Amalgamated Bank is helping young filmmakers get an opportunity to present their work to large audiences by partnering with the Queens World Film Festival, which runs from March 1 to 4. (The whole programming below).
For the second year in a row, Amalgamated, America’s Labor Bank, is supporting the screening of a wide range movies, documentaries, and short features during the Queens World Film Festival (QWFF). The Bank is directly involved with films programmed for the category titled “Mostly For and By Youth.” Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd, 11 films will be shown at the Renaissance Charter School at 35-59 81st Street in Jackson Heights.
The films and filmmakers whose work will be presented at the school include A Lesson in a Box (Victoria Kohl), Any Thoughts? (Evan Berger), Boyz, Girlz & Sparkz (Nickolas Gavin), Duality (Benjamin Tran), Impetuous (Tanner Cusumano), Macrophilosophy (Jacob Seltzer), Move (Jacob Seltzer), Operation: Save the Banker Horses (Elizabeth Pasiezny, Don Andes), The Agents (Dena Greenbaum and Robin Schafer), Trojan Horse (Tommie Sox), and Violet to Earth (Kirsten Stoffa, Jonathon Kowalski).
Tickets to the screening of movies by young filmmakers are almost sold out. “We are thankful for Amalgamated’s assistance because they were our first sponsor, the first to realize the opportunities the Festival presents and the first to recognize the need in our community!” said Katha Cato, director of the QWFF.
Opening night for the Queens World Film Festival will be Thursday, March 1 at Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01-35th Avenue at 37th Street. The evening program includes the world premiere of the film War Story and ceremonies to present the QWFF “Spirit of Queens” Community Leader honor to New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm.
In announcing Amalgamated’s alliance with the QWFF, Danny Wong, the Bank’s Vice President of Marketing, said, “We are joining with the Festival, its organizers, and volunteer staff to nurture the creative spirit of teens and young adults in our neighborhoods who are making films. This is in keeping with the Bank’s continuing support of local organizations that are using their enthusiasm, energy, and passion to bring the community together in new and positive ways.”
To view the entire schedule of films and screening locations and list of special events/panels or to purchase tickets and buy branded, QFFW items, visit the Festival website: queensworldfilmfestival.com.
About Amalgamated Bank
Established in 1923 by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, Amalgamated Bank continues the progressive traditions of its founders as the only union-owned bank in the United States. Chartered by New York State, Amalgamated Bank is an FDIC insured commercial bank.
The Bank’s corporate divisions include Commercial Banking, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Investment Management Division, Amalgamated Capital™, and Retail Banking. Amalgamated has 25 retail branches including 20 in New York City as well as branches in: Las Vegas, Nevada; Lyndhurst, New Jersey; Pasadena, California, and Washington, D.C. The Bank’s website is www.amalgamatedbank.com.
INAUGURATION AND PROGRAMMING
The 2nd Annual Queens World Film Festival opens on Thursday March 1 at Museum of the Moving Image! We are presenting several World Premiere films that evening including No Existe El Adios from Spain.
Over the next three days we roll out into three venues with 4 screens and 127 challenging films from around the world and around the corner and this year we have 9 films from Spain that in both our LGBT and Narrative Short categories.
The festival is programmed into BLOCKS of like minded film that will make it easy for folks to find films that interest them.
QWFF Highlights include:
March 1 – Thursday Night, 6-9pm at Museum of the Moving Image
Opening Night: QWFF honors Council Member Daniell Dromm AND Lloyd Kaufman – Founder and CEO of the Legendary Troma Entertainment along with films that best represent the festival including a world premiere of an LGBT film that will break your heart and a stop action animation that captures an unlikely friendship.
March 2 – Friday Night, 6:30pm at the Jackson Triplex
“Occupy THIS!!!” A BLOCK of films clearly stating that ‘We the People’ are fed up! The films include a banned film from Iran and Kevin Breslin’s new documentary #whilewewatch which is focused on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
March 2 Friday Night, 10:30pm at the Jackson Triplex
Mr. Bricks, NY Premiere of Troma’s new Heavy Metal Murder Musical: Brutality is back and it’s name is Mr. Bricks!!!
March 3 Saturday, 10 am at the Renaissance Charter School
DIY Financing and Crowd Sourcing an industry panel with Mathew Lessner who directed THE WOODS, the first Kickstarter film to premiere at Sundance.
March 3 Saturday, 11:30 am at the Renaissance Charter School
“Old SPICE: Films for our more Seasoned Audiences”: Hosted by Marlyn Mason (The Trouble with Girls and over 80 episodic TV shows from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90’s.) and sponsored by Council Member Dromm, State Senator Jose Peralta, Assembly Member Francisco Moya, Assembly Member Michael DenDekker, City Council Member Julissa Ferreras.
March 4 Saturday, 8:00 pm at PS 69
Dinner and a Movie Special with Armondo’s Italian Restaurant (a tremendous deal) and of course scores of great films.
March 5 Sunday, 6pm at PS 69
Awards night and a party at the Z hotel in LIC
Visit the website for more information: www.queensworldfilmfestival.