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In Honor of George Stoney Screening

In Honor of George Stoney
Monday August 21, 2017, 6pm.  
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
111 Amsterdam Ave (between 64th and 65th St.)
Third Floor Screening Room

On Monday, August 21, the New York Film/Video Council celebrates the life and career of the legendary George Stoney with a special screening.  Programmed by David Callahan of the New York Public Library and projected from rare 16mm prints, the program combines one of George’s hidden gems, How to Look at a City (1964) with the inspiring Hobie’s Heroes (1980) by Steven Montgomery, who was influenced by George’s eye-opening documentary class at NYU.

How to Look at a City
Produced and directed by George C. Stoney; narrator, Eugene Raskin
29 min., 1964
Part of the Series "Metropolis: Creator or Destroyer?"

Eugene Raskin—the writer, musician, and professor— paints a word portrait of New York, as seen by lovers, adventurers, and the star-struck, against a background of jazz. He contrasts old neighborhoods with the bustle of the business world and discusses three fundamental standards used by architects and planners to judge the quality of a neighborhood - human scale, density, and variety.

Hobie's Heroes
Produced and directed by Steven Montgomery
29 min., 1980

Portrays a group of young divers striving to overcome their fears and achieve success under American coach Hobie Billingsley, who produced six Olympic medalists, and is considered one of the most significant figures in the history of diving.

Hobie’s Heroes was part of George’s personal 16mm film collection and he screened it often for audiences of young people.

About George:
In addition to his career as a legendary filmmaker and beloved film professor, George Stoney (1916-2012) was a cherished NYFVC past President and board member who, among many other achievements, played a key role in democratizing the media with the creation of public access television.  George never failed to inspire 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. 

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Eli Noyes screens rare, early work!

Pioneering animator and filmmaker Eli Noyes returns to the East Coast and shares some of his rare early work for a special evening with the NYFVC!

When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7pm.
Where: 136 W. 21st St. (SVA Soc Doc Building, between 6th and 7th Ave, Ground Floor Screening Room)
**N.B.-- This is a different building than originally listed; it is directly across the street from the building previously listed.**

From the legendary Sand Alphabet on Sesame Street to his Oscar-nominated short film Clay, Eli's groundbreaking animations have inspired generations of filmmakers and audiences alike.   Eli was a NYFVC board member in the early 1970's and it's an honor to welcome him back to the city to screen and discuss his work.    Afterwards, join us for drinks and food at a nearby pub.

Food/Drink Tickets for NYFVC Members


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New Kodak Motion Picture Lab Tour!

Attn: Celluloid lovers.  Not an April Fool's–– film is back in the Big Apple!  When New York's last full service motion picture lab closed several years ago, many feared it might mark the death of traditional celluloid in the city.  But some exciting news for film lovers–– this spring, Kodak will open a new motion picture lab of their own in Long Island City.

On Saturday, April 1st, NYFVC members will get the first special behind-the-scenes tour of this brand-new facility as it is being built.

Whether you are cinematographer, a producer interested in shooting on film, a preservationist, an archivist, or simply a film fan interested in how the lab process works, this pre-opening tour is an exciting opportunity to meet the Kodak team and see how the celluloid magic happens.

Guiding the tour will be Anthony Landano, the Lab Manager, and his team at the new facility.

  • When:  Saturday, April 1, 2017, 11am
  • Where: 37-18 Northern Boulevard, LIC ( R, M train to 36th Street, 1 block away).  Meet in the building lobby.

After the tour, we will gather at Coffeed (same address) for food and to continue the conversation.

Members Free 
Non-members $5 (payable here or at tour, can be put towards a full membership,)
RSVP here

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NYFVC Anniversary Brunch!

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:

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NYFVC presents: In Honor of George Stoney
6:00pm 6:00pm

NYFVC presents: In Honor of George Stoney

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.

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BAM'S Fabulous Flicks: 100 Years of Brooklyn Film Culture
7:00pm 7:00pm

BAM'S Fabulous Flicks: 100 Years of Brooklyn Film Culture

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!

FREE for NYFVC members (with reservation)
$10 for non-NYFVC members
Limited space available
Reserve your tickets through Eventbrite 

Go to Eventbrite to join NYFVC today for only $40 ($20/students)

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

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Everything is Cinema: Immersion and Creating Community
7:00pm 7:00pm

Everything is Cinema: Immersion and Creating Community

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
BBQ Films

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


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Annual NYFVC Student Mixer
6:30pm 6:30pm

Annual NYFVC Student Mixer

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.

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Here Come the Videofreex
8:00pm 8:00pm

Here Come the Videofreex

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

Non members: Join today for just $40! ($20 students)

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Historic Tour of the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights
4:00pm 4:00pm

Historic Tour of the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights

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!



NYFVC members: Free!
Non members: $10


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2:30pm 2:30pm

Experimental Television Center (ETC) at the Hunter College Art Galleries

Image: Documentation of analog control boxes by Richard Brewster, 1980. Image courtesy of Experimental Television Center and the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University

Image: Documentation of analog control boxes by Richard Brewster, 1980. Image courtesy of Experimental Television Center and the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University

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

Hunter College Art Galleries Presents:
The Experimental Television Center: A History, ETC . . .


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.


NYFVC members: Free!

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For only $40 ($20 for students)
You’ll have free access to our monthly programs, including this one, for a full year.

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7:00pm 7:00pm

The Palavers of Mboloko: Ekolo (The Basket) & Bokasi (Strength)

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

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