September 21, 2009, 8:30pm
The India Street Mural (map)
Join us and our friends at the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition for the final show of Moviehouse on India Street on the final day of summer.
Two Brooklyn-based documentary teams take you inside our neighborhood, first with a look at pigeon farmers and second with a look at disappearing industry. It’s a fascinating look at where the neighborhood is now and where it might be in the next few years.
Filmmakers JL Aronson and Daniel Ross will be on hand to share their thoughts afterward.
Up on the Roof follows several devoted pigeon keepers on Williamsburg’s south side through the rigors and rewards of a quintessential New York tradition. The film considers what we lose in the process of renewal and treats the audience like an insider in an unseen and —in many ways— vanishing world.
Uncertain Industry by Daniel Ross and Tom Vigliotta
New York City was once the capital of American manufacturing. In 1950, the city boasted nearly one million manufacturing jobs. By 2007 that number had dwindled to 100,000. Today, New York’s surviving factories face stiff competition from foreign imports, and they have to fight for space against condo developments and businesses ranging from art galleries to clothing stores. What has losing this vital source of jobs meant for New York’s economy?
September 13, 2009, 7pm
Join Moviehouse for the premiere of two new, entertaining live dance & video works that are sure to shake up your perception of things. First, Astoria based trio Seen Performance presents The Party Project, transforming our screening room (and your interactions) into a performance. Then just when you think you’re having fun, the mischievous Meredith Blouin debuts her death-obsessive dance collaboration with filmmaker Pete D’Addeo challenging everything you’ve ever thought about being dead.
Box Shy by Seen Performance / Esther Palmer- choreography, David Morneau, Composer/Performer, Shana McKay Burns, Visual Artist/Designer
Box Shy is a piece from The Party Project, a series of short works that infuse performance into real life social mingling. Through round-robin style collaboration the trio works to develop a concept for a performance, which they typically bring to local house parties or bars and NOW to Moviehouse.
Being Dead by Meredith Blouin (choreography and performance) and Pete D’Addeo (video)
Choreographer Meredith Blouin and Filmmaker Peter D’Addeo premiere Being Dead, a work that questions the ways in which “deadness” is manufactured into an existence. “For Americans,” says historian Arnold Toynbee, “death is un-American.” Obsessions with youth, ceremonial customs, the afterlife and posterity avoid admission of an end. Performed from the perspective of a corpse, transitory physical and spiritual ideals of self animate the tasks and movements of anonymous muddy remains (sorry, no zombies.)
September 9, 2009, 8pm
Sternberg Park Handball Courts (map)
Swing by one last time for animated dancing from the minds of Mabebe Delgado, Gabrielle Lamb and Tristen Duhamel. Thanks so much to Deirdre Towers for helping to put together this program.
This program is presented in collaboration with the Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn and the Dance Film Association.
A character of street-art painted by Jérôme Mesnager is dancing and running on the walls of Paris.
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas by Gabrielle Lamb
This whimsical short combines dance and animation to tell the story of onedancer’s journey through time and space in search of her place in the universe. Through a series of short episodes, each set to a different cover version of the classic song “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas,” (“Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps”) she finds herself confronted by spinning buildings, an angry Ginger Rogers, and a set of aggressive picture frames—-only to find that destiny appears where and when she least expects it.
Bride and Broom by Mabebe Delgado
A housewife dances into a fantastical dream world and back again in this charming animated short.