"P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend

8:15pm Thur May 3 - Gateway CC


P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend

Today, in a time when civil war statues in the south are being removed, and with what is believed to be the final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, comes a documentary film that explores why P.T. Barnum should be newly honored and remembered properly by his birthplace. P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend celebrates the Connecticut native, a philanthropist and progressive thought leader who was consistently on the right side of history. Barnum was a successful and wealthy businessman, a prolific author of self help books, stories, and an amazing autobiographer who saw great value in education and museums accessible to the public. The film demonstrates the importance of P.T Barnum in shaping the fabric of America today.

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In the year of P.T. Barnum's 200th Birthday, two Connecticut towns competed over the claim that Barnum is their native son; his birthplace Bethel, CT commissioned a life-size bronze statue, while Bridgeport, CT where Barnum served as mayor worked tirelessly to reopen Barnum's century old museum after being seriously damaged by a freak tornado.   

Before the new Barnum statue was erected in Bethel, many residents were not aware that Barnum was even born there. His memory was all but lost to only a few of his most diehard fans in town. Most residents had not read his autobiography and new very little about the change maker. Besides a couple of streets named in his honor, there were very few breadcrumbs to follow other than a folder at The Bethel Public Library containing copies of old newspaper articles. Even the new owners of Barnum's birthplace home were unaware of its
significant history until the time of the house closing. It wasn't even mentioned in the listed of the home's description. Since the dedication of Bethel

There are many false cliches and stories that still circulate about Barnum, and still other fascinating stories that are hidden among his personal letters and biographies. P.T Barnum: The Lost Legend hopes to enlighten the viewer with a modern interpretation of the man, to reset some of that narrative and bring the hidden stories to light. And, ultimately entertain and inspire future generations from the achievements of P.T. Barnum.
 

 

Director Statement: Mr. Corey Boutilier
“I wanted to film a documentary in the format of the indie docs that I’ve watched at film festivals for years. And since this was a film about P.T. Barnum, I felt my film needed to be a little eclectic and include special voice overs and animation. Because there are so many false cliches and stories that still circulat about Barnum and other fascinating stories that are hidden among his personal letters and biographies, I wanted to show a modern interpretation of the man to reset some of that narrative, and hopefully enlighten, entertain, and inspire future generations, whether in our professional, civic, educational, or spiritual lives.”
                   
Filmmaker Biography:
Corey Boutilier is the Sr. Digital Sales Manager and Podcast Sponsorship lead for WNYC Studios and New York Public Radio where he works directly with national podcasts such as Radiolab, Freakonomics, and On the Media. Outside of his public radio role, he is also a documentary filmmaker. Boutilier’s first feature length documentary film HONK FOR PEACE chronicled the 2006 Connecticut Senate race between Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont and premiered at the CT Film Festival. Boutilier was born in Connecticut and lives in Westport.

Credits
Directed by Mr. Corey Boutilier
Story Editor Fernanda Rossi
P.T. Barnum voiced by Bruce Bayley Johnson (Disney’s Doug, Disney’s P.B. and J. Otter, Disney’s Jo Jo's Circus)
Dave Foley (The Kids in The Hall)
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
Christopher Williams (Singer Songwriter, Percussionist)
Molly Webster (Radiolab)
James Felice (The Felice Brothers)
Ian Felice (The Felice Brothers)
Graham Parker (Classical WQXR New York)
Kevin Maher (Comedy Central, Nickelodeon)
Ira Joe Fisher (The Early Show CBS)
Original Score by Stephen Benson
Animation by Lev Polyakov

(affiliation given for identification purposes only)

Participating Organizations
• Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT
• Bethel Connecticut Historical Society
• Feld Entertainment (owners of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus)
• Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, NY
• Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills, MI.
• Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT                   
• Elgin County Historical Society (St. Thomas Ontario, Canada)
• Railway City Brewing Company, (St. Thomas Ontario, Canada)
• Polich-Tallix Fine Art Foundry in Rock Tavern, NY
• Sculptor David Gesualdi
• Mariano Brothers Art Installation and Movers                   
• Quinnipiac University
• Tufts University
• Metro North Railroad (Station master of Bridgeport, CT)
                       
Locations include
• Bridgeport, CT
• Hartford, CT
• Bethel, CT                   
• Truro, MA
• St. Thomas Ontario Canada
• Gettysburg, PA
• Harpers Ferry, WV
• Boston, MA
• Medford, MA
• New York City, NY
• Cooperstown, NY
• Farmington Hills, MI
 

 

 

05.03.18 - 8:15 pm
1 hour 19 minutes