Michael Rader is an artist in Brooklyn, who it turns out, has made a few experimental films. The most recent is MAN VERSUS ULTRAMAN, which I was introduced to by the 2012 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. In the main lobby of the festival where filmmakers had their movie posters up, Michael had his poster and the special thing about it was that he painted it himself and brought the canvas in and hung it up. Not a copy, not a Photoshopped Kinkos printed run off – but the actual painting. Right away I thought WOW – I have to include this guy in my profile series!
MAN VERSUS ULTRAMAN screened at the AOBFF on the one night I couldn’t actually make it to the festival so, as is common with films and filmmakers that intrigue me, I went ahead and looked for it on the NewFilmmakers WithoutABox submissions list – low and behold it was there. Around the same time I was keying it into the Fall program, I got an e-mail from the director of the festival – a forward from Michael, asking that the film be placed in the same program I had just listed it in. What are the odds?
Now we have here, Michael’s Filmmaker Profile, filmed on location at his studio in Brooklyn, to promote his upcoming NewFilmmakers screening of MAN VERSUS ULTRAMAN. During the filming of the profile I found out that he had screened with us before, a Chaplin inspired film. Here is the story of both of those projects with clips from MAN VERSUS ULTRMAN. If you can make the 6PM program on Monday October 8th, , head on over to the Anthology Film Archives and join us!
Last week I ventured into Brooklyn to interview the King’s County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes who is a producer of the documentary film SLAVERY AND THE LAW (directed by Paula Heredia).
Screening Date: Friday October 05, 2012 | 7:00 Program
“Slavery and the Law” is a captivating documentary that follows a group of Brooklyn youth as they work to create a wall mural that commemorates the shift from enslavement to the Civil Rights Movement. The youth seen in the film are participants in the Youth and Congregations in Partnership (YCP), and Gender-Responsive Re-Entry Assistance Support Program (GRASP), under the office of the Kings County District Attorney. The history of slaves is discussed by distinguished professors and historians, beginning with the development of Colonial America and the slave trade. As the title suggests, the legal system is introduced in the film as the youth and professors explore the laws imposed on slaves. The legal implications of slavery are documented in the film by looking at the Three Fifths Compromise in the United States Constitution, and the Fugitive Slave Act. Court cases involving slave ownership and segregation are investigated, with stories of individuals and artwork displayed. Throughout the film, the youth participants share what they have learned as viewers follow their progress on the mural and on trips to historical sites involved in the Underground Railroad and present-day Weeksville, located in Brooklyn.The film is brought to a conclusion with a look at how the law has changed slavery. The purpose was to educate viewers, particularly youth on the history of slavery and to encourage them to strive for impact and change based in law.
I have here another MFF alumni, Mark Blackman, whom I met at his MFF screening of WELCOME TO HARLEM – his indie musical feature that picked up the Best Musical award from that festival and a variety of others. I call it an award magnet. A phenomenally orchestrated work, vibrant and fun, I had to program it into the Fall series and profile his work because it’s just flat out fantastic. Here’s what Mark had to say about WELCOME TO HARLEM:
When NewFilmmakers gave me the opportunity to program their fall series, Matt’s film was one of the MFF selections I checked to see if it had been submitted to the series. Indeed it had and I was happy to have included it as one of the opening films of FallFest 2012. The film will screen on October 3rd at 7:30pm at the Anthology Film Archives in the East Village. If you’re in NYC and want something fun to do, then this is definitely your show. Additionally, this portion of the evening is family friendly so children are welcome!