Ever drive the Merritt and think “They should make a movie about this!”
Me neither. But Lisa Seidenberg did, and it’s been well received, documenting a fascinating part of Connecticut History.
Mixing historical information, personal anecdotes and rarely seen footage from Connecticut’s past, the film looks at the Merritt as an artistic work – the unique bridges, the landscaping and those infuriating twists and turns that gives the road its character.
The screening was part of the 3rd Annual Classic and Custom Car Show happening concurrently on McLevy Green, half a block away.
First opened in 1938, the Parkway recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Featured in the film are Ann Sheffer, Alan Abel and former DOT Commissioner Emil Frankel, as well as a relative of Congressman Schuyler Merritt, for whom the parkway is named.
The filmmaker has made many films including a feature, ‘Pledge of Allegiance Blues” which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.