May 26, 2019

The Rockland Connection

This is a page of nearby events that are not presented by Rivertown Film but that appear in the Rivertown Film Enews. You can subscribe to the Enews here. If you have a screening or event for filmmakers to add to this page, write to film@rivertownfilm.org at least two weeks before your event.

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Rockland resident, award winning cinematographer, director, and Rivertown Film Advisory Board member Ellen Kuras has directed episodes of Catch 22, coming to Hulu on May 17. George Clooney stars (and produces). Check out Ellen’s brief appearance in the “making of” featurette.

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Rockland Youth Film Festival returns to the Spring Valley Cultural Center on June 1. Presented by the youth from Spring Valley Commons, the EELEF Center, and associated sponsors, RYFF is a yearly international film festival showcasing movies made by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from the Rockland County area and around the world. Free!

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Considering Matthew Shepard, a screening of the PBS Special directed Elliott Forrest, will be shown by ArtsRock on Saturday, May 4th, at 7:00 PM at the Nyack Center. It will be followed with a discussion about the production and Matthew’s story 20 years later. Congratulations to Elliott!

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SHAMAN vs HAYNO, THE JUDGE OF BLOOD
Created by Ivan Szendro
“The Movie That Was a Legend Before it Was Made.”

In Transylvania there is a legend told about a tyrannical monster called Hayno, the Judge of Blood. A film-ritual to triumph over darkness, demons and dictators, told with stunning graphics.

A spring celebration with an Early Birds jam session beginning at 5:00, followed by screenings at 8:00 and 10:00, on April 26 at the Nyack Center.

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A JCC Rockland Jewish Film Festival Screening
sponsored by Rivertown Film
Tuesday, April 16 – 7:30 PM at Regal Cinemas, Nanuet

WALDHEIM WALTZ
Directed by Ruth Beckermann
Austria’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 Oscars, this timely documentary revisits the chilling case of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations Secretary-General who faced serious allegations surrounding his military exploits for Germany during WWII.

For Women’s History Month, IndieWire chose the “100 All Time Greatest Films Directed by Women.” Among the 100 is Losing Ground  by Kathleen Collins. When it was made in 1982 it was the first feature film by a black woman made since the 1920s. It was one of two films the director made while she was living in Piermont.

Unfortunately missing from that IndieWire list of “100 All Time Greatest Films Directed by Women” (above) are any films by Rockland ex-pat and a founder of Rivertown Film Society, Nancy Savoca. “True Love (1989) won the Sundance Grand Prize, was listed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 50 best indie films of all time, and made the year’s 10 best list of NY Times critics Vincent Canby and Janet Maslin. And what about Household Saints, Dogfight, and 24 Hour Woman – all great films, all of them about women.

Support Rockland raised filmmaker Juliana Roth’s Seed & Spark fundraising campaign for What We Know, a film about an assault on a college campus, the role the school plays in protecting abusers from facing the impact of their actions, the import of advocacy, and the individual effects of trauma. See for yourself and contribute, here.

Currently at the Edward Hopper House – an exhibit by multimedia artist Holly Zausner that includes her short film, Unsettled Matter, a dream-like refection on the loneliness of modern life, or of being an artist. Running continuously.

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On March 9, the Arts Council of Rockland hosts “The Mechanics and Business of the Film Industry,” presented by J.D. Zeik., a stage and screen veteran and currently Assistant Professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting at SUNY Purchase College (who often leads discussions at Rivertown Film). $10 or free for ACOR members. Register in advance.

On February 28, The Nyack Library presents The Furious Force of Rhymes, a documentary about the international spread of Hip-Hop, by Rockland Filmmaker Joshua Atesh Litle, at 7:00 pm. This film played in film festivals all over the world, won numerous accolades, and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Discussion with the filmmaker after the film. Register for this event here.

Congratulations to Rockland filmmakers John Gray (director) and Melissa Jo Peltier (producer) for Best Picture and Best Director wins at the Grave Plot Film Festival. Their short horror film, The Desecrated, has now been in over 40 film festivals. Next is the L.A. Short Scares Film Festival.

Support Rockland raised filmmaker Juliana Roth’s Seed & Spark fundraising campaign for What We Know, a film about an assault on a college campus, the role the school plays in protecting abusers from facing the impact of their actions, the import of advocacy, and the individual effects of trauma. See for yourself, here.

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Riverkeeper presents: Hope on the Hudson Film Screening and Discussion, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 at Nyack Center. Join Riverkeeper for three short films: Restoring the Clearwater, Seeds of Hope, and Source to Sea, and a panel discussion with:
Maija Niemisto – Education Director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Brooke Pickering-Cole – Director, Hudson Valley Farm Hub
Dan Shapley – Director of Water Quality Program, Riverkeeper
Moderated by Jon Bowermaster, filmmaker, Oceans 8

This is a free event, but your rsvp is requested ! For more information and to rsvp: Click  HERE

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Save the Date to see Studio 54, playing only once at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern: January 17. Doors at 6:30, film at 7:30. This documentary features never before seen footage of the club shot by Rockland County filmmaker and Rivertown Film Board Member, attorney Susan Shapiro, who along with her producing partner, Glenn Albin, received remarkable access to the club during its heyday in the late ’70s. The screening is a benefit for L.E.A.F. (Legal Environmental Advocacy Fund), which Susan recently founded. More details coming soon.

