Feature Film Program

The Genius and the Opera Singer

A portrait of an embattled mother-daughter relationship in a NYC penthouse

$15 at the door

Sat May 27 8:00 PM

The Films

The Genius and the Opera Singer

Vanessa Stockley | USA, UK | 67

A 92-year-old former opera singer and her volatile daughter have inhabited a rent-controlled Manhattan penthouse for the last fifty-five years - along with their chubby chihuahua, Angelina Jolie. An unsettling portrait of a mother-daughter relationship,The Genius and the Opera Singer explores their intense emotional states and the knotted riddle of their past.

Little Potato

Wes Hurley, Nathan Miller | USA | 14

Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, Elena and her young gay son escape into the world of pirated American movies. But soon the movies are not enough and Elena decides to become a mail-order-bride and discover America for herself. Saving its most unexpected twist till the end, this is an inspiring and timely story of two immigrants' take on the American Dream.


Martina DaSilva

Jazz vocalist Martina DaSilva, a New York City native, captivates audiences with her signature blend of daring technical virtuosity and expressive emotional sensitivity. Drawing equally from the styles of early jazz, opera, and chamber music, her musicality transcends conventional genre labelling. As a Brazilian-American, Martina also has a passion for performing the works of Brazilian composers. DaSilva actively performs with her own group in addition to leading the jazz vocal harmony group, The Ladybugs. Martina has received high praise for her performances at the Kennedy Center, the Bern International Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Jazz Festival, the NYC Hot Jazz Festival, Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Generations in Jazz Festival, and the NY Winter Jazzfest.

Event Details

8:00 PM
Doors Open
8:30 PM
Live Music by Martina DaSilva
9:00 PM
Film Begins
10:30 PM
Post-Screening Q&A with Filmmaker Vanessa Stockley
11:00 PM
After-Party at DCTV sponsored by Corona Extra, Tanqueray, Freixenet and Fever-Tree Tonic

No refunds. In the event of rain, show will be indoors at same location. No outside alcohol is permitted.


New Design High School

350 Grand St., New York, NY 10002

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