As part of After School Special: The 2016 School of Visual Arts Alumni Film & Animation Festival, we are pleased to present a special free screening of the documentary TransFatty Lives (2015), followed by a Q&A with director and subject Patrick O'Brien (BFA 1996 Film and Video) and his collaborator Timothy Saccenti (1995 Photography). Preceded by the short films From Light to Dark and A Life in Words and Letters by Benita Raphan (BFA 1984 Media Arts) and The Little Violinist by Yang Wang (MPS 2013 Live Action Short Film). The Q&A will be moderated by current SVA student Miwa Sakulrat (BFA 2017 Film).
Synopsis: At 30, Patrick O'Brien was TransFatty: a New York City DJ, internet personality, and filmmaker. Then, he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Given 2-5 years to live, Patrick braves the unthinkable and turns his camera onto himself. Forcefully lacking self-pity, he captures the emotion, humor, and absurdity of real life as he makes art, gets political, falls in love, and fathers a son.
TransFatty Lives is not rated by the MPAA, and some material may be inappropriate for children under the age of 13. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.
.... And come early to enjoy virtual reality and music video experiences in the lobby!
All After School Special festival screenings are free and open to the public. General Admission RSVPs via Eventbrite are appreciated, but not necessary, and do not guarantee admittance. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes prior to each screening.
A limited amount of free popcorn and water will be offered at all screenings. Otherwise, concessions are not available for purchase at SVA Theatre. Guests are welcome to bring food and drink. Glass bottles and alcohol are not permitted.
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