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FilmWorks Forum

FilmWorks Forum is a non-profit community service presenting interesting and inspiring independent and documentary films. Screenings are followed by a discussion with people involved in the creation of the film… filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, actors, sharing their experience in making the film and why a particular project was created or funded. This continuing festival of the filmed arts began in 1997.

Screenings are generally held on Sundays and are open to the public free of charge.

Submit Your Film: We encourage filmmakers interested in submitting their film to contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call our office at 860-435-2897. We look for films that are relevant to the cultural, environmental and political climate of our times and that have a close connection to our region and the interests of our communities.

Collaborate: We are always open to collaborations with regional nonprofit organizations to screen films that are of mutual interest to our communities. Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Suggest a Film: Your input into the selection of these films is vitally important. We welcome any suggestion that you have and any leads to filmmakers who may want to screen a film that fits the criteria. Contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Filmworks Forum: SCREENAGERS - Growing Up in the Digital Age

Filmworks Forum: SCREENAGERS - Growing Up in the Digital Age

Documentary & Panel Discussion
Sponsored by Indian Mountain School

Sunday, October 23, 11 AM

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

After the film there will a community discussion about the topics presented.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Filmworks Forum: BEING MORTAL

Filmworks Forum: BEING MORTAL

A Free Community Screening & Discussion
Sponsored by Sharon Hospital

Sunday, October 30, 11:30 AM

The film we will see is based on the bestselling book BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande, the subject of which has the potential to change medicine – and lives.

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. And families go along with all of it.

After the film representatives from Sharon Hospital will lead a community discussion on the topics presented.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Civic Life Project 2016

Civic Life Project 2016

2 hrs

Sunday, June 12 – 11:30 AM

The Fourth Annual Presentation by The Salisbury Forum and FilmWorks Forum of The Moviehouse

Young filmmakers from our local high schools explore a variety of issues that impact teens, schools and communities in a presentation of short documentaries. A civic education is essential to the preservation and improvement of our democracy. This presentation will be a chance for each of us to model how an engaged community can talk and listen to each other with respect and without judgment.

The CIVIC LIFE PROJECT challenges students to learn about our democracy, discover their community and “find their voice” through the creation of documentary film.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

FilmWorks Forum: One by One: The Teachings of Diana King

FilmWorks Forum: One by One: The Teachings of Diana King

Presented in collaboration with The Kildonan School

Sunday, April 24 – 11:00 a.m.

After the film: Lecture & Book Signing with Diana King, Founder of The Kildonan School

In 2005, Kildonan School co-founder Diana Hanbury King published the book One by One: Working With Dyslexia, The Story of Dunnabeck and Kildonan. In it, Diana discusses her stories of working with dyslexic students for over six decades. Now emmy Award winning filmmaker Harvey Hubell V has created a documentary chronicling King and her groundbreaking work.

“I have been teaching dyslexic students all my working life. This book is an account of my experiences, and of the thousands of teachers and students with whom it has been my privilege to work. While the students remain the same—endlessly fascinating in their ways of learning and failing to learn—other things have changed during the past sixty years.”—-Diana King

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

FilmWorks Forum: Most Likely to Succeed

FilmWorks Forum: Most Likely to Succeed

Sunday, April 3 – 11:00 a.m.

Writer/Director: Greg Whiteley
Cast: Scott Swaaley

After the screening there will be a panel discussion with:
Charles Noyes: Farm Curriculum and Programming Coordinator, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT.
Marcie Wistar: Middle and High school science teacher, Kildonan School.
Lisa Carter: Principal, Salisbury Central School
Sarah Sprague: Science Department Chair, Indian Mountain School
Ian Strever: Assistant Principa, Housatonic Valley Regional High School , Falls Village, CT
Matt Dilley: Science Deptartment Chair & Physics Teacher, Millbrook School
Amanda Ruhe: Science and Technology Teacher, Dutchess Day School
Sandra Charlap: Founder & Advisor for Edge, a self-directed, interdisciplinary learning program at The Kildonan School

The current educational system in the United States was developed a century ago during the rise of the industrial age and was once the envy of the world. However, the world economy has since transformed profoundly, but the US education system has not. Schools are attempting to teach and test skills, when mastered, that still leave graduates woefully unprepared for the 21st Century. After presenting this problem, the documentary focuses on the story of a school in San Diego that is completely rethinking what the experience of going to school looks like. As we follow students, parents and teachers through a truly unorthodox school experience, the audience is forced to consider what sort of educational environment is most likely to succeed in the 21st century?

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

The Millionaires’ Unit

The Millionaires’ Unit

1 Hr. 45 MIns.

The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented American Air Power

Sunday, January 17, 11:15 a.m.

Presented by The Salisbury Forum and FilmWorks Forum

Leading the Q&A after the screening will be co-producer and co-director RON KING. Joining Ron will be GEOFF ROSSANO from Salisbury and MARC WORTMAN from New Haven.

