Date/Time: 27/08/2004 12:00 am
My short “Disappeared: A Patriot Story” is screening as part of this anti-RNC event on Friday. Hope you can make it.
Friday, August 27, 2004
8:30 – Political hip-hop punk by No Surrender
9:00 – Short films for the new democracy in the Lower East Side.
In courtyard of the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center 107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Stanton, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Dress warmly (it’s cooler when you’re sitting still).
In the event of rain, bring an umbrella.
Maybe one film festival can’t change the world, but on the last Friday before the Republican National Convention, Rooftop Films is going to try, showing new short films by filmmakers who don’t want four more years of disgraceful leadership and can’t stand to be represented by an administration that only dissembles and destroys. These filmmakers don’t just wear their partisan hearts on their sleeves—they throw those very hearts at the screen.
The Real Face of Occupation (Deep Dish Television, 30:00)
Everyone in the world gets to see what America does in Iraq, except for Americans. Deep Dish Television and their collaborators don’t believe that this should be so, so they went out and shot videos in the heart of the occupation, following the troops on housing raids, visiting the tattered offices of independent newspapers, and listening to the concerns of citizens that have to walk through sewage overflow every day just to get down the street.
No Escape, Prison Rape (Gabriel London, 7:00)
A terrifying and tragic documentary about a shy, lonely teenager who was sent to prison in George Bush’s Texas on the misdemeanor charge of burning a garbage can. He was brutalized by other inmates, but when he goes to the warden for help he is told that he “needs to grow up.” If George Bush wants to take credit for his record as a governor he might want to apologize to the boy’s aggrieved parents as well.
FTAA: Info War (New York Independent Media Center, 12:00)
You would think that if there were lots of footage of the Miami police department attacking protestors at the 2003 meeting of the Free Trade Area of the Americas that the mainstream media would think it was at least worth looking at. And you would expect that the press would be intrigued if homeless men testified on video that Miami police had told encouraged them to attack activists and steal their cameras. But you’d be wrong.
Dance of Death (Mark Reed, 24:00)
George W. doesn’t like to be in the same place with relatives of soldiers stationed or killed in Iraq, effectively keeping their opinions from creeping into the national debate. Mark Reed decided he didn’t have a problem being seen with them.
G.I. Joe PSAs (Eric Fensler)
Eric Fensler re-edits and overdubs some all too American 80s cartoons, twisting and flipping the advice handed out by the boys and girls in uniform.
The things they allow on tv these days (Neil Ira Needlemn, 4:00)
A quick flip through a night of television that is not quite completely dominated by the words of old Dubya.
30 Seconds of Hate (Bryan Boyce, 0:30)
Henry Kissinger finally loosens up and lets us know what he really thinks of us.
Suckers (Bryan Boyce, 0:30)
Many on the political left feel that Dubya does nothing but dissemble, but Bryan Boyce has caught him telling the truth at least once.
Disappeared: A Patriot Story (Naeem Mohaiemen, 14:00)
INS Case X is a Pakistani dentist living in New York. In the post 9/11 crackdown, the Attorney General’s office and the Department of Homeland Security arrested 5,000 Muslim men in a nationwide crackdown. To date, only one man has been successfully charged with criminal action. Case X was one of the many who were arrested and sent to a maximum-security prison, cut off from family and legal support Ð a “ghost prisoner” lost to the outside world.
Getting Through to the President (Sarah and Emily Kunstler, 9:00)
For three days, at one Greenwich Village payphone, hundreds of New Yorkers tried to get through to the President. From May 5th trough the 8th The Documentary Campaign commandeered a payphone in Washington Square Park to record telephone calls made to the White House. With both humor and sincerity, New Yorkers fed quarters into a payphone and braved busy signals and excessive hold times to get their voices heard on topics such as the environment, healthcare, gay marriage, the war in Iraq, and much more.
Republican Thugs (Matt Lenski, 1:00)
Shit’s Perfect. Mission accomplished.
No Surrender is a four man unit deeply rooted in the New York avant-garde hip-hop scene that gave birth to such artists as Mike Ladd, Beans, Sonic Sum and AntiPopConsortium. Fusing hip-hop with psychedelica, spoken-word and a unique sense of political awareness and spirituality, the crew has created a blend that has been labeled “your new favorite shit” by hipster Bible VICE Magazine. Their 2003 album White Power Black Magic was greeted with critical acclaim, and frontman Seraphim won additional kudos for his role as Ivy League of The Majesticons (Ninja Tune/Big Dada) and his work on Fred One’s Phobia of Doors (Raptivism) released in the U.S. this fall.