Picked from hundreds of submissions from all over the world, The Chain NYC Film Festival will be presenting over seventy films this August 6-18, 2013. From short documentaries to full length narratives, encompassing work from filmmakers in Europe and Australia as well as our own Long Island City, an innovative and diverse set of topics is being curated by VTG in this groundbreaking festival. Films feature Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons (Sahaya… Going Beyond), Academy Award nominees Cathy Moriarity (Tammy) and Sally Kirkland (Posey) and TONY nominated actor and star of Smash, Will Chase stars with Marin Hinkle of Two and a Half Men in Butterflies of Bill Baker. Personal stories. Original ideas. New work. The mission of the Chain NYC Film Festival is to encourage the development of quality independent cinema in our burgeoning digital age. The Chain NYC Film Festival serves as a showcase to the NYC film community.
Although awards are given out in a number of categories our mission is to celebrate film and the process that brings out inspired creations. Our goal is to create a dialogue between the filmmakers and their audience.
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Boogie Stomp! (Feature Length Documentary, USA) 86 min.
Directed by Bob Baldori
Boogie Stomp! is a documentary film that will tell the story of boogie woogie, its origins, subsequent history and ongoing development while profiling its two greatest living players – Bob Seeley and Bob Baldori. Seeley spent his formative years playing with Meade Lux Lewis and other Jazz greats. Though playing in obscurity for decades at Charley’s Crab in Detroit, he became known to insiders as the best boogie and stride player in the world. Fellow Detroiter Bob Baldori has a rich rock history, and has played piano and harmonica with Chuck Berry since 1966. Together, they have teamed up and hit the road to revive America’s forgotten music. Compelling story, riveting performances, fascinating interviews, foot-stompin’ concert and dance clips, tour footage from around the world.
Imagine (Short Narrative Film, USA) 30 min.
Directed by Jonathan Green
Imagine. a physiological drama, is about John Morris (Scott Wolf, T.V. Star form ‘V’ and Party of five), a paramedic, who lives under a cloud of guilt after being unable to save his daughters life. Being present at her death the guilt has left him numb and has shattered his relationship with his wife, Kate. Through Charged water, water that has been influenced by specific thoughts or energy, an experiment held by Dr. Arlen, John begins to connect with his daughter in an unknown world. Through the reoccurring events in the unknown world he becomes convinced that he has the ability to change the events that have happened in the past. Confident that he can prevent her from drowning he tries to convince Kate that he can make everything the way it used to be.
Theresa Is A Mother (Feature Length Narrative, USA, NY Based) 102 min.
Co-Director: Darren Press
Theresa McDermott has chased her ‘ideal’ life as an urban-dwelling, punk-ish singer/songwriter to it’s very end. She’s broke, facing eviction and happens to have three kids she’s raising alone. The only option is to move back to the rural town and parents she escaped a decade ago. Her parents’ mutual misery and gloomy lives were a ‘downer’ with no place in her fun city life. Yet the moment Theresa arrives ‘home,’ it’s clear there’s been changes. Armed with a plethora of hobbies, a hot tub and a new philosophy, these are not the parents she left behind. Old wounds, unattainable dreams, and ‘other things’ are exposed as a fractured family works to become whole and a woman with a few kids learns to become a mother.
Read Our Interview w/ Darren Press – HERE
The Lady in Number 6 (Short Documentary Film, UK) 39 min.
Directed by Malcolm Clarke (Academy Award Winner)
The Lady In Number 6 is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of the year. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life. She discussed the importance of music, laughter and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.
Sahaya… Going Beyond (Short Documentary Film, USA Production Filmed in India) 21 min.
Directed by Andy Lauer
Narrated by Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons
‘Sahaya…Going Beyond’ follows the life of young Tamil, orphaned and left to fend for himself along with other children and adults as they battle the HIV/Aids disease. The heartbreaking journey follows their struggles into the depths of humanity and ultimately with the help of one amazing non-profit organization, the courage to overcome incredible obstacles.
About Chain Theatre
The Chain Theatre is a new multi-purpose theatrical complex in Long Island City, NY. This 4,000 square foot, two-story venue is repurposed U.S. Chain Co. The facility contains a black box performance space and dressing rooms as well as rehearsal spaces. This project brings to fruition Variations Theatre Group’s long held desire to return to their roots in Long Island City to focus their energy and talent in and for the community that they call home.