FOOD FOR THOUGHT - IVORY TOWER
Thursday 7/16 - Film 7:00 PM - $8.00
Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion.
This Months Film: IVORY TOWER
As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.
Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State -- among several others -- IVORY TOWER reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women's college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure. Ultimately, IVORY TOWER asks, What price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionize college as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model?
This evenings musical performer
Jack Empie began playing guitar spontaneously on a Christmas Day when he discovered a guitar (intended for his younger brother) under the tree. Jack went on to study music at Berkley College and Towson University. His diverse range makes it difficult to place his music in a particular genre but his personal voice is discernible to even an unsophisticated listener. Jack has worked as a professional musician in bands and as a solo performer since he was a teenager. His passion for music is infectious because of his joy in sharing and relating it others. He is presently working to release a new CD and continues to perform at various local venues.
UPWIFT Presents Women In Film: Beyond Iconic
Saturday 7/18 - Film 8:00 PM - $8.00
UPWIFT: Upstate Women in Film and Television
and a conversation with Director HANNA SAWKA
Beyond Iconic introduces Dennis Stock in his own words and through hundreds of his famous photographs from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Jazz and the sixties through to his exploration of architecture, landscapes and nature. The film also brings us into one of Mr. Stock's last photography workshops as he pushes artists to greater self-awareness, intellectual depth while examining the issues of photography as a social force and art form. More than a biographic documentary Beyond Iconic look at Stock's brilliant and famous photography, his colorful and adventurous life, and his brassy personality as one of the most influential chroniclers of the late 20th century.
Women in Film & Television (UPWIFT) supports women calling the shots in film, television and digital media, energizing the careers of women in entertainment by illuminating their achievements, providing training and professional development, and advocating for equity. UPWIFT is a volunteer based organization, reaching from the base of the Hudson Valley to the crown of the Capital District Region, and joining over 40 other Women in Film & Television chapters with 10,000 global members.
DIRECTOR - HANNA SAWKA
Hanna Maria Sawka was born in communist Poland in 1975. Before she was one year old, her family was exiled due to artist father Jan Sawka's political opposition activities. Her family was given refuge in the United States, so Hanna grew up in New York until she was 11, when the family moved to the Woodstock area, just north of New York City. Hanna completed her English/Theater B.A. cum laude with high honors in theater at Smith College in Northampton, MA. In 1997, Hanna won a Kosciuszko Foundation grant to study directing at the Polish National Film, TV and Theatre School, alma mater of directors Krzysztof Kieslowski, lifetime-achievement Oscar© recipient Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polanski (Best Director Oscar© for "The Pianist"), among others. From 1999 - 2002, while still a graduate student, Hanna directed bimonthly crime re-enactments for a nationally broadcast prime-time crime show (Polish National Television). One of her episodes lead to the arrest and apprehension of a rapist and murderer. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Film, TV and Theatre Directing in December 2004.
She has directed two full-length plays. An adaptation of Japanese classic "Love Suicide at Amijima" by ChikamatsuMonzaemon was staged at the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater in Northampton, MA in 1996. In 2002, Hanna directed a politically controversial play, "The Carcass" by Richard Corozine, at the STU Theater in Poland's theater capital of Krakow. Since 1999, she has written, produced and directed 5 short films, both fiction and documentary, which together have garnered 14 festival nominations around the world and awards that include a "Best of the Festival" award at Mediawave in Gyor, Hungary and an "Audience Choice" first prize at the Red Wasp Film Festival in Bryant, Texas. In 2004, Lake Isle Press published "At Hanka's Table," a culinary autobiography recounting the Sawka family's survival and success in the art world, which Hanna co-authored with her mother, HankaSawka. The book has garnered praise from critics, including the New York Times, NPR and in the academic press.
Hanna's most recent film, "Beyond Iconic" was a finalist at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival and it was an official selection at the IFC's DOC NYC Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, FilmColumbia and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. The film has enjoyed positive reviews in Filmmaker Magazine and other publications and it is currently being broadcast on television in Holland and Australia. In the United States, it is in educational distribution (Filmmakers Library, an imprint of the Alexander Street Press).
Currently, she is co-managing the estate of her late father, Jan Sawka, an artist whose works are in over sixty museum collections around the world. She is developing a documentary about Jan Sawka in collaboration with Opus Film (Poland), the studio that won Best Foreign Oscar this past March for "Ida."