Upcoming at UnionDocs

The latest from UnionDocs for you NYC folks.

Future Events at UnionDocs:

Everything’s Personal: Documentaries and Narrative Shorts from the New School

Monday, May 14 at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

Independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi, best known for his autobiographical films, also teaches a personal documentary class at the New School in which students are asked to make a film every week on a given topic. “The Personal Documentary” showcases the work of his students. All of the films are approximately 3 minutes long, and all of them were made in 2012. This evening will also include Narrative shorts from the screen studies senior seminar eugene lang college of the New School.


The Future Well-Made: On the Conditions for a Personal Vision

Saturday, May 19th at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

A theoretical nuclear physicist, a media critic and a philosophy of religion professor reveal the mechanisms and the framing devices they use for envisioning the future. Paul Levinson, Agnes Mocsy and Michael Waltemathe in attendance for discussion. Moderated by Tom Klinkowstein.

Holocaust Reloaded: Israeli Artists Deconstruct Trauma,History and Commemoration

Sunday, May 20 at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

We will be screening four provocative, original and fascinating works commenting on the loaded history of artistic depictions of the Holocaust. Rona Yefman and Tamar Latzman in attendance for screening and discussion moderated by UnionDocs' Associate Programmer Neta Alexander.

Coming up next weekend: 

Between Perp Walk and Victory Dance: Thoughts on Sex, Money and color TV

Friday, May 11 at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

On May 14, 2011, Guinean Sofitel housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo accused the then president of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss Kahn of France, of forcibly and violently trying to have sex with her. Haig Aivazian will be revisiting the details of the so-called DSK saga as it unfolded in the media over the course of the past year. His findings will serve as a tool to advance alternate and underlying readings of the scandal and how it televises and visualizes the intersections of class, race, gender, sex, money, power and journalism.

Local News: Three Neighborhood Films by John Smith

Saturday, May 12th at 7:00pm. $9 suggested donation.

Between 1988 and 1996, John Smith made three quasi-documentary works that register the disastrous effects of the construction of the M11 Link Road on the filmmaker’s East London neighbourhood. While all three function to preserve the memory of this vanishing landscape, and implicitly participate in the large-scale protests that met the highway’s construction, Smith — one of England’s most consistently inventive avant-garde filmmakers — puts the material to various suggestive uses, crafting three very different formal investigations whose unfolding stimulates a profound reflection on memory, time, history, and the lived experience of the city.

Coming up this weekend:

Branded Documentary – Work and Play

Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm. $9 suggested donation.

We look where documentary, marketing, music, and interactive design can meet to produce the “bread and butter” to fuel your creative practice. There is a long history of documentarians creating for clients – we will examine this relationship and try to find that happy place between work and artistic practice. This panel will bring together Ari Kuschnir and Scott Thrift (m ss ng p eces), David Usui and Ben Wu (Lost & Found Films). Moderated by Tom Roston (PBS POV).

Scene: Brooklyn – A Master Class with Filmmaker Jem Cohen

Sunday, May 6th at 2pm. $20.

Filmmaker Jem Cohen will screen and discuss rarely seen films including Real Birds, the Patti Smith portrait, Long for the City, some of the Gravity Hill Newsreels (about Occupy Wall Street) and excerpts from recent projects including the multi-screen live show,We Have an Anchor, and his upcoming feature.

Kinetic Cinema: Screening and Discussion with Amy Ruhl

Monday, May 7th at 7:30. $9 suggested donation.

Filmmaker Amy Ruhl curates a provocative program of Kinetic Cinema that examines how the female body, under the unique technology of cinema, has been the primary source of spectacle since the beginnings of film. Amy Ruhl, Kerrie Welsh and Amy Greenfield in attendance for screening and discussion. Presented with Pentacle’s Movement Media

If you could help us spread the word about these events in any of your publications, we would really appreciate it. For more information about these events, please check out the links bellow. If you do end up publishing something about the events, please let us know!


Neta Alexander
Associate Programmer
322 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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