New Film Series Brings Filmmakers To RVA
A scene From Gen Silent.
The Modlin Center for the Performing Arts teams up with the Firehouse Theatre Project and James River Film Society for a new independent film series beginning this September. The series called On Screen/In Person highlights each film followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Tickets for all shows will be $5 for the general public and $3 for students and subscribers of Firehouse and Modlin Center. All screenings will be held at the Firehouse Theatre Project, 1609 W. Broad St. The series kicks off with LGBT aging documentary Gen Silent.
The full schedule below:
Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Stu Maddox, Director
Gen Silent is a documentary that puts a face on what experts call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers that many go back into the closet, isolating themselves from their community, friends, and life-long partners. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year. www.gensilent.com
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Amit Ashraf, Director
Shot in Bangladesh, Runaway tells the story of a rickshawalla named Babu who has made it his life’s mission to find runaway husbands/fathers and return them home. But Babu gets more than he bargained for when his big catch turns out to be a corrupt politician. It is a dark story that twists from present to past, city to village, good to evil. vimeo.com/16873071
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Dislecksia: The Movie
Harvey Hubbell V, Director
About one American in seven has some degree of dyslexia. It’s a condition that makes it hard to learn to read the same way other people do. In this comic documentary, dyslexic director Harvey Hubbell V presents the latest scientific knowledge about dyslexia and the experiences of dyslexics. The film gives dyslexics and their families hope as well as a crash course in how to keep smiling. www.dislecksiathemovie.com
Monday, February 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Richard Chisholm, Director
The documentary chronicles an ambitious effort to ‘green’ the public school diet serving 83,000 in Baltimore. Leading the charge to replace pre-plated, processed foods with locally-grown, freshly-prepared meals is New Orleans chef Tony Geraci, whose bold vision includes school vegetable gardens, student designed meals, meatless Mondays, and nutrition education in the classroom. www.cafeteriaman.com
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Abel Raises Cain
Jenny Abel, Director
Abel Raises Cain is an unprecedented glimpse into the life and bizarre career of Alan Abel, the notorious media prankster who has made a name for himself with hoaxes that are just ridiculous enough to be believable, especially to a media that feeds on salacious stories. In this loving portrait of an eccentric father, Alan’s daughter, Jenny, takes the audience on a roller coaster ride through many elaborate schemes, all of which were designed to provoke, amuse and make people question everything that they see, hear or read. www.abelraisescain.com
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
What We Need Is The Impossible!
A Program of Shorts by Sam Green
Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground) has been making award-winning short documentaries since the late 1990s. What We Need is the Impossible! gathers together for the first time an evening-length program of Green’s short films, a celebration of idealism and the search for meaning tied to the often-humorous realities of life. www.samgreen.to
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