NORWALK, Conn. – Coming to a video screen near you: “Norwalk’s Future: Right Here, Right Now,” a documentary-style promotional movie designed to shine a light on a part of Norwalk with rich history that has thrived before and is revving up to thrive again.
Norwalk 2.0 co-founders Jackie Lightfield and Maribeth Becker engaged former mayoral candidate Vinny Mangiacopra’s communications company, The Preferred Group, to collaborate and produce a movie that tells a story about the Wall Street and Norwalk center areas.
The trailer for the project, which began in October, will be given a not-so-sneak preview at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Wine Room at Fat Cat Pie Co. There is a suggested donation of $25 for Norwalk 2.0 that will be directed toward its summer programming throughout the city.
There will also be an opportunity to go on camera and be in the final production of “Norwalk’s Future: Right Here, Right Now.”
The movie is set for completion later this spring.
“We decided to make this movie to garner more momentum and attention to this side of town,” Mangiacopra said in a press release. “It is clear to us that a successful game plan for the Wall Street/Norwalk Center area is vital to the long-term success of the city as a whole. The architecture attributes and character that you want to build a unique experience around already exist. It’s now about putting a collective strength behind it to get it done.”
The documentary-style video will feature interviews with local business owners, developers, historians, city staff and entrepreneurs. Nearly two-dozen interviews have been conducted thus far.
Founded in the summer of 2010 by Becker and Lightfield to address needs in the city, Norwalk 2.0 has been working in partnership with the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, the Norwalk Library, the Norwalk Preservation Trust and the Norwalk Historical Society in efforts to leverage the interests and activities of the organizations in the area. The non-profit produced a Tuesday night concert series last year at Freese Park and held “Pop City” residence on Wall Street with countless community events.
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