The Gathr Preview Series gives audiences in select cities (now including New Orleans) the chance to see the best new independent cinema before anyone else – even before the NYC and LA theatrical releases. The series is billed as a year-round film festival, movie club, and mid-week date night all rolled into one.
New Orleans’ Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center recently became the local home for the indie film distributor Gathr Films and its exclusive preview series. The preview series continues this week and for the rest of the month with four new events at Zeitgeist. The screenings take place every week on Monday at 7:30 p.m.
November's scheduled screenings:
- JFK: A President Betrayed (Dir. Cory Taylor) – November 4
The death of John F. Kennedy remains among the most compelling mysteries of the 20th century. But what may be more significant are the actions he took that provoked such extreme resentment.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, JFK: A President Betrayed uncovers new evidence that reveals how JFK boldly reversed US government policy to embark on secret back-channel peace efforts with Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro and other sworn American enemies. The film brings to light how JFK was subverted by his own advisors and considers how the world might be different had he lived.
- Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" – November 11
Since 1998, Filmmaker Magazine has put out an annual talent list, its "25 New Faces of Independent Film," which has acted for a barometer for American indie cinema. This fall, three directors selected for the 2013 list – Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Scott Blake, and Mohammad Gorjestani – hit the road with their work, accompanied by Filmmaker's Managing Editor Nick Dawson.
Their short films being screened:
NEEDLE – Young Lilly is going to get her ears pierced. A quarrel between her parents overwhelms the situation and directs it differently. 21 minutes
SURVEYOR – 1848. In the last days of the Mexican-American War, a government agent surveyor attempts to return home after surveying land on the Western frontier. His journey becomes a nightmarish trek through an American gothic landscape. 25 minutes
REFUGE – Set in 2020, a brewing cyberwar between the US and Iran puts Sonia, a young Iranian refugee, at risk of deportation. Her only escape may come at a greater price than she’s willing to pay. 23 mins
- Cold Turkey (Dir. Will Slocombe) – November 18
Thanksgiving get-together for the eccentric Turner clan, presided over by eminent scholar and patriarch, Poppy, turns into a disastrous holiday weekend when black sheep daughter Nina pays her first visit home in 15 years. Nina immediately clashes with stepmother, Deborah and competes with her siblings for Poppy’s affection – and money. Over three days, the family gradually disintegrates over who will get Poppy’s money – only to discover Poppy has his own bad news to share…
The film is about what happens when you set a match to a powder keg. It’s about honesty. It’s about love. It’s about trying your best. Ultimately, it’s about the kind of emotional terrorism that only families can inflict upon one another. A movie about a family that will make you thankful for yours.
Cold Turkey stars Peter Bogdanovich, Alicia Witt, Cheryl Hines, Ashton Holmes, and Sonya Walger.
- These Birds Walk (Dir. Omar Mullick) – November 25
Filmed over nearly three years, These Birds Walk is the story of Omar, a high-spirited young boy of 9 or 10 who is living in a house for runaways; he has fled his difficult rural home life for the dangerous streets of Karachi, and is trying to find a safe haven somewhere amidst the chaos of his country and his family.
Attempting to help him is Asad, a young ambulance driver who works for the dispatch center adjacent to the runaways’ home. A former street kid, Asad sees something of himself in these children, and reluctantly but regularly risks his life to reunite them with their families.
Hanging over both of them, though only briefly glimpsed in the film, is the presence of the founder of both the orphanage and the ambulance dispatch center: Abdul Sattar Edhi, the most deeply revered philanthropist in Pakistan. Edhi has established a system of nursing homes, women’s shelters, orphanages and hospitals – a large army of humanitarians gathered in his name to fight the country’s rampant gang violence, ethnic conflict and poverty.
Again, all screenings take place every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Zeitgeist Multi-Discipinary Arts Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.)
Tickets for all screenings are $10 ($8 for members)
For more information on Gathr Films and the local preview series, check out their website: http://gathr.us/series/new-orleans-previews
So come out to the Zeitgeist and take advantage of this unique film-going experience and all the Zeitgeist Arts Center has to offer. And by doing so, help support one the premier alternative arts center in the South. You can visit the Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center’s website here.
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