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American Film Showcase

19 September 2017

A Τribute to Documentary, Μade in the USA

Exile Room, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Athens, welcomes the American Film Showcase, a multifaceted exploration of American documentary and a unique partnership with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The program features award-winning films from the past two years along with a series of untraditional workshops that shed light on the mysteries of production.

The American Film Showcase will make a stop in Mytilini before heading to Athens, and will feature appearances by two award-winning film experts: director/producer and all-around documentary guru Gordon Quinn ("Hoop Dreams", "The Interrupters", "Life Itself") and ultra-talented producer Carolyn Hepburn ("Art and Craft", "3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets", "Life, Animated"), whose careers have both culminated in Oscar nominations!

As part of the AegeanDocs International Documentary Film Festival in Mytilini, the visiting film experts will introduce some of their most acclaimed documentaries, “The Interrupters” and "3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets." In Athens, the American Film Showcase screenings will take place at the Film Archive and Exile Room, opening with "Racing Extinction," an ecological extravaganza with activist sensibilities and extraordinary filming techniques, directed by Louie Psihoyos ("The Cove").

Carolyn Hepburn and Gordon Quinn will also lead workshops on how to respect your characters’ boundaries (documentary ethics), how to fairly use other people’s work to build your own audiovisual vocabulary (fair use) and how to fight violence with non-violence, as filtered through their own personal experience.

For more info, please visit: www.afsgreece.com

 

PROGRAM – MYTILINI

All events are part of the 5th AegeanDocs International Documentary Film Festival. Entrance is free of charge.

>> 2/10

12:30 SCREENING Song of Lahore (2015, 82’)
Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schocken
Some of the most skilled virtuosos in Pakistan record an unusual cover of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” using traditional Pakistani instruments and become a YouTube sensation.

MUNICIPAL THEATRE OF MYTILINI: 3 Kountouriotou Sq., Mytilini

>> 4/10

20:00 SCREENING Hoop Dreams (1994, 170’)
Director: Steve James
William Gates and Arthur Agee, two normal American teenagers from inner city Chicago, dream of the impossible: to become professional NBA players.

CINE ARION: 9 Smirnis St, Mytilini

>> 5/10

20:00 SCREENING The Interrupters (2011, 125’)
Director: Steve James
Chicago's unsung heroes are former gang members who have dedicated their lives to disrupting violence-in-the-making, a plague that has turned the streets into a war zone.

Q&A with producer Gordon Quinn

MUNICIPAL THEATRE OF MYTILINI: 3 Kountouriotou Sq., Mytilini

>> 6/10

12:00-14:00 MASTERCLASS Documentary Ethics with producer Gordon Quinn
Drawing on 50 years of experience, Gordon Quinn presents a masterclass on the ethical challenges filmmakers inevitably struggle with when making a documentary, and provides the tools that will help you make those tough decisions.

MUNICIPAL THEATRE OF MYTILINI: 3 Kountouriotou Sq., Mytilini

20:00 AEGEANDOCS CLOSING FILM 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015, 98’)
Director: Marc Silver
One day after Thanksgiving, a group of African American teenagers get in a fight with a white middle-aged man in front of a gas station in Florida. 3½ minutes and ten bullets later, one of the boys is dead.

Q&A with producer Carolyn Hepburn

MUNICIPAL THEATRE OF MYTILINI: 3 Kountouriotou Sq., Mytilini

>> 7/10

15:00 PRIVATE SCREENING Song of Lahore (2015, 82’)
Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schocken

In collaboration with METAdrasi – Action for Migration & Development.

 

PROGRAM – ATHENS

Entrance to all events is free of charge.

>> 8/10

16:00-19:00 WORKSHOP Urban Soundscapes: Audio documentary workshop for teenagers – PART I
Instructors: Christina Pitouli & Carolyn Hepburn
A group of teenagers, led by Greek and American instructors, will explore the wonderful world of sound. The participants will go on a guided tour of the neighborhood, collecting field recordings and sampling urban sounds for a short audio documentary

In collaboration with the Teenage Network & the Network for Children’s Rights

The workshop is addressed to teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18. Please e-mail workshops.exile@gmail.com or call 2103223395, daily between 11am and 4pm.

