Wed. 2/3: Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

Description: To pay tribute, we’ll present a screening of Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral On a Moving Train (2004, 78min) a film by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller, from First Run Features.
“This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of the renowned historian, activist and author. Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans, Native Americans and the working poor.”
Featuring interviews with Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Tom Hayden and more, with narration provided by Matt Damon.

Details: at Unnameable Books

600 Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights

8pm start time
In the basement

Drinks to follow at Soda Bar, across the street

Special Thanks

To everyone who attended the last screening and donated to Partners in Health, I want to extend our deepest thanks. By the end of the night, we had raised $250 for rescue efforts in Haiti. It is because of generous, conscientious individuals like yourselves, and of course the filmmaker, our speakers, and the proprietors of Vox Pop cafe that we are able to continue bringing you free films, and putting together events like this.

We were able to leave that evening knowing that although it may simply be a drop in the bucket, we had the pleasure of seeing some community action.

For more information, or to donate to Partners in Health independently, visit

Once again, thanks to all who donated, keep your ears perked up, more great screenings, filmmakers and events to come soon.

Much love


1/20: special screening of "Poto Mitan" Wed. @ Vox Pop, a benefit for Haiti

This week we are dedicating our movie night at Vox Pop Cafe to raising funds to help with disaster relief in Haiti. We’ll be showing a documentary produced right here in Brooklyn, hosting a discussion, and collecting money for Partners In Health, the aid group that has been doing phenomenal work in Haiti for over 20 years and already operates several hospitals and clinics throughout the country.

-WEDNESDAY at 8pm we’ll be screening Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (2009, 50min) from Tet Ansanm Productions, co-directed by Renee Bergan and Mark Schuller, with narration by Edwidge Danticat. “Told through the lives of five compelling Haitian women, Poto Mitan gives an inside perspective on globalization, Haiti’s current crisis, and the resilient women challenging this system.” Visit for trailer, information and project goals.
-This screening will be followed by a discussion with a representative from Fonkoze, a micro-financing institution that works closely with PIH on the ground in Haiti.

-Asking for $10 towards PIH at this event, but of course no one will be turned away. Please give what you can.

Vox Pop Cafe is at 1022 Cortelyou Rd. @ Stratford Rd in Ditmas Park. Q train to Cortelyou for more info, or 718-940-2084

1/15: Con Artist @ UnionDocs

Description: Special screening of Con Artist (2009, 87min) at UnionDocs in Williamsburg.
An official selection at the 2009 Tribeca and Hamptons Film Festivals, CON ARTIST examines the controversial, contradictory, greedy, and shamelessly self-promoting pop artist Mark Kostabi. A fast and funny “docu-comedy of art, celebrity, fortune, fakery, and the American Dream,” it’s also a must for fans of the city’s art/punk/hip hop boom in the ’80s.

A special discussion and q&a with director Michael Sladek follows the 7:30 screening.

Details: Friday, 1/15, 7:30pm

There is a suggested donation of $7 at the door, but we recommend getting advance tix through the UNIONDOCS site (official trailer is up here too), as the screening room is quite cozy.
322 Union Ave, L to Lorimer/ G to Metropolitan/ J to Hewes

1/13: The Cruise @ Freddy's

Description: Famed bus tour guide/ pseudo-philosopher Timothy “Speed” Levitch takes us on a whirlwind tour through Manhattan (and his own headspace) in Bennet Miller’s beautifully photographed postcard to NYC The Cruise (1998, 76min). Preceded by a few vintage docs on the city.

NY Times review by Stephen Holden

Details: Wednesday 1/13, 8:30pm

Freddy’s Backroom, 485 Dean St., corner 6th Ave., 2/3 to Bergen or any train to Atlantic Pacific