The best of independent film-making from around New York City - come meet the filmmakers:
January 3 at 6pm: Aaron Lehmann will present his film House of Women (79 min.), a film about a young man who returns home to try and redeem himself with his family.
Mr. Lehmann is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York City, earning a BFA in film production and screenwriting. He has been a member of the Playwrights and Directors Unit of The Actors Studio since 2004.
January 10 at 6pm: Bruce Gunderson will present his film Tabaung (39 min.), a film about his trip in 2004 to Burma in search of dance, temple festivals and transvestite spirit mediums. He found them.
January 17: the library is closed for Martin Luther King Day.
January 24 at 6pm: Billy Sternberg will present two documentary films revolving around the disappearance of Judge Joseph Crater in 1930 – one of the most famous unresolved missing person’s cases in New York history. After stepping in a cab with $5000 the Judge was never seen again. The two films, A Tale of Two Governors (8 min.)and The Case of An Overlooked Letter (24 min.), both explore different aspects of the mysterious case.
January 31 at 6pm: Kryssa Schemmerling will present her film Our Hawaii (58 min.), a documentary that explores the vibrant surfing scene forged in one of the most unlikely places: Rockaway Beach, Queens, during the 1960s and '70s. A group of Rockaway natives attempted to recreate the mythologized California surfing lifestyle in a ruined, crime-ridden, urban environment.
February 7 at 6pm: In partnership with the Third Annual Reelabilities : NY Disabilities Film Festival we are proud to present The Last American Freak Show (2008, 80 min.), a British documentary directed by Richard Butchins following a motley crew of performers with disabilities, turning the American Freak Show on its head, as they travel the U.S. exposing bigotry, bucking expectations, and challenging perceptions at every step. Lawrence Carter Long, Executive Director of Disabilities Network of NYC, will host a Q and A after the film.
February 14 at 6pm: Ken Kimmelman presents several short films: The Heart Knows Better (1 min.), Brushstrokes (6 min.), What Does a Person Deserve? (2 min.), Thomas Comma (24 min.), Hello, Cello (30 min.), Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana (15 min.)
Mr. Kimmelman is an award-winning filmmaker and recipient of the 1995 Emmy Award for his anti-prejudice public service film The Heart Knows Better which aired nationally on CNN and Bravo.