EXILE ROOM: 12 Athinas St, 3rd floor, Monastiraki, tel.: 210 3223395 / www.exileroom.gr

>> 9/10

15:30-17:30 MASTERCLASS Documentary Production: the American Model with producer Carolyn Hepburn
From nailing the core concept to getting the final project funded and produced, everything happens very differently on the other side of the Atlantic. Carolyn Hepburn will share her own experience, offering novel ideas and new approaches in filmmaking.
In collaboration with SAE Athens
SAE ATHENS: 2 Korai St, Moschato, tel.: 210 3217661

16:00-19:00 WORKSHOP Urban Soundscapes: Audio documentary workshop for teenagers – PART II
Instructors: Christina Pitouli & Gordon Quinn

The workshop is addressed to teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18. Please e-mail workshops.exile@gmail.com or call 2103223395, daily between 11am and 4pm.

EXILE ROOM: 12 Athinas St, 3rd floor, Monastiraki, tel.: 210 3223395 / www.exileroom.gr

21:00 AMERICAN FILM SHOWCASE OPENING FILM - ATHENS
Racing Extinction (2015, 90’)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
So much more than your average eco-conscious documentary, “Racing Extinction” is a fascinating environmental thriller with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet forever.
Q&A with Film Envoys Carolyn Hepbrun and Gordon Quinn
GREEK FILM ARCHIVE: 48 Iera Odos & 134-136 Megalou Alexandrou Sts, Kerameikos, tel.: 210 3609695, 210 3612046

>> 10/10

15:00-18:00 MASTERCLASS Social Issues in Documentary Filmmaking with producer Carolyn Hepburn
Carolyn Hepburn will share her experience on building powerful stories, while touching on the devastating effects of racial bias and the search for justice within the judicial system, based on the award-winning documentary "3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets".
In collaboration with the Audiovisual Lab of the Communication & Mass Media Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS AUDIOVISUAL LAB:1 Sofokleous St, 2nd floor, tel.: 210 3689254, 210 3689260

19:00 SCREENING 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015, 98’)
Director: Marc Silver
One day after Thanksgiving, a group of African American teenagers get in a fight with a white middle-aged man in front of a gas station in Florida. 3½ minutes and ten bullets later, one of the boys is dead.

Q&A with producer Carolyn Hepburn

EXILE ROOM: 12 Athinas St, 3rd floor, Monastiraki, tel.: 210 3223395 / www.exileroom.gr

21:00 SCREENING Salam Neighbor (2015, 75’)
Director: Zach Ingrasci, Chris Temple
For the first time, two young filmmakers fully embed themselves in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp and witness inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.

EXILE ROOM: 12 Athinas St, 3rd floor, Monastiraki, tel.: 210 3223395 / www.exileroom.gr

>> 11/10

16:00-20:00 ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS with producer Carolyn Hepburn
Filmmakers with ongoing projects in various stages of production – from development to festival placement and beyond – will get an invaluable 45’ session with one of the two visiting American Film Showcase envoys. experts.

To reserve a slot, please e-mail a short CV and a description of your project to workshops.exile@gmail.com

EXILE ROOM: 12 Athinas St, 3rd floor, Monastiraki, tel.: 210 3223395 / www.exileroom.gr

18:00-21:00 MASTERCLASS with producer Gordon Quinn
PART I: Documentary Ethics
Drawing on his 50 years of experience, Gordon Quinn presents a masterclass on the ethical challenges filmmakers inevitably struggle with when making a documentary and provides the tools that will help you make those tough decisions.

PART II: Fair Use: Other People’s Work and How to Use it
We live in a visual age. People speak in images and people speak with music. If filmmakers were to buy every image and every song that appears in their documentaries, they would end up spending millions in rights. Learn everything about Fair Use with documentary guru Gordon Quinn.
In collaboration with the Audiovisual Lab of the Communication & Mass Media Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS AUDIOVISUAL LAB:1 Sofokleous St, 2nd floor, tel.: 210 3689254, 210 3689260

>> 12/10

19:00 SCREENING Twinsters (2015, 89’)
Director: Samantha Futerman, Ryan Miyamoto
In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. Little did she know she had found her twin sister!

EXILE ROOM: 12 Athinas St, 3rd floor, Monastiraki, tel.: 210 3223395 / www.exileroom.gr 

21:00 SCREENING Romeo is Bleeding (2015, 93’)
Director: Jason Zeldes
Growing up in a city divided by a gang war, Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Can he use Shakespeare to end the cycle of trauma?

EXILE ROOM: 12 Athinas St, 3rd floor, Monastiraki, tel.: 210 3223395 / www.exileroom.gr 

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