DocuClub in March: Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Our next DocuClub screening will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m., at The Tank, located at 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues, near Times Square).
Our moderator will be Flavia Fontes. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor. Her first documentary, "Living With Chimpanzees: Portrait of a Family," depicts a couple who adopts two chimpanzees. The film was broadcast on Nippon Television in Japan and the Discovery channel in Canada. Fontes was also associate producer of "Chico Mendes: Voice of the Amazon," which aired on the TBS and TNT networks. Currently, she is in post-production with "Who's Afraid of Lynne Stewart?," a portrait of the first lawyer in the United States charged with supporting international terrorism after September 11, 2001. Fontes teaches film and video editing at the New School. For more info about her, please go to: www.meansofproductions.com.
We will screen "Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter" by Attie and Goldwater Productions (Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater). If Mrs. Goundo is deported to Mali, her two-year-old daughter Djenabou will almost certainly be forced to undergo female genital mutilation/cutting. "Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter" is the story of a Malian woman's fight for political asylum in the U.S. to protect her child from this traditional practice, which affects over 85% of women and girls in her native West African country. In following Goundo's quest to raise a healthy daughter in the U.S., the documentary reveals both the changing attitudes towards female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Africa and in Goundo's immigrant community in Philadelphia, and the layered frustrations of the long and unpredictable asylum process. The film has received funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS). For more info about and to see a trailer of the film, please go to: www.attiegoldwater.com/goundosdaughter/home.htm.
Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater have worked collaboratively since 1990 making widely acclaimed documentaries that have been broadcast nationally and internationally. In 2005, they were awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Their most recent collaboration, "Rosita" (2005), is the story of a 9-year-old Nicaraguan girl who was raped and made pregnant, and her parents' struggle with the medical establishment, the government and the church to end her pregnancy. Broadcast in Latin America on HBO/Cinemax as well as in Europe and Asia, "Rosita" was selected to screen at INPUT 2007 and has been shown at film festivals worldwide, including the Human Rights Watch Festival and Silverdocs. Attie and Goldwater's 2002 ITVS production, "Maggie Growls," a whimsical biography of Gray Panther founder Maggie Kuhn, was selected to be the premiere program on PBS' documentary series Independent Lens.
Co-Producer and Editor Sabrina Schmidt Gordon has been committed to documentary filmmaking for over a decade. Her editing debut garnered an Emmy for WGBH’s Greater Boston Arts series, and she has continued to distinguish herself as both a producer and editor, having worked on numerous award-winning documentaries for public television and cable. She is the Co-Producer and Editor of "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," a groundbreaking documentary about manhood and gender politics in mainstream Hip-Hop that was broadcast on the national PBS series Independent Lens, and named among the best documentaries of 2007 by the Chicago Tribune. She has also expanded her work to include New Media as a Producer/Editor on The Masculinity Project—a web-based initiative of ITVS and the National Black Programming Consortium, exploring masculine identity in the Black community. Her commitment to social change extends to working with non-profit and grassroots organizations on video programs, among them Witness; Agricultural Missions; and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Admission is free for current DocuClub members and $5 for non-members.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership is an annual $50 and it includes free admission to all DocuClub events. It takes five minutes to join online:
DocuClub is Arts Engine’s monthly film screening series of works-in-progress documentaries. For more info, please go to: www.docuclub.org.
About The Tank
The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter whose mission is to provide a welcoming, creative, collaborative, and affordable environment for artists and activists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas. Through a wide range of low-cost, high-concept arts and public affairs programming, The Tank seeks to cultivate a new generation of audience for live performance, civic discourse, and the work of emerging artists.