Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Saturday, June 12: "Life and Debt" film screening @ MAYSLES INSTITUTE

A Series Dedicated to a Major Contributor to the Documentary Film Tradition

Life and Debt*7:00 pm
Dir. Stephanie Black, 2001, 80 min.

"Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. Life and Debt addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalization policies on a developing country such as Jamaica."

*The Mayor of Central Park 8:30pm
Dir. John Mullen, 2006, 63 min.

"Alberto Arroyo, “pioneer of the jogging trend” and “Mayor of Central Park”, narrates the story of a park, a city and a 90+ year lifetime from the jogging track around the Central Park Reservoir (named in his honor shortly after his passing in 2010). While battling cancer, native New Yorker John Mullen spent his time in Central Park creating this portrait of person and place, the only film he ever conceived, shot, edited and produced on his own. Two men make an imprint of their delight for everyday life and communion as they each face their own mortality with grace and humor.


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