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American Experience presents Edison

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Writer and director Michelle Ferrari and director of photography Rafael de la Uz will discuss the making of their American Experience documentary Edison on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (NHP) laboratory complex, 211 Main Street. Join us for a lively conversation moderated by Mark Texel, director of the New Jersey State Park Service and board member, Advocates for New Jersey History. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (973) 736-0550 extension 89. Prior to the afternoon program, Edison will be screened in its entirety at 10:30 a.m. Admission to the screening and Meet the Filmmaker is free and open to the public.

Edison, which premiered on the PBS history series American Experience in January, explores the life and times of America's most famous inventor. Michelle Ferrari is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an M.A. in American history from Columbia University. A screenwriter and story editor for nearly two decades, she has written several episodes of the American Experience, including Silicon Valley, Roads to Memphis, Kit Carson and Seabiscuit, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing. Ferrari's work has been seen on HBO, PBS, and at film festivals nationwide, and has received awards from the Writer's Guild of America, the Organization of American Historians and the Sundance Film Festival.

Rafael de la Uz is a graduate of the University of Havana. He also earned a degree in cinematography from the International School of Film and Television in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba. De la Uz's cinematography credits include The Cuban Game, a feature length documentary that earned the BBC's Grierson Award and acclaim from film festivals around the world. His other works include Venezuela, Revolution in Progress for Discovery/Times TV, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq for HBO and Roads to Memphis for the American Experience.

This program is part of Thomas Edison NHP's 2015 theme IN OTHER WORDS . . . a year-long series of events that examine past and contemporary interpretations of the Edison story.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park is a National Park Service site dedicated to promoting an international understanding and appreciation of the life and extraordinary achievements of Thomas Alva Edison by preserving, protecting, and interpreting the Park's extensive historic artifact and archive collections at the Laboratory Complex and Glenmont, the Edison family estate. The Visitor Center is located at 211 Main Street in West Orange, New Jersey. For more information call 973- 736-0550 extension 11 or visit our website at us on Twitter and Facebook.


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