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Understanding and Creating Documentaries with filmmaker Chris Szwedo, follwed by his film A Gullwing at Twilight

Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 pm

Come and learn about documentary filmmaking with local producer and director Chris Szwedo. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. Chris is the recipient of national and regional EMMY nominations and a category winner of The Motor Press Guild Dean Batchelor Award for excellence in automotive journalism. Along with work in a variety of fields Chris has created automotive videos on Ralph Lauren’s automobile collection, and his outstanding work has been featured on public television. Hear a recent interview with Chris Szwedo at the Cars Yeah website: http://carsyeah.com/ourportfolio/chris-szwedo/ or check out Chris’ own website at: http://www.szwedo.com/

After Chris’ talk, the audience will see his 55-minute film A Gullwing at Twilight: The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch. The film is a modern day adventure in the American West featuring 87-year old racing legend John C. Fitch. John takes to the Bonneville Salt Flats with his signature Mercedes Gullwing in this highly textured and visually absorbing essay of a man who quietly refuses to give in to the notion of retirement or time itself. Chris Szwedo is also creator of the award-winning film Eye on the 50s: the Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman, which has been screened locally and on PBS. Both Eye on the 60s and A Gullwing at Twilight are now part of the Dennis Public Library collection.

Scarlet Poppies: How to Pastel Paint like Georgia O'Keeffe

Saturday, June 6 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack conducts a hands-on, adult workshop entitled “Scarlet Poppies: Pastel Paint like Georgia O’Keeffe.” This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Space is limited so please call the library at 508-760-6219 to pre-register.

Participants will freely experiment with professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. Maichack, nominated twice for a Massachusetts Gold Star Program Award, will demonstrate the essentials of painting with pastels. Scumbling, feathering, blending, slurring, edges, and layering will be taught in this direct tactile medium of pure and nuanced color. Everyone takes home their own original pastel painting.

This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Dennis Arts and Culture Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.