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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, has become synonymous with the lifestyle of the rich and famous on Long Island. But what if that connection is false? What if the real West and East Egg can be found on the other side of Long Island Sound – right here in Connecticut? In this brilliantly argued 2018 documentary, director Robert Steven Williams and historian Richard “Deej” Webb have created a compelling argument that the town of Westport is the actual influence on The Great Gatsby.
After the film, enjoy a discussion with the filmmakers as well as a book sale and signing of Webb’s latest work and companion piece to the film, Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Light refreshments served.
About the Filmmakers:
Robert Steven Williams, Executive Producer, Director, Writer, Editor
Williams’ company, Against the Grain Productions, produces short videos primarily for not-for-profits including the Paul Newman charity Safe Water Network and Land is Life, an organization that supports the cause of indigenous people around the world. Another noteworthy project is a short film on the legendary drummer Omar Hakim. Williams’ debut novel, My Year as a Clown, released on the indie imprint Against the Grain Press and distributed by InScribe Digital, received the silver medal for popular fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2013. It has sold more than 5,000 digital copies and reached number one on three Amazon charts.
Richard “Deej” Webb, Executive Producer, Writer, Historical Content Supervisor
Webb is an author, documentary filmmaker, and historian. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he is a multiple award-winning educator who has taught at the high school and university level for more than 25 years. A featured presenter in the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Prohibition documentary Connecticut Goes Dry, Webb is co-creator and co-producer, along with Robert Williams, of Gatsby in Connecticut, an F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald documentary that is a companion piece to Boats Against the Current. Considered a local authority on Westport history, he is a consultant to the local historical society and has given talks throughout Fairfield County on the Fitzgeralds’ time in Westport.
Free and open to the Public. Registration recommended.