Join us for a screening of the fiction feature film THE BLACK MONK (2017), followed by a discussion and Q&A with acclaimed, Emmy-nominated, award winning, Essex County filmmakers, Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno. Film Synopsis: Inspired by the eponymous, classic short story by Anton Chekov, a filmmaker struggling with sanity, encounters a legendary monk and uncovers the meaning of life and a lost love. The filmmakers will use the film to stimulate discussion about inner cities, poverty, politics, psychosis, religion and ethics, Chekhov and literary adaptations, and filmmaking. Several scenes were shot in iconic locations in Essex County, including Newark Abbey and St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, a private botanical garden in Nutley, and the interior of a 19th century home, also in Nutley.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.