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7:00pm Wed Jan 17 “Nothing Changes: Art for Hank's Sake” 6:00pm FilmFest52 Welcomes Back Director: Matt Kaplowitz At A Meet n’ Greet 7:00pm Film And Q&A With Director How far would you go to pursue your passion? At 87 years old, Hank Virgona commutes to his Union Square studio six days a week and makes art. Despite poor health, cancer, lack of revenue and obscurity as an artist, Hank is unrelenting in his quest to understand how life and art are the same. Director Statement: One of my earliest influences was my Uncle, Hank Virgona. Born on the eve of The Great Depression in 1929, Hank became a commercial illustrator as an adult with work featured on book covers, The New York Times, Fortune, Harpers, legal journals, and received the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. His work is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The New York City Public Library, The Smithsonian and over twenty more important permanent collections. At the height of his popularity, Hank stopped producing commercial work and has spent the last few decades focused on making the kind of art that he wants to make for himself. I wanted to know why.
Today, Hank is 88 years old, and he still commutes from his home in Queens six days a week to make art. Despite dealing with poor health, prostate cancer, obscurity, and a rapidly dwindling bank account, Hank sojourns on to create art solely for the purpose of making it. Each day, he gets closer to "discovering it," and understanding what art is truly about. TRAILER: https://youtu.be/Kx7Jb6SeQrU
Rasheed - US Premiere Wed TBD 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet Reception With Lebanese Filmmaker: Samia Badih 7:00pm Screening With Q&A Rasheed Director: Samia Badih 74 Samia Badih's film Rasheed documents the life of Badih's late uncle Rasheed Broum who was killed, at the age of 29, in an airstrike in the city of Sidon during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 – three years before she was born. More than 30 years after the tragedy, Samia goes on a quest to find out more about her uncle’s story of life and death, as it is told by the friends and family who survived him and knew him best, mainly his sister Rasha and his best friend Ghassan. At the heart of the film is the story Rashee'd sister, Rasha who has not coped well with her brother’s loss. Rasheed captures one of the many war stories from the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon through Badih’s own personal journey.