NYC. Caught some shorts on the final day (of in-person screenings) at the NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival. Bandar Albuliwi's Sacrifice is remarkable. Bandar and I go back to a film called Peace After Marriage, starring Hiam Abbass — where he gave me one of my first onscreen opportunites. Make sure to catch Sacrifice next week, as the films will be screening online. His films are risky, and moving. Also check out our tribute to the late filmmaker, Lanie Zipoy. We will be showcasing some of her dabblings, her experimental shorts... Lanie is best known for her feature, The Subject, starring Jason Biggs and Aunjanue Ellis; but, what many don't always realize is artists like Lanie experiment with many different forms and ideas before arriving at a fully realized film, like The Subject. We hope you enjoy these beautiful shorts. All proceeds from this screening will go to benefit the PEN America Prison Writing Program.
NYC. Theater might be in deep doodoo, but these gems keep showing up (I'm sure there's a raunchy pun in there somewhere). Grateful to the NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival (Marc Weitz and Allyson Morgan) and the New Ohio Theatre (Robert Lyons) for the opportunity to share our work. I hope this isn't truly the last year for the fest. Donate to small theaters, and small arts orgs! They need your dollars now. And this festival is a great combo of the known and less well-known, and we need spaces that continue to fight for the underbelly of it all...