International Films Debut At Moving Image
A new series premiers this week at the World Cinema Showcase of the American Museum of the Moving Image. This new forum for films from around the world will offer programs once a month, with the first three screenings scheduled for July 18, August 15, and September 19.
The independent film "Manito," written and directed by Eric Eason, will be the inaugural showing at World Cinema. "Manito" won the Best Film award at the Avignon Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Best Emerging Filmmaker award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Each screening in the World Cinema Showcase will be followed by a reception in the museum cafe. The series is curated by Warrington Hudlin, the founder and chief of dvRepublic.com. Hudlin is the president of the Black Filmmaker Foundation, and is a trustee of the American Museum of the Moving Image. "We are delighted that Warrington has created this series for us," said Museum Director Rochelle Slovin. "The Museum has been reaching new audiences and has been expanding the scope of its programming with the recent addition of evening screenings. World Cinema Showcase gives us a regular, ongoing showcase for noteworthy and diverse films that are fresh from the international festival circuit."
For each three-month period, World Cinema Showcase will focus on a specific region or ethnic group. In its first quarter, the series will feature three Latino films: July 18, 7 p.m., "Manito," set in a Dominican neighborhood in Washington Heights; Aug. 15, 7 p.m., "Once Upon A Ride," written and directed by Freddy Varga and Marcos Miranda, is an anthology seen through the eyes of a Latino cab driver from Jackson Heights; and Sept. 19, 7 p.m. "12 Hours," written and directed by Raul Marchand-Sanchez,chronicles intersecting stories during long night in San Juan.
The American Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35th Avenue and 36th Street in Astoria. For more information, call 784-0077 or go to the Web site at <http:// www.ammi.org>. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8.50 for adults; $5.50 for those over 65 and students with ID; $4.50 for children ages 5 to 18, and children 4 and under and museum members are admitted free.