6/6: “Fit to Print” sneak peek and “Shock Corridor” at Freddy’s

Description: Director Adam Chadwick and Producer Nancy Wolfe will introduce a new trailer and present material from their forthcoming documentary “Fit to Print” about the fading fortunes of the newspaper industry in the U.S. and speak about their fundraising campaign. The in-progress doc is using a new fundraising platform, Passerby: check out the campaign, consider supporting the project, and spread this link

Followed by a showing of Sam Fuller’s B-movie psycho-drama Shock Corridor (US, 1963, 100min) about the limits of journalistic integrity.

“In Shock Corridor, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, insanity closes in on him. Constance Towers costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on racism and other hot-button issues in sixties America and its daring photography by Stanley Cortez, Shock Corridor has had far-reaching influence.” -The Criterion Collection

Weds. June 6th 8pm
at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom
627 5th Ave btw/ 17th, 18th St.


6/3: My Perestroika DVD release party with Filmwax!

Description: If you missed the extraordinary doc “My Perestroika” when it screened at New Directors/New Films, Sundance or when it ran theatrically at that theater near you? Now’s your opportunity to own a copy of this award winner by filmmaker Robin Hessman!

Join Filmwax & KCCS to celebrate the arrival of the DVD. We are going to screen special bonus features off the DVD throughout the evening. Good booze, pool table, great friends.

MY PERESTROIKA (2010, 88min)  follows 5 ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times – from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. In Hessman’s portrait, there are no “talking head” historians, no expert witnesses, no omniscient narrator telling viewers how to interpret events. Instead, Borya, Lyuba, Andrei, Olga and Ruslan share their personal stories. They were the last generation of Soviet children brought up behind the Iron Curtain. They take us on a journey through their Soviet childhoods, their youth during the country’s huge changes of Perestroika, and let us into their present-day lives.

The film interweaves their contemporary world with rare home movie footage from the 1970s and ‘80s in the USSR, along with official Soviet propaganda films that surrounded them at the time. Their memories and opinions sometimes complement each other and sometimes contradict each other, but together they paint a complex picture of the challenges, dreams, and disillusionment of this generation in Moscow today.

Details: Sunday June 3rd 5pm
At Halyards, 406 3rd Ave, at 6th St., Gowanus
Tel: 718 532 8787