BEDMINSTER, NJ _ The Center for Contemporary Art (“The Center”) is will present Michael Reynolds’ documentary, “Under the Great Oak,” a film that celebrates the life of the great white oak tree that lived in the Basking Ridge downtown for more than 600 years.

The documentary illustrates the impact the tree had on the community through interviews and the Great Oak Art Celebration, which brought together artists and members of the community to honor the tree and its place in history. Two screenings are scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 3, at 2 and 4:30 p.m., at the center located at 2020 Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster.

Live musical performance as well

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Attendees also will be treated to a live performance by Gordon Thomas Ward, whose music is featured in the film, and enjoy an informative panel discussion by the team that made the documentary. Moderated by Dana Reynolds, the documentary’s Executive Producer, the planned panel will include Sean Kirby (Editor of "Under the Great Oak:), Dr. Tom Ombrello (Senior Professor of Biology at Union County Community College), Michael Reynolds (Filmmaker), musician Gordon Thomas Ward, and Sue Zibelli (Trustee of The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills).

The Center for Contemporary Art and the filmmakers will donate the net proceeds from the screenings to support the Historic Tree Grove at the Union County College campus, the organization that grew the sapling that was replanted behind the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church. The smaller tree was grown from an acorn from the great oak, which stood in front of the church.

Tickets to the screenings are $10 each and can be purchased online at

More information also is availably by following "Under the Great Oak" on Facebook, and at @UndertheGreatOak. Filmgoers can also learn more at the film’s official website: