West Side Community Garden Presents the First Movie in the Garden Screening of The Artist

The West Side Community Garden is proud to present the first Movie in the Garden with a special screening of the 2011 Silent Film The Artist on August 23, 2013 at 8:00pm

The Artist (2011) (100 minutes)

The Artist is a 2011 French romanticcomedy-drama film in the style of a black-and-white silent film. The film was written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius and stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo.The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the “talkies .” It won the Academy Award  for Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Director in 2012. 

The movie will be held at the West Side Community Garden at 123 W 89th St New York, NY 10024 (Between Amsterdam and Broadway) and admission is free. For more information go to www.westsidecommunitygarden.org.
Rooftop Film Summer 2013

Rooftop Film Summer 2013

Now that the weather is warming up, you wanna stay outside longer. Sidewalk cafes, beer gardens and the parks are filling up with New Yorkers who want their patch of outdoor space to enjoy. 
Film buffs, usually relegated to dark rooms with sticky floors, can also enjoy the warmer weather during the summer through a number of outdoor film festivals being staged across the city. 
Check it out:
Rooftop Films – through to August 17
New York Japan Cinefest – June 6 & 7, Japan Society. http://bit.ly/18Tnjl8
Films on the Green, June 7 – Sept. 5
Human Rights Watch Film Festival – June 14 – 22
Bryant Park Summer Film Festival – June 17 – August 19.

A Different Kind of Order

A Different Kind of Order

Every three years, ICP’s curators round up some of the most interesting contemporary photography and video works from around the world. 
The 2013 Triennial, A Different Kind of Order, focuses on artworks created in our current moment of widespread economic, social, and political instability. 
The exhibition will include 28 international artists who employ photography, film, video, and interactive media. Many of their works reflect the growing importance of new paradigms associated with digital image making and network culture.

Somewhere Between – Film

Since the institution of China’s “one child” policy in 1979, some 80,000 Chinese girls have been adopted by American families. Prompted by her own adoption of a daughter, filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton probes these adoptees’ experiences through a portrait of four remarkable Chinese-American teenagers on a journey to discover their pasts, returning to China to find their birth parents.

On Monday August 27 Spence-Chapin Services and FCC will host a special screening of ‘Somewhere Between’ at: IFC Center
323 Ave. of Americas at W. 3rd St.
New York, 10014

Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Rita Taddonio, LCSW, director of the Spence-Chapin Adoption Resource Center (ARC), will lead an engaging Q&A about the film and the issues it unveils— race, gender and stereotypes.


For More Information and to part of this night, please contact: events@spence-chapin.org or
call 212-360-0275 or
order tickets online: http://bit.ly/NFQknw

For the Benefit of All Beings

Last week I was invited to a screening of the documentary “For the Benefit of All Beings: The Extraordinary Life of His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche“.
A quote from the promotional materials – “watching this film is the closest experience of Jesus Christ that I have ever had in my life.” – was intriguing enough to ensure my attendance.
I had nominal awareness of Garchen Rinpoche and certain no understanding of this man’s life experience. Before I saw the film, I Google the film title to get a better understanding of what I was about to experience. The documentary tells the story of a Tibetan lama who was recognized as a great reincarnation and enthroned at the age of seven. He went through extensive monastic training and was half-way through a traditional three-year retreat when the Communist Chinese Army invaded Tibet. Garchen Rinpoche took up arms against the Chinese, allowing the Dalai Lama to escape. He was subsequently imprisoned and tortured for 20 years during the prime of his life, age 22-42. Its like a Hollywood script, isn’t it?
What I learned from watching the film was far more profound and moving. In prison, Rinpoche met his root lama and practiced the Buddhist teachings in secret. Upon his release, he emerged a Realized Being – achieved through mindfulness meditation when the self is seen to be nonexistent, the human being is freed from narcissistic concerns — the source of suffering. In the following years, Garchen Rinpoche risked his life to help re-establish the Dharma in Tibet. Now, he teaches the path of transformation he relied upon in prison to audiences around the world. 

Even if buddhism is not your religion or a narrative of interest, you cannot help but be awed by Garchen Rinpoche’s story in the face of unthinkable adversity. He is the powerful embodiment of what can happen for any human being who unequivocally commits themselves to living For the Benefit of All Beings.
 And this film, directed, produced, filmed and edited by Christina Lundberg, is beyond a documentary. It is a love letter to Garchen Rinpoche’s followers, ensuring they and others understand how much benefit his legacy and blessings will bring to the world, long after he has passed away.


See it.

Learn more…. 
The theme song is White Tara Blessings, sung by Mercedes Bahleda.  

The screening was sponsored by Victoria and Michael Imperioli.