Today

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Thu, 11/04/2010 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Screening followed by a Q&A with Director Naftali Beane Rutter.

Today is the only film of its kind, the true story of one day in the life of three families in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Stylistically bold, each scene shot with gripping intimacy, this film is about far more than just New Orleans. In the heroism of Robert McPeek, a policeman patrolling the crime ridden city, in the struggle of Alice and Lewis Blaise to catch just one fish to feed their children, in the tragic life passions of young Angelo Stanich Jr. -- amidst three fascinating families and their prayers, songs, fights, laughter, and love, Today is the story of a day in the life of America, in all of its beautiful, disturbing, hilarious glory.

Naftali Beane Rutter is a writer, director and editor. His newest music video is a dance epic for "Underwear," by Peck the Town Crier. His short film credits include The Trial of Shahawar Matin Siraj, an examination of the case of a young Pakistani man who was convicted of conspiring to bomb the Herald Square subway station in downtown Manhattan, and Your Neighbor's Steps, about two young guys from Brooklyn who decided to make two magical portals connecting Brooklyn and New Orleans. Both of these films were broadcast on national television, and have been screened at festivals, galleries, and museums across the United States. Naftali has collaborated on a wide range of projects, working as an editor, producer and cinematographer on feature films, commercials and series for PBS/NOVA, the Wall Street Journal, and TruTV. He is currently writing a narrative feature, a ghost story about a journalist's encounter with a whale. Today is his first feature documentary.

"One of the best movies I've seen in the last two years."
      -Philip Maysles, Maysles Cinema

"Exquisitely made...moments and frames that come from deep insight into the human condition."
      -Annie Roney, Rocco Films International

“Deeply enjoyable.”
      -David Friesen, True False Film Festival

$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.