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November 13, 2018

New “Treasures of New Jersey” Episode Gets the Red Carpet Treatment

Last night, the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ and the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders hosted a sneak-peak “world premiere” screening event for the new episode of Treasures of New Jersey: State Theatre New Jersey, which premieres tomorrow, November 14 at 8:30pm on NJTV. Watch a trailer here.

Senator Smith presents the State Theatre with a proclamation

About 400 people attended the red carpet event at the Theatre, including NJTV’s General Manager John Servidio, State Theatre President and CEO Sarah Chaplin, Executive Producer and Writer Sally Garner, Narrator Jack Ford, Cameraman Mark Andersen, Associate Producer Lauren Witte, NJTV Communications Director Deb Falk, Director of NJ Partnerships Steve Priolo, Development Consultant Wendy McNeil and NJTV Community Advisory Board member Patricia Phillips.

The evening opened with a VIP reception that included a proclamation for the Theatre for “its role as a treasured historic performing arts center” by First Lady Tammy Murphy on behalf of the Governor, and remarks from Chaplin, Servidio, Theatre Board Chairman Scott Fergang, Freeholder Director Ron Rios and Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs & Chief Communication Officer at Johnson & Johnson Michael Sneed, who was featured in the film.

After the reception, guests joined others in the theater for the screening of the film, complete with complimentary popcorn. Senator Bob Smith presented the Governor’s Proclamation to Chaplin before the full audience. Servidio stated that, “This is a film only public television would make — sharing the unique history of this beautiful theater with the entire state, while highlighting its present-day good work in the community that is sure to continue well into the future.”

State Theatre’s Sarah Chaplin joined Filmmaker Sally Garner and Narrator Jack Ford to discuss the film after the screening.

Afterwards, Garner and Ford took to the stage with Chaplin for discussion about the project. Garner shared that a key part of the “process” to make a documentary like Treasures of New Jersey is to, “spend time with the people who know the location best and listen to their stories.” She credited the talents of her crew and editor and the full cooperation of the Theatre’s staff with the success of the project. For example, she cited, “The answer to every question I asked of the theater team, including using a drone, was “yes,” that doesn’t happen with every project.” Ford expressed the importance of projects like Treasures and the need to share the rich history of places like the State Theatre. “As a society, it is our choice to preserve palaces of culture and beauty,” he said. “All of you here tonight have made that choice, and it is so important.”

L-R State Theatre President & CEO Sarah Chaplin, NJTV GM John Servidio, First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy, film narrator Jack Ford, executive producer/writer Sally Garner.

Narrator Jack Ford and NJTV Community Advisory Board member Pat Phillips at the VIP reception.

NJTV General Manager John Servidio addresses the audience as Scott Fergang looks on.

The audience settles in for the screening.

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