A fascinating night of non-fiction filmmaking that puts a unique lens on hot button issues.
Todd Chandler | US | 83
Bulletproof explores the complexities of violence in schools by looking at the strategies employed to prevent it. The film observes the longstanding rituals and rehearsals that take place in and around American schools: homecoming parades, basketball practice, morning announcements, and math class. Unfolding alongside these scenes are a collection of newer traditions: lockdown drills, teacher firearms training, metal detector screenings, and school safety trade shows. Bulletproof asks what these rituals reflect back at us in a cinematic meditation on the array of forces that shape the culture of violence in the United States.
Elizabeth Lo | US | 73
Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays - Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal - as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life — and their own canine culture. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The disparate lives of Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians who share the streets with them. Whether they lead us into bustling streets or decrepit ruins, the gaze of these strays acts as a window into the overlooked corners of society: women in loveless marriages, protesters without arms, refugees without sanctuary. Stray is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins
Bulletproof Q&A with director Todd Chandler and producer Danielle Varga
Stray Extended Introduction from filmmaker Elizabeth Lo
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Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368