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The 6th Annual YoFiFest in Yonkers continues through November. Congratulations to the Rockland County filmmakers who are participating.

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Last May at Rivertown Film’s “Unseen Demme” program, Brooklyn Demme showed a brief clip from the last film his father was working on, about the Ramapo Lenape Nation of Bergen and Rockland Counties, inspired by a short film he made about the Dakota Access Pipeline protests (Protection Not Protest, The People of Standing Rock). Brooklyn is finishing that film now, and you can help him make it by contributing to his crowdfunding campaign. With 17 days before the fundraising campaign ends, he has raised over $35,000 and has set a new goal of $45,000. Help make this film happen by donating here.

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Tuesday, October 16 – 8:00 PM at Nyack Center

THE BLIND DATE World Premier!
Written and Directed by Peter Danish
A.D./Creative Director, Anthony Geathers; Cinematography, Roger Grange; Sound Mixer, Tom Fleishman; Costume Design, Liz Prince; Music, Jordan Rudess; Still Photography, Lynn Cosci

Nyack’s own Peter Danish has adapted his award-wining short play into a powerful new film. The Blind Date is a story about the effects of voter apathy in the not-to-distant future, as a young woman is forced, by changes in the law, to make a harrowing decision.

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Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray, by two-time Oscar nominated Rockland filmmaker Kristi Zea is now streaming on the American Masters / PBS website, here. And their interview with Kristi about the making of the film is posted here.

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For Filmmakers: Rivertown Film director Matthew Seig produced a series of video interviews between Film Society of Lincoln Center deputy director Eugene Hernandez and three early-career filmmakers on the subject of audience building. Produced for New York Foundation for the Arts with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. Featured on IndieWire.

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TONIGHT, Thursday, September 6 at 8:00PM: NYC-ARTS (PBS/Wnet/Channel 13, will feature a profile of filmmaker Kristi Zea, the director and producer of the upcoming American Masters documentary, Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray.

TOMORROW, Friday, September 7: Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray, by two-time Oscar nominated Rockland filmmaker Kristi Zea (profiled last month in Nyack News & Views), plays on the PBS series American Masters, at 9:00 PM.

Did you know that only one in five Americans actually cast a vote for this president? Rockland playwright Peter Danish wrote The Blind Date as a cautionary tale for young people about the consequences of not voting. Now there is a crowdfunding campaign to turn it into a short film in time for the next election. Donate!

For Filmmakers: Rivertown Film director Matthew Seig produced a series of video interviews between Film Society of Lincoln Center deputy director Eugene Hernandez and three early-career filmmakers on the subject of audience building. Produced for New York Foundation for the Arts, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and featured on IndieWire.

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The Nyack Film Festival at the Nyack Village Theater begins tonight, August 16, and runs through Sunday. Check out the schedule and purchase tickets here.

Film in the Garden at the Edward Hopper House presents Harold and Maude on Friday, August 17 (August 18 if it rains). Preceded by live music by Amy Bezunartea of Main Street Beat Record Store. $5 donation.

Artists – including filmmakers – learn about Arts Alive 2019 Grants for Westchester and Rockland: August 29 at Garner Art Center, 5:30 PM. Learn more at artsw.org/artsalive

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The Nyack Film Festival at the Nyack Village Theater returns for another year on August 16, 17, 18, and 19. Check out the schedule and purchase tickets here.

Film in the Garden at the Edward Hopper House presents Harold and Maude on Friday, August 17 (August 18 if it rains). Preceeded by live music by Amy Bezunartea of Main Street Beat Record Store. $5 donation.

Artists – including filmmakers – learn about Arts Alive 2019 Grants for Westchester and Rockland: August 2 at Nyack Library, 10:30 AM; August 29 at Garner Art Center, 5:30 PM. Learn more at artsw.org/artsalive

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Marta Renzi’s Her Magnum Opus receives it’s Manhattan premier at Lincoln Center this Saturday, July 21 at 3:00 PM, in the Dance on Camera Festival. There’s no better theater to watch a film in than the Walter Reade.

Film in the Garden at the Edward Hopper House presents Joel and Ethen Coen’s Blood Simple, on Friday, July 27 (July 28 if it rains). Introduced by guest curator Bill Batson. $5 donation.

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Submissions are still being accepted for Nyack Village Theatre’s 7th Annual Nyack Film Festival, which will be held August 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th. The submission deadline has been extended to July 11. All movie entries must have been completed within the last 48 months.