2005-03-04 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein

Geoff Rawling and Janet Brady with Rockaway’s version of “The Gates,” at this weekend’s Bungalow Art Show.Geoff Rawling and Janet Brady with Rockaway’s version of “The Gates,” at this weekend’s Bungalow Art Show. Art around Our Town:

“Art Bungalow” – RAA president Geoff Rawling displays his artwork on March 4, 5 and 6 at the bungalow on the 12 Road Boardwalk in Broad Channel. Friday hours: 9 to midnight; Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to… whenever. Sunday features food by Lola and the music of Indaculture. To sample Geoff’s art visit:www.geoffrawling.com. Tease: Were you intrigued by those Saffron Gates? Well, you’ll love the Green Gates in Broad Channel.

Black and Light on Silver , the exhibition of black and white photography from five of RAA’s top practitioners, continues through April 3 at sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m; Sundays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

The 2005 Tribeca Film Festival (April 19 - May 1) is looking for volunteers to work in all areas of the Festival including special events, the box office, screenings and the Family Festival in addition to many other departments.

Information about volunteering and an application can be found on the Festival website: www.tribecafilmfestival. org. http://www.tribecafilmfestival.org. Additional information and updates are on the Volunteer Information line (212) 941-2404.

Tribeca resident Robert De Niro is the “father” of this prestigious film festival, which was started as a boost for post 9/11 Lower Manhattan. Now in its fourth year, it has grown into an internationally renowned film event. Its wide-ranging program includes glamorous Hollywood premieres, a national and international list of cutting-edge indies, documentaries, short films, family films, a spectrum of special events and panel discussions.

New York is a major venue for film festivals. They afford the public an opportunity to see the latest in independent, classic and avant-garde cinema. Here are a few more to add to your list:

The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) is the largest and one of the most important film festivals in the world. Each year more than 300 entries are screened in this competition. They come from all over the world and include premieres, documentaries, shorts, animated and feature films. They have been created by the highly experienced as well as newcomers, for whom this prestigious exposure is invaluable. Some of the names that have appeared in the work presented in the past include Rod Steiger, Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon. NYIIFVF also takes place in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. This year it is being held

in New York from April 28 through May 8.

The Queens International Film Festival will be held once again this year in November. You may remember that this column reported on the 2004 event, which took place over three days and evenings in Forest Hills at the Cinemart Cinema and various restaurants in the area. It included screenings, seminars, panel discussions, book signings and awards ceremonies. Highlighted in the column was the wonderfully imaginative and cutting-edge work of writer/producer/director Frank Chindamo, whose clever short films were designed to be shown on cell phones. Check out www.queensfilmfestival.com as November approaches for the upcoming 2005 schedule.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents a wide range of cinematic programs in 2005 at the Center’s Walter Reade Theater. For example, the 10 th annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema takes place March 11 through March 20. Guests will include veterans and many of the debut directors in the festival. The 33rd New Directors/New Films will be held March 23 to April 3. The international roster of titles has come from countries like Peru, Israel and Herzegovina. The Society also presents a monthly program of open-captioned English subtitled first run American movies for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Check out their website: filmlinc.com

BAMcinématek @ BAM Rose Cinemas presents classics, retrospectives, festivals, premieres, rare screenings and guest appearances by directors, actors and screenwriters. Check out: bam.org for a full schedule.

Save the Date: The annual RAA fundraiser is on Saturday, April 2 at The Beach Club from 8 p.m. to midnight. The donation is $100 per person. Black tie is optional. Watch this column for further details.


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