Straight Coffin in a Crooked Grave

Straight Coffin in a Crooked Grave

Jared Martin & Michael david,  2:01 min 
Documentary (Trailer)
Saturday, May 5th, 6pm

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The multimedia artists Lonnie Holley and the late Thornton Dial were both born into poverty in the state of Alabama. The chaos of living hand to mouth, not to mention through the Civil Rights Era, is indelibly present in their paintings, sculptures and assemblages, most of which incorporate scavenged organic and manmade materials. Filmmakers Jared Martin and Michael David explore their bodies of work, which delve into the Deep South’s rich African-American heritages, histories and identities.

Art Panel

Saturday, May 5th, 6pm

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Michael David is an artist, the founder of the Life on Mars Gallery and the owner, curator and artistic director of David&Schweitzer Contemporary in Brooklyn. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Edward Albee Foundation, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. The exhibitions he has curated have been covered by The Los Angeles Times, Brooklyn Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Huffington Post.

Terence Donellan is a novelist, playwright and two-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. As a senior producer at NET TV in Brooklyn, he has produced, directed, and/or written more than 90 half-hour episodes for five different television shows. Through his production company, Blasket McManus Productions, Donnellan has produced, directed and written commercials, corporate videos, and narrative and documentary short subjects and feature films. For Artists in NYC, he has recently been selected for a 2018 Fiscal Sponsorship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Geoffrey Dorfman is a painter, art critic, modern art historian, curator, producer and trustee to the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation. He has taught at the College of Staten Island/CUNY for over four decades, as well as at the Parson’s School of Design and Dartmouth College. He has received critical acclaim for his paintings, shows, and his book Out of the Picture: Milton Resnick and the New York School, and in 2006 he was awarded the Henry Ward Ranger Prize by the National Academy of Design. He is currently represented by the Ober Gallery in Kent, Connecticut.

David Jacobsen Loncle is a New York based artist and writer.  He has taught Studio Art and Civics for the City University of New York for the past 8 years.

David was a student and friend of Pat Passlof.  He is in the final stages of publishing a compendium of her writing representing the course of her 60 year career.  The book, entitled The Inspired, will include interviews David conducted with several of Passlof’s professional acquaintances including Jake Berthot, Cynthia Navarretta, David Reed and Mark DiSuvero.  With the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation he recently published a selection of these writings entitled To Whom the Shoe Fits.

Upcoming exhibition of David’s work includes: Art of the 5: Revisiting Staten Island highlighting the borough’s premier artist this July.  Hosted by the Mayor’s Office it will be held at the Newhouse Gallery for Contemporary Art. (Smithsonian Affiliate)  David currently holds a studio residency with ChaShaMa.

Artists in NYC

Artists in NYC

Terence Donnellan,  7:10 min
Documentary
Saturday, May 5th, 6pm

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The modern world has had a hard time shaking their stereotypical myths of the tortured genius and the starving artist and to maintain a more substantial and nuanced understanding of how art comes to be recognized and celebrated. What social and economic constructs dictate trends like artists becoming posthumously famous and further contribute to art’s reflection of our times? To answer this question, filmmaker Terence Donnellan looks into the museum and gallery scenes of Manhattan and Brooklyn and interviews artists, gallerists and curators on their work and what functions it fulfills in both their own lives and in New York City’s ever-growing urban landscape of commerce and consumerism.

Community / Immigration Panel

THURSDAY, MAY 3RD, 7:00 PM

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BLISSVILLE…AN INVESTIGATION

Hank Linhart is an award-winning media artist based in Brooklyn. He has made over 40 short videos, many of which have been screened across the country and internationally, and has curated several shows of media works in galleries and spaces across New York City, including The Video Poetry Show at St. Mark’s Church. He has taught for many years at schools including NYU, SVA and the Pratt Institute, where he was Chairperson of the Media Arts Department. His feature debut, Fearful Visitation, was featured on PBS. Blissville…an Investigation is his second feature.

