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From the film Shepherds of Helmand.


Attention film lovers from Queens and beyond: Filmmakers and festival veterans Don Cato and Katha Cato, of Jackson Heights, will screen over 100 independent shorts and features at the Queens World Film Festival scheduled for March 3-6 2011. QWFF will fill 2 locations, 3 days and 5 screens with shorts, docs and features from Israel, Germany, Spain, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, China and the US with several notable submissions from Queens too.

Locations are in the heart of Jackson Heights and accessible by the 7 train and the Q32 bus:

The Jackson Heights Cineplex – 82nd and Roosevelt Ave. Three screens will be given over to the Festival for the weekend and will be the location of the opening night ceremonies.

The Renaissance Charter School – 81st street and 37th Ave. The fest will use the auditorium, a multi-media classroom and a large lounge area for our hospitality center and our panels.

After-Parties and QWFF deals at restaurants will be available throughout the neighborhood.


Opening night:

March 3, 7:00 pm – featuring our local politicians, 2 shorts from Queens filmmakers and the world premier of Shepherds of Helmand a documentary about a National Guard unit from Tigard Oregon.

The festival is programmed in BLOCKS – grouping likeminded and complimentary films together to maximize audience potential – for example:

Quirky Short Stack (Off beat short program)

GLOBALLY QUEER – (the diverse lives and experiences of LGBT people and the communities they represent.) Presented in collaboration with CINEMAROSA -queens only queer film series.

Love and Other Dangerous Games (shorts with a twisted heart)

Old Spice (Shorts for Senior Citizens, our older, wiser and better looking audiences)

To Your Health (Gary Null and his film: Death by Medicine)

Mostly By Youth, Mostly For Youth (films mostly for and mostly by teens)

Tickets are on sale via pay pal on the QWFF website or at the box office at the time of the block.

Two interesting and relevant panels will be presented:

Film Finance in the New Market featuring Mike S. Ryan, an Independent Spirit “Producer of the Year Award” Nominee, one of Variety’s 2007 “10 Producers to Watch” and an IFP advisory board member. The panel will be moderated by Jim Jermanok who recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival for his film “Em” – a compelling romantic drama about loss and love. This panel is for first time filmmakers and seasoned professionals and focuses on tax rebates, grant opportunities, the new business plan and the old hustle.

(Saturday, March 5, 12:00 at the Renaissance Charter School)

So your child wants to be a filmmaker….DON’T PANIC a panel for young filmmakers and their families featuring New York Film Academy Co-Chairs of the Filmmaking Program: Claude Kerven and Michael Sandoval and moderated by Robert Galinsky founder of the New York Reality TV School, all ready to share their expertise, experience, enthusiasm and advice.

(Saturday, March 5, 10:30 at the Renaissance Charter School)

More Info: Visit us on facebook for filmmakers commentary and back stories:

March 6th @ 11:15 am


“Hauling” is a Brazilian documentary chronicling the true story of the thriving subculture of Haulers, the men and women who scour São Paulo for recyclables as a way of life that supports entire families, love stories

and legacies.

There are 2 short films prior to this film:

“From the Mountain Top” and “What’s Up?”

General admission: $6.00

Senior Citizens/Children under 18: $3.00

The Renaissance Charter School

35-59 81st Street

Jackson Heights, NY 11372

(Go to for EASY directions via bus or subway.)

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Amalgamated Bank is serving its neighbors in Jackson Heights through its support of  the Queens World Film Festival, which will be held in the community from March 3-6. Over 2,500 filmmakers, elected officials, special guests, and people from nearby neighborhoods are expected to participate in the four-day event.  The Festival program includes104 independent films and the opening night ceremonies at the restored Jackson Triplex movie house will feature the two short films by members of Queens Filmmakers.

New York City-based Amalgamated formed an alliance with the film festival organizers after the recent opening of its fifth Queens branch at 78-01 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights. During the film festival’s premiere evening, men and women from the Bank’s local branch will distribute giveaway items to the audience. Also on Saturday, March 5, the Bank is participating in the festival’s Kid Short Stack and Family Fare program that will be held in The Renaissance Charter School. Before and after the screening, which is running from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Amalgamated will give items to children and tweens.

In announcing the film festival sponsorship, Amalgamated Bank’s Jackson Heights Branch Manager Ismail Ahmed said, “We are focused on making a difference in the communities we serve. Our goal in Jackson Heights is to assist hardworking people and small businesses by providing a full-range of affordable banking and personal investing services. Also, helping local organizations bring the film festival here is just one example how we can encourage the passion, civic pride, and spirit that continues to enliven this neighborhood.”

As the countdown to opening night continues, people can see the complete viewing schedule of over 35 blocks of independently-produced films by visiting the Queens World Film Festival website at:

Amalgamated’s Jackson Heights branch is open Monday through Saturday. The full-service branch has two, 24-hour ATMs and is managed and staffed by men and women who grew up in Queens and continue to live in the borough. Banking hours and more details about special offers available for new customers are posted on the Bank’s home page at .

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 with $4.5 billion in assets.

The Bank’s corporate divisions include Commercial Banking, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Institutional Asset Management and Custody, Amalgamated Capital, and Amalgamated Business Credit, which as part of the Commercial Banking Division provides asset-based financing.