Local Filmmaker Showcase at New Plaza Cinema

(released 4/20/2023)

Filmshoppers Dane Benko, Patrice Bowman and Yasmin Mistry are showcasing their short films alongside an assortment of NYC based talents at New Plaza Cinema at 7:30pm ET on April 21st as part of a local New York City filmmakers showcase.  Curated by Michael Jacobsohn, ten short films from documentaries, animations and experimental work are being presented. A Q&A will follow with the artists.

The ten films screening are:

Patrice D, Bowman: Under the Sun After the Wind
An isolated Black woman struggles physically, mentally, and spiritually against the news of COVID-19 and police brutality she sees online. An experimental adaptation of the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Yasmin Mistry: For A Better Life
Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

Dane Benko: Sometimes a Figure Grabs Me by the Wrist While I Sleep
Replicating the feeling of anxiety and entrapment felt in sleep paralysis, Sometimes a Figure Grabs Me by the Wrist While I Sleep follows a mysterious figure to an unavoidable conclusion.

Rachel Wang: Yo On the Go
The film introduces a blind musician, Yo Kano, to bring alive Yo's positive effects on people around him and his winning attitude towards everything he does.

Melissa Hacker: Letters Home
Letters Home is a three channel video created around the text of letters my great- aunt Freda wrote to her family in New York as she traveled through Germany and Austria in 1945 as a member of the American Army's Women's Army Corps.

Andrew Jason Kra: Harari Loses his Squash
An attempt to hack a human being results in disaster.

Giorgio Citarella II: Tantamount
Tantamount: The Freeway Phantom exposes the chilling truth behind the unsolved slayings of 6 young black girls in DC in the 1970s, revealing systemic failures that allowed the killer to remain free.

Ellen Silverman: Thomas Naegele A Poem
Thomas Naegele is 90 years old and a third generation painter. This film is inspired by a poem he wrote about the painters in his family.

Michael Jacobsohn: A Side Hustle
Filmmaker Michael Jacobsohn chanced encounter with crochet artist Thaddeus D. Peterson leads to six months of artistic collaboration.

Baron Carr: Drink Lounge
An inspirational story of two black fraternity brothers who get together to create a successful bar lounge, DRINK is in Crowne Heights.

New Plaza Cinema is a non profit cinema located at 35 West 67th Street in Manhattan. You can purchase your ticket HERE.

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