EDISON, NJ -- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison hosted the world premiere of The War with Grandpa on June 2 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. W+H eighth grade student Tre Peart of Morganville, who is on track for recognition as the world’s youngest executive producer, proudly introduced the screening of the film.

The event began with a welcome from Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head, and continued with Rosa Peart, Tre’s mother, providing an introduction and background about the project and a five-year journey that began with a third-grade reading assignment. Tre loved the book so much that he approached his parents, the owners of Marro Films, with the idea to create a movie. 

Tre continued to persevere and work on many of the details that are required to produce a successful film. He worked with the script and collaborated with actors, production assistants and crew members. He was involved in every step of the process.

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“I’ve learned so much from this experience,” Tre said during a Q&A with Rudy Brandl, W+H Director of Communications. “I really want to thank my parents for believing in me and making this possible.”

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.