Rebecca Cooney has been a resident of Blissville since 1990.  In those early years she painted murals on commission and freelanced as an art director, designer, and baby photographer, doing assignments eventually for The New York Times, Time Magazine, Parenting, and others.  She is currently a photo editor at Newsday.

ZIEMIA

Martynka Wawrzyniak is an artist specializing in multimedia and conceptual art. She was born in Warsaw, raised in New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn. She began contributing to art exhibitions around the world in 2003 and had her first solo exhibition, Ketchup, in New York in 2009. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, VICE, and Harper’s Bazaar.

PAST STATES (Stany Przeszłe)

Olga Blumczyńska has directed several short videos for the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland, where she serves as Coordinator of the Emigrant Archive. Past States is her first film.

Marta Pawlaczek is a grant writer and project manager for the Culture Shock Foundation in Poland. Since 2009 she has brought her knowledge of philosophy, journalism and cultural studies to coordinating numerous projects that have helped to reinforce and preserve the cultural and historical identities of communities in Warsaw, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn.

Mitch Waxman is a photographer and graphic artist. He was raised in Brooklyn and attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. With a background in advertising, printing and comics, he now runs The Newtown Pentacle, a website devoted to photography and the local and natural histories of NYC’s Newtown Creek, and offers tours of the Newtown Creek Watershed.

Elaine de Kooning Paints a Portrait

Elaine de Kooning

Betty Jean Thiebaud,  17:41 min
Digitized from original 1976 16mm color film
Documentary
Saturday, May 5th, 6pm

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“I almost feel my portraits— portraits I’ve made—are now invading my privacy. When I have them around—to have all these people looking at me—it’s oppressive, and I always find portraits oppressive. But I find them, well, fascinating.”

Elaine de Kooning was an accomplished landscape and portrait expressionist artist  active in the Abstract Expressionist movement of the early twentieth century. She was a member of the Eighth Street Club (the Club) in New York City.] The Club functioned as a space to discuss ideas. Among this group of artists were Willem de Kooning, Jimmy Rosati, Giorgio Spaventi, Milton Resnick, Pat Passlof, Earl Kerkam, Ludwig Sander, Angelo Ippolito, Franz Kline, Clyfford Still, and Hans Hofmann. A membership position for a woman was rare at this time.

In filmmaker Betty Jean Thiebaud’s own portrait of the artist, the film she de Kooning discusses her work as she paints a new portrait of her friend and fellow artist, Aristodimis Kaldis. Over de Kooning’s musings on Rembrandt, conceptual art, and experience vs. ideas in the artistic process, Thiebaud observes her in her studio, working briskly but with care and method, and in constant dialogue with her cohorts.

Don’t Be Afraid

Don't Be Afraid

Unnikrishnan Parameswaran, 2018, 19 min 37 sec
Narrative Short
Saturday, May 5th, 4:30pm

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Don’t Be Afraid (Daro Mat) revolves around the less spoken about Indian Girl. The indian girl who is smart and yet devoid of opinions as ‘ having an opinion’ was never an option. The movie depicts her strength portrayed by simple thoughts.

Curated Program: Environmental

Curated Program by Katarina Benois Pittis
Panel discussion
Sunday, May 6th, 5pm

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As our cities, waste, and resource needs continue to expand, how can we be “cleaner” and “greener?” This collection of short films explores the relationship between humans and the natural world in order to question how we can “green” our urban environments. The screening will be followed by a panel with the filmmakers and other leading environmental advocates. Come watch films like:

WILD HORSES, DRAGGED AWAY (EXCERPT)

