Presenting established & emerging regional filmmakers & media artists from New York State. Making Movies is curated by Michael Reiff, organized by the Schweinfurth Art Center, and presented at Auburn Public Theater Cinema, 8 Exchange St., Auburn, NY.
Sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the
Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Everett Charitable Trust.
Co-sponsored by Auburn Public Theater.
April 11, 7:30pm
BRANDONWOOD - 120 Minutes - Directed by John Fink
John J. Fink is a Buffalo, NY and Pompton Lakes, NJ based film and video artist. An MFA candidate and Adjunct Professor of Film History at SUNY University at Buffalo - Department of Media Study, Fink's work (including narrative and experimental film, video, instillation and scholarship) explores the connection between biography and geography. His work has been presented at festivals, galleries, conferences and events throughout the United States and Canada. "Brandonwoood" is a romantic thriller following four years in the life of a young couple - from the highs of new, young love to the lows of circumstances they cannot change on the periphery.
April 18, 7:30pm
HONORING HOME - 90 Minutes - Directed by Changhee Chun
Changhee Chun has completed collaborative productions on several feature films for major Korean production companies. In 1995, he signed on with Samsung Broadcasting Center as a director and producer. As a freelance film director Chun developed over thirty commercial films, music videos and documentaries. Chun has been recognized by numerous films festivals, has received numerous awards and has been aired nationally and internationally. Chun continues to develope principles of characteristic film art, principles that encompass challenges to filmmakers as they contribute art to the cinematic community. "Honoring Home" is a human documentary about Han Lin and his family who fled Burma in 1988, lived in the jungles at the Thai-Burma border and eventually came to Ithaca, NY as political refugees.
May 2, 7:30pm
SECOND-STORY MAN - 95 Minutes - Directed by Neal Dhand
Neal Dhand has been a shoe-salesman, a telemarketer, an investment banking intern, a dishwasher and a psychological study-participant among other things. More recently, Neal has been a writer, director and professor. His debut feature-film "Second-Story Man", permiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival and Cinequest 21. When not writing, directing and professing, Neal enjoys the Philadelphia Phillies, oatmeal stouts, Jorge Luis Borges, Leonard Cohen and Claude Chabrol. "Second-Story Man" is a film with a moral question at heart: is revenge ever justifiable? Protagonist Arthur Black's roles - as both avenger and single father - are completely at odds with one-another, and his goal to succeed at both ultimately leads him to a terrible choice.
May 9, 7:30pm
FORT DRUM: THE FIRST 100 YEARS - 90 Minutes - Directed by Matthew White and R. David White
"Fort Drum: The First 100 Years" is directed & produced by Matthew White and R. David White. This film marks their fourth documentary collaboration. In 2007, they released "Little Ditch: The Black River Canal." The 90-minute film was televised nationally on the Documentary Channel. It was also shown in selected movie theaters and on PBS stations throughout New York. Two of their other films, "Coming Home Alive" (2005) and "The Quest of Carmen D'Avino" (2000), were shown in the New York International Independent Film Festival. "Coming Alive" won Best Human Interest Documentary at the the festival. "Fort Drum: The First 100 Years" tells the story of how a dusty cavalry camp in the early 1900s evolved into a modern marvel of training and efficiency for soldiers of the United States Army.
May 16, 7:30pm
B.O.Y.D. - 93 Minutes - Directed by Matt Lorentz
Born and raised in Buffalo NY, Matt Lorentz has been making short films and music videos for years. A graduate of Canisius High School, he has won multiple awards at the 48 Hour Film Fest including best editing in 2007 for his work on "Final Cut" and best screenplay and overall film in 2010 for "48 Hours to Live," which competed against 80 other films from across the globe and finished in the top 16. Most recently, Lorentz won best Film at the 2012 Buffalo 48 Hours Film Fest for his film "Perdition." "B.O.Y.D." is his first produced feature. Four longtime friends meet on a day that begins like any other - drinks at the local watering hole before work. But two major events conspire to change their lives drasticaly - the uncovering of a group secret buried for five years, and the August 14, 2003 Northeastern blackout. What ensues is a coming-of-age story wrapped in a raucus comedy. As much a portrait of its specific place (Buffalo, NY) as it is of its time (the blackout of 2003), "B.O.Y.D." depicts the struggles of young men attempting to find their place and navigate the challenges of early adulthood.
Making Movies is curated by Michael Reiff. All screenings will conclude with a discussion guided by Reiff and the presenting artist.
Sponsored by the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Everett Charitable Trust. Co-sponsored by Auburn Public Theater.
The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes's Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.