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Felix Endara
Pro

DocuClub in May!

Our May DocuClub will take place on Wednesday, May 19, 7 p.m., at 92YTribeca, located at 200 Hudson Street, at Canal. (Take 1, A/C/E to Canal Street).

We will be showing a rough cut of "DeAf Jam" by Judy Lieff. The documentary traces the journey of five deaf teens from New York City as they discover and explore American Sign Language (ASL) poetry with some of this nation’s most acclaimed ASL poets, and then bring their poetry to their hearing peers at youth poetry slams and other spoken word events. Performing in ASL, a dramatic visual language, the poets use rhythm, movement and body language to create a cinematic equivalent to oral poetry. The poets use sign language and poetry also to raise issues about disability and the future of ASL. Pitted against the journey of the poets and contributing to this bittersweet story, is a counter-narrative, which traces the increasing erosion of this indigenous art form in the face of technologies and the educational system “serving” to mainstream the Deaf into the hearing world. One of the highlights of the film is a collaboration between a deaf Israeli poet and a hearing Palestinian poet. Without “speaking” each other’s language, they manage to navigate through the collaborative process both with and without an interpreter. Eventually, they create a hearing/deaf duet that metaphorically relates to the world around them. Watch a trailer of the film here: http://www.deafjam.org/trailer.html.

Director/Producer Judy Lieff is a dancer, filmmaker, and teacher. She began her relationship with the Deaf community through the making of an award-winning experimental film, "Duties of my Heart." The film became a catalyst for four consecutive grants to teach video production workshops she designed for deaf teens in Los Angeles. In 2000, Lieff received a National Dance/Media fellowship from the Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2004 and 2007, she was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts independent film grant for production on "DeAf Jam." In 2009, the film was awarded finishing funds from the Independent Television Service Open Call competition.

Steve Zeitlin, Co-producer, served as co-producer of "From Mambo to Hip Hop," a documentary about the South Bronx funded by ITVS and broadcast on public television across the U.S. as part of the Voces series of Latino Public Broadcasting. He received his Ph.D. in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and is the director and co-founder of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City’s—and America’s—living cultural heritage.

Editor Keiko Deguchi cut award-winning documentary films such as Jeremiah Zagar’s "In a Dream," Linda Hattendorf’s "The Cats of Mirikitani," and John Valadez and Cristina Ibarra’s "The Last Conquistador." Her most recent film, "To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America," was shown at Sundance Film Festival 2010. She is the recipient of the James Lyons Editing Award at Woodstock Film Festival in 2008.

Our moderator will be Doug Block, a is a multiple award-winning, New York-based documentary director, cameraman and producer. His films "The Heck With Hollywood" and "Home Page" have been released theatrically in the U.S., won awards at leading international film festivals and have been broadcast around the world. "51 Birch Street" was named one of the 10 Best Films of 2006 by a number of leading critics, including The New York Times, and was selected as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review. His latest film, "The Kids Grow Up," is about his relationship with his daughter and only child, Lucy, shot over a period of 18 years and focusing on her last year at home before she left for college. The film is set for an early Fall theatrical release and a later broadcast on HBO. Block is also founder and co-host of The D-Word, an online community for documentary filmmakers, which now has over 4,000 members from 80 countries.

We’ll announce our rough cut soon. Stay tuned!

Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $8 for non-members.

For this screening, only DocuClub members need to RSVP at docuclub@artsengine.net. Our previous screenings have sold out and although admission for non-members is on a first-come, first-serve basis, it is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance via 92YTribeca.

Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:

http://www.artsengine.net/store/items/docuclub_membership_individual_rate

Doug Block
Host

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Theresa Loong
Pro

Journey from Zanskar

I haven't seen this doc yet, but I ran into Louise Brooks, the
Manager of Community Relations and Volunteer Programs at the Rubin Museum, and thought some folks might be interested. The Rubin is a nice museum, especially with free admission on Friday nights.

RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART presents

Journey from Zanskar
A Monk’s Vow to Children

From the co-creator of Hoop Dreams, Frederick Marx, comes a film about a daring attempt to save Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas.

Spurred by their promise to the Dalai Lama, they rescue seventeen children from a remote and ailing valley in Kashmir and together march in the direction of far off Dharamsala, on the other side of the ice-bound Himalayas. The oldest child was just twelve years old.

Narrated by Richard Gere, this inspiring film follows the audacious plan of two Tibetan monks to safeguard Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage.

Screenings throughout the month of May:

• Wednesday, May 5 – 7PM, post-screening discussion with the director

• Saturday, May 8 – 2 & 4PM, post-screening discussion with the director

• Sunday, May 9 – 1PM, post-screening discussion with the director

• Friday. May 14 – 7PM

• Saturday, May 15 – 2 & 4PM

• Sunday, May 16 – 1PM

• Wednesday, May 19 – 7PM

• Wednesday, May 26 – 7PM

All screenings are $12 and can be purchased by phone, visiting the museum’s front desk or online.

To view the trailer, please visit http://www.journeyfromzanskar.com/trailer.asp

"Beautiful, powerful, and heart-warming" – Prof. Robert Thurman

For tickets and details visit: www.rmanyc.orc/zanskar

RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

150 WEST 17TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY
www.rmanyc.org 212.620.5000 x344

Marj Safinia
Host

I've seen it and it's super charming. Definitely recommended.

Rob Jackson
Pro

Serac Adventure Film School will be leading once-in-a-lifetime courses in Bhutan and Kenya this summer. The school is led by three time National Emmy Award Winner, Michael Brown, who helps you make your own film from concept to big screen. The Kenya school is unique because you will also be contributing to an actual documentary production. Soon to be the Outside Adventure Film School, this is really the only film school of its kind!

Check it out – http://www.adventurefilmschool.com/

Nina Numankadić
Fan

Doc Alliance Films Offers 3 Films by Iranian Filmmaker Sepideh Farsi

On May 10, Doc Alliance Films will add another film by award-winning director, Sepideh Farsi. Harat (2007), which won the Best documentary prize at Festival dei Popoli, follows mother and daughter Sepideh and Darya – a successful young filmmaker and her child who has clear ideas about how to make a film. With only two cameras in tow, they embark on a long journey to meet members of their vast family, from Paris to Tehran and beyond the Afghanistan border. The complex ramifications of a genealogical tree are gathered in this subtle family album.

Doc Alliance Films presents two additional films by Farsi, Homi D. Setha, Filmmaker (2000), winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and the Traces de Vie prize, and Men of Fire, which is an insight into today's Iran through the eyes of fierce firemen in Tehran.

Please visit www.docalliancefilms.com where all 3 films by Sepideh Farsi can be streamed or downloaded.

Dan Lohaus
Pro

LOOKING TO RENT AN HD MINI-DV DECK IN NEW YORK ASAP

Hi D-worders, I just got back from a shoot and am looking to rent a deck to digitize roughly 40 hours of HD mini-dv tapes. Thinking I can finish it this week, if I can find on a deck by Monday (May 10th) or Tuesday...Just looking for a reasonable rental rate...feel free to call me at 917 648 3055 – Thanks! Dan

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