Cast: Bruce Dern, Kevin Joy, Dan Evans
Directors: Darroch Greer, Ron King
Writer: Darroch Greer

Seven years in the making and filmed on three continents, as well as locally at the Rhinebeck Aerodrome, this documentary tells the dramatic story of a group of Yale students motivated by patriotism, courage, and honor, joined the Navy at the outbreak of World War I, learned to fly, and went on to battle deadly U-boats over the Atlantic. They were the first to fly for America in WW1, some of them making the ultimate sacrifice.

Books by both Geoff Rosano and Marc Wortman will be available for purchase at the event by Oblong Books & Music.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

The Hudson: River at Risk

The Hudson: River at Risk

2 Hrs.

Sunday, August 16th – 11:30 a.m.

A FilmWorks Forum presentation of three important short films outlining the current risks facing our beloved river and its environs.

BOMB TRAINS ON THE HUDSON
THE LONG SHADOW OF INDIAN POINT
A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS

Each film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Filmmaker & Director Jon Bowermaster:

Panel participants include:
Jon Bowermaster: Filmmaker/Moderator
Ned Sullivan, President, Scenic Hudson
Didi Barrett, NYS Assemblymember
Cliff Weathers, Communications Director, Riverkeeper

Listen to WHDD’s Marshall Miles interview Jon Bowermaster & Ned Sullivan about this event.

For many years, the Hudson river, like so many waterways, was treated like an infinite waste barrel, a receptacle for poisonous chemicals, hazardous waste, trash of all descriptions. But in the past forty years, thanks to a committed group of environmentalists and their agencies (Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, Clearwater and more) the river has become markedly cleaner. While it is still an under-utilized natural resource, increasingly it is used by boaters, kayakers, even swimmers as a recreational playground. But the river, in the words of Riverkeeper’s John Lipscomb, has “had a foot on its neck” for more than one hundred years and still today, despite the efforts to clean it up, there are environmental risks and concerns.

Since it is our hometown river (Oceans 8 Films are headquartered here in the Hudson Valley), Bowermaster and his crew decided to take a closer look at several of the more prominent risks: – The boom in transportation of crude oil down the river by barge and rail car – The always-problematic aging nuclear power plant at Indian Point – The impact of the building of a replacement to the Tappan Zee Bridge and its ultimate teardown – the largest construction project in North America.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

The Civic Life Project: 2015 Student Documentaries

The Civic Life Project: 2015 Student Documentaries

A Special Presentation by The Salisbury Forum in Collaboration with FilmWorks Forum

Sunday, June 7 – Doors Open at 11:00 a.m. show starts 11:30 p.m.

Should marijuana be legalized in Connecticut? Why is there so much mistrust between police and minority youths? Can teenagers live without social media? What happens when they try to give up their cell phones and tablets for two weeks? Are many children being over-medicated for ADD and ADHD?

These are some of the complex and controversial subjects student film makers tackled this year under the Civic Life Project. Many of these high school juniors and seniors found their views changed when they started asking questions and getting answers.

Students at the Stamford Academy charter school had never really talked to a police officer before starting their documentary on police “Mistrust.” Housey students are finding out what life is really like for a gay, lesbian or transgender teenager. Another group is working on the controversial issues involved in teaching about religions in a public school.

Please join us to see these interesting and provocative films and hear from the student filmmakers on why they chose their subjects and what they have learned.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Salisbury Forum presents Kids For Cash

Salisbury Forum presents Kids For Cash

Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Salisbury Forum and Filmworks Forum of The Moviehouse present:

Kids for Cash is a riveting look behind the notorious scandal that rocked the nation when it first came to light in 2009. Beginning in the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania elected a charismatic judge who was hell-bent on keeping kids in line. Under his reign, over 3,000 children were ripped from their families and imprisoned for years for crimes as petty as creating a fake MySpace page. When one parent dared to question this harsh brand of justice, it was revealed that the judge had received millions of dollars in payments from the privately-owned juvenile detention centers where the kids—most of them only in their early teens—were incarcerated. Exposing the hidden scandal behind the headlines, KIDS FOR CASH unfolds like a real-life thriller. In a major dramatic coup, the film features extensive, exclusive access to the judges behind the scheme. Now serving a 28 year sentence in federal prison, the former juvenile court judge at the heart of the scandal shares his ulterior motives.

Before the film: In a short video, Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT), who has made improving juvenile justice one of his legislative goals, introduced the film.
Screening was followed by a Q&A with Director Robert May

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Alive Inside

Alive Inside

1 Hr 45 Mins

A Special Screening
Sunday, November 9 – 11 a.m.
Sponsored by Senior Behavioral Health at Sharon Hospital and Filmworks Forum.

Five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia — many of them alone in nursing homes. A man with a simple idea discovers that songs embedded deep in memory can ease pain and awaken these fading minds. Joy and life are resuscitated, and our cultural fears over aging are confronted. Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.

