July 1st Eye Am Episode 10

SUMMER 2007~

EA now airs @ 9:30-10:30pm the 1st Sunday of the month on...
Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Time Warner #34/ RCN #82 (in Manhattan)
& Streaming Live Online at www.mnn.org (Worldwide)

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Episode 10 July 1st @ 9:30pm: The work of Tova Beck Friedman ~

The Portrait of An Artist as an Old(er) Woman
Three octogenarian women artists whose art informs their identity: Margaret K. Johnson, Printmaker; Hannah Eshel, sculptor and Hava Mehutan, sculptor, examine the development of their artistic vision and touch on the subject of age and its effect. Their on-camera interviews are woven together with archival films, home movies and images of their art, to tell the story of life wrapped around art: childhood, art studies, marriage, raising a family, and how those have affected their artistic development. We are given insight into creative energy and vitality that is not hampered by age.

The Altar of Her Memories
At age 17, following her liberation from Bergen-Belsen, Bracha Ghilai came to Israel to start her life over. As part of her healing process she established a puppet theater. Sixty years later, surrounded by her puppets Bracha recalls the dire events of her youth. Through a mix of storytelling, puppetry and archival photographs, we experience the anguish of her narrative while she unlocks chapters from her painful past. Her stories range from the heart wrenching description of her separation from her nephew Nisan, to the powerful and poignant account of incredible power of endurance, survival and the guilt that accompanies, it.

Tova Beck Friedman is an artist working in the mediums of video, photography and sculpture. Her work has been widely exhibited in the US, Israel, Australia, Europe and Japan. Her films have been screened in various places including, The Jerusalem Cinematheque, Israel Television, Channel 10: The Center for Jewish History in New York, Maison de la Culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal, the Athens Film Festival, In Flux Video Art Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece and Cinematic Film, Paris.

Upcoming EA Episodes!

~August 5th @ 9:30pm: The work of Esther May Campbell.

~September 2nd @ 9:30pm: The work of Penny Lane, Sofia Hericson, Devorah Hill, Natalia Surnmiak, Nancy Montuoristein, Kim Hall, Eliza Jane Curtis, Naomi White, and Alexis Powell & Annie Novak of The Meerkat Media Collective.

Thank you for watching!
* If you are interested in organizing an EYE AM screening or submitting work to EA, please email eyeam@earthlink.net


Eye Am Filmmakers Screen at Rooftop Films~

Vanessa Woods' The Touch & Elizabeth Henry's Through These Trackless Waters screen at Rooftop Films ~

Trapped Inside the Machine
Self-fulfilling prophecies and inescapable stories. Beautiful, funny and weird short films about falling toward your fate.

FRI., JUNE 29, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by A Three Ring Circus
9:00 - Movies Begin
11-1AM -After Party: Open Bar at Bar Matchless
(557 Manhattan Avenue @ Driggs)
Courtesy of Dewar's Scotch Whisky and Martin Miller's Gin

The Touch
A meditation on Anne Sexton’s poem of the same name. The film examines melodies within spoken, written and visual language and how they can interact. By juxtaposing text, image and sound, the viewer is asked to contemplate disparate forms of human response and emotion regarding language and imagery. In The Touch, the text from the poem is first given life through single-frame animation, then layered audio recording and finally through animated visuals that reinterpret it. Language and image investigate feelings of disembodiment, isolation and absence punctuated by sound and silence. Because the subject of the poem deals specifically with the idea of touch, the film sustains a highly tactile, textural quality wherein the filmmaker’s hand is overtly present.

Vanessa Woods graduated with a BA in art history and visual arts, cum laude from Barnard College. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally and she has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship for Film, a Film Arts Foundation Personal Works Grant, and the San Francisco Art Institute’s prestigious MFA Film Fellowship, where she is currently pursuing her MFA degree. Woods has produced five short films that have been screened internationally including the Centre International d’Art in France, The Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the Pacific Film Archives in Berkeley. Woods is currently working on three new films, including a feature-length documentary titled Mimita, which follows the lives of a family of women raising their adopted child in Bronx, New York.

Through the Trackless Waters

Ecology of Film meets ecology of mind meets ecology of earth. Or vice-versa.

Elizabeth Henry has been working in film for the past ten years as a filmmaker, cinematographer, writer and editor. She is a film professor at the University of Denver and is currently on leave to teach film at Eastern Oregon University. Elizabeth's previous films have appeared in over forty different film festivals around the country.