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.*
|8:00PM||Doors Open and reception sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon|
|10:45PM||Q&A with director Sara Dosa|
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
Sara Dosa is a filmmaker and writer based in San Francisco, California. Dosa’s documentary work as a producer has been shown at film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, IDFA, SXSW and Hot Docs, among others, and has been published in the New York Times. Most recently, she was the Field Producer and Associate Producer on the 2013 Sundance award-winning INEQUALITY FOR ALL; and was a Co-producer on the Brazilian documentary, ELENA (IDFA, 2012). THE LAST SEASON is her directorial debut, for which she has received numerous grants and awards, including the Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access Fellowship, IFP’s Documentary Lab Fellowship, and funding through Cal Humanities, Catapult Film Fund, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, among others. In addition to her feature doc work, Dosa coordinated the Grants and Residencies program at the San Francisco Film Society from 2009-2011. Dosa graduated from Wesleyan University and holds a joint masters in Anthropology and International Development Economics from the London School of Economics.