ARTS ENGINE presents: DOCUCLUB! 6/20/2012
Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Wednesday June 20 at DCTV, at 7p.m., located at 87 Lafayette (at Walker). This month, we will screen a rough cut of Cary McClelland’s WITHOUT SHEPHERDS. Our moderator will be Arts Engine’s own Phil Lane.
If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission at DCTV is free for current DocuClub members and $6 for non-members.
Tickets will be sold at the door, cash only.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No admittance after 7:15 p.m.
WITHOUT SHEPHERDS is a rare and essential glimpse into brave lives trapped in the turbulent waters of Pakistan today. The film begins in wake of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, in the midst of the first national election in ten years. Just as the country faces an unprecedented opportunity to shape a new future, each of our characters takes their first steps in bold new directions of their own: a cricket star building a new political party, a female journalist working behind Taliban lines, an ex-mujahid seeking redemption, a trucker crossing dangerous territory to feed his family, a supermodel pushing feminism through fashion, and a subversive Sufi rocker using music to heal.
Whether explicitly or not, they are all part of a moderate core that is beginning to emerge in Pakistan, looking for progressive allies both domestic and abroad to help them address the decades old conflicts that are tearing their country apart. Each of them sees the world from a different perspective and has differing answers to questions regarding the government, the impact of Western foreign policy, the role of Islam, and the uncertainty of what kind of country will emerge. As the “war on terror” continues with no end in sight and dangerous consequences for the region and the world, WITHOUT SHEPHERDS is a record of this moment, where Pakistan sits at the center of a deeply broken world, and of those inside the country who try to find a way forward for all of us.
About the Filmmaker:
Cary McClelland is a documentary filmmaker and human rights advocate working in Brooklyn, NY. His work has taken him from East Timor to Egypt, from Zimbabwe to Myanmar. In 2006, he worked with Search for Common Ground using community theatre as a tool for peacebuilding in Eastern Congo, and since then, has worked for the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, PBS, Witness, and SABC. He continues to work to build bridges between cultures, as the the Project Manager and Lead Curator of the new YouTube Human Rights Channel in conjunction with WITNESS and Storyful. He has a BA in Screenwriting from Harvard College, and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.
About the Moderator:
Phil Lane manages the fiscal sponsorship program of Arts Engine’s MediaMaker services. Before joining Arts Engine, Phil worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for a variety of start-ups and independent media organizations. From 2003 through 2007, he served as Operations Manager for the nationally renowned Ninth Street Independent Film Center. As a mediamaker, his feature length documentary, WORKING TITLE, screened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Montclair Art Museum, and is now being distributed to colleges and universities around the world. Phil has a degree in Film and Television from Boston University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Founded in 1972, DCTV is an independent media arts center and resource for NYC’s indie filmmaking community, providing: hands-on workshops; low-cost production equipment, facility, and post-production rentals; a signature screening & event series; renowned youth programming; and countless award-winning documentary productions to broadcast air.