Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton

Hamilton_PicThe Caribbean Community Theatre is showing the much heralded film Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton on Saturday, January 19, at the theatre at #18 Estate Orange Grove, Christiansted.

This first CCT FUNdraiser of the year will feature a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres on the patio from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., an introduction to the film by Bob White, St. Croix resident and president of the Alexander Hamilton Society who produced the PBS film, and a full viewing of the film. A $15 donation per person is suggested with all proceeds going to CCT.

Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton is directed by Michael Pack and narrated by Richard Brookhiser. It was commissioned by PBS and was widely shown in October 2012 on PBS stations. Unfortunately, WTJX (Channel 12) was experiencing difficulties with transmissions due to electrical strikes on their towers during the period of time it aired, so Virgin Islanders were unable to see it. Filmed partially on St. Croix and featuring interviews with several St. Croix residents including owner of the St. Croix Avis, Rena Brodhurst, the film does more than just give a chronology of Hamilton’s life; it examines his legacy which is still most evident today. Research for the film gives insight into how Hamilton’s beliefs and policies helped shape our world including the way he handled an economic downturn similar to the one we are currently experiencing. Many obscure facts are presented in the film. In fact, one might not have known that Alexander Hamilton was the first treasury secretary to get our country into debt, borrowing $20,000 from the Bank of New York to finance the Revolutionary War. Interviews with several recognized historians, Gore Vidal, and well-known journalists as varied as Larry Flynt and Rupert Murdock provide a variety of points of view on his legacy. St. Croix can truly be proud of having Alexander Hamilton as part of our history with clear delineation of the influences of the years he spent here affecting his many accomplishments. The film is a must-see for anyone young or old who wants to learn more about this great man and his accomplishments.

For additional information about the event, call Linda Garvin, event coordinator at (340) 690-3002 or the theater at (340) 778-1983.

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