Over the past nine months, twelve fellows in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) have developed short documentaries for a new project entitled, JUST TO GET BY. This collection focuses on the creative solutions and exceptional sacrifices made ordinary at a time in NYC when, by many measures, inequality is increasing. Multiple perspectives on this central theme are considered: from health care and disability, to homelessness and the 24 hr service economy, from police brutality and the right to memorial after death, to access to the internet and support from spiritual communities. Examples have been found in people across the city who’s personal actions, both everyday and at times difficult imagine, enrich our shared social fabric and create new definitions of opportunity.
In recording and producing these stories, images, and sounds, CoLAB fellows have also been challenged to resist conventional approaches to the filmmaker-subject relationship, seeking modalities that might extend or complicate the idea of individual authorship. Some projects have involved adaptations of works by other artists and craftspeople outside of the group, while others have forged creative partnerships across perceived boundaries of generation, race or class. The resulting body of work grapples with the ideal of equality and realities of difference, in process as well as product.
To celebrate this new work, a special public preview will be held at The Farm on Kent (320 Kent Ave), a riverside green-space situated with an incredible view of the Williamsburg Bridge on Saturday June 4th starting at 8:30pm.
Stay tuned for updates to the timeline for the night! The programs will be preceded by festive drinks, food and performances followed by an after-party over at UnionDocs.
7:30pm – 8:15pm (closed Bar): Reception with complimentary beer from Lagunitas and food from Sazon Perez, suggested donation.
Featuring a performance by artists John Bjerklie, Matt Blackwell and others:
In an effort to paint a portrait of every person in the world by the end of the 21st century, Super Duper Pleinaire Painter “BigHat”, under the direction of John Bjerklie and with the help of Matt Blackwell and other visiting artists, will be painting in a LIVE on TV performance with the use of the “Portrait Painting Video Machine”, a device that operates through the alchemical mashup of analog surveillance cameras, shellac, TV monitors, paint and canvas.
8:15pm – 9:30pm (Sunset): Program 1 of short films from the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio
The program will be proceeded by two films from Brooklyn Prep High School Students, who created trailers as part of a six-week course on the basics of film production. They were introduced to the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking and collaborative production using UnionDocs’ Living Los Sures project as a model. The resulting films are:
A Day in the Life of a Teenager in Southside (1:46min) by Cristina Figueroa, Mariana Garcia, Danielle Marshall, Elazia Skinner
Interviews with teenagers who either attend school or live in Williamsburg and their thoughts about the neighborhood.
9 Stops (3:06min) by Maribel Garcia and Nayelis Lopez
A personal film about the daily commute between Bushwick and Williamsburg and the differences between the neighborhoods.
9:30pm – 9:45pm: Break
9:45pm – 10:45pm: Program 2 of short films from the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio
11:30pm – 4:00am: after-party at UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY 11211
With DJ set by Stewey Decimal
ABOUT THE UNIONDOCS COLLABORATIVE STUDIO
The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio is a fellowship program for non-fiction media research and group production. It seeks to bring together individual talents, voices, and stories to create multi-dimensional documentaries. For the past 10 months, fellows have been immersed in research, idea generation, planning, recording, edits, critiques, and re-edits. Teams were formed around a set of select proposals, which all moved through the stages of production in tandem. In addition to this production work, fellows engage in masterclasses, seminars, and workshops on the history, theory and practice of documentary arts. Applications for the 2018 Collaborative Studio will closed in January.
2016 Project Details
Alphabet on Air
In Alphabet City, a group of filmmakers began broadcasting podcasts from inside a tiny glass box.
Alphabet on Air is a cinematic collage of collective memory, of process and of the people who came.
