Spring 2019 Films
Screenings begin at 6:30 pm, Pomerantz Center, Room D207
JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE I.R.T. (1992)
Tuesday, February 26
Director Leslie Harris in person for Black History Month
Runtime 92 minutes
Original, provocative and female driven, the feature JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE I.R.T. was a welcome relief from the male dominated urban films of the 90's. Smart, ambitious and brash, the lead character, CHANTEL, is a ‘young Black woman’ not your typical ‘good girl’ or ‘bad girl’ but a complex character who deals with her ambitions, African-American culture and disappointments with both humor and pathos. With a bold unforgettable hip-hop soundtrack and a heart-stopping ending, this feature has become an indie cult classic and defined a generation.
Leslie Harris, one of the first African-American women to write, direct and produce a narrative Feature film. JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE I.R.T. was released theatrically in the United States & 20 countries worldwide in 1993, after winning the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize. Leslie, producer and president of her Productions, Company sold the feature to Miramax Official Selection in Tokyo, Toronto and Deauville International Film Festivals. The feature received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Debut Performance by a lead actress and Leslie has received the IFP Gotham Award Open Palm, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, American Film Institute Filmmaker Award, 3 New York State Council on the Arts Grants, Jerome Foundation Grant, ABC/DGA Directing Fellowship. Leslie produced and directed the narrative SHOWTIME NETWORK broadcast short BESSIE COLEMAN A DREAM TO FLY, first African-American to obtained international pilot license 2 years before Amelia Earhart, received Showtime Award for Excellence. Leslie’s short NEVER FORGET, about the historical, social and political significance of Black Churches in Brooklyn received Official Selection in Philadelphia International Film Festival. Leslie has taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and lecture at many university around the world. JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE I.R.T. recently screened at San Francisco Museum Of Modern Arts, British Film Institute in London and Bristol, UK for its 25th Anniversary. Leslie’s next feature is the satirical comedy about sex, race and the media, I LOVE CINEMA.
THE PUNK SINGER (2017)
Tuesday, March 19
Director Sini Anderson in person for Women’s History Month
Runtime 81 minutes
The Punk Singer is a documentary film about feminist singer and activist Kathleen Hanna who fronted the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and who was a central figure in the riot grrrl movement. The film combines a combination of interviews and archival footage, tracing the life and career of Hanna from her troubled upbringing, through her riot grrrl zines, to her coining of the phrase "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for Kurt Cobain, to her solo career as Julie Ruin.
Sini Anderson is an award-winning film director, producer, video art maker, and feminist art activist who lives in New York City. Her first feature length film, The Punk Singer -a documentary about Kathleen Hanna, premiered at SXSW in 2013 and was acquired by IFC Films. The Punk Singer received a theatrical release in 111 American cities and in 25 countries around the world. Sini is in the final phase of her second feature length film, So Sick (2014-2019). The documentary is an exhaustive look at women who are suffering so called “mystery illnesses” and struggling to stay afloat in their lives and careers. The film uncovers infuriating truths behind women’s health and calls bullshit on American medicine who does little to dispel the myth of “hysterical women” who making themselves sick. In 2018, Sini was commissioned by LACMA Productions to direct a short documentary about American Photographer, Catherine Opie. The film premiered on Nov 3, 2018 at LACMA’s annual Art+Film Gala, honoring Catherine Opie and Guillermo del Toro. LACMA Productions has approved an extended director’s cut and the film is currently being submitted to national and international film festivals.
BEAUTIFUL THINGS (2017)
Tuesday, April 23
Director Giorgio Ferrero in person
Runtime 95 minutes
Beautiful Things is a symphonic, documentary journey into our obsessive consumerism. The film follows four men who work in isolation at remote scientific and industrial sites around the world. Like monks, they carry out their daily tasks in silence and solitude inside steel and concrete temples, creating products soon to enter the capitalist cycle of production, transport, consumption. It won Best Italian Film ARCA (2017).
