Shut Up Anthony- The Quiky Award Winning Dramedy By: Kyle Eaton
Film And Q&A With The Director
Complimentary Refreshments For Audience
In the wake of personal and professional failure, Anthony retreats to a vacation home where he encounters an estranged friend from his past.
7:00pm Wed Feb 28
“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
7:00pm Wed March 7
Important Screening Of The Sundance Award Winner
Film Screening And Q&A With Filmmakers
Complimentary Refreshments For Audience
Jennifer Brea is a Harvard PhD student soon to be engaged to the love of her life when she’s struck down by a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden. She becomes progressively ill, eventually losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair, but doctors tell her it’s "all in her head." Unable to convey the seriousness and depth of her symptoms to her doctor, Jennifer begins a video diary on her iPhone that eventually becomes the feature documentary film Unrest.
Once Jennifer is diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly called chronic fatigue syndrome, she and her new husband, Omar, are left to grapple with how to live in the face of a lifelong illness. Refusing to accept the limitations of life in bed, Jennifer goes on an inspiring virtual voyage around the world where she finds a hidden community of millions who have disappeared from their own lives, confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME. These patients use the internet, Skype and Facebook to connect to each other — and to offer support and understanding.
Many ME patients have experienced uncertainty, confusion and even disbelief from the medical community and society as a whole. After all, it’s easy to ignore a disease when patients are too sick to leave their homes. In Unrest, Jennifer shares her pain and the most intimate moments of her life in order to offer hope and visibility to those who suffer alone in dark, silent rooms.At its core, Unrest is a love story. Though Jennifer and Omar may have to accept that they will never live the life they originally dreamed about, together they find resilience, strength, and meaning in their community and each other.
7:00pm Wed March 14
Viaduct? Why A No Chicken Shorts A Little Comedy, A Little Dramedy
Complimentary Wine For Audience
Flower Of Manhattan 23.5 min. Written & Directed by: Ryan Anthony Bojanovic. Caleb, a chess playing cook in Manhattan, blows it every time he gets a shot at a woman. This all changes when he is graced with an enchanted flower. Director Statement: In this film I was experimenting with a commentary on the objectification of women, sex and false desires/expectations implanted by “mate shopping” on apps like Tinder and other forms of social media.
Good Business Sense 20.75 min. Written & Directed by: Emmett Loverde.A businessman proposes to his girlfriend in a private dining room at a fancy restaurant. He uses a business presentation, of course, which upsets her. Luckily a sympathetic waiter is at the ready to make sure things don't veer too far off course.
The Dinner Scene10 minWritten & Directed by: Nicholas Thurkettle. In a cafe somewhere, a solitary screenwriter battles frustration and self-doubt to craft the most dramatically juicy scene between a couple at dinner that she can; and we watch the characters she creates stop, restart, and revise their way towards a thrilling dialogue.
Sure Fire15.5 min. Written & Directed by: Michael Goldburg. SURE-FIRE is a short, fast-paced crime comedy about a New York City con man, played by the hilarious PJ Marshall ("Luke Cage," "American Horror Story," "Underground"), who stumbles into becoming a movie producer to pay off gangsters threatening to kill him. SURE-FIRE recalls New York comedies from Woody Allen ("Broadway Danny Rose") and Mel Brooks ("The Producers") as well as Hollywood crime comedies like "The Big Lebowski," "Pulp Fiction," and "Get Shorty."
My Ghost Girlfriend 8.25 min. Written & Directed by: Nuo Shi.A man fall in love with a Ghost, they wanna stay together, but their family.....
Lemonade Stand 12.25 min. Written & Directed by: Justin Appleton. A resourceful young girl scout attempts to take on the establishment after her lemonade stand gets shut down for not having a proper permit.
Rasheed - US Premiere 7:00pm Wed March 21
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.
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER 7:00pm Wed TBD
Middle Eastern Dramatic Shorts
Complimentary Wine For Audience
Limit 7 min. Islamic Republic of Iran - Written and directed by: Javad Daraei. In a quite area, a young man with physical and verbal disabilities does his best in a desperate attempt to ask for help.
The Exhale 23.5 min. Islamic Republic of Iran - Written and directed by: Mohammad Hormozi. After many years, a father returns to his boyhood village along with his son to bury the remains of his own father under his favorite tree. Meanwhile, somewhere on the grain fields and with his own child on the way, the son has to somehow break the news that the father’s death is close…
Salto16.75 minIslamic Republic of Iran - Directed by: Maryam Haddadi.This is a portrait of a young girl who is the swimming “champion of champions” in Iran and there’s no competitor against her. A female champion who’s in spite of Islamic recommendations about learning how to swim and her own personal skills, has no place in the Islamic republic government and no one really knows her. All swimming footage is filmed in illegally.
Abroad10 min. New York - Directed by: Zayn Alexander. Jad and Rania, a Lebanese couple living in New York City, struggle to achieve their shared dream of breaking into the acting industry due, in part, to the typecasting of Middle-Eastern actors. The combined pressures of juggling multiple day jobs and living so far from home begin to eat away at Jad, while Rania relishes the struggle. These differences are brought to light on the day that Jad proposes to Rania, and their relationship is put to a test as it becomes clear that their time abroad has left them yearning for different things.
The Embroidered Dress 20 min. Turkey - Written & Directed by: Doğuş Algün Orhan, who works in a small embroidery workshop in one of the low-income districts of Istanbul, finds himself in a conflictive situation at work which eventually forces him to confront himself. Gulnur is a young modest mother of two who is going through financial difficulties, secretly gets herself a job at the embroidery shop against her husband’s wishes, where she will be unfairly blamed for stealing. Despite several desperate attempts, Orhan cannot manage to correct the workshop’s fault against Gulnur, so seeks an alternative way to unburden his feelings of guilt.
Lima 14.25 min. Islamic Republic of Iran - Directed by: Vahid Jafari & Afshin Roshanbakht. As he struggles to keep the memory of the father he lost, a boy becomes a man and grows old.