Co-Directors: Carly Anne Kenneally & James Nguyen
Editor: Patrick Offenheiser
Co-Producers: Ann Chen, Carly-Anne Kenneally & James Nguyen
Broadcasters: Beata Calinska, Ann Chen, Sarah Jacobson, Carly-Anne Kenneally,
James Nguyen & Patrick Offenheiser
Featured artwork by:
Lori Der Hagopian
What Will You Leave Behind
The Big Party on the Other Side
“The Big Party on the Other Side” follows Rosalee Grable as she comes to terms with her impending death, while reflecting on her relationship with her family, her mental illness and her last wish, to be buried in New York City’s pauper cemetery, known as Hart Island.
Director: Jenny Catherall
Cinematographer: Livia Vonaesch
Additional Camera: Jenny Catherall
Editor: Carly Anne Kenneally
Additional Editing: Jenny Catherall
Sound: Jenny Catherall, Carly Anne Kenneally, Livia Vonaesch
Music: Fraser Campbell
Featuring an except from Rosalee Grable’s “Pages From the Book of Life”
A short visual essay exploring the geography of internet infrastructure in New York City, how it is charted and situated in our urban landscape as seen through the different people who build it, research it and use it.
Director: Ann Chen
Cinematography: James Nguyen, Ann Chen
Editor: Beata Calinska
Sound: Angel Urrutia, James Nguyen, Ann Chen
Music: Todd Brozman
Content Advisor & Illustrator: Ingrid Burrington
Adapted from Ingrid Burrington’s book and project “Seeing Networks in New York: a field guide to Internet infrastructure”
Have No Fear
Led by founder and choreographer, Adia Whitaker, The Ase Dance Theatre Collective prepares a piece in New York City on police brutality, as a form of resistance, a way to empower their community and pass lessons of strength to their children through performance.
Co-directors: Beata Calinska & Sarah Jacobson in collaboration with Adia Whitaker
Director of Photography: Tracie Williams
2nd Camera Operator: James Nguyen
Sound and Editing: Sarah Jacobson, Beata Calinska
Additional Camera: Sarah Jacobson and Beata Calinska
It’s All Academic
A black guy and a white guy who hate racism join forces to make a film together. As their relationship deepens and their cliche personas unravel, the film takes a life of its own.
Director, Writer: Jon Appel
Writer, Co-Director: James Calinda
Sound: Emile Klein
Camera: Angel Urrutia
Editor: Sarah Jacobson
Second Camera: Jenny Catherall
Love you Madly
Love you Madly is an experimental documentary film shaped by the encounters and conversations with Mr. Steve Cannon – a playwright, mentor, poet, and retired professor – who has been a fixture in the Lower East Side art scene since the 1960’s.
Director: Tracie Williams
Creative Consultant: Angel Urrutia
Producer: Carly Anne Kenneally
Sound Design: Emile Klein
Director of Animation: Jon Appel
Moved Every Way
Drifting through the boroughs of New York, a LGBTQ church, surviving on meager funds and with no place to call its own, holds itself together with labor and devotion. Moved Every Way reveals the work it takes for a church to survive and why its members refuse to let it disappear.
Direction: Emile Klein (Sound) – Patrick Offenheiser (DP)
Editing: Jon Appel
2nd Camera and Sound: Beata Calinska – Livia Vonaesch
Night Shift. Every Day!
Ray has not taken a night off in 43 years. His day is our night.
Sometimes Whitney and Arya come and help him in his 24-hours candy store. Why did it become a second home for them?
Audio-diaries will give us an intimate view of this micro-cosmos on Avenue A.
Director: Livia Vonaesch
Cinematographer: Livia Vonaesch
Second Camera: Jenny Catherall
Sound: Jenny Catherall, Emile B. Klein, Livia Vonaesch
Editor: Ann Chen
Music: Cam Scott
With support from:
The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is a leading independent advocacy organization that inspires, educates, and empowers New Yorkers to engage in the betterment of their city. This year, MAS welcomes you to join Celebrating the City: Jane Jacobs at 100, a celebration dedicated to legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs on the 100th anniversary of her birth.