“NIGHT BIRD SONG: THE INCANDESCENT LIFE OF THOMAS CHAPIN” With The Leukemia Society & Love, Hope, Strength Wed September 20 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet With Filmmaker: Stephanie J. Castillo FREE: Bone Marrow Testing To Save A Life - GET ON THE REGISTRY 7:00pm Film And Q&A This 96-min. music documentary presents the life and music of 90's jazz legend Thomas Chapin who left us too soon. It's been modified from the full-length feature 150 min. documentary and stands alone as a shorter version of this acclaimed film. Destined to be among the great jazz virtuosos, sax and flute master Thomas Chapin was nearing the pinnacle of his meteoric rise when leukemia took him at the age of 40. Decades later, his passionate life and incandescent music continue to inspire new generations of artists and musicians. The new documentary THOMAS CHAPIN, NIGHT BIRD SONG draws an intimate portrait of a musical explorer who transcended the boundaries of jazz and dissolved the distinctions between sound and music. Because of this film, he will no longer be only a footnote in jazz. His indelible mark on jazz will be known.
P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend
Featuring A Cast Of Clowns & Characters Wed Sept 27th - ONE SHOW ONLY 6:00pm VIP Meet n' Greet With Director: Mr Corey Boutilier 7:00pm Film And Q&A With Director And Cast Members
Today, in a time when civil war statues in the south are being removed, and with what is believed to be the final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, comes a documentary film that explores why P.T. Barnum should be newly honored and remembered properly by his birthplace. P.T. Barnum: The Lost Legend celebrates the Connecticut native, a philanthropist and progressive thought leader who was consistently on the right side of history. Barnum was a successful and wealthy businessman, a prolific author of self help books, stories, and an amazing autobiographer who saw great value in education and museums accessible to the public. The film demonstrates the importance of P.T Barnum in shaping the fabric of America today.
In the year of P.T. Barnum's 200th Birthday, two Connecticut towns competed over the claim that Barnum is their native son; his birthplace Bethel, CT commissioned a life-size bronze statue, while Bridgeport, CT where Barnum served as mayor worked tirelessly to reopen Barnum's century old museum after being seriously damaged by a freak tornado.
Before the new Barnum statue was erected in Bethel, many residents were not aware that Barnum was even born there. His memory was all but lost to only a few of his most diehard fans in town. Most residents had not read his autobiography and new very little about the change maker. Besides a couple of streets named in his honor, there were very few breadcrumbs to follow other than a folder at The Bethel Public Library containing copies of old newspaper articles. Even the new owners of Barnum’s birthplace home were unaware of its significant history until the time of the house closing. It wasn’t even mentioned in the listed of the home’s description. Since the dedication of Bethel artist: David Gesualdi’s statute there has been a new interest in Barnum’s legend and historical significance both locally and nationally.
There are many false cliches and stories that still circulat about Barnum, and still other fascinating stories that are hidden among his personal letters and biographies. P.T Barnum: The Lost Legend hopes to enlighten the viewer with a modern interpretation of the man, to reset some of that narrative and bring the hidden stories to light. And, ultimately entertain and inspire future generations from the achievements of P.T. Barnum.
Fanatic Heart The Story So Far of Black 47 - Connecticut Premiere Wed October 4 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet Reception With Black 47 Founder & Leader: Larry Kirwan And Filmmaker Victor Zimet. 7:00pm Film And Q&A Passion, poetry, and politics fuel this documentary about Black 47, the fabled House Band of New York City. A brutally honest depiction. Laid bare are the excitement, tedium, musicianship, boozing, triumphs, and disasters of a band that had no shortage of drama, success and debacle.
Outcaste - The House that Carol Built - Connecticut Premiere Screening With Short Film: The Beauty of Peace Wed October 11 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet Reception With Irish Filmmakers: Laura and Colin Graham And "The Beauty Of Peace" Filmmaker: Yiwen Liu 7:00pm Screenings With Q&A Outcaste - The House that Carol Built 66 min - This is a unique story of faith, courage and magical thinking. A story of how the dream of an elderly English teacher finally comes true with the help of a rickshaw driver, a lapsed buddhist monk and a journey into the high himalayas. It’s ‘The Marigold Hotel’ meets ‘Lost Horizon’. The Beauty of Peace 19:43 min - Samten, a Tibetan artist living in NYC, through designing a Buddha Temple in Tibet, maintains a close and unique relationship with his home country. New York City enables people to explore the connectivity with the world, yet Tibet enables them to explore and define themselves .Let's follow this Tibetan artist and dive deep with him into Tibet.
Sweet Smell Of Success - 1957 Wed October 18 - FF52 Classic Ciné Series Continues Starring: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Martin Milner, Susan Harrison & The Chico Hamilton Quintet. 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet Reception With Hearst Media & CT Post Film Critic: Joe Meyers 7:00pm Film & Discussion Special Guest Joe Meyers New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can't control is his younger sister, Susan (Susan Harrison), who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas (Marty Milner). Hunsecker strongly disproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method. Director: Alexander Mackendrick, Cinematography: James Wong Howe, Screenplay: Alexander Mackendrick, Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman
Rasheed - US Premiere Wed October 25 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.
Birthright: A War Story MUST SEE (If You Liked “Trapped”, “The Lavender Scare”, “SOLD”) Wed November 15 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet With Director & Producer 7:00pm Screening And Q&A BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America. This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”