Join us for this month's NYWIFT Member Screening Series featuring short films reflecting upon the cycle of life. Featured filmmakers areJeanne Applegate (Jitterbug), Wendy Sax (Ask Alice), Diane D. Orr (Sea Squirts, A Cautionary Tale About Oysters in New York Harbor), Ann Deborah Levy (Rain Painting), Colleen Baird (Yesterday's Forecast), and Sarah Kim (Anatomy of Fall). The filmmakers will be available for a Q&A immediately following the screening. Zev (Mackenzie Engeldrum) and Jessie (Claire Hopkins) have traveled with Zev's mother (Bettina Skye) to Southampton for a weekend away from their stuffy apartment, the summer heat and the memories of a recent family tragedy. The girls express their frustration with the situation and their disdain for each other through intense physicality. Hand clapping games, card games and the structure of ballroom dance shape their interactions. These structures begin to erode as their fierce competition results in escalating violence.
The series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, followed by networking at a nearby bar.
Jeanne Applegate (Writer/Director/Editor)
2013, 4:44 min, video
Jeanne Applegate is a director, writer and film editor who recently moved to New York to join the independent film world after working as an assistant film editor at Pixar for nearly eight years. Applegate works as a freelance film editor, having worked on Sebastian Silva’s Nasty Baby starring Kristen Wiig. She is an editor on the feature-length documentary How Little Big about local artist and Greenpoint fixture Irving Feller. She is also editing a short film she shot in and around the Centre Pompidou on a recent trip to Paris. Using the offbeat illustrations of the illustrator Yusuke Okada. Jitterbug is her first short film. When a stressed-out woman must convince her change-resistant 88-year-old aunt to move, all of her efforts fail until she receives help from an unexpected source.
Wendy Sax (Writer/Producer/Actress)
2014,10:00 min, video
Wendy Sax began in film as an assistant at ICM, becoming a Creative Executive for Christopher Reeve at Warner Bros, Jane Alexander at Viacom, John Badham and Rob Cohen at Universal Pictures, and in NYC worked for Barbara de Fina and Martin Scorsese, on The Age of Innocence, Casino and Kundun. From there she became VP of Production and Development at Rigas Entertainment, co-producing Sundance Award-winner, Songcatcher, (Lions Gate). This followed with a 5-year tenure as Artistic Director at IFP/Independent Film Week discovering new films, including Born into Brothels, Frozen River and Mad Hot Ballroom, among others. She recently developed and associate produced international award-winning documentary, Particle Fever. Ask Alice is Wendy's debut as a writer/actress/producer.
Landscapes are viewed from a car as the changing patterns of rain striking the glass “paint” what is beyond in a variety of textures and moods. Three realities are represented: the landscape viewed through the window, rain texturing the window surface, and the space inside of the car. Each of the first two becomes visible depending on where the camera is focused, the third becomes present when parts of the vehicle, the mirrors and wipers, are revealed and when the rain quiets and sounds made inside are heard.
Sea Squirts, A Cautionary Tale About Oysters in New York Harbor
Diane D. Orr (Writer/Producer/Director/Camera)
2013,16:39 min, video
A short documentary of the summer RESTORE Camp held on Governor’s Island in New York City introducing eighth graders to the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), the curriculum of the NY Harbor School, a NYC public high school, and their transformation into future stewards of our environment!
Diane Orr has varied experience in the creative fields. As a volunteer and drama instructor with the NY Harbor High School she has cooperated with the New York Harbor Foundation and the RESTORE Billion Oyster Project for 2 years. In 2013 she exhibited her still photography work in Clarksdale, Mississippi featuring the life of State Senator Malcom Mabry. Orr was part of the audience education team behind one of the first interactive televised programs created by HBO Tin Tin Interactive (1991).In the 1980's she was the script coordinator and researcher for the television series The Equalizer featuring the late Edward Woodward and Kojak, the feature film (1990). A former instructor at the Art Institute of New York for 12 years, she currently serves on the faculty of Fordham University, Rose Hill campus. Sea Squirts is Orr's first documentary.
Ann Deborah Levy (Director/Cinematographer/Editor)
2014, 6:02 min, video
Ann Deborah Levy's visually arresting, award-winning films and videos have screened in festivals and alternative screening venues across the country and abroad. She came to filmmaking via painting and photography and has also collaborated with downtown New York City experimental theater groups as a performer and scenic designer. She has been a recipient of both Yaddo and MacDowell fellowships. Rain Painting, On the Train to Kutná Hora…and Back, and Spectator(s), all digital videos, are her latest works. She is continuing her exploration of landscape in new works in-progress and is also working on a video about loss.
Colleen Baird (Writer/Director)
2014, 16:16 min, video
Yesterday’s Forecast tells the story of Tanner Raminsky (Paul Lehrman), a 22-year-old college graduate who returns to his childhood home following his graduation from college and learns of the passing of his childhood dog.
Colleen Baird is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She has directed, produced, and edited three documentary short films prior to Yesterday’s Forecast. She has worked as a project videographer for the Montclair Film Festival and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Her feature script Aperture was a Quarter Finalist at the Austin Film Festival Dramatic Screenplay Competition. Yesterday’s Forecast is her first narrative short film.
Anatomy of Fall
Sarah Kim (Director)
2013, 6:30 min, video
A meditation on aging; the breath is traced through the movement of the seasons and observed through a day with Anni Bergman, a still practicing and distinguished 94 year old psychotherapist as she reflects on her childhood memories. In this personal portraiture of Anni, she shares her memories and values at her age as she struggles with her own short-term memory loss in daily life through this experiential passage of time.
Sarah Kim is a writer/director/editor. Born on the oceanside harbors of Busan, South Korea and raised in Los Angeles, she lives in NY and enjoys making films with nature, children, the elderly and themes of death, though not in that order. She received her B.A. for Directing from the UCLA School of Film, TV & Theater and M.F.A. for Media Arts Production in New York. She is always interested in watching good films, which naturally lead her to work with film festivals. She has previously worked as a screener in the programming committee for AFI (American Film Institute) film festival, Sundance NHK award and Sundancedocumentary fund, program coordinator for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and more recently in the programming committee for Korean American Film Festival New York.