A FREE Community Event.

Following the Screening
A Special Dementia Forum with Doctors from Sharon Hospital Senior Behavioral Health Unit.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

The Civic Life Project

The Civic Life Project

The Salisbury Forum/FilmWorks Forum collaboration with The Civic Life Project

SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING Drugs, Guns, Redemption & Edward Snowden: Stories from Young Filmmakers Exploring the Drug Culture, Gun Violence, Sexual Assault and NSA Surveillance.

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Admission: FREE

The Civic Life Project is an alternative to the standard High School Civics Class. The project is a collaboration with high school teachers, which allows educators to use filmmaking to transform the classroom into a laboratory for civics. The Civic Life Project brings professional journalists and filmmakers into the classroom to mentor students as they produce a short documentary film. By capturing the imagination of students, filmmaking offers a unique approach to education; where students discover that education can go beyond the classroom. The goal is to empower students, teaching them that they have a voice and the power to transform their community.

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic

Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012

A Special Screening of Award-Winning Film ‘Human Terrain’ with Filmmaker James Der Derian
Presented by the SALISBURY FORUM in collaboration with the FilmWorks Forum of The Moviehouse.

‘Human Terrain’is two stories in one. The first exposes a new Pentagon effort to enlist the best and the brightest in a struggle for hearts and minds. Facing long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military initiates ‘Human Terrain Systems’, a controversial program that seeks to make cultural awareness the centerpiece of the new counterinsurgency strategy. Designed to embed social scientists with combat troops, the program swiftly comes under attack as a misguided and unethical effort to gather intelligence and target enemies. Gaining rare access to war games in the Mojave Desert and training exercises at Quantico and Fort Leavenworth, Human Terrain takes the viewer into the heart of the war machine and a shadowy collaboration between American academics and the military.

Open to the Public, Free of Charge

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Ghost Bird

Ghost Bird

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011

FilmWorks Forum in collaboration with the Audubon Sharon presents a Feature Documentary filmed in the swamps of Eastern Arkansas
Directed by: Scott Crocker

Synopsis: Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters, Ghost Bird explores
the limits of certainty, the seductive power of hope, and how one phantom woodpecker
changed a sleepy Southern town forever.

Q&A following the screening
with Patrick M. Comins, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Connecticut

Mr. Comins is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford , and has worked in the bird conservation arena for the last 15 years. Patrick has deep Yankee roots. His family has lived in Connecticut since 1635, a legacy that strengthens his deep personal commitment to conserving the habitats and character of the state. He began his career with the Connecticut Audubon Society doing bird surveys on the coast at the McKinney NWR and then worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a biological technician at the Refuge. He has been with Audubon Connecticut as the Director of Bird Conservation for Connecticut since 2000, overseeing Connecticut ’s Important Bird Areas and other conservation programs.He is the principal author of Protecting Connecticut’s Grassland Heritage and President of the ConnecticutOrnithological Association and was the 2007 recipient of their Mabel Osgood Wright Award.

Open to the Public Free of Charge

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

Fresh

Fresh

FilmWorks Forum in collaboration with the American Farmland Trust
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010

Directed by: Ana Sofia Joanes

FRESH” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision of our food and our planet’s future. FRESH addresses an ethos that has been sweeping the nation and is a call to action America has been waiting for.

Following the screening: Panel discussion with leaders in the Hudson Valley farm and food movement.

American Farmland Trust
David Haight, New York Director of American Farmland Trust

Winter Sun Farms
Jim Hyland, President
farm2tablecopackers.com

Great Performances/ Katchkie Farm
Liz Neumark

Edible Hudson Valley Nancy Brannigan Painter

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FilmWorks Forum Presents

MICHAEL

MICHAEL

18 Minutes, followed by Q&A

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
Open to the Public, Free of Charge

In celebrating local filmmakers, we are proud to announce a free private screening at the Moviehouse of the film “Michael” directed by alum of Indian Mountain School, Hotchkiss, and most recently New York University, Harry Bainbridge

Shot entirely at Indian Mountain School, “Michael”, a short drama, chronicles the experience of one boy at a youth boarding school on September 11, 2001. A poignant investigation of society’s expectations of loss versus the real experience of it, the film is both personal and universal, drawing on the director’s autobiography to expose the surrealness felt by all in the immediate aftermath of tragedy. Michael must grapple with the ghost of his father, a man whom he never knew, but who defines him, and whose death before Michael’s birth in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was publicly lamented, but privately withheld. Michael explores the experience of absence on an occasion that privileges those who know somebody who died’ over those who remain outsiders.

After the film the director and main stars of the film, Adam McKoy (Michael), and Lizzie Devlin (Claire), will hold a Q and A, followed by a reception. The screening and reception are free, open to all in the community, and all who come will receive a free DVD of the film.

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