December 16, 2013 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston High School (LHS) teacher and filmmaker, Gerard Amsellem, an abstract artist, whose artwork consisting of a collection of paintings with collaborator Mikel Frank called, “Primal Convergence,” has been on display this month, in the Herb and Milly Iris Gallery, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), will be showing his latest short film, the award-winning Bartleby, during the closing reception for his art show. The public is invited to attend the event on Sun., Dec. 22, at 6 p.m., at 1 SOPAC Way in South Orange.
Amsellem produced and directed Bartleby, a short film, in 2011. The filmmaker teamed up with screenwriter/actor Richard Stephen Bell to present Bartleby, a spiritually-moving updated adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic short story. The film won the Director’s Citation in the Black Maria Film Festival, and official selection in the Twin Rivers and Garden State film festivals.
Amsellem’s artwork has been exhibited in Paris, the GAS Gallery and Studio in Maplewood, and in other notable galleries. He has also established a local film club called La Cinemateque.
“Create is to live in the most intense way that life can offer,” said Amsellem of his artwork.
A South Orange resident who is originally from Paris, France, Amsellem earned his Master’s Degree in French Literature and Art History from the University of Paris. Amsellem teaches French and World Film at LHS, in addition to being a painter and filmmaker.