DocuClub NY Saudade: Name of the Father

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

co-presented with IDA

The Work-In-Progress

A filmmaker ferries us along a self-reflexive search for her biological roots, weaving a cinematic dreamscape of intimate, lyrical storytelling. After a lifetime of separation, her birth parents are reunited across oceans by the infant they surrendered. A Pandora’s Box is unearthed, paradoxically provoking the estrangement of her adoptive family, deeper uncertainty, and saudades.

In the decades surrounding Roe v. Wade, the middle-American veil of secrecy fashioned to enshroud a birth mother's shame forced women into homes for unwed mothers, coercing them into giving their unborn babies up for adoption and unlawfully
sealing their identities. Saudade incises those seals, exposing lifetimes of secrecy and wounding to allow for regeneration.

The Feedback Discussion

Theresa Ortolani (Director) is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist whose work has been widely exhibited and published to include the New York Photo Festival, the Seoul International Photo Festival, and the International Center of Photography. Her first monograph, ENDURANCE (powerHouse Books), was named “Best Book” and "Documentary Winner” by PDN; recognized by the International Photo Awards; and featured by MoMA. Her limited edition artist book, [DE]COMPOSED, was an International Photography Awards “Best Book” Winner and select pieces were exhibited by The International Center of Photography, Baxter St CCNY, and Klompching Gallery. She has designed and developed visual literacy programs in conjunction with Ansel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, TFA, NYU, and SUNY. She has been a visiting artist in the School of Visual Arts' Professional Practice series and an ASMP portfolio reviewer. Currently a Ph.D candidate in the Philosophy / Art / Critical Theory division at the European Graduate School, she was a Dean’s Scholar in the Bard-ICP MFA program and holds a BFA with honors from Boston University's College of Fine Arts. Her Ph.D dissertation, addressing liminality in self-reflexive cinema, is being authored under the supervision of Judith Butler. Saudade: Name of the Father is her first film.

Adam Boese (Co-Writer/Editor) is a New York based filmmaker and editor whose work spans many genres and mediums from art house documentaries to network TV. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with credits including Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog, The Benyamini Brothers’ Right of Way, and, most recently, The CW’s Two Sentence Horror Stories.

Lily Henderson (Moderator) is a director and editor of independent films. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” after screening her documentary Lessons for the Living at festivals around the world. She is currently writing and directing About a Mountain, a documentary film adaptation based on the book by John D'agata set in Las Vegas. She has been a curator of film screenings at UnionDocs, and has served as an organizer of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective for more than ten years. She's currently an Assistant Professor at The New School where she teaches editing, cinematography and directing.


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Please note that space is limited, and while RSVP is required, it does not guarantee admission. We advise that you arrive when doors open at 6:30pm. All RSVPs will be admitted first-come, first-served. No-shows will be released to those waiting at start time.

Drinks and popcorn available. No admittance after 7:15pm.


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DocuClub NY is a regular collaboration between IDA and DCTV. This works-in-progress screening series offers the public and members of the film community advance access to new documentaries in progress, and the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes conversations with filmmakers and creators.

This event is part of the Fall 2019 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film.

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