|NYWIFT Screening Series: Living in the Aftermath of 9/11
This screening series celebrates the work of NYWIFT members who are emerging female filmmakers. Films that are included in the series must be directed, co-directed, produced, written, edited or shot by women. Whenever possible, the filmmakers are present for discussion and socializing after their works are presented. The screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue @ 2nd St.
There will be a Q&A following the screening, and an after-party to follow, with Cash Bar and complimentary food @: Dempsey's Pub, 61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets.
This month, the NYWIFT Screening Series commemorates 9/11 with three short films that take a hard look at the aftermath of the tragedy.
directed by Donna Turner
It’s New York City one year after September 11th. People go about their daily business feeling the emptiness of something missing.
Donna Turner, director, is an actor, writer and filmmaker with a passion for arts in education. Over the past 20 years, she has used her work to explore such social issues as bullying, drug abuse and teenage pregnancy. As a filmmaker, her interests lie in the fundamentals of film narrative without words. Turner is currently touring her one woman show Just A Little Discomfort, which can be viewed at Openfilm.com.
Vito After (pictured above)
directed by Maria Pusateri
Vito After http://www.vitoafter.com takes a vital look at the emotional impact of 9/11 and the emerging health crisis, by going beyond the headlines and focusing on one NYPD detective's personal struggle. Vito Friscia, the filmmaker's brother-in-law, is a dedicated homicide detective and devoted family man who selflessly helped others on September 11th, then spent months sifting through toxic rubble, hoping to bring closure to victims’ families. The film follows Friscia as he copes in the aftermath, with the support of loved ones and colleagues. Through this intimate portrait of an everyday hero, we find a powerful renewal of the human spirit and insight into the lives of thousands of responders who are paying an emotional and physical price for their bravery.
The award-winning documentary was recently selected to screen at the FD4W (Film Directing For Women) Film Festival in London, Sept 9-12. Vito After has been an official selection at numerous film festivals since 2005, including Rochester High Falls and Vermont International, receiving the Best Documentary Award at the Long Island Film Expo. FilmCritic.com has rated it four stars, calling it, "An intriguing and powerful documentary that uses one man's story to personalize the devastating aftermath from [9/11]." Vito After was chosen to be part of the 9/11 film collection in the library of the USS NEW YORK, the battleship forged with steel from the World Trade Center.
Maria Pusateri is the writer/director/producer/executive producer of Vito After. Maria has worked in various aspects of television and film production and publicity; and she has also performed as an actress. Pusateri’s passion and vision for filmmaking - exploration of people's intimate worlds through the social issues impacting their lives, was inspired by witnessing her brother-in-law’s emotional trauma and health issues, and wanting to bring greater awareness to the problems faced by 9/11 rescue and recovery workers.
Prior to creating her debut documentary, Vito After, Maria was an associate producer at Cablevision for MetroTV’s Unblinking Eye, where she earned several Omni and Communicator Awards, plus a New York Emmy nomination for Programming About the Arts. The nomination was for the Food For Thought play reading series, which featured Elaine Stritch, Judith Light and John Shea, among others. Pusateri created over 40 shows for Unblinking Eye, covering cultural arts events in and around New York City, from literary arts to music and film. Her work included producing and directing interviews, ranging from man-on-the street to celebrities, such as Harrison Ford, Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Pusateri also directed and produced lifestyle segments, shopping tips and film reviews for the channel. Maria’s film production credits include wearing many hats on the sets of the short Kung Fu Granny, and Split Ends, a feature film directed by Dorothy Lyman.
Ms. Pusateri is a programmer for NYWIFT's screening series and has served on their documentary committee. Maria is developing her next documentary project and works freelance in P/R and television production.
The Day After
directed by Jill Wisoff
On September 12, 2001, the filmmakers joined news crews on top of a building adjacent to Ground Zero where they met a group of people who were among the closest onlookers to the tragedy - passing rescue teams, those holding a candlelight vigil in Union Square, the matter-of-fact and the numb. Starkly different responses - perhaps coping mechanisms - are exhibited by the filmmakers and their subjects the day after the World Trade Center disaster.
Jill Wisoff, best known as composer/lyricist for Todd Solondz's Welcome To The Dollhouse and co-star of his first feature, Fear, Anxiety & Depression. Most recently, she directed, co-wrote and produced her first feature, Creating Karma. She’s acted and directed off Broadway and in musical summer stock; toured as bass player for the late Johnny Thunders; and continues to perform with bands. In addition to musical scoring, in recent years she’s written and doctored feature film scripts for various production companies.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported in part by grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York Council of the Arts and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation.
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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.
Last updated: Aug. 1, 2011