Would have written about this last night – but we got word of the Alki fire just as we were leaving the event – the Fauntleroy documentary (mentioned here in February) was previewed last night and will officially premiere as part of this weekend’s Fauntleroy Church (WSB sponsor) centennial celebration (which starts tonight) – read on:
At left are Beth White Farley and Lorenzo Townsend from Zoman Video Productions, the team hired to produce the documentary, “The Fauntleroy Story: 100 Years of Community.” (Disclosure note, your editor here had a tiny role in the pre-pre-production process, helping project coordinator Judy Pickens review some of the applications.) Townsend also is a longtime photojournalist at KING5, whose reporter Glenn Farley narrates the documentary. After last night’s screening for a small group of invitees, Fauntleroy Community Association president Bruce Butterfield gave Farley and Townsend plaques declaring them “honorary Fauntleroy residents.”
In the documentary, partly funded by a city Department of Neighborhoods grant, you will see historic photos, beautiful shots of modern-day Fauntleroy, and interviews with all sorts of Fauntleroy folks, including legendary figures like Morey Skaret, and Fauntleroy Church’s longtime pastor Rev. Dr. David Kratz. The half-hour-ish production covers everything from how Fauntleroy got its name to current challenges such as the campaign to save Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (latest WSB update here).
Its official premiere is during tomorrow night’s dinner celebrating Fauntleroy Church’s centennial; that’s one of several events this weekend, starting with the bean feed and talent show 6-8 pm tonight (in honor of a beloved long-ago community event) followed by vespers on the beach at 8:30 pm; tomorrow, a Fauntleroy walking tour (meet at south Lincoln Park parking lot) at 10 am, church open house 1-4 pm, anniversary dinner 6-8 pm; Sunday, a worship service and reception 10 am-12:30 pm, including a 100-year roll call. Find more info about all those events at this page on the Fauntleroy Church website.
DVDs will be available in about a month, if you’re not going to be at tomorrow night’s banquet to watch the premiere (or even if you are) — it’s complete except for just a few finishing “tweaks,” as the producers put it. Even if you don’t live in Fauntleroy, it’s worth watching — Farley says it already has had an effect in the city where she and her family live, Edmonds; she told last night’s audience that her work on the Fauntleroy documentary led one of her children to start an online campaign to raise awareness about an endangered Edmonds landmark known as “the Pink House.”