Archive for February, 2011


‘Ahead of Time’ on SUNY Oswego Campus 3/10/11

21 February 2011

SUNY Oswego presents Ahead of Time, the documentary on Ruth Gruber; the film will be screened Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7 PM, at Tyler Hall in Waterman Theater on the SUNY Oswego campus. Following the screening, Ahead of Time Executive Producer Doris Schechter will discuss the film and a video chat with Ruth Gruber is planned. This event is free and open to the public.

Ruth Gruber

Ahead of Time tells the remarkable journey of 99 year-old Ruth Gruber. She defied tradition when, in 1931 at age 20, Ms. Gruber became the youngest person to earn a PhD. She continued to make history: becoming the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, escorting Holocaust refugees from Italy to Fort Ontario’s Safe Haven* in a secret mission in 1944, covering the Nuremberg trials in 1946, and documenting the ordeal of the refugees aboard the ship Exodus 1947. The film is the directorial debut of noted cinematographer Bob Richman (The September Issue, An Inconvenient Truth, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster).

Doris Schechter opened the New York bakery My Most Favorite Dessert Company in 1982; she’s the author of the establishment’s 2001 cookbook as well as At Oma’s Table: More than 100 Recipes and Remembrances from a Jewish Family’s Kitchen (2007) which is, in part, a memoir of her family’s journey from Austria to Italy to the US (including a stay as refugees in Oswego). Ms. Schechter is one of the executive producers of Ahead of Time.

For more information on the film, please visit

*Oswego’s Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is dedicated to keeping alive the stories of the 982 refugees from World War II–allowed into the US as “guests” of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, they were housed at Fort Ontario from 1944 to 1946. For more information, please visit or contact the center: P.O. Box 846, Oswego NY 13126; phone 315.342.3003; e-mail


NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’ Continues Its Documentary Series

18 February 2011

National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation is running a series on this year’ Academy Award nominees for Documentary Feature. (They’ve featured Restrepo and Inside Job so far.) Look for OFG’s  Monday evening presentation, Exit Through the Gift Shop, coming up.



OFG Screens ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ 2/21/11

11 February 2011

We’ve been focused of late on some of the Academy Award nominated films. We screened Winter’s Bone and caught a few more of the Best Picture contenders at the Oswego Cinema with our Nights Out at the Movies. A few of the Documentary Feature Oscar nominees screened in and around Oswego last year–Restrepo and Gasland. We’ll show another of the docmentary contenders on Monday, February 21 at 6:30 PM in the Campus Center Auditorium, SUNY Oswego: Exit Through the Gift Shop.  The screening is free and open to the public; a discussion will follow the film. Look for a screening of another nominated documentary, Inside Job,  in March.

From the film’s website (, here’s the synopsis:

This is the inside story of Street Art – a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner
with wildly unexpected results.

One of the most provocative films about art ever made, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating study of low-level criminality, comradeship and incompetence. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an
enthralling modern-day fairytale… with bolt cutters.

Trailer for \’Exit Through the Gift Shop\’

Exit Through the Gift Shop has provoked much discussion just by its classification as nonfiction. Is the film’s story–and are its protagonists–for real? Calling itself “the world’s first Street Art disaster movie,” Exit Through the Gift Shop is a film by the British artist known as Banksy—the mysterious figure whose work has ranged from graffiti on the streets of Bristol to high-profile pieces shown in galleries. (A large audience saw a Banksy piece during an episode of The Simpsons last October: that dark opening sequence featuring scenes from a sweatshop.)


Link Added to ‘At the Movies’ from “The New Republic”

2 February 2011

We’ve added a link to The New Republic‘s online film offerings, At the Movies. The site offers the criticism of Stanley Kauffmann (who has written about film for the magazine for the past 53 years), plus David Thomson’s reviews. The site also offers reviews (“TNR Film Classics”) from its archives.