Don’t miss Andrea Picco’s (’11) New York Film Academy Documentary thesis film in the Big Apple Film Festival on Nov 15, 2012 9:30 PM. Co-Produced by Priscila Vitalli (’09), The Girl Next Door is on a roll!
Last week Picco won Best Student Film and Best Editing at LA Women’s Independent Film Festival. Her terrific festival run had a very auspicious launch in October as an Official Selection at the prestigious Heartland Film Festival.
Nov 15, 2012
9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Girl Next Door – 25 minutes
Dir. Andrea Picco
Synopsis: In 1982, Theresa was 15 years old, a virgin from an American-Irish Catholic family, and a straight-A student. Two years later she had sex with hundreds and hundreds of men as a sex slave – part of a billion dollar industry that still exists today. Instead of turning to drugs or committing suicide, she turns her horrifying past into her calling, travels the country and helps people who are being trafficked. This film tells Theresa’s story from her recovery to her triumph as a public speaker and abolitionist.
It screens just before Indian Summer, directed by NYFA Docs prof, Mridu Chandra, Director of Photography, Eliana Alvarez NYFA Docs Cinematography prof. Indian Summer launched Friday November 9th as an Official Selection of the Rising-Star Festival, DOC NYC.
Indian Summer – 17 minutes
Dir. Mridu Chandra
Synopsis: Indian Summer follows Indian American kids, ages 9 to 16, at the Hindu Heritage Summer Camp near Rochester, NY as they pursue a course that offers exposure to meditation, yoga, and the opportunity to learn how to practice Hinduism in a largely Christian country. Through a lively and entertaining weave of footage shot by young campers, interviews, and verite footage, Indian Summer brings together first generation Indian American kids with similar feelings of alienation to document their religious and cultural point of view. They demystify the basic tenets of Hinduism for themselves and for us, they express a deep need for community, and they show us what it takes to be a Hindu in America.
One ticket, two great NYFA Docs shorts!
TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED HERE.
In fact, why not make a day of it and catch the US Premiere of RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA at DOC NYC. NYFA Docs prof, Alexandra Johnes served as Consulting Producer and Muhammed Hamdy (’09) was Post Production supervisor. It plays at 5:15 PM, Thu. Nov. 15, 2012 - IFC Center. RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA made its world premiere at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival in September and is en route to its European Premiere at the equally prestigious IDFA (the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) where it opens on Sunday, November 18th. The documentary also won the Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Award at the Sundance Film Festival while in progress.
Synopsis: Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in a village near the Jordan-Iraq border. She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate women from around the world are trained in six months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters. But can she overcome all the obstacles that stand in her way?