|8:00PM||Doors Open and reception sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon|
|10:45PM||Q&A with director Sara Dosa|
On the Roof
Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Avenue, Building #3, Roof, Brooklyn, NY, 11205
TO GET TO THE NAVY YARD: Take the G train to Clinton/Washington Avenue. Walk down Lafayette Avenue. Make a left on Clinton Avenue. Continue on Clinton until you get to Flushing Avenue security gate. TO GET TO BROOKLYN GRANGE'S NAVY YARD FARM: Enter the Navy Yard at Clinton Ave and Flushing Ave, and tell the guard at the gate that you're headed up to Brooklyn Grange at Building 3. *Have a photo ID ready to show the guard.*
NY Premiere. Sara Dosa’s insightful directorial debut introduces viewers to the world of mushroom hunters in Chemult, Oregon, charting the relationships that are cultivated between men and nature, and attesting to the power of families we create.
The Last Season (Sara Dosa | 78 min.)
Pacific Pride Commercial Fueling, The Burger Deli, Chalet Restaurant - quiet, rural spots right off the highway are immediately juxtaposed with karaoke and the loading of a truck with highly sought after but rare matsutake mushrooms. It’s September in the small rural town of Chemult, Oregon and a camp of over 200 seasonal workers – most of Southeast Asian descent – have started hunting for a prized fungus. Kouy, 46 year-old platoon leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the Khmer Rouge, is a seasoned veteran who learned foraging during his enslavement. Roger, a 75 year-old sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, who acts as a father to Kouy, has less luck as his health starts to fail him. Traversing the land in search of the elusive fungi, the two search for underground networks of matsutake while they slowly unearth the roots of their unlikely friendship.
In her debut feature film, Sara Dosa balances these two men’s intimate story while also engaging larger themes, including the correlation of past and present, and man's relationship to nature and location. Dosa probes the quiet moments which reveal a distinct sense of a shared past and geographic specificity that binds the characters. Archival footage of rebel fighters in Cambodia and American soldiers in Vietnam is seamlessly edited into vérité scenes of domesticity and work, along with gorgeous wide shots of mountains and rural landscapes. While initially a fly-on-the-wall approach, The Last Season’s subjects gently draw Dosa into their relationship, as layers of friendship and life call out to be uncovered. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, the documentary is a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected place.
- Daniel Spada
The Woes is a song based group improvisational project led by Osei Essed. The group veers between spectacle and back porch intimacy and can regularly heard with a minimum of 7 musicians. This performance will feature a very special “chamber” version of the group featuring organist Will Orzo and violinist Jack Dawson alongside Osei Essed on guitar and vocals.