Posted by: Pam, at RML | November 8, 2010

Films bring Philadelphia history to life

The screening of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and Apostle of Freedom was in the Winsor Room on Sunday, November 7, and Friends of the Library Vice-President Anne Minicozzi and I hosted the event. Sam Katz, Executive Producer at History Making Productions in Philadelphia, was there to show a 30-minute pilot and the other film was an 18-minute film on Bishop Richard Allen. Apostle was very moving and totally captivating…an emotional experience, for sure. Was it a coincidence that Professor Richard Newman (author of Freedom’s Prophet, a book about Bishop Allen) was a commentator in the film? Perhaps you came to the Library program last year when Newman was here for a book talk. I have to say, Anne Minnicozzi and I truly admire the way Sam thinks…but then who else would you want talking in your film, but the Bishop’s new biographer? The film also features leaders of the AME church, who were present at the dedication of Bishop Richard Allen Park in Radnor Township in June, 2010. And that’s only half of the story…

  Philadelphia followed the Bishop Allen film, and was equally alive and engaging,  and also featured comments from Professor Allen Guelzo. This is yet another coincidence that Guelzo was our Lincoln speaker last year in the Winsor Room in celebration of the Library’s and Lincoln’s bicentennial. I think this sort of thing is called synchronicity. I also like to think that what happens in the Winsor Room causes a ripple effect in center city. What do you think, Sam?

There is a brief webisode you can look at online if you were unable to be at the Library for the screening. You can connect to it from the link listed below. If you have a community group or civic organization that would like to schedule a showing of the pilot on Philadelphia’s history, here is the link to The Philadelphia Inquirer article on History Making Productions:

Pam Sedor, Sam Katz, and Anne Minicozzi

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