Zoellner Arts Center film series, On Screen/In Person, part of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation program
Bethlehem, PA August 21, 2015: Zoellner Arts Center has been selected as a host site for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s “On Screen/In Person” program. “On Screen/In Person” is designed to bring some of the best new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. The filmmakers will tour with their films and are available through the host sites to develop community activities that provide audiences context and greater appreciation for their respective work and the art of film. Foreign Puzzle directed by Chithra Jeyaram will open the series at Zoellner on September 8 at 7:00 pm. All film showings and meetings with film makers will be in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem. They are offered free of charge, no tickets required (pay as you wish).
An addition to the series, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM directed by Morgan Neville, will be shown on TUES SEPT 15 at 4:15 PM & 7:00PM. The 2013 American film was produced by Gil Friesen, a music industry executive whose curiosity to know more about the lives of background singers inspired the making of the film. The film provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of immensely talented singers and stars like Darlene Love Merry Clayton and Judith Hill. Darlene Love will, in fact, be returning to Zoellner for a live performance on November 21. Another performer featured in the film, Lisa Fischer, will also be performing in Baker Hall on October 10. Other singers featured in the film include Táta Vega, and Jo Lawry. 20 FEET FROM STARDOM won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
List Of Films
FILM MAKER: CHITHRA JEYARAM
FILM TITLE: FOREIGN PUZZLE
TUES SEPT 8 | | 7:00PM
Foreign Puzzle follows dancer and choreographer Sharon Marroquin through her breast cancer treatments and explores her anxieties and challenges as she creates a dance titled, “The Materiality of Impermanence.” The dance becomes Sharon’s only outlet, allowing her to escape the daily pressures of the disease and life as a single working parent, and shapes her perceptions about life as she fights to heal her body and mind.
FILM MAKER: JESSICA VALE
FILM TITLE: SMALL SMALL THING: THE OLIVIA ZINNAH STORY
TUES OCT 20 | | 7:00PM
After filmmaker Jessica Vale became personally involved with 7-year old Olivia and her mother while working on another project in Monrovia, Liberia, her quest to film them became a mission of hope and medical help in a country where rape is the number one crime, and the majority of the victims are children.
FILM MAKER: JONATHAN GRUBER
FILM TITLE: MIRIAM BEERMAN: EXPRESSING THE CHAOS
SUN NOV 15 | | 7:00PM
In her more than 60 years as a groundbreaking artist, Miriam Beerman has overcome loss and tragedy to inspire friends, family, and fans about how to remain defiant, creative and strong. Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos is the retrospective of a remarkable career and the profile of an artist whose personal demons and empathy for human suffering colored a lifetime of her work.
FILM MAKER: BETH HARRINGTON
FILM TITLE: WINDING STREAM
THURS FEB 11 | | 7:00PM
The Winding Stream tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes, tracing the influence of their music from the 1920s through the present day, and how a seemingly unlikely young man named Johnny Cash would be the one to lift up the Carter legacy from obscurity. An intimate account of reciprocity and love, the Winding Stream features interviews and performances with roots music practitioners, including one of the last interviews ever granted by Johnny Cash.
FILM MAKER: MARIA AGUI CARTER
FILM TITLE: REBEL
TUES MARCH 8 | | 7:00PM
One of the thousand women said to have fought in the Civil War, Loreta Janeta Velazquez concealed her gender and ethnicity, and changed her identity in order to become a Confederate soldier spy and double agent for the Union, only to be dismissed as a hoax after revealing her story in her scandalous 1876 memoir, The Woman in Battle. REBEL is a story about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.
FILM MAKER: JUDY LIEFF
FILM TITLE: DEAF JAM
TUES APRIL 19 | | 7:00PM
Illuminating the extraordinary power of American Sign Language (ASL) poetry, Deaf Jam is the story of Aneta Brodski’s bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. When Aneta, a deaf Israeli immigrant high school student, makes an extraordinary connection with a hearing Palestinian slam poet, they transcend personal and political divisions to generate a new form of poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the deaf. “Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics…Delightful and endearing, utilizing upbeat music and clever graphics, Deaf Jam immerses us in the richness and complexity of deaf culture and gives us a unique perspective into a world so vibrant, so diverse, it may forever change the way we see the non-hearing.” Barbara Pokras, A.C.E. – Woodstock Film Festival.
On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program
No tickets are required for the performances. For more information, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services Tues 12-6pm, Wed- Fri 12-5pm, 90 minutes before curtain ticketed events or online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org.