Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Film Series "Real to Reel" launches at the Bickford Theatre, September 20


Get a behind the scenes look at great documentary films with Adjunct Professor Bruce Frigeri


Don’t Look Back

WHEN: launches Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:30PM
Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
TICKETS: Museum Members: FREE with advance registration. Non-Members: $10
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973.971.3706.
To become a Member, and attend this film series for Free, visit, email, or call 973.971.3721.

The Morris Museum will host several other curated film series this season including Inside Cinema, the Black Maria Film Festival, and Exhibition on Screen. Visit to get further details on all film offerings.

The Morris Museum will launch its new Real to Reel Film Series on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:30PM in the Bickford Theatre. This documentary film series will provide a unique focus on the world around us and will be hosted monthly by Bruce Frigeri, an adjunct professor of film studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. For each screening there will be a discussion with Bruce before the film to provide further insights.

The series kicks off with the 1965 D.A. Pennebaker film Don’t Look Back, which offers a fascinating rare glimpse into the life backstage of a young Bob Dylan as he toured the UK.

“Our film programming at the Morris Museum endeavors to track down hard-to-find content that, we feel, deserves to be known and seen. Today, our media world is so multi-layered and over saturated, and our lives are so busy, that a frightening amount of great work falls through the cracks every year. As a museum, we have a responsibility to sort through the past and bring back the very best for our audiences. We will bring a curatorial voice into the experience, so the audience comes away informed and inspired by what they've seen. We also hope that our film-goers rediscover the joy of watching great film as a shared, community experience,” states Cleveland Johnson, Executive Director of the Morris Museum.

Bruce Frigeri.  Photo courtesy of the artistBruce Frigeri has over twenty years of experience in the film business. He is the founder and owner of LifeSize Entertainment, a specialty distributor of feature films and documentaries. LifeSize releases have been nominated for Academy Awards, Independent Spirit Awards and won many other honors. Bruce is an Adjunct Professor of Film Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“With so much rapid change and dislocation going on around us, documentary film is as vital as it’s ever been,” states Bruce Frigeri. Filmmakers have met the challenge and produced some of the best documentaries ever made in the last ten years. Ironically media saturation has had the unintended consequence of making all films harder to remember and pretty much impossible to discover. To combat this we've curated a diverse program of some, but by no means all, of the most compelling films from this period. Our series will present subjects ranging from environmental concerns, to economic stagnation, to the Middle East, to hunger and malnutrition to modern music and cinema. It is a diverse collage of great non-fiction that we hope will provide a monthly window into the world we live in."

This film series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Dillard and Adrienne Kirby.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018Don’t Look Back (1965)

In 1965, the iconic troubadour Bob Dylan toured the United Kingdom at the age of 23, and director D.A. Pennebaker was allowed behind the scenes to provide one of the most intimate glimpses of the private and frequently cantankerous songwriter.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018A Place at the Table (2012)

Jeff Bridges, Tom Colicchio and Raj Patel are featured in this examination of the issue of hunger in America focusing on the plight of three individuals from different parts of the country who struggle to find adequate nutrition.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018Keep On Keepin’ On (2014)

Legendary jazz musician Clark Terry, who taught Quincy Jones and mentored Miles Davis, becomes the mentor of a blind 23-year-old pianist who suffers from crippling stage fright.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018Inequality for All (2013)

In the wake of the U.S. economic crisis, the widening gap between the rich and the poor has gained unprecedented public awareness. UC Berkeley professor and noted economic policy expert Robert Reich, helps us understand how the extreme inequality we are now facing has roots in economic and policy changes that began over 30 years ago.

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019Chiefs (2002)

Challenged by poverty, alcoholism, racism and youth suicide, Wind River Indian Reservation is hardly an environment conducive to success. But despite all of this or perhaps because of it, basketball is played on the reservation and played very well by the students of Wyoming Indian High School who are trying to convert the pride and success they experience on the court and move ahead with the rest of their lives.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning "life out of balance," this renowned documentary reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces, the film gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology, before finally arriving at the suggestion that humans can indeed once again find balance with the natural world. Given its lack of narration and dialogue, the production makes its points solely through imagery and Phillip Glass' groundbreaking score, with many scenes either slowed down or sped up for dramatic effect.

Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019The Blood of My Brother (2005)

In war torn Iraq, nineteen-year-old Ibrahim struggles to become the man for his family when his older brother is accidentally shot and killed by an American patrol. Contrasting family scenes of incredible intimacy with the broader canvas of fighting and death on the streets of Baghdad and Najaf, this film is the closest most viewers will ever come to being in Iraq.

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high-caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.
Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location and Hours

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit