Barton Welcomes Filmmaker David Garrigus for Constitution Day on September 17

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David GarrigusWILSON, N.C. –  In celebration of the 228th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, Barton College will host a Constitution Day discussion by acclaimed filmmaker David Garrigus, whose latest project, “The American Constitution,” is in production. A reception with refreshments will be held in the Willis N. Hackney Library on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m., with the program commencing at 5:30 p.m. A question-and-answer period following the speaker’s presentation will conclude the program. This event, sponsored by Hackney Library, is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

A Wilmington-based producer, writer, and director of award-winning documentaries and educational programs, Garrigus has been making films for more than 25 years. His upcoming documentary, “The American Constitution,” will be a five-night historical documentary series that captures the history of the U.S. Constitution from its creation, to the battle for ratification, and the struggle for a bill of rights. This gripping tale is revealed through the words of the founding men and women, performed by accomplished television and film actors. Many of the world’s leading scholars and historians, including Barton professor of history, Dr. Jeff Broadwater, provide meaning and insight.

Garrigus is no novice to the documentary-making process. “The American Constitution” will be his second major television documentary, following his award-winning “Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers’ Journey of Invention,” which features Neil Armstrong and John Glenn as the voices of Orville and Wilbur Wright. A definitive two-hour documentary that premiered on PBS and internationally during the 100th anniversary of flight, “Kitty Hawk” has reached nearly 10 million viewers, and won Best Documentary at the International Family Film Festival. In addition to these awards, Garrigus’ productions have earned Telly Awards, Cindy Awards, and a New York Festival’s Gold Medal.

Constitution Day is held each September 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on that date in 1787.

For additional information about this event, please contact George Loveland, director of Hackney Library, at (252) 399-6501 or gwloveland@barton.edu.

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