Defending Utopia: 

The Greenbelt News Review at 80  

A Documentary by Susan Gervasi


Sunday, January 14, 1pm

In lieu of a lecture in January, the Museum is proud to co-sponsor an encore screening of Defending Utopia: The Greenbelt News Review at 80. The one hour documentary, made by filmmaker Susan Gervasi, reveals how closely linked the history of Greenbelt's local newspaper is with the community itself. It covers the First Amendment libel suit that led the paper to the U.S. Supreme Court and the many times Greenbelt residents have fought to preserve Greenbelt's physical spaces, as well as its values. The movie utilizes vintage photographs, newsreel footage, and interviews. It premiered as part of the Greenbelt News Review’s 80th celebration at the Old Greenbelt Theatre in November. Tickets were completely sold out for the premiere, so this is an additional chance to see the film. Susan Gervasi, the filmmaker, will speak and answer questions from the audience following the screening. Tickets are $7 and are available at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Friends of the Greenbelt Museum members will receive a free small popcorn! Co-sponsored by the Greenbelt News Review and the Friends of the Old Greenbelt Theatre

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