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"Reel History" Film Series to Launch for Students & the Public at Algonquin Arts Theatre

October 5, 2010
The first film of Algonquin Arts Theatre's "Reel History" Film Series, Freedom, will be screened on Oct 18 at 7:30pm.
Place: Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ
Performance: Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 3 pm
Algonquin Arts Box Office: 732-528-9211 or visit

Algonquin Arts Theatre in association with The Garden State Film Festival ( and the Manasquan High School History Club are launching a new film series called "Reel History." This program, which will kick-off on Monday, October 18 at 7:30pm, celebrates independent film and history, and is aimed to promote education through the medium of film.

"Reel History" was the brain child of Manasquan High School history teacher James Fagen and Garden State Film Festival founder and Algonquin Arts Theater Director of Community Outreach Diane Raver, as a way to enrich the community and enhance the curriculum of the students. All screenings will include a Q&A after the film with an appropriate speaker. All of the film screenings are open to students and the general public alike.

Monday, October 18, 2010 � 7:30pm
Topic: Civil War Run Time: 1:32
Tickets: $8

In the midst of a war being fought to define political freedom, two men struggle with the truths of individual freedom and the courage that it takes to face what it really means to be free. Dr. Richard Trimble will be the featured guest speaker following the film screening.
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Monday, November 22, 2010 � 7:30pm
Topic: Culture in the 1950s Run Time: 0:54
Tickets: $8

This critically-acclaimed documentary explores the glory days of America's "birthplace of rock 'n roll"� the beach resort Wildwood, N.J. � as told by Bruce Willis, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, and Jerry "The Geator" Blavat. Now Wildwood�s heritage is threatened by the wrecking ball as developers knock down iconic �50s and �60s buildings. Jim Fagen and Jay Bryant will be the featured guest speakers following the film screening.
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January 24, 2011 � 7:30pm
Topic: Iraq War Run Time: 1:04
Tickets: $8

What happens when a young man or woman goes to war and sees death, killing, and tragedy and experiences fear on a daily basis? Do they return home the same? Of course not. Can the changes be reversed, altered or the effects reduced? We hope so. Are we doing enough as a country and people to help our returning troops heal in body, mind and spirit? The answer is not clear but emerging information would lead us to believe that more can and needs to be done. Much more. Between Iraq and A Hard Place explores these questions from the perspective of the troops who need this help. If we can understand what our sons and daughters of war feel and fear, we can better know how to help them. Sean Gleason will be the featured guest speaker following the film screening.
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Monday, February 21, 2011 � 7:30pm
Topic: Civil Rights Run Time: 1:23
Tickets: $8
This film focuses on the Newark riots; the explosive urban rebellion which erupted in New Jersey, in July 1967 - a tragedy caused by similar problems that sparked �race riots� across America. Guest speaker following the film screening: TBD
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Monday, March 21, 2011 � 7:30pm
Topic: Women�s Rights/History Run Time: 1:22
Tickets: $8

Louisa Alcott was born into the inner circle of 19th century New England's radical cultural and liberation movements, the transcendentalists and abolitionists. Ralph Waldo Emerson home-schooled her in literature; Thoreau took her on his nature walks. She witnessed the Civil War at close range as an army nurse. She rescued her family from grueling poverty, becoming so successful a writer she died with ten servants in her household. Still known as the author of Little Women, Alcott secretly wrote at least thirty pulp fiction thrillers featuring drug users, spies, revolutionaries, and women in every possible kind of crisis. Her double literary life went undiscovered for over 50 years. Featuring Tony winner/Oscar nominee Jane Alexander, and starring 4-time Obie winner Elizabeth Marvel as Louisa May Alcott. Guest speaker following the film screening: TBD
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Monday, April 11, 2011 � 7:30pm
Topic: WWII Run Time: 0:45
Tickets: $8
I'm staying with my boys...' The Heroic Life of Sgt. John Basilone, USMC, is a first-hand look inside the life of one of the greatest hero's of the greatest Generation. He was the only enlisted Marine in WW2 to receive the MEDAL OF HONOR, THE NAVY CROSS, & PURPLE HEART. Raised in Raritan, NJ, he is one of the main characters depicted in HBO's miniseries, 'THE PACIFIC', produced by Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks. Guest speaker following the film screening: TBD
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Tickets for each screening are $8 each or $40 for the entire series. Tickets can be reserved by calling 732-528-9211, emailing [email protected], or by visiting Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Algonquin Arts Theatre is located at 173 Main Street in downtown Manasquan, NJ. For more information about this program, contact Diane Raver, Director of Community Outreach at 732-528-9293 or email [email protected].

Algonquin Arts Theatre was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit organization to provide cultural enrichment and educational enhancement of the highest quality for the residents of New Jersey�s central region. Algonquin Arts Theatre is handicap accessible. Assisted listening devices are available upon request. Please notify us in advance of your needs by contacting the box office. Programming of Algonquin Arts Theatre is made possible as a result of the continued philanthropic support of private citizens and organizations such as New Jersey State Council on the Arts, OceanFirst Foundation, PNC, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Target, The Community Foundation of Monmouth County, The Paul F. Zito, MD Foundation, Manasquan Savings Bank, Woman�s Club of Brielle, Janice Blanton, Jules Plangere III, as well as many generous individuals and local businesses. This season is sponsored in remembrance of Marialana and her love for children and the arts.