DocuClub in September!
Our September DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m., at DCTV [www.dctvny.org], located at 87 Lafayette Street (at Walker; take N/R/Q/6 trains to Canal).
Our moderator will be Merrill Sterritt, Production Assistance Program Coordinator at Women Make Movies, the leading distributor of films directed by and about women. WMMâ€™s Production Assistance Program works with emerging and established independent filmmakers to produce and complete their films through its workshop series, resources and newsletters, and fiscal sponsorship of projects directed by women. Sterritt is in charge of the operations of the P.A. Program, managing the workshop series, and working with 200+ fiscally sponsored filmmakers on all aspects of their projects. She also works as an editor, with films that have premiered at Sundance and the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
We will screen "Carisâ€™ Peace" co-directed by Gaylen Ross and Rebecca Nelson and produced by Steve Skrovan. The documentary profiles theatre and film actress and Yale graduate Caris Corfman, whose life and career were altered with the removal of a brain tumor that left her without short-term memory Corfman was once an actress whose talent presumed a lifetime career, whether starring opposite Ian Holm in the dramatic film "Dreamland" or in the original Broadway cast of "Amadeus" with Ian McKellen and Tim Curry. Now she canâ€™t remember a line of dialogue, a stage direction, or an entrance or exit cue – the very foundation of her profession. The simplest dance step or lyric of a song eludes her, though she trained in dance and music since childhood. The documentary depicts Corfmanâ€™s resolute effort to reclaim her life in theater and return to the world that she loved. It is a personal, real life story crafted as a unique hybrid of verite, interview, and performance, and includes Corfmanâ€™s
friends and colleagues, such as actors Lewis Black, Kate Burton, Tony Shaloub, and playwright and producer Eric Overmyer.
Gaylen Ross has directed and written award-winning documentary films that have received national and international broadcast and exhibition. Her documentary film "Dealers Among Dealers" debuted on P.O.V. and she also wrote and produced the Emmy award winning "Blood Money: Switzerland's Nazi Gold." Her new documentary, "Killing Kasztner," which premiered at last yearâ€™s Toronto Film Festival, will have its New York opening in October.
Rebecca Nelson is an actress, director and teacher. As an actress, her work spans three decades in theatre, television and film. Notable are her roles in films, including Hal Hartleyâ€™s "Trust," "Surviving Desire," and "Henry Fool." She is a friend and colleague of Caris Corfman, having met as students at the Yale School of Drama.
Steve Skrovanâ€™s first documentary feature, "An Unreasonable Man" was a profile of Ralph Nader. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Skrovan has worked as a stand-up comedian and television comedy writer, most notably, for "Seinfeld" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," where he was also an executive producer. He is now a consulting producer on Kelsey Grammerâ€™s new television comedy, "Hank," and just completed directing his first narrative feature film, "Fred and Vinny."
Andrew Ford is a film editor and producer specializing in multi-award winning long form documentaries and narrative features. Recent credits include "The Last Kiddie Ride" (James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen, to be released 2010), "A Walk to Beautiful" (Emmy nomination 2009 and released theatrically 2008 and broadcast on Nova) and with Gaylen Ross, "Killing Kasztner." Ford edited "Until the Light Takes Us," on black metal music in Norway, which will be opening in New York this Fall.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $5 for non-members.
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