Posts Tagged ‘documentaries’


OFG and OPL Present 6/25 Event: “Senna” + “The Art of Racing in the Rain”

9 June 2012

Formula One legend Ayrton Senna is the subject of the documentary that screens Monday 6/25

OFG is teaming up with the Oswego Public Library (OPL) for a new endeavor; Intersections: Screen + Page.

At the suggestion of librarian Edward Elsner, we’ll explore the life of the Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna (in the award-winning documentary Senna)–the hero of one of the main characters (a race car driver himself) in the bestselling novel by Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain. Everyone is invited to read the book in anticipation of the event Monday, June 25 in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library (120 E 2nd St).

At 6:30 PM, we’ll screen Senna. Directed by Asif Kapadia, the documentary won the World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary Film at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Rated PG-13, the film runs 1 hour, 44 minutes.

After the screening, we’ll discuss both the film and the novel, exploring their common themes. The event is free and open to the public.


On Screen/In Person: “Proceed and Be Bold!” 3/27/12

27 March 2012

The On Screen/In Person documentary series continues with Proceed and Be Bold! at 7 pm Tuesday, March 27 at the Oswego Cinema (138 West 2nd Street). Director Laura Zinger will be on hand and will lead a talk-back after the screening. The film’s subject is Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. Once a middle class computer programmer, Kennedy is now known for his controversial posters and book art. The film follows Kennedy as his promotes his work in art galleries and meets the people who ‘understand him even better than he can,’ as he puts it, in an effort to learn about what causes him to create his charged works of art, and how people react to them. Tickets are $7, $5 for seniors, and $3.50 for students. Available at or at the theatre.


On Screen/In Person: “Concrete, Steel & Paint” 2/14/12

8 February 2012

The On Screen/In Person series continues with the screening of Concrete, Steel & Paint on Tuesday, February 14 at 7PM at the Oswego Cinema 7 (138 West 2nd Street). The film’s co-director, Cindy Burstein, will be at the event and take questions from the audience after the screening.

When men in a Pennsylvania state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing, their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy, but as participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose. This complex story raises important questions about crime, justice, and reconciliation–and dramatically illustrates how art can facilitate dialogue about difficult issues.

On Screen/In Person brings independent American films and their filmmakers to communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic; the series is presented here by ARTSwego, SUNY Oswego’s Cinema and Screen Studies Program with support from SUNY Oswego’s Film Club, Zurich Cinema, and OFG.

Tickets are $7 adults, $5 seniors, and $3.50 students.


Special Event w/Filmmaker Ayesha Khan

2 February 2012

OFG, with ARTSwego, will host a free community event with Pakistani filmmaker Ayesha Khan on Wednesday, February 15 at 6 PM in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library (120 East 2nd Street). We will screen the documentary Ms Khan produced, Made in Pakistan. The film focuses on the lives of four young professionals in Pakistan during the state of emergency under President Musharraf in 2007. The hour-long film won the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the New York South Asian International Film Festival.

During the evening, guests will be able to sample some typical South Asian food as they view the film and discuss it informally. The event is free but guests are asked to register in advance by contacting or calling 315-312-4581.

Producer, director, and actress Ayesha Khan visits Oswego as part of Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet, connecting US audiences with artists from the Muslim world. ARTSwego is only of only five US arts groups chosen to host the 2011-12 Caravanserai season. The program is an initiative of Arts Midwest, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, South Arts, and the NEA. More information on Caravanserai and on Made in Pakistan is found at and


“Forks Over Knives” Screens 11/2/11

21 October 2011

The next OFG event (sponsored with SUNY Oswego’s Civic Engagement coalition and Science Café ad hoc group) will be the documentary Forks Over Knives.

