UnionDocs Season Opens Sept 16, Brooklyn

The latest from UnionDocs – details on September/October events below. -Mia

Images of Asian Music and At Sea with Peter Hutton

Sunday, September 16 at 7:30pm

$9 suggested donation. 

Peter Hutton’s unforgettable films, typically shot and exhibited on 16mm, often portray landscapes and cityscapes from around the world. Here we present his sublime, At Sea, which overviews the life cycle of a container ship (recently awarded the top spot on Film Comment’s Best of the Decade: Avant-Garde list). Proceeding this we will screen Hutton’s Images of Asian Music, which recalls his time as a US Merchant Marine in Southeast Asia in the early 1970′s.

Running Stumbled: A benefit screening for John Maringouin

Saturday, September 22 at 7:30pm

Sliding scale donation $10-20

As the film community rallies in support of beloved documentary filmmaker, John Maringouin in his ongoing battle against lung cancer, we will screen Running Stumbled to benefit the director and support his recovery. In order to help raise funds for his surgery, all revenues from the box office will be given directly to the John Maringouin Surgery Fund (click the link to donate now before campaign officially ends September 4th). Maringouin cites his inspiration for Running Stumbled to films such as the Maysles brothers’ Grey Gardens, Bela Tarr’s Sátántangó and Harmony Korine’s Julien Donkey-Boy. It premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and shocked audiences at CineVegas.

Prologue with Raed Rafei

Sunday, September 30 at 7:30pm

$9 suggested donation.

The current furor over dramatic shifts that continue throughout the Middle East and North Africa often obscure the significant political protest and social actions that have set the stage for contemporary revolutionary fervor. Prologue is a film that offers audiences imagined yet intimate portraits of young activists in 1974. The film collapses time and offers testimony as an aesthetic project by giving young Lebanese activists a platform to tell the story of their forebears, and reveals a complex narrative of agitation, direct action and rebellion. The film toggles between past and present, imagined history and reality, to create a platform that engenders a dialogue with the past, an action that is often marked as taboo in the Lebanese context.

My Brooklyn with Kelly Anderson

Sunday, October 7 at 7:30pm

Suggested donation $9

 My Brooklyn follows director Kelly Anderson’s journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that – despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City – is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. As a hundred small businesses are replaced by high rise luxury housing and chain retail, Anderson uncovers the web of  corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly natural neighborhood change. The film’s ultimate question is increasingly relevant on a global scale: who has a right to live in cities and determine their future?

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Caitlin Dronen

322 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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