Playing catch up on the past couple weeks of STF. On Feb 23, director Dan Klores brought his highly entertaining film WINNING TIME: REGGIE MILLER VS THE NEW YORK KNICKS. As a basketball fan, I wasn’t sure if non-fans would share my appreciation for this. But did they ever. My favorite reaction came from passholder Hemal Trivedi who admitted that she didn’t know a Knick from a knack, but the film reminded her of a rivalry closer to her own experience between India and Pakistan’s cricket teams. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Weinstein – Thom Powers, director Dan Klores and editor David Zieff)
Two days later, for a Thursday night special, STF audiences braved a blizzard to turn out in full force for the Oscar-nominated BURMA VJ. Joining for the Q&A was the editor-in-chief of the Democratic Voice of Burma, Aye Chan Naing, visiting from his base in Scandanavia. Naing described his organization’s efforts to smuggle footage out of Burma for the rest of the world to have a better understanding of the country. Afterwards, I introduced him to another political exile Ngwang Choephel who brought his film TIBET IN SONG to STF last spring (photo).
On March 2, filmmaker Judith Helfand celebrated her 20th anniversary of having beaten cancer as chronicled in her film A HEALTHY BABY GIRL. The intensely personal documentary was even more poignant for the presence of Helfand’s mother and other family in the audience. During the Q&A, Helfand previewed a few outtakes that she’s contemplating for a new DVD release of the film from Docurama. (Photo courtesy of EJ)
Q&A – L to R: STF curator Thom Powers, director Dan Klores and editor David Zieff.
Filmmakers Doug Block (51 BIRCH STREET) and Hemal Trivedi.
A HEALTHY BABY GIRL:
Q&A -Thom Powers and director Judith Helfand.
Alicia Svigals, one of the foremost Klezmer violinists in the world, was one of the composers on A HEALTHY BABY GIRL as part of the Klezmatics in 1997. She played live at the screening to one of Judith’s new dvd extras.