WAMC has, since the opening of The Linda, hosted a variety of film presentations with an overall focus on socially relevant cinema. While our Documentary Film Program maintains this basic format, we continue to present films and film events of all genres.
WAMC is committed to solidifying The Linda’s place as one of the region's resident film exhibitors by presenting film that reflects the station's commitment to social discourse and community support. We hope that you will find this website a useful tool with information on upcoming film events at the Linda, calendar postings for regional film events beyond the Linda, past broadcasts on WAMC Northeast Public Radio on film related topics and links to film resources and organizations to help you connect with the film community as a whole.
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An Evening with documentary filmmaker and author Chip Duncan
Thursday 9/11 - Film 7:00 PM - FREE
Reservations required call 518465-5233 ext 158
Chip will discuss and screen clips from his 3-part PBS series on THE REAGAN PRESIDENCY and the connection between Reagan's Middle East policy and initiatives of the early 80s with 9/11. A Q & A will follow where questions about the PBS series, his upcoming book Food Water Shelter and his numerous other films will be answered.
Chip Duncan is a filmmaker, author, photographer and President of The Duncan Group, Inc., a documentary production company formed in 1984.
Duncan and his team recently completed the three-part public television
series The Reagan Presidency (broadcast internationally durin 2013). Interviews include Douglas Brinkley, Oscar Arias, Walter Mondale, Paul Volcker, Sandra Day O'Connor, Condoleezza Rice, Robert Reich, George Shultz, Reza Aslan, and Andrew Young ... among others.
Duncan is currently in production on a feature documentary called TheNegotiator. The film tells the story of former Senator George Mitchell's historic struggle to bring peace to Northern Ireland.Interviews with Senator Mitchell, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have already been completed.
Duncan's production of A QUEST FOR MEANING - Myth, Imagination & Faith in the Lives & Literature of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien is currently in post-production will air nationwide on publictelevision during the fall of 2014.
The classroom component of Duncan's series on global warming - THE LIFE & DEATH OF GLACIERS -was released to schools across North America in September, 2011 by Discovery Education. The feature
documentary - MELTDOWN - WORLD WITHOUT ICE is currently in production with an estimated completion during 2015.
Other notable documentary productions include the 2009 PBS Special LANDSLIDE: THE PRESIDENCY OF HERBERT HOOVER. The PBS Special IN A JUST WORLD - CONTRACEPTION, ABORTION & WORLD RELIGION aired nationwide in 2003. The national release of THE COST OF FREEDOM -SECURITY, CIVIL LIBERTY & THE USA PATRIOT ACT premiered on public television that same year. Duncan's production of the 13-part Discovery Network series MYSTIC LANDS was broadcast in
more than 140 countries around the world during 1996. That same year, Duncan produced the feature film EDEN which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
During October, 2013, Duncan completed his third journey to war-torn Afghanistan. His work includes still photo documentation of humanitarian and educational projects in Kabul, Bamyan, Panjshir and several northern provinces. During May, 2012 Duncan documented health care conditions in the Irrawaddy Delta region of Burma (Myanmar). Later in 2012, Duncan documented several carbonreducing development programs in Ghana. During October, 2011, Duncan collaborated with Nairobibased Camerapix to create three short films on food security for One.org. Duncan documented relief efforts in Darfur, Sudan during 2008 and he was part of the first response to the Haitian earthquake
during January, 2010. Duncan documented humanitarian projects in Darfur, Sudan during 2008 and post-earthquake relief efforts in Pakistan during early 2006.
Duncan's photographic images appear in the book ENOUGH TO GO AROUND - SEARCHING FOR HOPE IN AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN & DARFUR (Select Books, NYC, 2009). A photographic exhibition of Duncan's images from Afghanistan premiered during August, 2011 at the World Peace Festival in Berlin, Germany. A second photographic exhibition featuring images from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Darfur,Sudan premiered during September at the O Street Museum in Washington D.C. Duncan's images are currently on display at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City through May, 2014.
Duncan has filmed in more than forty countries. His documentary television specials and series have won more than 125 national and international awards and appeared on networks around the world. Duncan's work in theater includes helping raise financing for numerous Broadway productions such as Frost Nixon, High Fidelity The Musical, Shockheaded Peter, West Side Story (current) and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Duncan will be directing Michael Dresher's 18 ARRESTS, NO CONVICTIONS off-Broadway during the fall of 2014.
