Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sat, 9/25: FREE Brunch, Screening & Panel @ the First Williamsburg Int'l Film Festival

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The first Williamsburg International Film Festival in collaboration with HerFlix and NYWIFT are proud to invite you to a screening of shorts, followed by brunch and a panel discussion. This event is FREE of charge and open to the public.

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Brunch, Screening & Panel @ the First Williamsburg Int'l Film Festival - FREE
Event: Saturday Sep 25, 2010, 11am

Please come and join us to celebrate the work of women filmmakers from the NY area, meet the filmmakers at brunch, and learn from professionals about new media at the panel discussion following.

DATE: Saturday, September 25, 2010
TIME:   11.00 am
LOCATION: The historic First Spanish Presbyterian Church Williamsburg
NW corner. South 3rd Street and Driggs Avenue in Brooklyn, Williamsburg

DIRECTIONS: Take the L train from Manhattan to Bedford Avenue. Walk 10 blocks South on Bedford from North .7th  to  South 3rd.  (some good boutique shops on the way). Take left and it's 1 block on the corner of Driggs and South 3rd.  
OR
Take J, M, Z train to Marcy Avenue
Exit station on Broadway. Turn right on the corner of Havemeyer Street. Walk 3 blocks up to South 3rd Street. Take left and walk 2 blocks up to Driggs Avenue. Church is on NW corner of Driggs and South 3rd Street.

SCHEDULE:
11.00 am Screening of short films (see program listing below)
12.00 pm Q&A with the filmmakers
12.30 pm brunch and network
1.30 pm- 3.00 pm  panel discussion on New Media and Independent filmmaking (see panelists listing below)

For more information on the Williamsburg International Film Festival, please visit:
http://www.willifest.com/



LIST OF SHORT FILMS BEING SCREENED:
ADELAIDE, a film by Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, 2009, 12 min.
Synopsis:
Adelaide is looking for love in all the wrong places. Seeking attention by faking illnesses, she runs into Brad at the pharmacy counter, turning her strategy - and their lives - upside down.

Liliana Greenfield-Sanders is a filmmaker living in New York City. Before attending NYU Graduate film school, Ghosts of Grey Gardens, her honors thesis project at Brown University, premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, screened at MOMA and made its television debut on PBS. In 2007, her film Anna won first prize in the Lifetime Student Filmmaker Competition. In 2009, she received both the Ang Lee and Women in Film & TV scholarships at NYU. Her most recent film, Adelaide, has won top prizes at over 10 festivals and screened at 50 more. Liliana is currently writing her first feature film.

BFF, a film by  Rosalyn Coleman, 2009, 10 min.
Synopsis:
A wedding party stops in its tracks when the bride spots a familiar face in front of the church.  

In 2002, with her husband and partner Craig T. Williams, Rosalyn formed Red Wall Productions, a film Production Company.  Rosalyn has created and directed over twenty-five film projects, including the award winning short films DRAWING ANGEL and ALLERGIC TO NUTS as well as the groundbreaking documentary BLACK SORORITY PROJECT. Currently in post-production on the documentary AUGUST WILSON'S TWENTIETH CENTURY, 2010 directorial projects include: MOTH TO A FLAME, COOL KIDZ and SQUEAKY TOYS. An accomplished actress whose career includes Broadway, Film and Television, Rosalyn can currently be seen in BROOKLYN'S FINEST, and has featured roles in FRANKIE AND ALICE starring Halle Berry and IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY with Viola Davis and Emma Roberts. Rosalyn is co-host and co-creator of Everything Acting Podcast an internet radio show that informs, inspires and demystifies the actor's journey. Currently with over 70,000 downloads every month, from 25 countries, Everything Acting Podcast is the number one Podcast for acting in iTunes.

THE CALL CENTER, a film by Rumana Huq, 2009, 13 min.
Synopsis
The Call Center is a short mockumentary about Raj, a Mumbai University dropout who decides to become a call center agent. Trouble begins when Raj fails to impress his new manager during training. But with the help of an overzealous linguistics instructor, Raj gets the verbal skills he needs to finally please his manager with his unique style of handling customers.
 
The Call Center
is Rumana Huq's first film. After earning her screenwriting certificate from The New School University, she worked in development for Andrew Lauren Productions writing screenplay coverage. Since then, she has written several feature screenplays ranging from comedy to action films She was inspired to write The Call Center after watching Bombay Calling, a real documentary about call centers in India. She is a mechanical engineer by training and works in biomedical imaging research in New York City.

