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The Great Magician
The Great Magician
NYWIFT and Brooklyn International Film Festival

The International Committee of New York Women in Film & Television and the Brooklyn International Film Festival invite you to celebrate a slate of exciting and magical short films. After the screenings, join us to meet and greet the filmmakers at Sweet Melissa Patissrie Bakery and Cafe.  

The tenth edition of the BIFF runs June 1-10, 2007. The mission of this international, competitive festival is to discover, expose, and promote independent filmmakers, while drawing worldwide attention to the borough of Brooklyn.

AIRPLANES by Jen Heck, 10 min.
Two teenage girls secretly hook up one day at a traveling carnival. Their encounter is brief and, like an airplane bound by gravity, doomed to return to earth.

Jen Heck has worked as an editor, director, writer and producer. Her films have been featured at the Whitney Biennial and the Museum of Modern Art, and at such festivals as Frameline, Sundance, Sao Paulo, Hamptons and Palm Springs. Airplanes is the winner of the 2007 PlanetOut Short Movie Award. Jen is currently a student in Columbia University's Graduate Film Program.

HAPPINESS by Sophie Barthes, 11 min.
What if happiness was for sale? One evening after work, Iwona buys a box of happiness in a strange discount store and has to decide what to do with it. A straight-faced comedy starring Polish-American screen legend Elzbieta Czyzewska, shot in Boston and New York City.

Sophie Barthes was born in France, and grew up in the Middle East and South America. In 2000, she moved to New York to attend Columbia University Graduate School of International & Public Affairs. She recently completed her residency at the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony and was admitted to the 2007 Sundance Screenwriters Lab with the feature screenplay Cold Souls.

SPECKY by Anne-Claire Pilley, 22 min.
A humorous short documentary about how short-sighted people survived the Stone Age.

Anne-Claire Pilley was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1977, and became short sighted at the age of 13. After studying Politics at Leeds and London Universities, she worked as a researcher and assistant producer in factual television in the UK. Her glasses have proved invaluable throughout her career.

A MOMENT by Valeria Ruiz, 5 min.
When Julia experiences loneliness, she finds a way to process her pain.

Valeria Ruiz worked as a scriptwriter and freelance director of fictional shorts, television and documentaries in Peru. She was sponsored by the UN Volunteers Odyssey to shoot footage in Thailand, Nepal, Spain, Brazil, USA, Tanzania and Lebanon. After attending the National Film and Television School in the UK, Valeria moved to NY.

QUAMER-WORKING FOR A LIVING by Preeya Nair, 23 min.
Quamer is an 11 year-old girl who makes bangles in order to earn enough money to live. She narrates her own life story and her dream.

Preeya Nair was born in the UK, but grew up in South India. She studied painting and filmmaking in the UK, and ran her own production company, Flying Elephant Films, with her husband, feature director Murali Nair. She returned to India after spending 23 years in the UK.

VAGEV VOLUR-THE GREAT MAGICIAN by Elisabet Gustafsson, 14 min.  
An absurd, tragi-comic fairytale about the life of a poor and unknown magician. Nobody suspected him of being a fantastic magician, maybe not even himself!

Elisabet Gustafsson, has a degree in literature from Stockholm University. She has directed theater in Lund and Stockholm, and founded E2 film in France and EG film in Stockholm. She produces, edits and directs corporate films and music videos, and also writes scripts.

Produced by Paula Heredia, Claudia Tomassini and Tanja Meding.

Special thanks to Cara Cusumano, Susan Mackell, Marco Ursino and Mario Pegoraro of BIFF and Michael at SWEET MELSSA Bakery and Cafe, Cobble Hill

Thursday, June 7, 2007
7:00 p.m. Screening followed by Q&A
8:30 p.m. Reception at Sweet Melissa Patisserie Bakery & Cafe

Cobble Hill Cinemas
265 Court Street at Butler Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 596-4995
Subway: F, G to Bergen Street

Sweet Melissa
276 Court Street
Across the street from Cobble Hill Cinemas
$6 for NYWIFT members, $10 for Nonmembers
RSVP by prepayment or www.nywift.org

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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