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Essex County College’s Dr. William Tooma, Professor of English, has been making documentary films for a number of years. His first documentary, Clarence Chamberlin: Fly First & Fight Afterward came out in 2011.
Now, three of his documentaries will be shown over four consecutive weekends in October, beginning October 4-6. The films will air, through the College’s Media Production & Technology Department, on Cablevision Channel 77 and FiOS Channel 37.
“This is an opportunity for both the College and community to view these documentary films,” said Dr. Tooma. “I believe it’s very important for people to have full access to educational materials.”
All the showings will be at 10 p.m. The October schedule is as follows:
October 4-6: The Black Eagle of Harlem Part I
October 11-13: The Black Eagle of Harlem Part II
The Black Eagle of Harlem (2017) is on Hubert Julian, one of the first persons of color to ever fly in an airplane.
October 18-20: Poetry of Witness (2015), which sheds light upon those who have chosen poetry to preserve the memories of war, torture, exile, and repression. Anthony Cirilo was co-filmmaker on this documentary.
October 25-27: Clarence Chamberlin: Fly First & Fight Afterward (2011). That film is a historical account of Chamberlin, the second man to pilot a non-stop, fixed-wing aircraft from the United States to the European mainland, while carrying the first transatlantic passenger. The documentary was a nominated finalist for the 2011 Combs-Gates Award, presented by the National Aviation Hall of Fame.