Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Focal Point for Film

As a student of film, the decision to come to New York City was rather simple, as the cultural significance of the area is undeniable. Living in close proximity to the city provides untold outlets to examine the world of motion pictures, both studio produced and otherwise. Scattered throughout the metropolitan area are a great deal traditional theaters, as well as independent movie houses, which often showcase works individual’s may otherwise be unable to experience, as they are generally released to a limited market. Advantageous for any student fond of film considering Fordham is that this limited market often includes Manhattan, a reality which led me here. A handful of locations to scout out include the Sunshine Cinema, the Independent Film Channel Center, Anthology Film Archives, and the Film Forum. 

                                                                       Musuem of the Moving Image, Queens. 

In speaking to this fact, a short time ago I was provided the opportunity to attend a special screening of what was a yet to be released documentary, Blood Brother, a beautiful work detailing the life of Rocky Braat, an American citizen who has made volunteering in an India based orphanage his life’s work. As the showing ended, which was located at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, a special guest appeared, the director of the film, for a question and answer session. To hear a firsthand account of what was reported throughout the piece was a remarkable experience, and one I will not forget. Tickets were made available to students through React to Film’s Fordham branch, an organization which attempts to engage students in current world matters through the use of documentaries. 

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