NewFilmmakers is an internationally recognized screening series and over the past fourteen years has screened over 600 feature and 2,000 short films. NewFilmmakers NY screens a wide range of films including animation, documentaries, shorts, and features. Many are films and videos overlooked by traditional film festivals.
This week see’s NewFilmmakers NY present another eclectic mix of short films, documentaries and features. On Wednesday, September 11, 2013 NewFilmmakers NY has a full slate of films planned including their annual 9/11 themed screening. NewFilmmakers NY continues to provide quality independent films of all descriptions. The night will also show Gary Null‘s sensual ‘AMERICAN VETERANS: DISCARDED AND FORGOTTEN‘ as the feature narrative film.
NewFilmmakers NY screens every week and sometimes more at Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave & 2nd st.) each Wednesday starting at 6pm.
6:00 PM Special Program
Annual 911 Screening
COOKIE GIRL IN THE HOT ZONE (2013, 5 minutes)
Dir: Skip Blumberg
After the WTC towers collapsed 12-year-old Jemma Brown baked and served cookies to the rescue workers who were walking away from the clean-up.
CHINOOK DOWN (2013, 10 minutes)
Dir: ALEX QUADE
In May 2007 – an American Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents in southern Afghanistan. The crash killed 7-soldiers.
NATO officials suggested the helicopter was brought down by small-arms fire. But classified documents released by WikiLeaks reported the helicopter had been “engaged and struck with a missile,” suggesting the Taliban had effectively used a heat-seeking surface-to-air missile – a significant development not publicly disclosed before.
WTC (2013, 13 minutes)
Dir: Matt Whitman
This piece consists of motion picture film portraits of One World Trade Center, taken from numerous locations ranging from areas in Lower Manhattan to the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. These portraits have been taken at various times of day as well as in varying weather conditions. The piece, originating from 7 rolls of silent Super 8mm color film, has been digitized for preservation and screening.
THE ASCENT (2013, 13 minutes)
Dir: Ben Garchar
Milo, though successful, is struggling to find purpose and interpersonal connection.Through a chance encounter with a woman, and reoccurring visions of One World Trade Center rising, he learns what it means to rebuild oneself and be complete.
6:45 PM Short Film Program
SPEAK (2012, 4 minutes)
Dir: Scott Carney
‘Speak’ is a commentary on how the use of technology has replaced simple human contact.
THE FEED (2012, 15 minutes)
Dir: Benjamin Berger
In a future when computers are integrated into our brains and endless information flows before our eyes, society has become numb and lifeless. The various problems that come with digital technology incessantly torment the mind of Dr. Tobin, a man who facilitates the computer-brain integration as his profession. His only solace is in connecting with one of his special patients, which allows him to find peace. Dr. Tobin is ultimately forced to decide whether to perpetuate this human-computer symbiosis, or to break the cycle and give human nature a chance.
THE FIRST DAY (2012, 14 minutes)
Dir: Nicholas Zafonte
The First Day, is a 12 minute psychological thriller, in the style of the Twilight Zone, about a captive patient who may or may not have a rare neurological disorder that gives him chronic déjà vu. As he tries to make sense of his situation the scene repeats over and over and we begin to suspect the doctors may not be telling him the whole truth.
THE PILGRIM (2013, 15 minutes)
Dir: Sean Buttimer
In a dystopian future, an average drone discovers an area free of the environmental authoritarianism he is accustomed to.
7:45 PM Feature Presentation
AMERICAN VETERANS: DISCARDED AND FORGOTTEN (2011, 135 minutes)
Dir: Gary Null
Gary Null PhD explores the truth about Gulf War Syndrome, a horrific condition affecting thousands of soldiers and their families and the disturbing secrets that the government is hiding from the public. You’ll hear the truth from doctors, scientists, military analysts and the veterans who are still suffering from the effects of their tours of duty while the government denies any accountability for this illness. Dr. Null also reveals the epidemic of homelessness affecting our American veterans today. Shockingly, thousands of veterans are mired in poverty, suffering with physical and psychological illnesses and are living on the streets and in the woods throughout America. See the tragic story of these men and women and the few dedicated people who are committed to helping them.