The Warwick film debut of “Encapsulate” by Mary Collura, Mark Mancini, and Tom Kates is set for Sat., Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Warwick Valley Community Center, located at 11 Hamilton Ave. in Warwick.
Mary Collura, a local documentary filmmaker, won a competition for a Community Arts grant from the Orange County Arts Council. The winning project, “Encapsulate,” is a short documentary film that focuses on the central part of the Warwick Village Sesquicentennial and the opening of the 1967 time capsule that was buried 50 years ago.
No one had recalled exactly what was put inside the capsule, and important decisions had been made about what to put in a new capsule, which will be opened in 2067 at the Village’s bicentennial celebration.
“I’ve been waiting for the perfect Warwick story to tell, and this was an important event to document. I feel that it is my duty to tell this story, which deals with such universal themes such as responsibility, stewardship, mortality and legacy,” said Collura.
“’Encapsulate’ has turned out to be a beautiful tribute to the 1967 Centennial. As Creative Director of this year’s Sesquicentennial, I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from the Centennial. Not just the events, but the way it is so fondly remembered. Like, how can we create events that people, through the rest of their lives, will smile every time they think of it?,” said Collura.
For Collura the project has been a true labor of love, with Mark Mancini, videographer; Tom Kates, editor; and John Collura who composed and recorded the score. The film incorporates slides, super 8mm film and pictures from the Centennial, some from the Warwick Historical Society and some generously loaned.
“The process of digging up one time capsule and burying another has brought out a lot of emotion in our community members. It really has us thinking about the future, and when we think about the future, it’s important to reflect on our past,” said Collura.
Prior to the showing of the film, there will be an introduction by Collura and by Mayor Michael Newhard. Refreshments will be served and the viewing is free and open to the public.