As part of the Paterson Through the Arts program at William Paterson University, Maria Mazziotti Gillan will participate in a panel discussion after a screening of the the biographical film about her, "All That Lies Between Us," on April 13, 2018.
The event is free and open to the public.
The documentary, which is written, produced and directed by Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse, incorporates images of Paterson that juxtapose urban decay with natural wonders, and remnants of an industrial past with scenes from contemporary life. Following Gillan's path through the city as a child and adult, it also includes footage of Gillan’s poetry classes at Binghamton University-SUNY, and scenes of the campus and city.
The film features interviews with Ms. Gillan as she reminisces and shares insights about her life, including her student days in Paterson when being Italian was sometimes ridiculed, and when she had the same teacher who taught one of the city’s most celebrated literary figures, poet Allen Ginsberg.
The panel will include Gillan, Hillringhouse and Carey.
The event also includes a reception for the book Paterson Lives.
Here’s what people have said about "All That Lies Between Us."
"When this fascinating documentary is over you understand that if there were a country called Poetry, Paterson would be its capital and Maria Mazziotti Gillan would be its president." - Jeff Page, Journalist/Writer
“This documentary captures everything I am fortunate to know about Maria—that she is wonderful and warm, gives generously of herself, and is an amazing teacher. I only wish I could flip the DVD over to a CD side with Maria’s rich voice reading every poem she has every written…” - Jim Gwyn, poet
"Paterson is lucky to call [her] a native daughter." - Jim Haba, Poet/Founder and director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival for 22 years.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter . Her collection of poems along with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets . Maria's official website is MariaGillan.com.