Come celebrate the New York Film and Video Council's 71st Year at our annual open brunch!
Meet and mingle with folks from a wide cross section of the New York film world — documentary, experimental, narrative filmmakers, animators, educators, programmers, curators, students and film enthusiasts.
Bring a friend! The brunch is free and open to all, a perfect way to catch up with other members and meet new ones from the city's friendliest film organization! Curious about what we do? Stop in!
Where: 523 Broadway (bet. Spring & Broome), 2nd Fl.
RSVP's appreciated for planning: NYFVCrsvp@gmail.com
Come celebrate the New York Film and Video Council's 71st Year at our annual open brunch!
Each August, New York Film/Video Council honors the life and work of George C. Stoney (1916-2012), a cherished NYFVC past President and board member and a legendary filmmaker, teacher, activist, role model, and citizen, with a film screening. George never failed to inspire each of us with his sense of mission, hospitality, his determination to use cinema to give voice to those outside of power, his willingness to travel -- even up to age 96 -- to explore experimental, documentary and narrative cinema, and his strong commitment to his community.
The Uprising of '34
Produced and directed by George Stoney and Judith Helfand (1995, 87 minutes)
This films tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a massive but little-known strike by hundreds of thousands of southern textile workers. After three weeks the strike was stopped, the strikers denied jobs. Eighty years later this strike is virtually unknown, and union representation in the South still suspect.
Program co-sponsored by The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
111 Amsterdam Ave (between 64th and 65th St's.)
Third Floor Screening Room
Free and open to the public. Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
Following the screening, join NYFVC for an Ice Cream Social on the Green Roof above Lincoln Restaurant.
Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the BAM Hamm Archives, located in Crown Heights, exploring a never-before-told story spanning nine decades of Brooklyn film culture.
Since the opening of the four-screen BAM Rose Cinemas in 1998, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) has become a leading destination for New York filmgoers and home to Brooklyn’s only daily, year-round repertory film program.
What is less known, however, is the rich history of film exhibition at BAM throughout the 20th century, ranging from a 1901 program of “Farmer Dunn’s Moving Pictures,” to early Thomas Edison films, to experimental silent films with live orchestra, to a 1938 screening of documentary footage filmed in Nazi Germany, to a 1943 presentation of Hollywood musicals with live commentary for 400 residents of the Brooklyn Industrial Home for the Blind, to a 1970s series of films by black artists, and much more.
Followed by socializing at Berg’n, a Brooklyn beer hall created by the founders of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. NYFVC members receive a free drink!
Image: 1943 screening of Robert Florey’s The Desert Song with live commentary for residents of the Brooklyn Industrial Home for the Blind. Courtesy BAM Hamm Archives
A New York Film and Video Council Summit
This summit will look at exciting new (and newly rediscovered) developments in immersive and site specific film and video programming, including Shadow Casting - a group of people performing a movie in front of a screen while that movie is playing, Cosplay - dressing up as a character from a movie, book or video game, and all manner of location and theme based, often participatory, film exhibition experiences.
We will explore how these experiential programs are transforming how people experience film and video, and how film and video are being used to build community. The program includes video presentations followed by audience Q&A with representatives of immersive programming organizations BBQ Films, Videology Bar and Cinema, and the Shadow Casting grandaddy of them all - the official NYC Rocky Horror Picture Show cast.
Megan Fierro-Root and Eric Garment, Directors
NYCRHPS (The NYC Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast)
Gabriel Rhoads, Founder
Ryan Edgington, Programmer
Videology Bar and Cinema
Jessica Green, Moderator
NYFVC Board Member and Maysles Cinema Programming Director
Free to All!
One complimentary drink for NYFVC Members
The New York Film Video Council invites NYC film students and recent grads to our annual Student Mixer! Making the transition from film school to the industry is an essential process for emerging filmmakers. While this new chapter is exciting, it can also be quite daunting without immediate access to school resources.
Come mix and mingle with other students and filmmakers while forging new connections with members of the longest running film nonprofit in New York - NYFVC, whose members represent EAI, Screen Slate, Janus Films, SVA, BAM, Maysles Films and more. Come talk shop over a drink and kick start your post-grad film career.
This event is free for NYFVC members and students with any school ID. Attendees will also be given access to our online resource guide for New York-based filmmakers with helpful tips on everything from equipment rentals to residencies and labs and public access stations to microcinemas.
NYFVC members and students with ID receive first drink on us! Snacks and cash bar will also be available. Not a member? Join for $40, or just $20 for all Students with ID!
Co-presented by UnionDocs.
Join the NYFVC for a screening of the must-see doc Here Come the Videofreex at IFC! Stay after for a conversation and socializing with us and filmmakers Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin!
Here Come the Videofreex, an official selection of BAMcinemaFest, Full Frame and Rotterdam, is the incredible story of the birth of alternative media through the work of the Videofreex, a collective of renegade video journalists who started out on the counterculture beat for CBS News (covering figures like Black Panther Fred Hampton and Yippee leader Abbie Hoffman) and then defected to start the first public access television station in upstate NY. The recently-restored archival footage is extraordinary, as is the opportunity to understand the historical context and heritage of today’s citizen and independent journalists and media disrupters.
