Tag Archives: Karen Black

Actress Karen Black showcased at film festival in LIC


| editorial@queenscourier.com


BY PAULINA TAM

The Second Annual Chain NYC Film Festival is underway in Long Island City, showcasing more than 100 films through Aug. 17. Documentaries, narratives and web series will be displayed alongside talkbacks and performances with famous and up-and-coming actors alike.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, there will be a retrospective of the career of the Oscar-nominated actress Karen Black, followed by a documentary by filmmaker Russell Brown, “Karen Black: On Acting.” That will be followed by a staged reading of her never-before-seen play, “Mama at Midnight” with actress Sean Young, who was in “Blade Runner” and “Ace Ventura.” The retrospective begins at 5 p.m., followed by the documentary. “Mama at Midnight” begins at 7 p.m.

Awards will also be distributed for several categories, including Best Narrative Feature and Best Screenplay.

For more information on the festival and a schedule of film showings, visitwww.chainfilmfestival.com. The festival is located at 21-28 45th Rd.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Stars shine at Queens World Film Festival


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

The stars came out for the Queens World Film Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image. 

Opening night was held on Tuesday, March 5 and featured films from the borough and as far away as Belgium, Italy, Spain and Australia.

Organizers Katha and Don Cato welcomed the large audience of film lovers and encouraged the filmmakers present to continue making films.

“We have a lot to talk about or even argue about,” said Katha. “You must continue to tell your stories, it’s what binds us together!”

Before any of the films made its debut, the festival honored Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer as the 2013 Spirit of Queens Community honoree for his dedication to the community and the arts.

“If you do not believe culture and the arts sustain communities, you have to witness festivals like this,” said Van Bramer. “You don’t have to go to Manhattan to see world-class films.”

Although Academy Award nominated actress Karen Black could not be in attendance, she was also featured as a Spirit of Queens honoree and accepted her recognition through a pre-recorded video.

Saturday night, March 9, the awards presentation was held at Renaissance Event Hall. Among the winners was “Planet Utero” by Elmhurst’s Faiyaz Jafri, for Best Animation. William Cusick was another local filmmaker who took home an award for Founder’s Choice for his film “Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road).” The Audience Award winner was “Mikeyboy,” which is set in Queens, by director Christopher Berkenkamp.

The festival came to an end Sunday, March 10 with encore screenings at the Secret Theatre of all the winning films.

Adrian Manzano from Jackson Heights debuted his feature “BQE” at the film festival.

The festival honored Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer as the 2013 Spirit of Queens Community Honoree for his dedication to the community.

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES