Archive for June, 2009

At the Gettysburg Festival…

June 29, 2009

We were very honored to be part of this year’s Gettysburg Festival where our film had its ‘Pennsylvania Premiere’ at the beautiful Majestic Theater.  A crowd of almost 600 enjoyed the free screening and Jeffrey Gabel, the Executive Director of the Majestic Theater, led a spirited Q&A after the screening.  Thank you Gettysburg for a great evening!

759 on the Majestic Marquee

759 on the Majestic Marquee

Justin & Jake with some area Scouts

Justin & Jake with some area Scouts

Jeffrey Gabel of the Gettysburg Festival leads the Q&A

Jeffrey Gabel of the Gettysburg Festival leads the Q&A

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Northern Exposure

June 18, 2009

Here is a review we just from Heather in Canada…

I just attended what may have been the Canadian premier of Boy Scouts of Harlem – in my livingroom in North Vancouver, British Columbia with my 13 year old son, Farley.  At first he was simply watching to appease his mother, who wanted to see a film produced by her friend, Justin.  But as soon as one of the boy scouts farted on the luggage rack at camp, Farley allowed himself to get closer to the characters.  There are differences, but there are many similarities, too.  My son is around the same age as the boys in the film; he participated in Cubs for a number of years; he has far more strong female than male role models in his life; and he often finds parts of life more challenging than they appear to be for other kids his age.   As Keith attempted to swim, climb or adjust to a night in the tent, Farley commisserated with his fear, angst, frustration and exhaustion.  And when Keith successfully swam two lengths of the outdoor pool area in order to progress to “beginner” swimmer, there were several cheers in our livingroom and they weren’t just coming from the mother sitting in the room.

The success of the boys of Troop 759 represents the hope for success of children everywhere.  The parents among us who sometimes worry that life may have become too hard for our children need these reminders that there are saints out there willing to help us to teach our children courage and determination.  And these boys remind us that children are always ready to rise to challenge if given the chance.

Let’s ensure we live in a world that is always ready to give a child that chance.  Bravo Boy Scouts of Harlem, their leaders, and those who brought this poignant story to us!

100 Black Men

June 12, 2009

Jake and I were invited by Willie Iles Jr., who manages community and governemnt affiars for the BSA National, to the 100 Black Men Annual Meeting in NYC yesterday for their awards lunch.  It was a massively inspiring event–filled with hundreds of men committed to improving thier communties through mentoring.

We had a chance to meet Eagle Scout Earl Graves who at 74 reminded the packed ballroom that he has been involved in Scouting for 65 years.  With Bob Mazzuca, the Chief Scout Executive, Earl presented Thomas W. Dortch Jr. with the Silver Buffalo Award.

Justin Szlasa, Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca & Jake Boritt

Justin Szlasa, Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca & Jake Boritt

Harlem Scouts on Wikipedia…

June 5, 2009

One of our fans has created a page on Wikipedia, albeit with a limited amount of information, but hey man, it is a start.  If you are reading this blog you probably know how Wikipedia works–so if you’ve seen the film and have anything to add go ahead and edit away.  Thanks again to all our fans for helping get the word about “759” out there!