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Library To Screen Wilton Resident’s Film ‘Trial By Fire’

Wilton resident and director Megan Smith-Harris, far right, stands with the cast of her critically-acclaimed documentary, "Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged." The film will premiere Saturday at the Wilton Library.
Wilton resident and director Megan Smith-Harris, far right, stands with the cast of her critically-acclaimed documentary, "Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged." The film will premiere Saturday at the Wilton Library. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – The Connecticut premiere of the critically acclaimed documentary film “Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged,” directed by Wilton resident Megan Smith-Harris, will take place Saturday at the Wilton Library.

The film, which chronicles the journeys of burn survivors, features “Dancing With the Stars” champion J.R. Martinez and other survivors who have not only reclaimed their lives, but also embraced and achieved new dreams.

The Los Angeles Times called the film “gripping,” “emotionally potent” and a “startling documentary” during its world premiere theatrical runs in New York City and Los Angeles as part the International Documentary Association’s DocuWeeks Showcase. “Trial by Fire” was also recently acquired for global distribution by PBS International, which called it “poignant and inspirational.”

After the screening, Smith-Harris, Executive Director Bill Harris and film editor Jeff Reilly will host a question-and-answer session. Also, as part of their fire prevention outreach initiative, the filmmakers will present a donation of smoke detectors to the Wilton Fire Department to be distributed, for free.

This premiere event, part of the Wilton Library’s New Perspectives Film Series, will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A donation of $5 per person is suggested. Registration is recommended.

For information, directions and to register, visit the Wilton Library website or call 203-762-3950, Ext. 213.

The Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road.

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