David Teague | 47 min. | USA | 2009
Monday, July 13th, 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC
The United States first Arabic language public school, Khalil Gibran International Academy, opened in New York City to a firestorm of controversy. As critics and the mainstream media stoked flames in the climate of post-9/11 America, the fallout brought consequences for the schools founding principal, Debbie Almontaser. Intifada NYC follows the schools rocky first days, Almontasers resignation and First Amendment legal battle to get her job back, and the expansion of Stop the Madrassas campaign against alleged Islamist infiltration of the United States. Taking a unique and dramatic approach, the film combines exclusive interviews, dramatic vrit footage, news clips, graphic novel-style drawings, and an original jazz score mixing American and Middle Eastern styles.
DCTV is thrilled to screen this riveting new documentary, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and community leaders, including:
David Teague (Director / Producer / Director of Photography, Editor)
Teague directed the silent feature Love Suicides and in 2006, he edited Cynthia Wades Freeheld, which won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject and the Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. His documentary work also includes the forthcoming Our House, featured at the IFPs Independent Film Week and IFP Labs. David has shot and edited music videos with Flip Productions for artists such as David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Roseanne Cash, and Dolly Parton. His camera and editing work in numerous short films has screened at Cannes, the Berlinale, and the Tribeca Film Festival, among many others. He has also directed two plays with the Coffey Street Playhouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2001, he founded Flicker NYC, a festival of new Super 8mm films. Along with having taught cinematography and editing at DCTV, the New School, Brooklyn College and Long Island University, he is the author of two best-selling guides to film editing with Final Cut Pro.
Almontaser is the founding and former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy. As a 17-year veteran of the NYC public school system, she taught special education, inclusion, trained teachers in literacy, and served as a multicultural specialist and diversity advisor. Ms. Almontaser frequently lectures and serves on panels as well as facilitates teacher and public workshops on conflict resolution, Agusto Boals Theater of the Oppressed, Arab culture, and Islam, at universities, libraries, museums, churches, and synagogues across the city and at local, national and international conferences.
Richard Marriott (Composer)
Marriott has been active as a composer, performer, and instrument builder for over thirty years. He has composed extensively for film, television, dance, theater, opera, installations and video games, encompassing styles ranging from the avant garde to the commercial mainstream. He is the founder and artistic director of the Club Foot Orchestra, the premiere ensemble for live music performance with silent films. His new opera, DivideLight, was presented on August 13, 2008 at Montalvo Center of the Arts in Saratoga, California. This eighty minute work, conceived by visual artist Lesley Dill with text by Emily Dickenson, features The Choral Project, a 45 voice choir, three operatic solists and the Del Sol String Quartet. He previously collaborated with David Teague on the silent feature Love Suicides.
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