6:00pm Meet n' Greet With Hearst Media Entertainment Journalist: Joe Meyers And Filmmakers: Tim McGrath - "Surviving Theater 9" and Irina Patkanian - "Little Fiel"
7:00pm Film Screenings And Q&A With Filmmakers Lead By: Joe Meyers.
Artist Fiel dos Santos grew up during the 16-year-long civil war in his home country of Mozambique. The only one of his family to never have shot a gun, today he makes art out of guns to commemorate the lives. "Little Fiel" is a stop motion animation/documentary that is loosely based on the life story of Mozambican artist Fiel dos Santos who grew up during the 16-year civil war - another proxy war equipped and sustained by foreign super powers. Fiel created eight figures representing his father, mother, five brothers and sister from dismantled civil war guns. Three New York artists turned them into puppets and created immersive stop-motion animation, inspired by Fiel's memories. "Little Fiel" tells a universal story of peaceful people who have been coerced, conscripted and enticed into killing each other. It is a personal act of resistance and hope. Guns are not killers. They are pieces of metal that can be reassembled into anything, including a little boy, a bird or a rose. Just as they make them, we can unmake them, one by one.
"Surviving Theater 9"
This experiential short film give a rare snapshot into lives after a mass shooting. Told by the survivors of Columbine and the Batman Theater Shooting in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2012. Written, Directed and Acted in by Aurora survivor Tim McGrath. Filmmaker Tim McGrath attended the midnight screening of Batman in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012. A gunman opened fire, resulting in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history at the time. Tim worked with his fellow survivors to give an inside look through an intriguing and inspiring movie.
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.