To Be Heard and Independent Film Week – Rooftop Films

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH

TO BE HEARD – BRONX – FREE SHOW

Venue: JOYCE KILMER PARK , Grand Concourse and E 161 St, Bronx, NY

Subway: B,D to 161 St – Yankee Stadium‎

  • 4:00 PM Power Writing Workshop
  • 7:00 PM Poetry Slam w/ DJ Dooga & poets from the film
  • 8:15 PM TO BE HEARD Screening
  • 9:45 PM Q&A with Filmmakers and Documentary Subjects

More information at: http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/to-be-heard-bronx/

Rooftop Films will be hosting a youth “power writing” workshop, a live poetry slam, and a screening of the award-winning documentary To Be Heard. The event will be presented with no admission charge in partnership with The Fledgling Fund.

To Be Heard (Edwin Martinez, Roland Legiardi-Laura, Deborah Shaffer, Amy Sultan) tells the story of three teenagers who find friendship and empowerment through writing. As a celebration of their triumphs, Rooftop Films and the filmmakers will be offering a “power writing” workshop to local teenage aspiring writers, and creating a showcase for emerging writers to read their work in a public poetry slam.

The writing workshop is offered at no charge to the public. To participate, please email info@tobeheard.org.

Together with the creators of the critically acclaimed documentary film To Be Heard, the Power Writing program will be hosting an afternoon of spoken word workshops and a slam poetry competition. Starting at 4pm, 25 high school students have the opportunity to participate in a workshop entitled, “Make ’em HEAR You.” Through small group lessons, writing challenges, and a chance to debate which 2011 music artist is the best at getting his/her point across, students will leave the workshop with at least one poem they can feel proud of. Workshop participants will also get a free To Be Heard / Power Writers t-shirt.

Following the “Make ’em HEAR You” workshop, an outdoor poetry slam will begin at 7:00. Participants of the workshop are strongly encouraged to compete in this event. However, if they’re not quite ready for the limelight, students can use their newly honed appreciation for effective poetry to help the rest of the audience choose a winner. Prizes will be available for different poets.

Students and alumni from Power Writing classes–including the stars of To Be Heard–will also be competing. This slam is open to the public and will be a perfect prelude to the film screening at 8:15pm.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH – IFP INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK – FREE SHOW

ROOFTOP FILMS AND IFP PRESENT: KINYARWANDA

Venue: CENTRAL PARK , Outdoors at Tavern on the Green in Central Park, 2 West 67th Street, New York, NY

Subway: 1 to 66 St., B/C to 72nd St.  

  • 7:30 PM Live Music
  • 8:15 PM Film Begins

More information at: http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/kinyarwanda/

ROOFTOP FILMS AND IFP PRESENT:

In celebration of IFP’s Independent Film Week, Rooftop and IFP present a special sneak preview of Alrick Brown’s Kinyarwanda. Rooftop & IFP alum Brown has created a powerful and ultimately uplifting fictional film about communities coming together during the Rwandan genocide, based on true stories.

KINYARWANDA (Alrick Brown | USA & Rwanda | 99 min.)

At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. KINYARWANDA is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing.

An official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival – and winner of that festival’s World Cinema Audience Award – KINYARWANDA interweaves six different tales that together form one grand narrative that provides the most complex and real depiction yet presented of human resilience and life during the genocide. With an amalgamation of characters, we pay homage to many, using the voices of a few.

The film will be released theatrically this fall by the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM).

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH – IFP INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK – FREE SHOW

IFP LABS SHOWCASE SCREENING

Venue: THE HIGH LINE , In the Lot, Near the High Line, Southwest corner of West 30th Street and 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Subway: C/E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue, 1 to 23rd Street & 7th Avenue

  • 8:30 PM Live Music
  • 9:00 PM Screening followed by filmmaker Q&A and meet-and-greet

More information at: http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/ifp-labs-showcase-screening/

Discover tomorrow’s next great independent films today! Exclusive excerpts from the 21 projects participating in IFP’s 2011 Documentary and Narrative Independent Filmmaker Labs.

The Labs are a year-long mentorship program supporting narrative and documentary directors throughout post production and the completion, marketing and distribution of their first feature film. The program has become the leading U.S. forum for industry to discover and support fresh talent on the independent scene just prior to their introduction to the marketplace. Previous Lab alumni have found success at festivals around the world including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Venice and SXSW. All projects presented in the Labs will be premiering at domestic and international film festivals over the next 18 months.

The Lot at The High Line, in addition to being a beautiful and unique city park with amazing views, also has great food trucks and an outdoor bar. Make a night of it!

Submissions for 2012 Labs open in February. www.ifp.org/lab

The Lab Selections:

  • BOOSTER (Matt Ruskin)
  • THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST (Ryan O’Nan)
  • DETROIT UNLEADED (Rola Nashef)
  • EXTRACTED (Nir Paniry | Nir Paniry)
  • FUTURE WEATHER (Jenny Deller)
  • THE LOST CHILDREN (Mark Harris)
  • NANCY, PLEASE (Andrew Semans)
  • OTELO BURNING (Sara Blecher)
  • PAVILION (Tim Sutton)
  • PERVERTIGO (Jaron Henrie-McCrea)
  • WELCOME TO PINE HILL (Keith Miller)
  • HERMAN’S HOUSE (Angad Bhalla)
  • HIGH TECH, LOW LIFE (Stephen Maing)
  • THE LIGHT IN HER EYES (Julia Meltzer)
  • NORTHERN LIGHT (Nicholas Bentgen)
  • OSCAR’S COMEBACK (Lisa Collins and Mark Schwartzburt)
  • SISTER (Brenda Davis)
  • SUN KISSED (Adi Lavy)
  • THE TWELVE O’CLOCK BOYZ (Lotfy Nathan)
  • US NAKED: THE ADVENTURES OF TRIXIE AND MONKEY (Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander)
  • WELCOME TO THE MACHINE (Avi Zev Weider)