Upper West Side
334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY
By Subway: 1, 2, 3, B or C to 72nd Street | By Bus: M7 or M11 to 75th Street
|7:00PM||YouTube For Filmmakers Reception & Presentation (For Invited Filmmakers)|
|8:00PM||Doors Open to the Public & Pre-Screening Reception sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits|
Arena (Piotr Bernaś | 16 min.)
What are the reasons underlying the human drive toward self-destruction? What is the wellhead of motivation for a person who chooses a life involving perpetual struggle, self-harm and risking their health? Is the road of physical pain an escape route from other kinds of pain? And finally, what lies at the roots of the contemporary fascination with risk and aggression? Arena is a film project about contemporary games, arenas and gladiators.
Born in 1973, Piotr is a director, cinematographer, photographer, documentary maker and member of the EFA. A former war photographer for the national daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, his photo reportage from Poland, Iraq, Iran, Sri Lanka, Georgia and Great Britain won numerous awards in the Polish Press Photography Competition. He graduated from the Andrzej Wajda Film School in 2010 and was nominated for the European Film Award in 2011 for his documentary short, Paprazzi.