Giorgio Ferrero is an Italian composer, director, sound editor and photographer. He is the Italian 2016 winner of the Biennale College Cinema and recipient of the Next: Wave Award at Cph:Dox 2018. His presented his virtual reality short film, Denoise in the Venice Film Festival. His sound and visual installations have shown at venues such as the Museo del Novecento, MAXXI, Biennials in Bordeaux and Lisbon, and the Accademia Gallery in Florence. With Federico Biasin (co-director and director of photography of Beautiful Things, Denoise and Riverbero) and Rodolfo Mongitore (co-author of the soundtracks) he leads the multidisciplinary studio MYBOSSWAS in Turin. He has composed and produced soundtracks of dozens of films, theatrical performances and installations.
Fall 2018 Films
Screenings begin at 6:30 pm, Pomerantz Center, Room D207
THE WASHING SOCIETY (2008)
Tuesday, September 25
Director Lizzie Olesker & Lynne Sachs
Runtime 44 minutes
Collaborating together for the first time, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker observe the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. With a title inspired by the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses, THE WASHING SOCIETY investigates the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and the sheer math of doing laundry. Sachs and Olesker present a stark yet poetic vision of those whose working lives often go unrecognized, turning a lens onto their hidden stories, which are often overlooked. The juxtaposition of narrative and documentary elements in THE WASHING SOCIETY creates a dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.
THE HISTORY OF LUMINOUS MOTION (1998)
Tuesday, October 23
Director Bette Gordon
Runtime 91 minutes
WE THE ANIMALS (2018)
Tuesday, November 13
Director Jeremiah Zagar
Runtime 94 minutes
Spring 2018 Films
SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE (2015)
Tuesday, February 27
Director Lanre Olabisi in Person
Runtime 90 minutes
Four lovers find themselves caught in a tangle of intersecting relationships in this engaging, New York set romantic drama that explores the ripple effects of love and obsession. Developed through a year-long improvisational process and alternating between three different perspectives, Somewhere in the Middle centers on a once-happy couple, whose marriage spirals into a series of emotionally messy affairs.
Lanre Olabisi is a writer/director whose two feature films August the First and Somewhere in the Middle have been screened in over 70 film festivals combined including the SXSW Film Festival. He has been nominated for a IFP Gotham Award and a Black Reel Award. Both of his films are distributed by Film Movement and they can be found on Netflix and Amazon. Lanre has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Urban Artists Initiative. He currently teaches directing, screenwriting and acting for the camera at the New York Film Academy.
Grrls on Girls II: Bonded
Tuesday, March 20
Curator Jane Harris and directors Barbara Hammer, Katrina del Mar, Jill Reiter and Viva Ruiz in Person
Runtime 66 minutes
Grrls on Girls II: Bonded is the second installment in a series curated by Jane Ursula Harris that celebrates the transgressive, DIY feminism of riot grrl culture through the work of women filmmakers. The works in this program bring together queer, campy takes on female bonding that are saturated with raunchy sex and erotic revenge.
Jane Ursula Harris is a Brooklyn-based freelance curator and writer who has contributed to various publications from Art in America, Bookforum, and The Paris Review to The Believer, the Village Voice, Huffington Post, and Time Out New York. She has also contributed essays to various catalogs such as Participant Inc.'s M Lamar (forthcoming - 2018); Hatje Cantz's Examples to Follow: Expeditions in Aesthetics and Sustainability (2010); Phaidon's Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing (2005), Universe-Rizzoli's Curve: The Female Nude Now (2004), and Twin Palms' Anthony Goicolea (2003). Ms. Harris is a member of the art history faculty at School of Visual Arts, and is currently at work on the book, After: The Role of the Copy in Modern Art.
Monday, April 10
Director Evan Jackson Leong in Person
Runtime 90 minutes
Snakehead (2017) is a culmination of over 9 years of research, writing, and development. Inspired by true events and based in New York's Chinatown, this independent feature film explores the underworld of international human smuggling. It follows the anti-hero, Sister Tse as she rises to one of the most sought after human smugglers in FBI history. The film explores the reality of the modern US immigrant through the lens of the Chinatown underworld. The screening will also feature a clip form Snakehead Saga a documentary on the making of Snakehead by Davey Chin
Evan Jackson Leong is a 6th generation Chinese American director and documentary filmmaker. Leong is known for his documentary Linsanity (2013) about Jeremy Lin, which chronicled the rise of NBA player Jeremy Lin and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. He has directed the documentaries 1040: Christianity in the New Asia (2010) and short BLT Genesis (2002). He got his start on the set of director Justin Lin's Better Luck Tomorrow.