Tuesday, October 1, 2013

If you follow my Facebook page here, then you already know about some of these.  Here is a full listing of free screenings offered in New York City for the month of October on Eventbrite.  Many of them include Q&As or discussion panels with the filmmakers after the screening.  The list includes several documentaries but also feature films, shorts, as well as a television pilot.  Comment below if you plan to attend any, and if so which ones!

Your Day is My Night
October 2nd
Sponsor: A/P/A Institute at NYU
In this moving hybrid documentary/performance piece, the bed becomes stage as immigrant residents of a shift-bed apartment in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown are both performers and participants, storytellers and actors. Sharing their experiences as migrants and city dwellers, they reveal the intimacies and complexities of urban living.

Latinos Beyond Reel
October 4th
Sponsor: MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center
In this documentary, filmmakers Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun examine how US news and entertainment media portray -- or fail to portray -- Latinos.

The Abolitionists
October 7th
Sponsor: New Jersey Council for the Humanities
The Abolitionists is the story of a small group of reformers united to end slavery at the height of its political and economic power.  Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.

How to Survive a Plague
October 8th
Sponsor: NYU CMEP
How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making.

October 10th
Sponsor: The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex
RAZE is a raucous action thriller starring Zoë Bell (DEATH PROOF, OBLIVION). Bell plays Sabrina, a woman who is abducted by a secret organization and forced to battle other female abductees in an underground arena.  RAZE has wowed audiences at festivals around the world. IFC Midnight is releasing the film in 2014 and is thrilled to give Hero Complex readers an early look.

NYC's Most Talented Dogs Dog-u-mentary
October 10th
Sponsor: Ruby & Jack's Doggy Shack
Documentary of titled film as well as several shorts from Pet Verite

Birth of the Living Dead
October 10th
Sponsor: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Rob Kuhns’ documentary places world-renowned horror film, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, in its historical context with archival footage of the horrors of the Vietnam war and race rebellions at home combined with iconic music from the 60s. On October 10, following the screening, Kuhns will moderate a talk back with Sam Pollard, Larry Fessenden and Marva Jones Brooks.

Re: Verse
October 10th & 12th
SPonsor: Nic Rad
VIP preview screening of an original comedy pilot, Re:Verse, which was recently selected to be part of the 2013 New York Television Festival. Before the festival we are asking a few of our most discerning and excellent friends to see our project. 

Re:Verse was created by Stephen Soroka and Nic Rad and stars Maria Krovatin as Pippa, a 22 year old woman enthralled with the theory of the multiverse and determined to find the best version of herself. 

Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992
October 12th
Sponsor: Reel Sisters Film Festival
Documentary -  Audre Lorde, the highly influential, award-winning African-American lesbian poet came to live in West Berlin in the 80s and early '90s. She was the mentor and catalyst who helped ignite the Afro-German movement while she challenged white women to acknowledge and constructively use their privileges.

David Weissman: Shorts
October 15th
Sponsor: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
For the first time in his career, David Weissman will screen many of his shorts together in New York City, presenting a selection of his short films including: Complaints, Beauties Without a Cause, The Steps, Song from an Angel, Mothers, Dancing Jews with Wacky Shoes, and The Short, Short Trailer. He will also discuss how his work reflects a broader social history of queer San Francisco over the decades.

The House I Live In
October 16th
Sponsor: MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Meida Center
Documentary, Sundance winner - From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

It Was Rape
October 19th
Sponsor: Jennifer Baumgardner, Katie Cappiello, Meg McInerney, and Lauren Hersh
In this documentary, eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with people—not just absorb faceless statistics—and to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive. Ultimately, these stories shed light on how this epidemic affects us all. 

Ruby's Studio: The Safety Show
October 19th
Sponsor: The Mother Company
From the award-winning children's series, the world premiere of Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show.  This 45 minute show takes an empowering approach to kids' personal safety.  Adored host Ruby invites kids on a journey through beautiful animated segments, original songs and music video and a fun craft project. The show is guided by the safety curriculum of Pattie Fitzgerald of Safety Ever After, Inc.  Join us for a fun kids screening of the show and a chance to meet Ruby, the inspiring show host, afterwards.

Path to Prison
October 22nd
Sponsor: Teach For America - Alumni Affair Team
This event will include a screening of TEACHED's short film Path to Prison.  Director, Kelly Amis, will be in attendance to answer questions as part of the panel. Light food will be provided. 

The Great Gatsby
October 29th
Sponsor: Hoboken Public Library
An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name, the film was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Amitabh Bachchan and Elizabeth Debicki.

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