Using street art as a focal point, Baker’s film examines the various ways people struggle to express themselves in situations where free speech is curtailed or suppressed. It also explores how certain kinds of expression can be repressive to individuals.
Following The Cutting Room screening, there was an engaging panel discussion, which included David Klein, NYFA’s Senior Executive Vice President; Issues of freedom of expression in film, journalism and the world of academia were explored by J. R. Brandstrader, a veteran print and broadcast journalist; Deborah Carroll, executive producer at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; Blaze Coyle, filmmaker, focused on women and social justice; and Christa Salamander, Syrian media specialist and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College whose current book project is on the Syrian TV drama industry.
For those who were unable to attend The Cutting Room premiere, there are a few more festival screenings to come.
The RiverRun Festival, based in Winston-Salem, NC, will be holding a screening on Saturday, April 1. After the screening there will be a talkback moderated by the producer, Dale Pollack.
Cinemonde, the private film series at the Roger Smith Hotel, will be screening the film on April 5 at 7pm.
“Streetwrite” will then screen at the Manhattan Film Festival on Friday, April 21 at Cinema Village and at the NYC Indie Film Festival on Friday, May 5 at The Producer’s Club.
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