Weston Historic and Cultural Center Hosts “Gatsby, Connecticut”
Weston Historical Society press release:
August 20, 2021
The Great Gatsby has long been synonymous with Long Island, but what if Fitzgerald’s real inspiration came from here in Connecticut? Join the Weston History and Culture Center (formerly Weston Historical Society) for the “Gatsby in Connecticut: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda” conference with filmmakers Richard “Deej” Webb and Robert Steven Williams on Wednesday September 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at 104 Weston Road Weston, CT. Free entry but registration required. Register at www.westonhistoricalsociety.org. The conference will take place in person and will also be broadcast live on Zoom. Limited places in person! When registering, please select whether you will participate in person or via Zoom. Please consider supporting the Weston Historical Society, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, with a suggested donation of $ 5. Donate at: www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.
During the conference “Gatsby in Connecticut: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda”, Richard “Deej” Webb and Robert Steven Williams will discuss their recent documentary, “Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story”. Their film tells the true story of the famous novel and its tragic hero, refuting the long-held belief that the book was only inspired by the days of the Fitzgerald at Great Neck, across the Sound on Long Island, and presents enough information about the fascinating Mr. Lewis that it’s hard not to believe he is the true inspiration of one of the most captivating and iconic characters in American literature, the Great Gatsby himself.
Researchers dismissed the influence of Connecticut’s idyllic Fitzgerald times, but Westport holds answers to questions that cannot be answered by studying Long Island alone. This fascinating achievement was at the heart of the documentary written by Richard “Deej” Webb and Robert Steven Williams in their film which combines true detective work with a hymn to the jazz age. Webb also recounts the work it took to create the film in the accompanying book “Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda”.
This talk is linked to the history centre’s 1920s exhibition, “Weston Slept While the Nation Roared: Life in the Twenties”, which is open to the public every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm at 104 Weston Road in Weston, Connecticut.
RICHARD “DEEJ” WEBB is an award-winning author, educator and documentary maker. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he taught history for twenty-four years at the high school and college level. Featured presenter of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Prohibition documentary “Connecticut Goes Dry”, he is the author of “Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda”. Webb is also co-creator and co-producer with Robert Williams of a documentary film about the Fitzgeralds in Connecticut, which accompanies this book. Foreword by Robert Steven Williams, Harvard Business School graduate, music industry consultant and filmmaker who lives in Westport, Connecticut. Williams and Webb collaborated on a film about Fitzgerald in Westport and the New Yorker ranked No.30 of the 36 best movies of 2020.
ROBERT STEVEN WILLIAMS is an executive producer, director, writer, editor and filmmaker. His production company, Against the Grain Productions, produces short videos primarily for nonprofits, including the Paul Newman Safe Water Network charity and Land is Life, an organization that protects the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. . Williams’ debut novel, “My Year as a Clown,” published on independent label Against the Grain Press and distributed by INscribe Digital, received the Silver Medal for Popular Fiction at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013. It s ‘has sold more than 5,000 copies. digital copies and reached number one out of three Amazon rankings.
The Weston Historical Society would like to thank its annual sponsors: Fairfield County Bank and KMS Partners at Compass. The Weston Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. For more information and to donate, please contact the Weston Historical Society at [email protected], 203-226-1804 or visit www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.
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