The 2011 documentary traces the separate journeys of two men, nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Cornell University, and surgeon Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic. Their work leads both men to focus on a plant-based diet as key to health, warding off—and dealing more effectively with—many of the diseases that afflict us. In an interview in The New York Times, Campbell noted, “We should not be relying on the idea that genes are determinants of our health. We should not be relying on the idea that nutrient supplementation is the way to get nutrition, because it’s not. I’m talking about whole, plant-based foods. The effect it produces is broad for treatment and prevention of a wide variety of ailments, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes.”  In addition to giving the perspective of medical and health professionals, the film tells the stories of patients who are using whole food diets to help treat their chronic conditions. The film, written and directed by Lee Fulkerson, is rated PG and runs 90 minutes. The movie’s website is

The free screening (open to the public) will be Wednesday, November 2 at 7 PM in the Community Room at the Oswego Public Libary (120 East Second Street). A discussion will follow the film.


On Screen/In Person Film Series Begins 9/20/11, Oswego Cinema 7

20 September 2011

ON SCREEN/IN PERSON is a series of six films followed by a Q&A with the film director(s) or producer that has been organized by the SUNY Oswego’s Cinema and Screen Studies Program with support from ARTSwego and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
All On Screen/In Person screenings take place at the Oswego Cinema, 138 West 2nd Street, on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM. Tickets are available from any SUNY Oswego campus box office, online at, or from the Oswego Cinema.  Adults $7 / Seniors $5 / Students $3.50
These three series films are scheduled for Fall 2011:

Tuesday, September 20 @ 7 PM
What’s ‘Organic’ About Organic w/ Director Shelley Rogers
This film dives into the challenges that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market. Though the stories of farmers who steward land from Harlem to the foothills of the Rockies, from upstate New York to Florida, the film offers audiences a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in creating a more sustainable food system.

What\’s Organic website

Tuesday, October 25 @ 7 PM
Beatboxing-The Fifth Element of Hip Hop w/ Producer Angela Viscido
In the late 70’s, a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York that combined several disciplines under the name of hip hop. Apart from the four classic elements of graffiti, DJing, breakdancing, and rapping, the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element called ‘beatboxing’. From the hardship of poverty and the lack of instruments, a pioneer was inspired to imitate drum rhythms with his mouth – his brilliance creating the term ‘human beatbox’. Beatboxing features artists from New York, California, Florida, Spain, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Austria and Germany, who demonstrate their amazing techniques.

Beatboxing documentary website

Tuesday, November 15 @ 7 PM
Out in the Silence w/ Directors Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson
When a popular 16-year-old jock is brutally attacked for coming out at his small town high school, his mother reaches out for help to the only person she feels she can trust, an openly gay man who lives 300 miles away–native son and filmmaker Joe Wilson. Returning home with camera in hand, Wilson documents the harrowing but ultimately successful battle waged by the teen and his mom against recalcitrant school authorities, the efforts of a lesbian couple to restore an historic theater in the face of vitriolic anti-gay attacks, and his own unexpected friendship with an Evangelical preacher. As walls are torn down and bridges built, Out in the Silence offers a fascinating and moving commentary on America’s culture war.

Out in the Silence website

OFG is pleased to be a partner with the groups bringing this series to Oswego.


Upcoming Films in Oswego: Week of 9/4/11

2 September 2011

On Tuesday, September 6th at 9 PM the first film in the SUNY Oswego Reading Initiative (ORI) film series will run in the Campus Center Auditorium (132): Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death. Peter Bate directed this 2003 BBC documentary (released in the US in 2005); the film is unrated and runs 1 hour, 24 minutes. There’s no charge for the show.

The true story of what King Leopold did in the Congo, which was forgotten by the world for over 50 years. Leopold turned the Congo into his own private colony from 1885 to 1908. Under his control, the Congo became a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold assumed the role of protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave traders, but, in reality, he exploited them as he amassed a personal fortune in this country rich in rubber. If the men failed to produce enough wild rubber, their families were held hostage and starved to death. Children’s hands were chopped off for late deliveries. It is agreed today, that the first Human Rights movement was spurred by what happened in the Congo. (Rotten Tomatoes website)

On Thursday, September 8 at 7 PM, there will be a free screening for the community of the documentary Race to Nowhere in the Ralph M. Faust Auditorium, Oswego High School.

Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired. (from the film’s website:

Presented by SUNY Oswego, ARTSwego, and the Oswego City School District, the film will be followed by a panel discussion and a reception at 9 PM in the auditorium lobby.