Wild Horses, Dragged Away

DIR. LUCY SMITH-WILLIAMS, 2018, DOCUMENTARY, 8:49 MIN

This excerpt from the full film explores the idea of oldest symbol of the
American West, the wild horse, which is not as free and powerful as it is so often depicted in popular culture. Recently the Bureau of Land Management has been put into the spotlight for their controversial management techniques from artists, animal activists and cow ranchers alike. This excerpt includes interviews from Roberto Dutesco, a photographer and wild horse advocate, and Simone Netherlands, the president of the Salt River Wild Horse Management group near Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Seeds

Seeds

DIR. CARMEN BOUYER, 2016, EXPERIMENTAL, 8:56 MIN

SEEDS was shot in New York City in Inwood Hill forest and Greenpoint waterfront in search for seeds and a celebration of trees. This collaboration with videographer Carlo Pangalangan Labrador is a poetic attend to grasp ways in which one can expand the experience of the self to embrace its wild environment. Becoming a seed protector and becoming one with a tree.

 

TRIBUTE IN LIGHT

Tribute in LIght

DIR. CHRISTINE LIN, 2017, DOCUMENTARY, 2:06 MIN
NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY

Volunteers and scientists gather to watch the annual 9/11 memorial light show, ensuring that both birds and people can coexist in this time of remembrance.

 

Water as Industry (trailer)

Water as Industry

DIR. KATARINA PITTIS, 2018, DOCUMENTARY, 6:38 MIN

An exploration of Newtown Creek, one of the highest polluted waterways in the U.S., and how communities have fought to preserve its’ health.

 

Unnatural

Unnatural

DIR. JIMMY BANTA, 2017, DOCUMENTARY, 3:49 MIN

Freshkills Landfill on Staten Island closed in 2001, but not before securing the title of world’s largest landfill. Now, New York City is taking Freshkills, a true testament to the wastefulness of the city, and turning it into something amazing.

 

City on the Water

City on the Water

DIR. JON BOWERMASTER, 2017, DOCUMENTARY, 18:33 MIN
OCEAN 8 FILMS

Waterways like Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek and Queen’s Flushing Meadow, once thought ruined forever by industrial and manmade pollution are making a comeback. From the Billion Oyster Project to Dragon Boat races, from the Gowanus Canal to the Harlem River, there is brand new activity on all of the waterways that surround NYC.

The United States of Detroit

The United States of Detroit

Tylor Norwood, 2016, 1hr 22min
Documentary feature
Friday, May 4th, 7pm

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This is what a comeback looks like.
 
“The United States of Detroit” is a stylish and moving documentary about the resilience and spirit of Detroit’s neighborhoods, telling the story of the city’s past, its present resurgence, and future potential.

“A lot of the films I’ve done in the past focus on communities solving problems… a big theme of my work is exploring ways that communities come together. I had this strong image of being young and hearing that song, ‘This land is your land, this land is my land,’- thinking about inter-connectivity between communities facing similar issues. This film doesn’t scream with a rigid motif, but leaves the viewer feeling positive about community and individuals are able to accomplish. Things happening in Detroit are applicable to over 300 postindustrial cities- this film serves as a way to get people brainstorming to solve world problems, starting with themselves.” —Tylor Norwood, Director

The Sky is Blue with Lies (Tribeca Phaedra)

The Sky is Blue with Lies (Tribeca Phaedra)

John B. Reed, 2018, 1hr 37min
Experimental Documentary
Sunday, May 6th, 2:30 pm

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Late 70s, downtown NYC, bar scene. Fara, the bar keeper’s young wife, falls in love with her beautiful step son, Po, just back from California. Early 80s, a filmmaker goes back to the witnesses and players, who tell the story of the tragedy. It’s Phaedra and Hippolytus, shot in a cool-tempered No Wave style.

Pickings

Pickings

Usher Morgan, 2017, 1hr 43min
Narrative Feature
Saturday, May 5th, 8pm

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When a short-tempered mobster and his gang of thugs try to shake down a neighborhood bar, they’re soon confronted with the wrath of its owner – a mysterious southern mother with a dangerous past.

Pat Passlof: …unexpected conversation…

Pat Passlof

Bill Page, 2018, 29min
Documentary
Saturday, May 5th, 6pm

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“Pat Pasloff is a strong artist within a strong tradition…She has transcended some of the angst of Abstract Expressionism, without descending into something that is bland or formulaic or potentially conceptual” – David Cohen

Pat Pasloff (1928 – 2011) was an ambitious abstract expressionist painter who produced large scale, fresh, and vital bodies of work. Studying under pioneering artist William de Kooning, she was able to find her own path and grow from his influence. Her patterns and grids come alive with the materiality and physicality of her paintings. Watch as Pasloff describes her experiences painting, gaining an education in art, and as her visual language of emotion comes alive.

Instructions on Parting

Instructions on Parting

Amy Jenkins, 2018, 1hr 35min
Documentary Feature
Saturday May 5th, 2pm

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“Instructions on Parting” weaves breathtaking artistic footage with cinema verite to tell an elegiac story about transformation, grief, and the essential nature of the collective human journey. Told in an unconventional visual style, the story evolves from the viewpoint of Director Amy Jenkins, whose first child is born while she negotiates the cancer diagnosis and slide toward death of three of her closest family members. By chronicling with her camera to interrogate loss, the filmmaker leads us to a bold and daring acceptance of our inevitable end.

Past States (Stany Przeszłe)

Past States

Olga Blumczynska, 2018, 29m 14sec
Documentary short
Thursday, May 3rd, 7:00pm

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Polish emigrant – Martynka – living for 15 years in Manhattan, divorces her American husband and decides to look for her new home in Greenpoint. This is a district that reminds her of folksy Polish people and the type of emigrants she does not want to identify with. However now she realizes that the longing for the family draws her just here. Moreover, the district is changing into an intercultural melting pot and this is the last moment to taste life among her fellow Polish people. Martynka makes contact with people who came to New York 20, 30 years ago, completely unprepared for the reality overseas. Her neighbor, Henryk, becomes her friend and helper in difficult times. Helena – an elderly lady living in a senior home, inspires her to create an artistic project. The protagonist listens to their stories of determination, loneliness, fear, but also stories of finding their place on foreign ground. At the same time she deals with her past, hoping it helps her overcome the feeling of loneliness and alienation in New York. In the film, modernity and the past are intertwined by means of up-to-date and archival footage.

Ziemia

Ziemia

Martynka Wawrzyniak, 2018, 5m
Documentary short
Thursday, May 3rd, 7:00pm

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Ziemia (“Earth” in Polish) is a public art project created by artist Martynka Wawrzyniak in collaboration with the Greenpoint, community. The project takes the form of a ceramic orb atop a meadow in McGolrick Park, which will be unveiled in June 2018. The orb is glazed with a mixture of clay excavated in Greenpoint and soils from around the world contributed by residents. The artist spent two years reaching out to fellow Greenpointers to invite them to gather soil from locations symbolically representative of their identity. This film is an abbreviated version of a film which documents Wawrzyniak’s journey to Poland in August 2017 to collect soil on behalf of Polish seniors and undocumented immigrants who were unable to personally collect the soil themselves.

This film and the fabrication of the ceramic orb were made possible by the generous support of The Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

Blissville…An Investigation

Blissvilee...an Investigation

Hank Linhart, 2018, 59m 52 sec
Documentary Feature
Thursday, May 3rd, 7:00 pm

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The video, “Blissville …An Investigation”, is about a remote corner of Queens, NY within the shadows of midtown Manhattan and yet isolated from the rest of the city.
Embracing low budget Hi 8 video to conduct informal street interviews and investigate the origin of the name of Blissville, and the character(s) of the town, the video takes the experimental form of a docu/poem. Not in the traditional sense with words but as a lyrical visual odyssey.
 
The video is not so much a mourning of things past, nor a nostalgia, although both these elements are present. It is more about the quest for, and resilience of community.