An evening of documentary short films looking at the culture of gun violence and how to move beyond it. Curated by Sylvia Savadjian with a portion of the evening's proceeds donated to Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.)
Living for 32 Dir. Kevin Breslin, 2010, 40 min. Living for 32 is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun shooting massacre which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus, April 16th, 2007. The winning combination of Colin's passion, charisma and optimism has commanded the attention of the American public and media since the devastating incident which left 32 dead and 17 injured. In Living for 32, Colin shares an intimate account of terror he and his classmates endured and the courageous journey of renewal and hope he chose to pursue. Film Website> http://www.livingfor32.com/home.html
Bullets In the Hood: A Bed-Stuy Story Terrence Fisher and Daniel Howard, 2005, 22 min. Winner of the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking, Bullets in the Hood: A Bed Stuy Story contains frightening images that could only be captured by someone like co-director Terrence Fisher, who has spent his entire life in the projects and experienced the tragedy of gun violence as a seemingly inescapable part of life. Says indieWIRE, "...a great example of how Guerilla film making can play an important social function by bringing forth new and intimate voices and subjects that are normally glossed over by local evening news casts." Film website> http://www.dctvny.org/documentaries/bullets-hood-bed-stuy-story
A Harlem Mother Ivana Todorovic, 2009, 14 min. In 1998, 18 year old LaTraun Parker made a documentary about the difficulties of growing up in Harlem. Eights years later he was shot dead on the street. Today his mother Jean Corbett-Parker (co-founder of not-for-profit Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E.) fights youth gun violence and helps other parents survive the pain through her organization, Harlem Mothers. Weaving footage from LaTraun's own film with scenes from Jean's new life today, A Harlem Mother is a short documentary that tells this tragic and inspirational story from the dual perspectives of mother and son. Film Website> http://aharlemmother.com/
AFTER THE SCREENING: Panel with Living for 32 director Kevin Breslin, Living for 32 subject Colin Goddard, Co-founder Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. Jean Corbett Parker, and Stephanie Skaff from Downtown Community Television.
About the speakers: Kevin Breslin: Kevin's directorial credits include A Smile Gone, But Where? and Women of Rockaway. His latest, Living for 32 premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Colin Goddard: Shot 4 times at the Virginia Tech shootings which left 32 dead and 17 more wounded, after finishing his college degree, Colin decided to volunteer for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the nation's largest gun control organization. Jean Corbett-Parker: A longtime resident of Harlem, Jean was moved to start Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. after her son, LaTraun Parker, died on April 28, 2001 outside a nightclub at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 131th Street. Stephanie Skaff: Director of DCTV's anti-gun violence media campaign, "Beyond Bullets". Before coming to DCTV, Stephanie worked as a producer, fundraiser and arts administrator throughout NYC.
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