Widener alums Patrick Manley and Brendan O’Riordan will be on campus next week — Tuesday, February 19th at 7pm — for a screening of their documentary “Bazaar of All Nations.”  Patrick — who graduated with a BA in English in 1999 — and Brendan (Chemical Engineering) will be joined by director Melissa Whitely to show the film and participate in a Q & A moderated by Dr. Utell.

from the Delaware County News Network
from the Delaware County News Network

“Bazaar of All Nations” proved to be a serious local hit when it was released last year.  It chronicles an indoor mall/flea market that looms large in the imagination of anyone who grew up in Delaware County.  After it was shown in local theaters, it got picked up by the Philly PBS station WHYY and was featured in a number of media outlets, including the Philadelphia Daily News and Delaware County News Network.  Widener’s own alumni magazine ran a story, which you can read here.

You can read the DN article on Philly.com here, and the DCNN piece here.  As Amy Winnemore notes on DCNN, the trio of filmmakers tracked down archival materials and former employees, pursuing the project as a labor of love.


If you’re interested in film, documentary, local history, popular culture, or how to pursue a really creative and interesting project like this, come to the screening!  We think this is one of the coolest things any of our alums have done, and we’re really excited they’ll be joining us:  Tuesday, February 19th, 7pm, in Founders Hall 109.

Read more about the filmmakers after the jump.

Brendan O’Riordan

Co-producer of Bazaar of All Nations, Brendan O’Riordan graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Widener in 1999.  Strong interests in local history, architecture, and land use/development drew him to the Bazaar project.  He is a member of the Media Borough Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), TimeBank Media, and is the author of a sustainability blog for Fig Media.  Brendan is currently working with White Lyte Productions on a documentary about the development of Baltimore Pike (“the Golden Mile”) in Springfield, Delaware County.

Patrick Manley

Producer Patrick Manley developed the concept for the film Bazaar of All Nations in the early 2000s. Graduating with a BA in English Literature from Widener in 1999, he works as an editor in the field of medical publishing. His other activities include songwriting and performing with the band Effusion 35, which he founded in 1998, and occasional performances with the band Milton and the Devils Party. Patrick continues to work on film projects with White Lyte Productions including the forthcoming “Golden Mile” documentary and the full-length feature film Leaving Virginville.

Melissa Whitely  
Director Melissa Whitely founded White Lyte Productions in 2008. A graduate of the New York Film Academy, she is an accomplished director, cinematographer, and editor. In 2003 her short film, Kidnapped, was selected as a finalist in the New York Minute Film Festival. Melissa’s 2008 film Scenes Missing received screenings in three film festivals while garnering a honorable mention in the Wildwood By The Sea Film Festival. Bazaar of All Nations opened to sellout crowds in 2010, appeared in the Media Film Festival in 2011, and aired on PBS WHYY TV-12 in 2012. Melissa is following up Bazaar of All Nations with the full-length feature film Leaving Virginville, shooting in summer 2013. Also in pre-production is a documentary about “The Golden Mile” of Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Pa.