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Reston Movie Gets Airtime on ‘The Kojo Nnamdi Show’

by Karen Goff March 11, 2016 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

Official Trailer: Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA from Rebekah Wingert-Jabi on Vimeo.

Reston filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi was on WAMU’s “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” on Thursday to discuss Robert E. Simon’s vision for a new town in the Virginia countryside a half-century ago.

Wingert-Jabi, director of “Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA,” was visiting the show to promote the documentary, which will screen at the National Building Museum March 24 as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

Wingert-Jabi spoke about how Simon wanted dense housing as well as the beauty of nature when he founded Reston in the mid-1960s.

“When Robert E. Simon saw [the acreage that would be become Reston], what struck him most was natural beauty,” Wingert-Jabi said in response to Nnamdi’s question about Simon’s desire to break away from “Cul de sacs and cookie cutter homes.”

“He also said ‘we don’t have to to that,’ ” said Wingert-Jabi. ” ‘What about the idea of townhouses?’ If we put people together, maybe we can build a sense of community.’ And if you put lots of people together, you will also have lots of open space.”

Listen to the 17-minute interview on WAMU’s website.

Wingert-Jabi’s 70 minute film premiered in Reston last fall. It was edited from a rough cut shown to Restonians in 2014. The final version includes the milestone of Simon’s death last September at age 101.

Another Way of Living will screen at 6:30 p.m. on March 24 at the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW, Washington, DC). Admission to the festival is free.

  • Mike M

    Hey! I have a lot of money and I sat out the last campaign in WW2 in a cushy job in Paris! I must know what’s good for people.

    Just sayin’.

    • JacknJill

      Mike- you’re kind of an ass-bite. You should move.

      Just sayin’.

      • Mike M

        Geez. Sorry. I have this thing about worshiping sacred cows and rich people. I guess I’ll move right away, then. Thanks for your feedback. You make some compelling points, half-wipe.

  • Just Sane

    I had the honor/pleasure of meeting Kojo and he is a great dynamic guy with a multi dimensional personality, so expect this show/guest to be no different. Even for the detractors, worth a look, things outside the mainstream media often make more sense than not.

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