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Festival Pass - Masterclass: John Mullen
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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Festival Pass - Masterclass: John Mullen
Festival Pass: 7 films for the price of 4 from June 9 - 12th, 2010, a four day series in honor of the great documentary film editor, John Mullen.

As filmmaker Tom Barry says of Mullen, "Not always easy to work with he nevertheless respected a filmmaker's vision, undaunted by an infinity of ways to convey it... Like all good editors he has been unsung because audiences don't notice the editing! But the judges and juries of over a dozen major film awards certainly did."

SCHEDULE: [Full descriptions and introduction to John Mullen follow]

>>> Wednesday, June 9th <<<
- @7:00 pm
"Last Train to Pittsfield"
(Dir. Tom Barry, 1976, 32 min.)
Followed by a conversation with writer/director Tom Barry.
- @8:00 pm
"Beirut: The Last Home Movie"
(Dir. Jennifer Fox, 1986, 120 min.)
Followed by a conversation with Director Jennifer Fox.

>>> Thursday, June 10th <<<
- @7:00 pm
"H-2 Worker"
(Dir. Stephanie Black, 1990, 70 min.)
Followed by a conversation with director Stephanie Black.
- @8:30 pm
"Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier"
(Dir. Suzie Baer, 1992, 85 min.)
Followed by a conversation with director Suzie Baer.

>>> Friday, June 11th <<<  
- @7:00 pm
"Rezistans"
(Dir. Katharine Kean, 1997, 156 mins.)
Followed by a conversation with director, Katharine Kean.

>>> Saturday, June 12th <<<
- @7:00 pm
"Life & Debt"
(Dir. Stephanie Black, 2001, 86 min.)
Followed by a conversation with director Stephanie Black.
- @8:30 pm
"The Mayor of Central Park"
(Dir. John Mullen, 2006, 63 min.)
Followed by two short memorial tributes to Alberto Arroyo and John Mullen, followed by a reception in celebration of the life and work of John Mullen. Wine generously provided by Judith Mullen.

ABOUT JOHN MULLEN:
John Mullen, Film Editor 1935-2008: From Trailers to Docs
Bumping and slapping moviolas like pinball machines....
"John was a New Yorker and gifted cameraman who over four decades ago started cutting trailers to support an early marriage and family. Still a writer at Look Magazine I used to watch him on West 57th St., surrounded by bins of 35mm clips from the latest Hollywood costume drama. Having un-stitched the best efforts of top writers, editors and soundmen he now began to re-stitch them into 15-second TV teasers and more "leisurely" (his word) 30- and 60-second theater versions. The work was fast, physical and audible -- SLAM (lock in the latest from the cutting table), WHIRRR...BAM, stop, unlock, back to cut and tape. John would grunt, growl, mutter, the moviola his humble pinball machine...then smile or laugh when pleased, inviting me to take a peek. A year later I sat next to him at a rented moviola with a 16mm port in his own home as he worked nights and weekends on my own humble, linear story about a railroad train, liking what he saw but suggesting we shoot more. He became my partner and the result was a good film.
No more un-stitching for John. Call him a mechanic or midwife he was now hooked on the goal of helping talented, courageous directors like the four women you will meet this week capture lightning in a bottle. Not always easy to work with he nevertheless respected a filmmaker's vision, undaunted by an infinity of ways to convey it. I believe he had total recall of images and sound plus the energy, literally, to cut and paste. Like all good editors he has been unsung because audiences don't notice the editing! But the judges and juries of over a dozen major film awards certainly did."
- Tom Barry, Film Director


FILM DESCRIPTIONS:

"Last Train to Pittsfield"
(Dir. Tom Barry, 1976, 32 min.)
Train enthusiast Tom Barry narrates as he and camera crew record a sad event in transportation history that would otherwise have gone unnoticed  the last passenger train ride from Danbury, CT to Pittsfield, MA. What begins as the nostalgic musings of a train fanatic as a rapidly changing country passes him by turns profound as Barry reflects more generally upon the decline in public transit with the growth in car culture and states its impact on both the environment and social interactivity. Co-filmmakers Tom Barry and John Mullen describe it best: "A film about a man crazy enough to ride last trains . . . and sane enough to want them back."

"Beirut: The Last Home Movie"
(Dir. Jennifer Fox, 1986, 120 min.)
"Beirut: The Last Home Movie" chronicles three months in the life of an aristocratic Lebanese family who refuse to flee their family's palace located in a heavily-bombed Beirut neighborhood. The film takes us beyond the facts and statistics of nightly news reports into one family's experience of war. By capturing the visceral, subjective experience of a family living in war-torn Lebanon, "Beirut: The Last Home Movie" translates a baffling politicalcrisis into its most human terms.

"H-2 Worker"

(Dir. Stephanie Black, 1990, 72 min.)
"H-2 Worker" is a controversial expose of the travesty of justice that takes place around the shores of Florida's Lake Okeechobee - a situation which, until the film's release, has been one of America's best-kept secrets. There, for six months a year, over 10,000 men from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands perform the brutal task of cutting sugar cane by hand-a job so dangerous and low-paying that Americans refuse to do it.

"Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier"
(Dir. Suzie Baer, 1992, 85 min.)
"Warrior" is the true story of Leonard Peltier, the American Indian leader locked away for life, convicted of the alleged murder of two FBI agents during a bloody shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. The film follows Peltier's life from his childhood, to his membership in the American Indian Movement (AIM), the 1975 shoot-out on Pine Ridge and his odyssey through the American judicial system.

"Rezistans"
(Dir. Katharine Kean, 1997, 156 mins.)
This award-winning film chronicles the political events and human tragedy surrounding the 1991 military coup d'etat in Haiti and the bloody dictatorship that followed. It presents a searing indictment not only of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's role in the turmoil, but also that of the powerful and reclusive Haitian bourgeoisie. Unlike the mainstream media, "Rezistans" does not portray the Haitian people as helpless victims. It focuses instead on their creative and courageous resistance, and the deep roots of that resistance in Haitian history and culture.

"Life & Debt"
(Dir. Stephanie Black, 2001, 80 min.)
Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text "A Small Place" by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. Life and Debt addresses the impact of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and current globalization policies on a developing country such as Jamaica.

"The Mayor of Central Park"
(Dir. John Mullen, 2006, 63 min.)
Alberto Arroyo, "pioneer of the jogging trend" and "Mayor of Central Park", narrates the story of a park, a city and a 90+ year lifetime from the jogging track around the Central Park Reservoir (named in his honor shortly after his passing in 2010). While battling cancer, native New Yorker John Mullen spent his time in Central Park creating this portrait of person and place, the only film he ever conceived, shot, edited and produced on his own. Two men make an imprint of their delight for everyday life and communion as they each face their own mortality with grace and humor.

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Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
United States


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