Thursday, June 21
3:35pm; Theater 3
Grace & Mercy (2012) and Kinyarwanda (2011), Presented by Snag Films; Tickets Grace & Mercy
Dir. Luis Pena | Grace & Mercy follows the tireless work of Marie Jose Poux, who runs an orphanage responsible for over 60 children, and her brother, Ben Constant, who is ‘Mayor’ of one of the largest tent cities in Port-au-Prince. Shot over the course of the year following the devastating January 12th Haitian earthquake, the film aims to keep the spotlight on a country that still needs our help.
Dir. Alrick Brown | A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos; a soldier struggles to foster a greater good while absent from her family; and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror
Q&A with the directors after the screening
5:05pm; Theater 1
Benny to Benny (2012) and Redlegs (2012), Presented by Hammer to Nail; Tickets
Benny to Benny
Dir. George Manatos | A love story between two New York City residents struggling to find their place in the cold, harsh city.
Dir. Brandon Harris | A comedic drama set amongst grieving twenty-somethings in the industrial Midwest who’s black friend was recently murdered in a historically troubled part of town.
Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening
6:50pm; Theater 3
Cook County (2010), Presented by Film Buff; Tickets
Dir. David Pomes | An unflinching look at the complete breakdown of a family due to meth addiction. After a stint in prison, Sonny (Berkeley) returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his teenage son. Standing in his way is his brother (Mount) who has turned their family home into a meth lab. As Sonny attempts to makethings right with his son and help his niece get beyond her life in a crumbling meth lab, desperation leads to tragedy, heartbreak and madness.
Q&A with the director after the screening
7:55pm; Theater 1
Klown (2010), Presented by indieWIRE; Tickets
Dir. Mikkel Nørgaard | Klown follows two wildly inappropriate friends as they run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through endless awkward confrontations and unspeakable debaucheries. Hopelessly wrongheaded Frank “kidnaps” the 12-year-old nephew of his pregnant girlfriend in an eager attempt to prove his fatherhood potential to join sex-crazed Casper on his adulterous weekend canoe trip. From exclusive brothels, hospitalizations, armed robberies and even prison, the three paddle downstream from one chaotic misadventure to the next culminating to a surprise sentimental portrait of friendship and a final shocking reveal that you won’t soon unsee.
Skype Q&A with the director after the screening
9:00pm; Theater 3
Student Short Films, Presented by Animation Block Party; Tickets
A selection of films from students from Pratt, RISD, NYU, CalArts, SVA and UArts.
ABP Intro (2011), Dir. Casey Safron; Seasons of Love (2010); Sprinkle Me With Love (2011), Dir. Nigel Clark; Green #1 in D Minor (2007), Dir. Jake Friedman; OHOK (2011), Dir. Lyla Ribot; Meatwaffle (2009), Dir. Leah Shore; Pineapples and Pork in Bad Wraps (2011); The Coffee Bird (2007); Marvelous Keen Loony Bin (2006), Dir. Lizzi Akana; The Man Who Once Owned an Eternal Garden (2011), Dir. Celeste Lai; Lifeline (2009); Lipsmackers by Beercan Rd (2011), Dir. Sachio Cook; ABP Outro (2011), Dir. Aaron Hughes
Q&A with a few of the filmmakers after the screening
9:45pm, Theater 2
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995); Tickets
Dir. Todd Solonze | Director and writer Todd Solondz’s stark, often funny, always poignant comedy about how to survive junior high school and life in the’burbs. “Welcome to the Dollhouse” is perhaps the only true-to-life film ever made about the seventh grade.
Introduction by TV Carnage’s Derrick Beckles
10:15pm, Theater 1
How to Act Bad (2012), Presented by Union Docs; Tickets Dir. Dima Dubson | Filmed over the period of two years, How to Act Bad chronicles the personal trials and tribulations of Adam Green, the singer-songwriter who first rose to prominence as the co-founder of the indie band The Moldy Peaches. With unprecedented access to the artist’s private and public life, Dima Dubson takes the viewers on a rollercoaster ride through Green’s 2010 European tour, his work on a series of paintings and sculptures, drug experimentations, filmmaking endeavors and romantic dysfunctions.
Q&A with Dubson after the screening
10:40pm, Theater 3
Orphan Film Symposium Presents; Tickets
Highlights from the 8th Orphan Film Symposium, which was originally held at The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.
Orphans 8 Trailer; Sunday (1961), Dir. Dan Drasin; Daydream Therapy (1977), Dir. Bernard Nicolas; One Friday (1973), Dir. Rolf Forsberg; The Jungle (1967), Dir. 12th & Oxford Street Film Makers; Afri-Cola Commercial (1968), Dir. Charles Wilp; UFOs (1971), Dir. Lillian Schwartz; Galaxies (1974), Dir. Lillian Schwartz; Posthaste Perennial Pattern (2010), Dir. Jodie Mack; Unsubscribe #4: The Saddest Song in the World (2010), Dir. Jodie Mack; Helen Hill Film Selection (TBD), Light Cavalry Girl (1980), Dir. Jie Shen
Q&A with filmmaker Jodie Mack after the screening
In the Lobby
5pm and 8pm; Lobby
The Works of Nathanial Hörnblowér (a tribute to MCA): Fight for Your Right Revisited and Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!