Advanced Registration: $15
At The Door: $25
Make It Morris Film Series Agenda For April 25th:
6:30 PM: Check-In
7 PM: Film Begins – Saving The Great Swamp
8 PM: Panel Discussion – Featuring the award-winning director Scott Morris and co-producer Larry Fast
8:30 PM: Event Concludes
About The Make It Morris Film Series: Saving The Great Swamp
New Jersey’s Great Swamp is nestled with a 55-square-mile natural basin, about 25 miles from New York City. It is a quiet, undisturbed place which provides a home for more than 200 bird species, many mammals, and a variety of reptiles, amphibians and fish. It is also the home to one of New Jersey’s largest breeding populations of Eastern Bluebirds. But it almost was lost. In 1959, the Port Authority of New York announced plans to build an international jetport in the swamp with four 10,000 foot runways. This proposal, which the Port Authority deemed a done deal, would have filled in the swamp, demolished some 700 homes, and changed the landscape forever. But a small group of concerned citizens opposed the threat and finally won.
Their story is told in the fascinating documentary “Saving the Great Swamp” which takes audiences on a journey through the events, people and politics behind the struggle to preserve this beautiful rural area between 1959 and 1968. It has won several awards since it came out in 2017. USA Today called the film “a truly astonishing and entertaining history lesson” and it has been aired on PBS.
Following the screening, a panel discussion featuring the award-winning director Scott Morris and co-producer Larry Fast will take place. Everyone is invited to this special screening which will be hosted during and in partnership with Morristown’s Restaurant Week. All of those who attend the film on April 25th, will receive a $10 gift certificate accepted by participating businesses. This event is made possible thanks to the support of the Morris County Tourism Bureau, a division of the Morris County Economic Development Alliance and the Morris County Economic Development Alliance’s Film Committee. Enjoy the dinner specials during Morristown’s Restaurant Week and then join us at The Morristown & Morris Township Library for the award-winning documentary “Saving the Great Swamp” at 6:30 PM.
The Morris County Economic Development Alliance & Morris County Tourism Bureau receives operating support from the County of Morris and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the NJ Department of State. The MCEDA & Morris County Tourism Bureau receives funding through a grant from NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.