March 13, 2017 By Staff Report
The silver screens at Kaufman Studios and the Museum of Moving Image will feature work by Kew Gardens residents and other Queens filmmakers as part of the 7th Annual Queens World Film Festival beginning this Wednesday, March 15th.
The opening night, originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 14th, has been cancelled due to the pending snowstorm expected to hit the city. Those with tickets to opening night can have their admission honored at one of three other screenings during the week; Daughters of the Dust, Scumbag and Queens Corner.
The Queens World Film Festival will start screening more than 100 films at the two venues from Wednesday to Sunday, March 19th. Although there will be a block of screenings on Sunday, March 19th at 4:30pm featuring works of different Queens filmmakers at the Museum of Moving Image, the following films also include work by Kew Gardens residents, and will be spread throughout the course of the festival.
I Am Them
Sunday, March 19th, 4:30pm @ Redstone Theater, Museum of Moving Image
A collection of shorts that revolve around the turning point in the lives of three separate female characters makes up the 14 minute film, “I Am Them,” created by Kew Gardens resident Martha Frances Williams.
Martha, who also acts as the female lead in all three stories, attempts to recreate moments in the lives oi women she interviewed off camera who had lived through the experiences depicted in the film, which include topics of assisted suicide, childhood sexual abuse, and cancer.
Williams said her hope is that people will change their perception of people who are associated with these experiences.
“You don’t have to look a certain way, or be a certain type of person, to have had these experiences happen to you, like when someone says, ‘You don’t look like you have cancer’,” she explained.
On The French Broad River
Sunday, March 19th, 10:30am @ Zukor Theater, Kaufman Studios
Kew Gardens resident Bill Torgeson will screen the world premiere of his feature-length documentary, “On the French Broad River” at this year’s Queens World Film Festival.
The 75 minute film follows Torgeson’s family as they traverse 147 miles of the French Broad river to learn more about and bring awareness to the environmental issues surrounding the massive body of water. While the documentary also includes interviews with biologists, conservationists and geologists, the documentary intends to keep a light and family friendly feel throughout.
A “Sizzle Reel” featuring clips from many of the films that will be screening throughout this year’s festival can be viewed below: