NEW FILMS 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
2 pm – 5 pm
@ Asian American Writersâ€™ Workshop
110-112 W. 27th St, #600,Â New York, NY 10001
$10 admission (click here to buy tickets)
TheÂ South Asian Womenâ€™s Creative CollectiveÂ (SAWCC) is pleased to presentÂ New Films 2015,Â a one-day showcase of short films by South Asian women artists and directors. FeaturingÂ video art, animation, television, and documentary work, the selected pieces engage a diverse audience on a range of aesthetic, socio-political, and conceptual levels.Â Guest curator, Nandita Ahmed, will lead a short panel with selected artists after the screenings.
Featured artists: Sonali Gulati, Farheen HaQ, Shubhra Prakash, Gazelle Samizay, Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel, and Aneesh Sheth.
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NEW FILMS 2015 FINALISTS
Big Time-my doodled diary, 2015, 11.32 minutes
As â€œGirls Just Want to Have Funâ€ dominates the pop charts, Maya writes in herÂ diary everything that rocks her teenage world, from the assassination of IndiraÂ Gandhi and her parentsâ€™ divorce, to the latest pimple that made its appearance. But suddenly not much else seems to matter when a new girl arrives atÂ school. A delightful and intimate exploration of youthful obsession, buddingÂ sexuality and what it means to be a teenager, which all too often sucks, bigÂ time.
The Table, 2015, 5.20 minutes
The Table is a video diptych of gestures that emerge from my subconsciousÂ where I tap into a lineage of women who have come before: those whoÂ washed by hand, made rotis, ground up spices, swaddled, wrapped andÂ comforted. By wrapping myself in the long tablecloth, I am the baby, the youngÂ child and also the grandmother wrapped in a white sari. – Farheen HaQ
Funny Faces, 2015, 4.59 minutes
Two female comedians work well as a team. The establishment has laid downÂ the rules, only one of the two is allowed to perform the jokes. Together theyÂ must challenge both the establishment and their own beliefs on talent, beautyÂ and being an artist. Funny Faces was a result of a 72 hour film shootoutÂ competition, a worldwide contest that is conducted annually by Asian American Film Lab in New York City, where the theme was â€œLook Deeperâ€.
Left, 2011, 2.51 minutes
In a bittersweet extrication, a woman “cleans house” by casting away relicsÂ that have defined her womanhood–broken expectations of love and rigidÂ standards of female purity.
Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel
Claiming Our Voice, 2013, 21.00 minutes
Claiming Our Voice is a short documentary film by Jennifer Pritheeva SamuelÂ sharing the stories of Andolan, an organization founded and led by SouthÂ Asian immigrant women low-wage workers as a means to support each otherÂ and collectively organize against exploitative work conditions. The film followsÂ the women as they create, rehearse and refine acts for their first popularÂ multi-lingual theater performance, directed by YaliniDream. Claiming OurÂ Voice seeks to break community silence by allowing women to (literally) setÂ the stage for how their stories will be told.
CRAVE: An Original Series by Aneesh Sheth, 2015, 16.02 minutes
Maggie is an actress trying to make her mark in show business and her secret,Â being transgender, is her greatest asset or her biggest liability on any givenÂ day. She’s lucky to have the support and love of her two best friends, Bobbi, aÂ gay man stuck in an abusive relationship and Karen, a military wife stuck in aÂ loveless marriage when her husband Mark returns from a deployment inÂ Afghanistan. And just when things couldn’t get any harder, Maggie’s estrangedÂ sister shows up, pregnant, seeking support from Maggie, the sibling sheÂ abandoned years ago.
We would like to thank Â 3rdi NY, Brooklyn Brewery and Kettle Corn NYC for supporting New Films 2015. SAWCCâ€™s events are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.