After the Fall

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Screening followed by a Q&A with Director Joe Pacheco.

On the eve of Veteran's Day, we are honored to be screening After the Fall, a documentary that follows two American journalists on their trip to Vietnam for the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and explores the profound impact of the war on their fathers.

Sharing a common interest in Vietnam, Tom Bissell, the son of a US Marine Captain who served in the war, and Morgan Meis, the son of a draft resister who moved to Canada to protest the war, return to Saigon to attend the anniversary ceremonies with the formerly black-listed Vice President of South Vietnam.

Unbeknownst to them, their activities are being monitored by the Vietnamese Secret Police, and after meeting with a "subversive" contemporary artist in Hanoi, Tom and Morgan get an all-too-real glimpse into the experiences that weighed so heavily on their fathers, with their own encounter ending in a minor international incident.

Featuring interviews with both fathers and sons, After the Fall offers views from both sides of the conflict and two generations' perceptions of the war and its legacy.

"The intergenerational angle proves a compelling and accessible hook for looking at the Vietnam war and also contemplating America's current wartime nightmare."
         - Nathaniel Rogers,

Joe Pacheco is an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy Award-nominated cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY. His first feature-length film, As Smart As They Are: The Author Project, documents the collaboration between One Ring Zero -- the quirky house band for McSweeney's Publishing -- and several noted authors including Dave Eggers, Paul Auster and Jonathan Lethem. After the Fall is his second feature documentary. Joe is also the founder and curator of the Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series and has served as programmer, juror and panelist for numerous film festivals and institutions worldwide. His production company, peanut butter no jelly productions, has several new films in the works including his next directorial project, I See Through Your Mind: The Story of The Secret Syde, and a currently untitled project that he's producing with director Michael Gramaglia (End of the Century: The Ramones).

$8 / DCTV Members
$10 / Shooting People, IFP, DocuClub, NYWIFT, WMM Mem
$12 / General

Doors open 7pm. No admittance after 8pm.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

This event is part of the Lower Manhattan Arts League's Fall Downtown series.

Fall Downtown is made possible by generous support from American Express, LuEsther T Mertz Charitable Trust, and The New York Community Trust.