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Treasures of New York: The Flatiron Building

Please join us for a screening of Treasures of New York:  The Flatiron Building, produced and edited by NYWIFT member, Stefanie Dworkin.


The TV documentary, about the beautiful and architecturally significant Flatiron Building, is hosted by Mare Winningham and is based on Alice Sparberg Alexiou’s book, The Flatiron:  The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City that Arose with It.  Through fascinating stories, imagery and music, the film sheds light on one of New York City’s oldest and most iconic skyscrapers, offering insight as to why it has intrigued millions from around the world since the days of its construction over 110 years ago.


This slice of New York and skyscraper history was executive produced by veteran documentary filmmaker, Charles Hobson, for New York public television stations, WNET 13 and WLIW 21.


The film will be preceded by the 10-minute short film, Equality, I Am Woman, also edited by Stefanie Dworkin and produced by Al Sutton, brother of NYWIFT member, Barbara Masry.  Equality, I Am Woman, weaves together 16mm footage Sutton shot at the pivotal Women’s Strike for Equality March on August 26th, 1970 along with Betty Friedan’s call to action speech and contemporary comments by march participants, Gloria Steinem and Jacqui Ceballos.


Stefanie Dworkin is a Brooklyn based documentary filmmaker, editor and educator with projects ranging from historic documentaries and political satire music videos to TV promos, corporate videos, PSA’s and everything in between.  She is also an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Trainer, offering workshops and private trainings to both industry and non-industry professionals and has been an assistant adjunct professor at both Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Film School. Dworkin studied editing by auditing editing classes at the film school while working on her masters degree in the Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP) also at Tisch. Dworkin is an active member of NYWIFT and ASMP.

Charles Hobson heads Vanguard Documentaries, a production company known for its successful collaborations with PBS and the BBC, among others. Hobson’s most recent PBS co-production, “Treasures of New York: The Flatiron Building,” aired in April 2014 and commemorates the 110th anniversary of the world famous structure. His acclaimed four-decade career has included films such as "Harlem in Montmarte," (Arte, PBS), "Porgy and Bess: An American Voice" (PBS), "Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant" (FOX), "Jump Street: The History of Black Music” (PBS), "Negroes with Guns" (PBS) and "Like It Is.” (ABC-TV). Hobson’s awards include an Emmy, a Fulbright (Germany), The Japan Prize (Special Citation), CINE "Golden Eagle," and the Best Documentary Prize at the 2010 International Pan African Film Festival, 7th edition, in Cannes. He has taught at SUNY, NYU Tisch School for the Arts, Vassar, and lectured at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. In 2010, Hobson was Artist in Residence at Art Workshop International, in Assisi, Italy. He has recently expanded his scope of work to include film for corporations and non-profits, such as Verizon Wireless, New York University Medical Center, and Broadway Housing Communities. 

Alice Sparberg-Alexiou is the author of Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary and The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose With It. She is currently at work on a book about the Bowery. 

 

 

Pam Widener is a 20-year industry veteran and Emmy Award-nominated documentary producer whose credits include numerous documentaries, tv series, and feature films. She is the recipient of two CINE Golden Eagle Awards as well as a 2012 Emmy Award nomination for her work on the VH1 special, Planet Rock: The Story of Crack and the Hip Hop Generation. Widener began her career as a research assistant to veteran Hollywood screenwriter Barbara Turner (GEORGIA, POLLOCK, THE COMPANY). She went on to become Vice President of Development for Offline Entertainment Group, a New York-based independent film company, where she supervised creative development for Offline’s film and television divisions. A Greenwich Village native, Widener attended the United Nations International School, then graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in English, and did graduate work in creative writing at The New School. She is currently developing a feature film based on the life of Edgar Bergen, the 20th century's most famous ventriloquist, and his even more famous dummy Charlie McCarthy

 

 

Charles Hobson heads Vanguard Documentaries, a production company known for its successful collaborations with PBS and the BBC, among others. Hobson’s most recent PBS co-production, “Treasures of New York: The Flatiron Building,” aired in April 2014 and commemorates the 110th anniversary of the world famous structure. His acclaimed four-decade career has included films such as "Harlem in Montmarte," (Arte, PBS), "Porgy and Bess: An American Voice" (PBS), "Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant" (FOX), "Jump Street: The History of Black Music” (PBS), "Negroes with Guns" (PBS) and "Like It Is.” (ABC-TV). Hobson’s awards include an Emmy, a Fulbright (Germany), The Japan Prize (Special Citation), CINE "Golden Eagle," and the Best Documentary Prize at the 2010 International Pan African Film Festival, 7th edition, in Cannes. He has taught at SUNY, NYU Tisch School for the Arts, Vassar, and lectured at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. In 2010, Hobson was Artist in Residence at Art Workshop International, in Assisi, Italy. He has recently expanded his scope of work to include film for corporations and non-profits, such as Verizon Wireless, New York University Medical Center, and Broadway Housing Communities
Charles Hobson heads Vanguard Documentaries, a production company known for its successful collaborations with PBS and the BBC, among others. Hobson’s most recent PBS co-production, “Treasures of New York: The Flatiron Building,” aired in April 2014 and commemorates the 110th anniversary of the world famous structure. His acclaimed four-decade career has included films such as "Harlem in Montmarte," (Arte, PBS), "Porgy and Bess: An American Voice" (PBS), "Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant" (FOX), "Jump Street: The History of Black Music” (PBS), "Negroes with Guns" (PBS) and "Like It Is.” (ABC-TV). Hobson’s awards include an Emmy, a Fulbright (Germany), The Japan Prize (Special Citation), CINE "Golden Eagle," and the Best Documentary Prize at the 2010 International Pan African Film Festival, 7th edition, in Cannes. He has taught at SUNY, NYU Tisch School for the Arts, Vassar, and lectured at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. In 2010, Hobson was Artist in Residence at Art Workshop International, in Assisi, Italy. He has recently expanded his scope of work to include film for corporations and non-profits, such as Verizon Wireless, New York University Medical Center, and Broadway Housing Communities


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts