By Staff Report, UPDATED: 4:45pm
The silver screens at Kaufman Studios and the Museum of Moving Image will feature work by Jackson Heights residents and other Queens filmmakers as part of the 7th Annual Queens World Film Festival beginning this Wednesday, March 15th.
The opening night, originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 14th, has been cancelled due to the pending snowstorm expected to hit the city. Those with tickets to opening night can have their admission honored at one of three other screenings during the week; Daughters of the Dust, Scumbag and Queens Corner.
The Queens World Film Festival will start screening more than 100 films at the two venues from Wednesday to Sunday, March 19th. Although there will be a block of screenings on Sunday, March 19th at 4:30pm featuring works of different Queens filmmakers at the Museum of Moving Image, the following films also include work by Jackson Heights residents, and will be spread throughout the course of the festival.
Saturday, March 18th, 7:15pm @ Bartos Theater, Museum of Moving Image
SAG Award Winner, Judith Roberts, whose film credits include “Eraserhead,” “Choke” and “Dead Silence,” returns to the silver screen in the 11 minute short, “NOW,” directed, produced and written by Jackson Heights resident Paul Kelly.
The short is described on IMDB as, “lucid intervals of existential consciousness occupy a woman’s thoughts more than she thinks.”
The film will be screened with other similarly-themed works in the block titled, “What’s Inside, Inside?”
Sunday, March 19th, 12:30pm @ Zukor Theater, Kaufman Studios
Jackson Heights resident and audiovisual historian Seth Fein explores how the neighborhoods located nearby the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park have changed over the past fifty years, particularly due to immigration and development, in his documentary, “Between Neighborhoods.”
“It shows how people from all over the world, who today reside in the neighborhoods that surround Unisphere, socially redefine the mammoth monument from the ‘outerborough’ and ‘third world’ authoritarian modernization that [Robert] Moses imposed from above in the sixties,” says Fein.
Children Behind the Wall
Sunday, March 19th, 5:15pm @ Zukor Theater, Kaufman Studios
A documentary exploring the lives of abandoned children whose parents attempted to cross the Mexican border into the United States is the subject of “Children Behind the Wall,” written, directed and produced by longtime Jackson Heights resident Marisol Gonzalez.
The film features first-hand accounts of children who were forced to fend for themselves on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, many of whom were introduced to drugs and prostitution at an early age and fell into cycles of violence and dependency.
A “Sizzle Reel” featuring clips from many of the films that will be screening throughout this year’s festival can be viewed below: