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Boulevard Film Festival - BEING: Documentary Shorts

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Thalia Spanish Theatre

41-17 Greenpoint Avenue

Queens, NY 11104

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Boulevard Film Festival and Thalia Spanish Theatre present BEING, an evening of documentary shorts from local filmmakers.


Friday, June 28, 2019 - 7pm at Thalia Spanish Theater
Run time: 65 mins + Q&A with filmmakers


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BREAK THE CAMERA
Directed by Jenna Sofia. (Queens).
5 mins, 11 seconds.

BREAK THE CAMERA is a short poetic documentary that stars WWII Army vet and beloved family man Salvatore Pantozzi, who, his granddaughter discovers, lived a whole, full life before she existed. The film spotlights a man more comfortable on the sidelines than in the limelight. It stitches past and present together and the result is a bittersweet love note from granddaughter to grandfather, narrated by him.

meridians
Directed by Lynn Kim. (Queens).
9 mins, 1 second.
Negotiations of space, surface, and subject with bodies, boundaries, and borders. Can we get closer?

Lauren Greenfield: How Capitalism Exploits Insecurities
Directed by Lena Greene, Written by Lauren Greenfield. (Manhattan).
3 mins.
The filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield, best known for the documentaries Generation Wealth (2018) and The Queen of Versailles (2012), has been poking at the ugly underbelly of consumerism for more than 25 years. Through her unsparing lens, the latest incarnation of the American dream has been revealed in all its blingy, exploitative glory, particularly when it comes to its toll on women and girls. In an interview with Topic recorded in late November of 2018, Greenfield talks about the major themes running through her work, and what she calls “the ultimate cost, and degradation, of capitalism.”

Mystic Lotus
Directed by Dr. Vertna Bradley & Michelle R. Britto, LMSW. (Queens).
​12 mins, 12 seconds.

Mystic Lotus is a journey into the mind of a mother who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. After giving birth to a daughter, she finds herself catapulted back in time to feelings and images as she is consumed by the fear of her daughter becoming another statistic. Through the use of colorful visual imageries, the mother depicts her inner turmoil as she watches her daughter grow with the hopes that she will eventually evolve as: empowered, spiritually protected, and grounded. The film was shot on location in Marrakech, Casablanca, Madrid, Paris, Marseille, Nice, Cannes, and Niagara Falls, Ontario.

For a Better Life
Directed by Yasmin Mistry. (Brooklyn).
9 mins, 32 seconds.

Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

​Assigned Sex
Directed by Shaun Dawson. (Manhattan).
30 mins, 28 seconds.
Shaun Dawson explores gender and sexuality through the lens of Angel, a 23- year old preacher’s kid assigned male at birth. Religion and hyper-masculinity continue to be a powerful influence on how genderqueer people are treated in the Black community. The 30 minute documentary presents uncomfortable perspectives from both trans and cisgender people of color with the hopes of starting a necessary conversation to reduce stigma, eliminate bias and increase inclusion.


*Promotional image from meridians (Lynn Kim)

*Some films feature mature content not suitable for children

*We are supported by non-profit organizations. All proceeds go towards festival operations and filmmaker awards.

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