PATERSON, NJ - He’s won Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Academy Awards. Now, Hollywood director Aaron Sorkin has a key to the City of Paterson to add to his trophy case.

On Wednesday Mayor Andre Sayegh announced that he bestowed the film and television icon with the honor during a private ceremony in his city hall office.

“We appreciate Director Aaron Sorkin for picking the City of Paterson. His presence in Paterson has helped enhance our image as a top flight filming destination,” said Mayor Andre Sayegh.

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Sorkin used Paterson as a filming location for the late 1960’s period film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” transforming the unoccupied Community Baptist Church of Love building on Broadway into a key location. The production team has been working since October in the church building before moving to film in a private residence on Park Avenue in late November.

Sorkin is known for screenwriting “A Few Good Men,” “The West Wing,” “The Social Network,” and “The Newsroom.” He is also known for the playwriting the Broadway adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” will be Sorkin’s second film as director. 

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” will be released by Paramount Pictures in October 2020.


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