30 Days of Philly Arts: Out of the Clear Blue Sky at Bryn Mawr Film Institute - Day 23
Bryn Mawr Film Institute was founded in 2004 to save the historic Seville Theater in Bryn Mawr, built in 1926 as one of six film palaces of the day along the Main Line. The building had been neglected for decades and was in danger of being repurposed by a health club franchise. After the Institute bought the building in 2004, it was named to the National Register of HIstoric Places in 2005. Restoration of the building is expected to be completed next year.
Out of the Clear Blue Sky is an inside look at Cantor Fitzgerald, the investment bank and brokerage house that was hard hit by the devastation of New York's World Trade Centers on 9/11, losing 658 employees in the attacks. The film focuses on CEO Howard Lutnick, the struggle to save the business, the shock and subsequent community forged among the employees' surviving families.
As a side note, Howard Lutnick has his own Main LIne connection, as a graduate and now Board of Managers Co-Chair of Haverford College.