Sep 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm
Open Late, with sets from our favorite DJ's from over the years!
After 18 years in our beloved Los Sures, UnionDocs is making moves! With bittersweet feelings we share the news that we have had to seek a new home.
We’ll be setting up in a couple of weeks in a new neighborhood, Ridgewood, Queens in an exciting new space that we’re honored can be a permanent home to invest in for the organization. We will be sharing more about the space soon!
For now, there is so much to say and that is owed to this place we’ve grown and learned in. We sought words from someone who has been a core inspiration for our work locally. As a greeting or goodbye showing care and respect, Cuso Soto, one of the protagonists of Diego Echeverria’s LOS SURES (1984), always said “Bendicion” or blessings. That’s the message we want to send out at this moment. In that spirit of gratitude, we’re thrilled to invite you to UnionDocs on the 16th of September for one last hurrah!
We want folks who enjoy all kinds of parties to swing by and feel welcome to come through and say goodbye with us. If you are more of an early bird come for the early evening hours we’re calling JAMON IS WHERE THE HEART IS. We will have a fresh sliced LUCKY HAM to kick off a new year and new phase to say goodbye. We hear ham symbolizes forward motion. Other sundries will be available and we’ll have our bar open for a couple hours before the lights go down for dancing.
We’ve invited some of our favorite DJ’s from over they years to keep us grooving through the night. At 11PM DJ a2z (aka Akeema-Zane) is back by popular demand to light up the last party on Union Ave. Then at 12:30, Pleasure Jams’ Stewey Decimal will be taking over after so many memorable nights playing us late into the night over the years. And a super special late night vinyl set from Tongue Ring (aka Robert Orlowski)!
We so look forward to getting together in this space where we began our journey. From our humble roots as a collective of emerging artists and curators living and working out of a 3-story walk-up, to becoming a bustling center for documentary art nourished by an international community of creative practitioners, we couldn’t have done it without you!
We hope you’ll come through to light up our beloved and well-tread dance floor one last time!
NOTE: Entry is free if you RSVP before 11PM on the 16th. Folks arriving after 11PM can pay $5 at the door.
Alex Ramirez-Mallis is a Cuban-American, Jewish filmmaker raised in New Hampshire now living in Brooklyn, NY. His films have been selected for multiple festivals internationally. His work has been distributed by POV, Criterion, Roku, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Pitchfork, The Huffington Post, and Vimeo Staff Picks. His short documentary SHUT UP AND PAINT (2022) was awarded Grand Jury Prize at IFF Boston and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. His documentary series AMERICAN BOYBAND (2017) was broadcast on ViceTV. Alex received an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY) and is an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and the Meerkat Media Collective.
Akeema-Zane is an artist working in the mediums of literature, sound, film and performance.
She has been artist-in-residence, student, fellow and performer at Groundation Grenada, Cave Canem, The Maysles Documentary Center, Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, and The School of Making Thinking. At The School of Making Thinking, she was a part of the 2018 Immersion 2.0 cohort, and currently serves as Board Chair of The School of Making Thinking. a²z is the arm which houses the artists’ music/sound practice which includes deejaying, composition and scoring/sound design. The artists’ recent sound design work has been featured on a Shea Moisture campaign, an Art21 artist short doc featuring Doreen Garner and an experimental short doc In Place Of Monuments by Naima Ramos-Chapman. Akeema-Zane has been published in various musical and literary works in the digital and physical copy including There’s a Monopoly On Change (2015) and albums of artists Liv.e, PinkSiifu, L’Rainand loji. In 2021, her audiovisual work with collaborator Rena Anakwe was featured in the 59th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festivals’ In The Screen!
Robert Orlowski is a writer, filmmaker, and cinematographer working across narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking. His most recent work has screened at venues and platforms such as: Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Fracto Experimental Film Encounter, ICDOCS, Laterale Film Festival, Microscope Gallery, Mono No Aware Festival, Now! A Journal of Urgent Praxis, Palm Springs Short Fest, and the Transient Visions Festival of the Moving Image.
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