Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Doc Fest!

I know most of my 12 readers might be interested in The Museum of Television & Radio upcoming Television Documentary Festival so here is the dirt:

Opening Satellite SeminarTuesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m.The Passion of the Partisan: What Is the Future of the Political Documentary?

New York PremiereWednesday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman

PremiereThursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.FDR: A Presidency Revealed

New York PremiereFriday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story

A Workshop Cosponsored by the International Documentary Association (IDA)Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m.The Art of the Documentary Pitch: How to Turn an Idea into a Reality

Festival CenterpieceSaturday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. An Evening with Taylor Hackford and a Screening of Bukowski

New York PremiereMonday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Red Hook Justice

Wednesday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. DOCU-JAM: A Youth Documentary Showcase
In Association with Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) New York

PremiereWednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Pucker Up: The Fine Art of Whistling

PremiereThursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust

Documentary Dialogue 2005 New York PremiereFriday, April 22 At 6:00 p.m. Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea

Personally here is my intrest ranked in order, let me know if anyone wants to join me:

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea In a harsh desert valley in a forgotten corner of California lies a glimmering blue jewel, the Salton Sea. Along its desolate shores stand boarded-up motels, half-flooded vacation homes, and miles of sunbaked dead fish. Plagues & Pleasures blends the economic, political, and environmental issues affecting the sea with an offbeat portrait of the eccentric people who populate its shores. It is an epic tale of fantastic real estate ventures and failed boomtowns, inner-city residents fleeing to white small-town America, eternal optimism thriving among the remains of what was once hailed as the "Riviera of the West," and the subjective notion of success and failure amid the landscape of the American Dream. (2005; 65 minutes)

Red Hook Justice Documentarian Meema Spadola explores the bold new approach to judicial reform that is taking place in an experimental criminal court in a Brooklyn neighborhood plagued by an endless cycle of unemployment, poverty, and crime. Since opening its doors in 2000, the Red Hook Community Justice Center has sought to give misdemeanor offenders a second chance through drug treatment programs, job training, and community serviceā€”a radical alternative to imprisonment that has been hailed by the U.S. Department of Justice as "a standard bearer for the entire country." In tracing the ups and downs of several Red Hook defendants and staffers over the course of two years, the film shows the genesis of what may become a revolutionary new approach to dealing with crime in America. (2005; 57 minutes)
Produced and directed by Meema Spadola. A First Run/Icarus Films presentation of a Sugar Pictures production.

DOCU-JAM: A Youth Documentary Showcase Across the country young people are documenting their lives and interests with video cameras. This year's Festival spotlights seven documentary shorts that explore identity, stereotypes, addiction, sex, cultural heritage, activism, and family. After the screenings, the youth producers will discuss the impact that making documentaries has had on their lives and future plans.

An Evening with Taylor Hackford and a Screening of Bukowski: Self Explanatory......