The Art of Dialogue: Discussions and Films with Filmmakers, Authors, Poets and Scientists

Saturdays, January 4 thru March 22, 2014

5:00 - 7:30 pm. 

February 8

6 Short Films

Speaker: Gino Del Guercio


Mr. Del Guercio will present and discuss six of his short films that include programs on the topics of: high speed DNA reading innovations, pioneers of the internet, and the bleeding to death of our first president by his doctors. The photo to the right is of Mr. Del Guercio 600 miles from the North Pole while directing a documentary about the worst Arctic disaster in American history.



Gino Del Guercio is an award-winning television producer/director specializing in science, medicine and technology. He has worked as a staff producer for WGBH and an independent producer for Discovery Channel, A&E, and other PBS stations. He has won numerous awards including an Emmy and Best Science Documentary of the Year from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

February 15

Film: Guitar #1711

Speaker: Guitar craftsmen, Otto D' Ambrosio



This film is an intimate and lyrical portrait of the artistic process, as filmmaker Guy Benoit follows Otto D'Ambrosio through the construction-start to finish- of an acoustic archtop guitar, hand-made for renowned jazz guitarist Julian Lage. The film culminates with a live concert performance by Lage, playing guitar #1711. 


Otto D'Ambrosio has been carving wood since age 8. He has worked for Mandolin Brothers and Guild Guitars, eventually opening his own studio in Pawtucket RI in 2001. There, he builds guitars and fretted instruments that marry contemporary forms with classic aesthetic and create perfect harmony in look, feel and sound. His instruments have been played by some of the world's most talented musicians and he has been entrusted to repair irreplaceable vintage instruments.  

February 22

Talk, with slides: On Stem Cells, Supersonic Flight, and the Plumage of the Smew

Speaker: Science Writer, Ann Parson


Ann Parson is a writer, speaker and teacher who resides in South Dartmouth MA. She has written many books and has articles in prominent publications.  Parson will share interesting facts and ideas gained from over three decades as a science journalist and will especially draw on the book topics she has covered. These include: advances in the field of Alzheimer's disease, women's health and cell-based medicines, the technology behind GPS, cell phones and the world's fastest plane, and finally, the emergence of the field of natural history and gun culture in the 19th century.      |      508. 636. 4177      |      1 Partners' Lane, Westport, MA 02790      |      W - Sat, 10 - 5, Sun 12 - 5