To celebrate the creation of nine short documentary projects made this year as part of UnionDocs Collaborative Production Living Los Sures, a special public preview will be held in Sternberg (aka Lindsay) Park on July 13th starting at 7:30pm. The event will transform the local handball courts into a free outdoor cinema complete with popcorn, “Brooklyn Cupcakes”, music, and more. Southside community activist and poet, David Lopez will host at the park and the event continues with live bands and a midnight screening and after-party in the garden at UnionDocs.
@ STERNBERG (aka Lindsay) PARK
7:30p – DJ Pablo
8:25p – Screening Program 1
ABOUT THE UNIONDOCS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO
The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio is a one year fellowships program for nonfiction media research and group production. It seeks to bring together individual talents, voices, and stories to create multidimensional documentaries. For the past 10 months, fellows have been immersed in research, idea generation, planning, recording, edits, critique, and re-edits. Teams were formed around a set of select proposals, which all moved through the stages of production in tandem. Through this effort, nine new projects were created that explore stories about local neighborhood, its community, history and rich culture.
2013 Projects include:
Como Preparar Patica de Chancho (Tamer Hassan, Constanza Mirre, Maria Rosa Badia, Sebastian Diaz, Jen Epstein) A celebration of the household culinary traditions of South Williamsburg’s Puerto Rican community.
Caribbean Nights (Sebastian Diaz, Beyza Boyacioglu)
A glance at the Caribbean community in South Williamsburg, New York, through the only remaining social club in the neighborhood and its regulars.
Goodbye Southside (Michael Vass, Beyza Boyacioglu, Anthony Simon)
Memories and fantasies mix as a young woman prepares to move away for college, leaving the South Williamsburg neighborhood where her family has deep roots.
El último pan (The last bread) (Maria Rosa Badia, Federica Sasso)
A Mexican family is forced to leave Los Sures because of a rent increase at their charming and affordable bakery, La Villita. A story of gentrification on the most intimate scale, in which businesses owned and run by working class families are disappearing in an up-and-coming area.
Southside Stories : Audio Walk (Shannon Carroll, Jen Epstein, Andrew Hinton, Federica Sasso)
An audio journey that uncovers the hidden voices of Williamsburg.
Rosemary’s Street (Constanza Mirré, Emilia Bilinska,Tamer Hassan)
A unique event reflects the passage of time in the tight knit Dominican community of Los Sures.
Third Shift (Anthony Simon, Michael Vass, Tamer Hassan)
Two former Domino Sugar workers that still reside blocks away from the now closed refinery reflect on their past experiences as employees and their future as residents in a rapidly changing neighborhood.
The Other (Emilia Bilinska, Jen Epstein, Constanza Mirré, Tamer Hassan)
A self portrait of a young woman struggling in New York after leaving Poland. She hires herself as a maid in the Hasidic house in South Williamsburg and builds a mother-daughter relationship with a Hasidic woman. A meditation on freedom, identity and power.
For Sale in Los Sures (Andrew Hinton, Federica Sasso, Maria Rosa Badia)
A web-based documentary project that explores the South Williamsburg area through a carefully curated selection of items for sale in the neighborhod. This is filmmaking as social archaeology, where each object closeds a window onto this fascinatingly diverse community in transition.
ABOUT LIVING LOS SURES
In the late seventies and early eighties, the Southside of Williamsburg was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. Los Sures, a documentary from 1984 by Diego Echeverria, skillfully represents the challenges of this time; drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single parent homes, and inadequate local resources. Echeverria’s portrait also celebrates the vitality of the largely Puerto Rican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity and determination to overcome a desperate situation. Living Los Sures is a multi-year production that partners with Echeverria to revisit his powerful film, make it accessible online for the first time, create a collection of companion documentary projects that update, annotate, challenge, and spiral off from the original, and activate the community to share stories around remarkable local histories and important civic issues.
@ UnionDocs – $10
10p – Rafael Gomez
11p – Lo Primo
Midnight – Screening Program 2
12:30a – Damian quinones y su conjunto
Three great bands will provide live music with DJ Agent Trevor (Snap! Crackle!) spinning in-between. Doors will closed at UnionDocs at 9:30pm and the music and screening will be presented according to the schedule below.
Nuevo Circo Rafael Gomez is a Venezuelan guitarist, singer and songwriter with a fresh and unique style. His first solo album “El Norte,” compiles Latin alternative beat, bossa nova, cumbia, funk and rock with a Caribbean flavor, tasteful arrangements and original lyrics that combine social consciousness with Spanish slang and humor. His band, “Nuevo Circo,” includes: Pablo Bencid (a long-time collaborator) on drums, Neil Ochoa on percussion, and Gustavo Amarante on bass. myspace.com/rafaelgomez || http://rafaelgomez.bandcamp.com
Lo Primo Formed by drummer/composer Toro Cruz, the band includes Ariel Esther on violin and xylophone, Ian LeBlanc on bass, Evan Ubiera on guitar, Dan Berg on keys, and Jordan Fernandez on percussion. Most recently, we are thrilled to bring on Shanina Robinson on vocals. A Latin Caribbean Soul Combo.
Damian quinones y su conjunto An 8 piece outfit fronted by singer/guitarist/songwriter by Damian Quiñones, they are currently supporting their self released album, “Gumball Ma-Jumbo!”(2012). Akin to a mix tape made from his uncle’s old vinyl collection, Damian Quiñones and his band “El Conjunto” are sonically funky, expansive and colorful. The horndriven band percolates with percussion and a twin guitar attack that brings the all original set alive with flavor and gusto. Quiñones songwriting is a heady stew of 60’s rock and roll, nuyorican funk, with a nice helping of tropicalia, and Afro-Caribbean sounds to boot.