Current projects include the THE SOUNDMAN, a documentary short featuring Kenyan audio journalist Abdul Ramadhan, and the book FOOD, WATER, SHELTER (slated for release in 2015. The book includes stories and images featuring humanitarian projects in Haiti, Burma, Afghanistan, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
Sponsored by Jim & Sue Towne on behalf of the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative at Skidmore College
The 33rd Asbury Short Film Concert
Saturday 9/13 - Film 8:00 PM - $10.00
Asbury Shorts "concerts" feature the best in short comedy, drama and outstanding animation, without promoting competition. Academy Award nominated Director Jason Reitman ("Juno," "Up in the Air", "Thank You for Smoking," "Young Adult") calls Asbury Shorts: "The Best Short Film Show I've ever seen!" Combining classics with new international selections ASNY provides a rare opportunity for the public to see world-class films on a theatrical screen, instead of an iPod or computer.
Highlights of the 2-hour presentation include:
"A Poet Long Ago" - from acclaimed director Bob Giraldi. Written by famed novelist Pete Hamill. The film stars Steve Schirripa (HBO"s "The Sopranos") and Boris McGiver (Netflix "House of Cards," HBO's "The Wire,") as two former grammar school classmates who meet by chance and reminisce about those younger days back in Brooklyn...opening up some old wounds. Mr. Giraldi's film was awarded "Best Narrative Short Film" at The 12th Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
"Globe Trot" is the latest short film from renowned independent filmmaker Mitchell Rose. Mr Rose created this incredible international crowd-sourced dance film with choreographer Bebe Miller. The film recently won "Audience Award" at WorldFest in Houston.
"Local Commercial"- John Ratzenberger ("Cliff the Mailman" on the iconic NBC TV comedy series "Cheers") stars as the owner of a law firm who hires a veteran movie director to create a new television commercial for his company. "Local Commercial" was directed by Richard Dobbs who helmed many episodes of the NBC TV series "Law & Order," and "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit." Mr. Dobbs won "Best Director" for this film at The Boston International Film Festival.
Asbury Shorts has been presented at: The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Royal Festival Hall, London, The Lake Shore Theater, Chicago, Director's Guild Theater in Manhattan, SUMMER STAGE in Central Park, the AERO Theatre in Santa Monica, Creative Alliance in Baltimore and the Leminske Theater in Berlin.
These are a few of the films we are considering screening here at The Linda. If you would like to comment or have a film suggestion of your own, please e-mail us at: email@example.com
Burt's Buzz takes an intimate look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt's Bees, exploring his fascinating and utterly unique life. Wise and wry, ornery and opinionated, the reclusive Shavitz is committed to living off the land and keeping true to his humble beginnings despite his celebrity status. The film chronicles Burt's life as a photographer, beekeeper, and brand spokesman, following his complicated relationship with the company, his fans, and the world around him. Exposing the collision between business and personal values, Burt's Buzz is a compelling and fascinating portrait of this highly idiosyncratic pioneer, and a revealing study of what it means to be a living icon.
Brothers of the Black List
September 4, 1992: An elderly woman in a small town in upstate New York reports an attempted rape by a young black man who cut his hand during the altercation. While looking for suspects, police contact officials at SUNY Oneonta, a nearby college, and a school administrator reacts by handing over a list of names and residences of 125 black male students. For the next several days, those students are tracked down and interrogated by various police departments under a presumption of guilty until proven innocent.
In Brothers of the Black List, director Sean Gallagher tracks this story of racism that became the longest litigated civil rights case in American history. The now grown students and their school counselor, Edward "Bo" Whaley, recount the disturbing events that the college and police department tried sweeping under the rug for many years thereafter. An emotional story of social justice, this unsettling documentary is also a cautionary tale of equal rights gone wrong that is relevant today more than ever.
Seeds of Time
A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler's journey, and our own, is just beginning: From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, Fowler's passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
Yakona, meaning "rising water" in a local Native American language, is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. This film takes the viewer from prehistoric times through the modern era on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. While filming, many extraordinary changes occurred surrounding the springs and river, including the removal of the Aquarena Springs theme park, the restoration of Spring Lake and the uncovering of ancient human remains. We were there to capture these historic changes to the river.
We follow the river from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river's time and memory, and documenting this relationship between the natural world and man. Yakona speaks directly to the viewer with its beauty, appealing to humanity's higher nature, and the viewer begins to understand this is a river that yearns to remain unchanged despite everything that is changing around it.
AN EVENING WITH DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AND AUTHOR CHIP DUNCAN
Film 7:00 PM
Reservations required call 518465-5233 ext 158
THE 33RD ASBURY SHORT FILM CONCERT
Film 8:00 PM
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT - THE INVISIBLE WAR
Film 7:00 PM
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