During Homecoming and Family Weekend 2016, actress and comedian Kim Blacklock ’79 returns to Geneva with former U. S. Congressman Robert Mrazek for a screening of “The Congressman,” the new independent film written, co-directed, and produced by Mrazek. Nancy Zises P’92, P’93 is executive producer of the film.
Blacklock — who plays Matty Pierce, a female lobster boat captain in “The Congressman” — will introduce the film with Mrazek. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Smith Opera House, and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Mrazek, who resides in Ithaca, N.Y., but grew up on Long Island, was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature in the mid-1970s and then to the U.S. House of Representatives for five terms (1983-93). “The Congressman,” his first feature film screenplay, centers on a U.S. Congressman and Marine from Maine, Charlie Winship (Treat Williams), who is having a bad day. After being caught on video not standing and reciting the pledge of allegiance in Congress, he exchanges blows with another House member in a pick-up basketball game, confronts his angry ex-wife in their just-sold Maine home and faces denunciation by national media for being a “pledge-dodger.” Attacked by corrupt lobbyists and facing expulsion from Congress, Winship embarks on a journey to a remote Maine island whose eccentric inhabitants are in a shooting war in defense of their fishing grounds against big corporate interests.
Blacklock believes it’s important to know the story of the island is based on real events that happened in Maine in the 1980s.
“When truth, heart and determination combine, the little people become a force to reckon with — ‘The Congressman’ illustrates that,” she said. “Just look at what we did at the Seneca Women’s Peace Encampment: We found out that the Seneca Army Depot housed the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the United States. In 1981, it was estimated the U.S. had 27,000 times the nuclear power to blow up the world. We decided to put international pressure on the U.S. to live up to its part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.”
Blacklock, a resident of Geneva from 1975 to 1983, and former president of the Geneva Women’s Resource Center, is now CEO of H. G. Fairfield Arts Center for the Environment in Putnam County, N.Y. As a William Smith student, she majored in English and played basketball, later playing in the Women’s Basketball League — the first women’s professional league. Blacklock is not new to movie-making. She has been a SAG-AFTRA member since 1991 and appeared in the 2013 film “The Power of Few” with Christopher Walken, Anthony Anderson and Christian Slater.
“The Congressman” stars Williams, Elizabeth Marvel, Ryan Merriman and George Hamilton. Fred Roos is the producer.
The photo above features Kim Blacklock ’79 as Matty Pierce.