River’s Journey is available to watch for free online.
Leonard “Len” Cipkins
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHIPPANY RIVER WATERSHED ACTION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES PREMIERE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM ON WHIPPANY RIVER
Morristown, NJ—The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee (WRWAC) proudly announces the premiere of “A River’s Journey”, a 32 minute documentary on the Whippany River. The screening will take place at the first annual Jersey City Film Festival at Noon on Saturday, October 16 at the Jersey City Museum in the Caroline L. Guarini Theatre located at 350 Montgomery Street.
Two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker Glenn Silber produced and directed the documentary. Emmy-nominated actor Peter Coyote lent his services as the
narrator. The screening will be followed by a Question & Answer session with the director and a member of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee.
The 16-mile long Whippany River serves the only significant unconsolidated aquifer (the Buried Valley Aquifer system) in northern New Jersey which is a source of drinking water for more than 1 million people.
The documentary was funded by a $45,000 grant from Bayer USA Foundation of East Hanover, New Jersey, whose corporate headquarters straddles the Whippany River. Filming took place from June thru September in locations throughout Morris County.
Besides his career as an Oscar-nominated independent producer, Glenn Silber was a staff Producer with CBS and ABC News for twenty years, including CBS News’ shows West 57th and Street Stories with Ed Bradley, as well as being a Producer at 20/20 for ten years. He has produced for Barbara Walters, John Miller, Steve Kroft, Scott Pelley, Meredith Vieira and Connie Chung, among many others.
“It’s an honor to be involved with this project,” says Glenn Silber. “I filmed and interviewed residents both young and old, politicians, community activists and business leaders to get their memories and stories of how the Whippany River was so polluted thirty years ago – and the community action and vision it’s taken for the river to come back to health again.”
The documentary focuses on how collaborative efforts of government, business, volunteer organizations, the community at large and stakeholders will achieve sustainability for rivers everywhere. It is suitable for viewing by students, civic groups, municipalities and anyone interested in learning about the history and current condition of the Whippany River. It features historical footage, preservation, clean-up and protection efforts to preserve and save the river for generations to come.
“THE WRWAC’s mission is to preserve, protect and maintain the land and water of the Whippany River Watershed.” states WRWAC Facilitator Art Vespignani. “The documentary focuses on the Whippany River during the past 50 years. We want to thank the countless individuals who came forward and shared stories, photographs and documents on the Whippany River.”
The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee is a non-profit, grassroots organization based in Morris County, comprised of members representing thirteen municipal governments, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and other stakeholders.
CREDITS – for “RIVER’S JOURNEY”
1) Written, Produced & Directed by
Phil A. Raymond
6) Executive Producer
8) Associate Producer
“A River’s Journey” ©2014 Whippany River Watershed Action Committee, All Rights Reserved.
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