‘Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Origin Story’ Webinar
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“It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of innocence, and it was an age of satire” -Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby, has become synonymous with the lifestyle of the rich and famous on Long Island — but what if the origins of Gatsby could be traced to a small town over 50 miles away? It’s time to explore one documentarian’s seven-year journey into proving that Fitzgerald’s inspiration for the classic novel came not from his time spent on Long Island’s Gold Coast, but rather, from one wild summer in Connecticut.
Join New York Adventure Club as we travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties to uncover what really happened during Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s 1920 Honeymoon in Westport, Connecticut, and how that one summer formed the backbone of the iconic characters and setting found within The Great Gatsby.
Led by Robert Steven Williams, Director of Gatsby in Connecticut — an award-winning documentary selected as one of 2020’s best films by The New Yorker — our exciting literary adventure through the Jazz Age will include:
- The story behind how Scott met Zelda in Montgomery, Alabama in 1917
- Scott’s early years in New York City, from his failed attempt to make it in advertising, to heading back to his parents home in Saint Paul, to his triumphant NYC return and publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise
- An overview of Westport, Connecticut in the 1920s, where illegal booze flowed freely and the local beaches hosted scandalous affairs
- How Williams’ groundbreaking research enabled his production team to uncover secrets of Fitzgerald unbeknownst to the Gatsby scholarly community and town of Westport
- Exclusive video clips from Gatsby in Connecticut , as well as archival footage that didn’t make the film
- Never-before-seen photos of Westport and New York from the 1920s
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Robert — any and all questions about The Great Gatsby are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
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Robert Steven Williams is an award-winning filmmaker and novelist. He’s also a musician and entrepreneur. His company, Against the Grain Productions, makes documentaries and short films for not-for-profits.
“It’s a different point of view on two historical figures and an iconic book.” -Nancy
“Such eye-opening information, was a joy to listen to.” -Karyn
“Very knowledgeable. Great footage and photos. I will watch the documentary on Amazon Prime. Living in Westport, I had heard the story about The Great Gatsby being influenced by their time here.” -Wendy
“Information was great – and though I live in CT and am a great Fitzgerald fan, I never knew of the Westport connection. Was really interesting – loved the short clips and photo images.” -Maureen
“The people involved, the film footage, the insights, the casual comments–it was perfectly done.” -Dino
“I liked that the research is groundbreaking and interesting.” -Sarah
“I liked the film clips from the “Gatsby” movies and the interviews and talks with Sam Waterson and Scott & Zelda’s granddaughter.” -Barry
“Robert Steven Williams’ passion for the subject, photos, video clips, maps, Sam Waterston, granddaughter interview, everything about the 20s, how Zelda and Scott met, the Onion blight, the cars, early photos of Westport… Now about to watch the documentary on Amazon Prime! Congratulations and thank you for your amazing research!” -Tracy
“I liked the addition of clips from the film and versions of the movies.” -April
“I liked the romance of the presentation and the enthusiasm expressed by the presenters.” -Elizabeth
“I liked the information about the author’s life!” -Loretta
“I can see the Westport home of S&Z and Longshore from my house, so the subject matter and historical images were of special interest to me. And the Ferry Lane road they took to the train station is the same one I take, so there is a definite feeling of kinship that was greatly strengthened by your event, Thank you!” -Paul
“Great subject. Fabulous presentation!” -Mary
“Really everything. All of the clips and background information. Even the Q&A was very informative.” -Jennifer
“Well-presented. Learned more about Fitzgerald. Know Westport well and appreciated learning more about its history. Fascinating to hear that Southport was once the onion capital of the world!” -Maureen
“The host was intelligent and articulate.” -Walter
“I live in Westport and drive by the house often. It was fun to learn more about their time here. Interesting range of presenters/guests.” -Linda
“One of your best….the presenters, the film clips….the story itself!” -JudithBuy tickets/get more info now