7:00pm Wed June 20 Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA War on Musicians and Activists Q&A With Filmmaker & Writer: John L Potash This film covers the CIA's involvement in drug trafficking and the promotion of drugs for social control. It details evidence of the CIA's Project MK-Ultra manipulating musicians and activists to promote drugs. It also details evidence of U.S. intelligence "neutralizing" these figures when they sobered up. It further shows the evidence that U.S. intelligence mostly targeted anti-war and anti-racism activists, such as leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and The Black Panthers. The musicians it covers includes Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, Janis Joplin, and The Rolling Stones, among others.
7:00pm Wed June 27 Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King 6:00pm Meet n' Greet With Writer & Director: Olympia Stone 7:00pm Film And Q&A With Director Directed by: Olympia Stone. Double Take illuminates the aesthetic and engineering questions sculptor Elizabeth King puzzles over with an acute sensitivity to both life, and the life-like. She has created her own genre at the intersection of the classical and automata. An accomplished artist with an eye for the intimate meaning of gesture, King obsessively manipulates her materials to produce pieces that both approximate and challenge the viewer. Newly retired from 40 years of teaching, King is more than ever able to focus on her work, and examine her motives and making. With major solo shows driving her, King seems poised to get her due. In studio visits, conversations with peers and art world figures, Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King invites the viewer to consider what looking and seeing one another means in our increasingly visual world.
7:00pm Wed July 11 Tri-State Filmmakers Shorts Showcase I - NY & NJ 6:30pm Complimentary Wine For Audience Members Musicians and Magicians 15 min. Directed By: Ben Williams. Meet Henry - a flustered screenwriter who stages his life like a movie, while struggling to hold down a relationship with his girlfriend, Dorry, a down-to-earth therapist. Herself 8.5 min. Directed By: Kintan Chauhan. She gifted him "himself" by losing her own self, so he gifted her "herself" back! A special gift for mother. The Invaders 7 min. Directed by: Mateo Marquez. On her way home, Jayla, a Muslim girl, notices that she is being followed. Terror and confusion take over as Jayla struggles to escape the powerful force that is menacing her. As Anti-Muslim sentiments spread through Western societies, The Invaders imagines a not too distant future, in which an exaggerated fear of Islam has created systems without any moral or humanitarian regard. Green Shoes 20 min. Directed by: Ryan Shuler. In 1960’s suburbia, a 14-year-old girl befriends a 47-year-old man to cope with the knowledge of her father’s affairs. The man, a WW2 veteran, has developed an obsession with innocence after experiencing the horrors of the war. STRUT Web Series Pilot 9 min. Directed by: Michelle Cutolo. A reclusive nerd begins a journey to self-confidence by forming a successful escorting agency with her three best friends. 1978 4 min. Directed by: Misha Calvert. In a 1978 fictional news segment, journalist Fran Francis interviews the eccentric socialites of Club Decadence, a legendary nightclub in New York City, highlighting the many similarities between then and now. Penelope 3 min. Director: Misha Calvert. A young woman is confronted by a workplace bully with surprising results. She's Marrying Steve 22 min. Directed by: Erika Kramer. A 20-something woman gets invited to her ex-girlfriend's wedding to a man and decides to go. Despite her disapproval of the wedding, she travels to Connecticut for the weekend where she reunites with old friends and her ex and gains a new perspective on her past relationship. All About Rita 4 min. Directed by: Alexandru Aldea. A husband who suspects his wife is cheating engages a private detective. He finds out more than he bargained for…
7:00pm Wed July 18 Dorothea’s Tears 6:30pm Meet n’ Greet Reception For All Ticket Holders Q&A With Exec. Producer: Richard Falco & Mental Health Panelists For over 50 years, America has been shutting down its state mental hospitals. The movement known as “deinstitutionalization” was intended to normalize the mentally ill and integrate them into the community. However, while once they were cared for by the states, the severely mentally ill are ending up in our nation’s prisons, on our city streets, and in county morgues. Few small towns in our nation better symbolize the problems with the mental health system than Newtown, CT - site of the former Fairfield Hills State Hospital and of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. This film documents those who have worked (and currently work) in the trenches of the mental health system, and those who have felt the impact of a system that many have dubbed a failure.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
"The History of Everything" Circa 1993 to the Present
Formerly Known as "Kissy Cousins, Monster Babies and Morphing Elvis"
6:00pm VIP Meet n' Greet With Filmmakers For All Ticket Holders
7:00pm Film And Q&A
Comedy; 80 minutes
Completed March 2018
It’s circa 1990s – the era when Spielberg’s dinosaurs ruled the cineplexes and Japan ruled the movie studios. Peter Grover and John Potters are a madcap team of Hollywood producers who must come up with a boffo box office idea by the end of the day or be snuffed by the studio boss. In a desperate attempt to save both their dying careers as well as their lives, they get their inspiration for a blockbuster film script from old movies and from deep within their warped imaginations. Their creativity knows no bounds.
Standby for a wacky game of silver screen Trivial Pursuit in an homage-filled, riotous ride through the 90s and beyond. This satirical look at the movie-making process detours left, right and slantways with sidebars into politics and social mores.
The History of Everything took a mere 26 years to complete! It was shot in seven states (mainly in Connecticut) and Washington, D.C. (Richard Linklater’s Boyhood which filmed from 2002-2013 can’t hold a candle to this sweeping epic.) Indeed, some of the actors from the original shoot are still alive and working – two of whom have reprised their roles a quarter of a century later.
Rocky Horror, eat your heart out! You’ve got to get ready to do the Jurassic!
“It is more hilarious than Ghandi, it’s more shocking than Beauty and the Beast, more tender and uplifting than Silence of the Lambs…” – Jeffrey Lyons, Sneak Preview
Rasheed - US Premiere 7:00pm Wed TBD
Screening And Q&A With Lebanese Filmmaker Samia Badih Complimentary Wine For Audience
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.