recommended.  
 
For tickets  call us at (413) 637-3106. Note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.
 

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