The Waltham Film Factory kicks off it’s Premiere Fall Season with a screening of the documentary film, “Rex Trailer’s Boomtown” on Wednesday evening, September 21, 2016. Filmmaker Michael Bavaro will be on hand to discuss how he got his childhood hero to agree to have his story told and the buddy experience they shared.
Michael, who’s mother was born in Waltham and who's grandfather ran a drugstore on Moody Street in the 1930s, is nostalgic for telling local history. After watching Rex Trailer on television as child, the two finally met in person in 2002 while working on a pilot for a new children’s TV show.
After a career in Hollywood as a director for Disney Studios, and heading up Digital Freeway in New York City, Michael felt compelled to make sure history did not forget the legendary television pioneer.
The film premiered in 2005 on WBZ in Boston with encore broadcasts on WGBH in 2010 and 2013. The master tape and archives were presented to the Paley Center in New York City and now part of the permanent collection. The film was nominated for an Emmy Award, and Michael continued to work with Rex at his Waltham studios right up until his death in 2013.
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