Following the screening, the filmmakers will be in conversation with members of the Videofreex, moderated by Ron Simon of The Paley Center.
NYFVC members free, but you must RSVP to NYFVCrsvp@gmail.com.
Non members: Join today for just $40! ($20 students)
Join the NYFVC for a look at the United Palace of Cultural Arts, past and present!
The United Palace of Cultural Arts began its life as an opulent cinema palace, the
Loews 175th Street Theater. The New York Times declared the “style of
architecture…Indo-Chinese”, but when the doors opened on the Lamb and Rambusch
gem in February 22, 1930, filmgoers were greeted by the mural of an art deco goddess
atop the deep red carpet and gleaming gold columns. After a ceremonial parade led by
a thousand Boy Scouts, who raised the American flag over the building, the audience
was invited in to admire the décor and watch Norma Shearer in Their Own Desire.
When the Loews’ last screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey concluded in 1969, the
theater reemerged as the United Palace, led by televangelist Frederick J.
Eikerenkoetter II (Reverend Ike). The Eikerenkoetter family and the congregation raised
funds to restore the interiors to their original beauty and, in 2012, created the United
Palace of Cultural Arts, an independent nonprofit. The UPCA provides “cultural events
from local, national, and international artists; arts education and mentoring for young
people; and space as a community resource.” After a 44 year intermission, cinema has
returned to the United Palace in 2013, with a screening of Casablanca.
Tour begins at 4pm. Arrive early - around 3:15 - for a special opportunity to see a
short youth orchestra rehearsal with members of the New York Philharmonic.
... And stay after for refreshments and socializing at a neighborhood spot!
Private Tour with Exhibition Curator!
Join the NYFVC for an electric afternoon in the extraordinary exhibition spotlighting the Experimental Television Center (ETC) at the Hunter College Art Galleries. Members will enjoy a private tour with Chief Curator Sarah Watson, followed by an afternoon happy hour at a neighborhood bar (first drink is on us!). This is an amazing opportunity to visit this show before it closes, and a rare chance to see the vintage image processors and fascinating ephemera on display from the legendary ETC. If you’re at all curious about the history of artists experimenting with the medium of television from the 1960s to the 2000s, you don’t want to miss this!
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 2:30pm
Location: 205 Hudson Street Gallery, NY NY
Gallery entrance is on the south side of Canal between Hudson and Greenwich Streets
The Experimental Television Center:
For over forty years, the Experimental Television Center (ETC) in Owego, New York, was one of North America’s preeminent organizations for video art, fostering a community for creativity and innovation through its residency and tool-building programs.The Experimental Television Center: A History, Etc . . . is the first academic survey of the Center’s prolific, yet under recognized role in the evolution of video art. Through works of art, ephemera, and video processing tools, this exhibition maps the ETC’s influence within the larger narrative of the history of video into the digital and internet age. From 1971 to 2011, over 1,500 artists participated in the ETC residency program, which functioned as a site for exploration, education, and practice for media artists. This exhibition spans works from the 1960s through the 2000s and also includes a collection of original analog instruments designed by artists/technologists, as well as two interactive installations featuring contemporary tools designed by Dave Jones, a long-time collaborator with ETC, and by Jason and Debora Bernagozzi, founders of the new media organization Signal Culture in Owego, New York.
The exhibition is organized by: Sarah Watson, Chief Curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries, Timothy Murray, Curator of the Rose Golden Archive of New Media Art, and Sherry Miller Hocking, Assistant Director of the Experimental Television Center.
Opening Night Celebration: Congo in Harlem
Co-presented by the New York Film/Video Council
Palavers of Mboloko
Roger Jamar, DR Congo, 1952-1953, 28 min
(French w/ English subtitles)
The Palavers of Mboloko is a series of seven short 16mm color “animated cartoons for Africans” produced in the Belgian Congo by the priest Father Roger Jamar during the 1950s. They have been called the first ‘African’ films, despite being made by Europeans, because they incorporated elements of African folklore and music. Recently restored from the original 16mm prints, 2 films from this series – Ekolo and Bokasi – will be screened.
Roger Jamar and the Palavers of Mboloko
Jean-Michel Kibushi, DR Congo, 2015, 21 min
(French w/ English subtitles)
A short film about Roger Jamar, the pioneer of African animated film, made by renowned Congolese animator Jean-Michel Kibushi who also oversaw the restoration of Jamar’s original 16mm prints.
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Jean-Michel Kibushi + Opening Night Celebration with Congolese food and live music from Isaac Katalay.
Isaac Katalay, born in Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo, and now living in New York City, represents the blending of two worlds. For the past two decades, Isaac has worked as an ensemble musician, choreographer, dancer, and speaker. His style is a distinctive blend of contemporary and traditional Congolese dance moves and aesthetics, which he calls "contempt". Isaac is also founder of the Life Long Project and co-founder of the Karibu movement, both of which promote Congolese music and culture in the U.S.
This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Maysles Documentary Center, 343 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027