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THE BLIND EYE:

Women & Veterans


RestrepoRestrepo screening

One platoon. One valley. One year. Restrepo chronicles the one-year deployment of a platoon of American soldiers at one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan. Amongst the many prestigious awards Restrepo has garnered, the film has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story – Long Form.
Mon. Aug 6, 7pm
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Play-in-a-Day

Play-in-a-Day: The War on Women

At 6pm on Monday, August 6, 12 playwrights will each be given a prompt to write a short play on topics related to the war on women. They will have only 16 hours. At 10 am on Tuesday, August 7 rehearsals will begin. At 7pm those plays will be performed live.

 

Tue. Aug 7, 7pm
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GOLIATHGOLIATH

Told from seven different perspectives, Poetic Theater Production’s Goliath tells one young soldier’s war story, from home to the front and back again. Using a poetic landscape inspired by Ntozake Shange, a Greek chorus and spoken word in the style of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry, Goliath is a theatrical meditation on war and masculinity; a glimpse into what we do during times of war and of what it means to love when violence is part of the norm.
The performance will feature opening poetry by Warrior Writers NYC and a post-show conversation Iraq Army Veterans BR McDonald (Director, Veteran Artist Program), Nicole Goodwin, Paul Wasserman and Jen Pacanowski (Veterans Sanctuary), along with Veteran Air Force Pilot James A. Moad, who taught War & Literature at the Air Force Academy from 2006-2010. These panelists will discuss the pressing issues facing veterans today and the importance of the arts for Veterans for both healing and storytelling. Read more about GOLIATH on CP’s blog!

 

Wed. Aug 8, 7pm
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LionessLioness screening and discussion

Lioness tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who became the first women in American history to be sent into direct ground combat. Without sufficient training but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women ended up fighting in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war. Lioness makes public, for the first time, this hidden history.

Screening will be followed by a conversation with directors Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, and Ariela Migdal (Staff Attorney at American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project).

Thur. Aug 9, 7pm
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Miss RepresentationMiss Representation screening and discussion

Miss Representation, a documentary film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.

Fri. Aug 10, 7pm
Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door

 

 

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Sanda WeiglGod’s Away on Business
a musical performance by Sanda Weigl

Romanian born singing-sensation Sanda Weigl blends gypsy music, cabaret and jazz, reflecting her own life story in every moment of her performance. For this special evening she will present parts of her new program, GOOD DREAMERS REMEMBER THEIR DREAMS—songs of protest and revolution from Russia, Romania, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, East Germany and from the US.

As outspoken politically as she is uncompromising musically, Sanda first achieved fame as a teenage member of Team 4, East Germany’s most popular rock band of the 1960s. After publicly denouncing communism and Russia’s invasion of Czechoslovakia, she was banned from performing and sentenced to two years in an East Berlin prison; then, expelled to the West where she was free to continue crafting her art. Since relocating to New York in the early nineties, Sanda has performed her singular interpretations to critical acclaim throughout the United States, Mexico, Poland, Germany, Austria, Israel, and an especially triumphant series of concerts in her native Romania.

Fri. Aug 10, 9pm
Tickets $10

 

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Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence Works in Progress: Reading of the libretto, Fallujah, by Heather Raffo, directed by Joanna Settle and After The Green by Iraq War Veteran Nicole Goodwin

During their week-long residencies, IMPACT 2012 Resident Artists discuss, create, and rehearse new work surrounding the week’s topics. Each week will culminate in a free public presentation of the new works-in-progress.

On August 11th, Heather Raffo will present a reading of her new libretto, Fallujah, directed by Joanna Settle, commissioned by the Annenberg Foundation / Explored with music by Tobin Stokes. Fallujah (working title) is a contemporary libretto that excavates the human and social effects of the legacy of the Iraq war. Through youth on both sides of battle, we follow mothers and sons reconciling with a war that changed their relationships forever. It exposes a daily fight for identity and belonging where PTSD is not experienced by a select few. It is lived by everybody involved: each marine, their mothers, their medics, and the Iraqis they are both fighting and protecting.

In a war where every heart is blown open, Fallujah questions who we become when bearing witness to violence and what relationships piece us back together. More information on Fallujah is available at HeatherRaffo.com.

The reading will be preceded by an excerpt from Iraq War Veteran Nicole Goodwin’s autobiographical monologue, After The Green, which is being developed with five Veteran women as part of the residency.
Sat. Aug. 11, 7pm.
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Ken JacobsPolitical Films by Ken Jacobs

IMPACT 2012 and The Film-Makers’ Coop present two short films by Ken Jacobs. Followed by a Q&A with Ken (Filmmaker) & MM Serra (Film-Makers’ Coop). Sponsored in part by The New York State Council on the Arts.

Another Occupation (2011) is a mostly black and white train ride along a jungle stream. The military appear in this pith-helmet special, keeping the ferns, trees, monkeys, natives in line. Jacobs exhorts the open spaces to state their presence (15min).

Seeking the Monkey King (2011) is hailed by The Village Voice as “An exhilarating audiovisual workout that simultaneously engages multiple parts of the brain, Jacobs’s 40-minute movie is a sort of hallucinatory jeremiad. The basic imagery seems derived from close-ups of crumpled metallic foil; this material, which oscillates in color between rich amber and deep blue, is subjected to a barrage of cyclical digital manipulations and married to J.G. Thirlwell’s clamorous score.”

Sat. Aug 11, 10pm
Tickets $10