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Filmmaker Carpenter To Share Story

A decade before The Artist won the Academy Award for best picture, Massapequa Park filmmaker John Carpenter released the silent comedy Late to Lunch.

Carpenter will speak about his lifelong devotion to bringing joy to moviegoers at “Carpenter On Carpenter” at the East Meadow Public Library on Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m.

The independent filmmaker will discuss how he has “mastered bringing the feel of family-oriented, positive class, and clean humor to theatergoers” with his 2002 silent comedy Late To Lunch. “I’ve chosen to go backward against the technology of our time and unify audiences by having them bond with situations, comic character gags, and a story that illustrates visually that you can make all your wants and dreams into reality by giving it your all,” the recreational filmmaker explains.

Carpenter has also explored this theme in Smelling Like A Rose, which “details my use of a determined mindset and how I didn’t allow myself to become submerged in self pity after being hit by a speeding car that left me physically, but not emotionally, handicapped.”

East Meadow’s program director Jude Schanzer created Carpenter On Carpenter to celebrate the film historian, who has been employed since 2004 as the library’s “Movie Man,” hosting monthly classic film programs. After the viewing of his films, perhaps Carpenter will discuss his rare film collection of nearly 4,000 reels from around 1910 through the mid ’30s. For more information, contact the East Meadow Library at 516-794-2570, ext. 218.