JACKIE & JUDY,
a film by Phil Harder, 2010, 4 min.
Synopsis:
an ode to Norman McLaren's PAS DES DEUX, with music by Noel Kupersmith
 
Over the course of his career, Phil Harder has directed over 150 music videos, numerous short films and several commercial projects. His knack for visual design and strong narrative has made him one of the most widely respected directors in music video today. JACKIE & JUDY is a collaboration with NY based Brazilian choreographers and filmmakers Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner. The team is currently in postproduction of two more shorts: THE COLLECTION and THE LINE.

ISLE of CAPRI: A SONG of MY MOTHER, a film by Dawn Young, 9 min, 2010
Synopsis:
Filmmaker Dawn Young's mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease so she and her husband, Jon Pousette-Dart, find a way to enhance her existence and that of her housemates through music and the evocations that it brings.

After nearly two decades in the business of acting, modeling and voice-over work, Dawn Young decided to move to the other side of the lens and create documentaries shining light on topics about which she felt passionate and informed through personal experience. Her first venture was the story of her son's unlikely rise to legendary status in the world of Olympic water polo. Wolf Wigo, a NYC boy had a dream to be on the US Olympic water polo team and overcame both geographical and physical obstacles until through practice and persistence made his dream come true 10 years later. This inspiring
documentary was accepted into nearly 40 film festivals and won several awards including Best Documentary and Emerging Filmmaker Awards. Her second film project deals with Alzheimer's disease inspired by her grandmother and mother's having succumbed to it's ravages. Ms Young has again chosen the uplifting view point of empowerment, giving caregivers and patients alike practical and helpful ideas and uplifting strategies in dealing with living with the disease from involvement with the arts of all kinds to proper diet and exercise which have been proven to help tremendously. This is the worldwide premier of the short film which is part of the upcoming feature length version in progress.
 
MIGRANT MOTHER
, a film by Pamela Mason Wagner, 2010, 5min.
Synopsis:
Through the eyes of Dorothea Lange's granddaughter, Migrant Mother, tells the story of Lange's seminal photograph - an icon of the Great Depression. Created as one in a series of short videos about forty American masterworks, this National Endowment for the Humanities initiative Picturing America, brings America's story to life with the visionary achievements of many of the country's leading artists.

Pamela Mason Wagner is a director, producer, writer whose numerous documentary films have broadcast on prime time television channels including: PBS, ABC, NBC, CBS, Discovery, Discovery ID, National Geographic, History, TLC, Hallmark, and MSNBC. Wagner won the Primetime Emmy in 2001 for the American Masters film about Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy. WIth her husband, Thomas Wagner she founded Turtle Rock Productions in 1993, a full service independent production company dedicated to producing compelling, entertaining, and informative non-fiction programming for a variety of media platforms. Wagner's work encompasses: history and biography; art and artists; current affairs; science; health and healing. This experience with contemporary subjects along with dramatically told historical docu-dramas uniquely positions her as one of New York's most versatile non-fiction storytellers. A member of The Director's Guild of America and The Writers Guild of America East, Wagner is the recipient of numerous awards. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

PANEL DISCUSSION INFORMATION
1.30 pm NEW MEDIA PANEL:
How new media has affected the business of TV, Film, Music and Theater. Pros in the film, television, music, radio and theater businesses discuss the  role technology has played in changing the way they conduct business and present content. This is a must-attend panel for all artists.

Panel sponsored by Video Corporation of America
Moderated by Frank Radice, Expert in Residence, Definition 6. Former President/CMO of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Executive Vice President, NBC/Universal

Featured Panelists:
Larry Banks - Chairman, Film / Media Arts Dept @ Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
Frank Fernandez - Head of Programming, Kindle Creative
Frank D'Agostino - Broadway Producer / President, Cold As Ice, LLC
Nabii Faison - Director, Black Theater of Harlem
Warner Music Group, tba
Doug Dimon, Creative Director, Definition 6
Jim Jermanok - Agent / Film Producer/Director
Sean Johnson
- Head of Programming, BET
Ulysses Carter - Savvy Marketing

Program produced by Tanja Meding, NYWIFT,  and Adriana Shaw, HerFlix


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