Fusion Film Festival, the student-run film festival at New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts celebrating the work of women filmmakers, will launch its year-long fifth anniversary celebration with the screening and a panel discussion of the award-winning Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern documentary The Devil Came on Horseback, a film candidly exposing the tragedy taking place in Darfur, Sudan.
The screening and panel discussion will take place Friday, October 26 at the Cantor Film Center, located at 36 E. 8th Street (between University Place and Broadway). It is free and open to the public. Screening: 6:00 p.m.; the panel discussion is 7:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended by emailing your name, telephone, and number of tickets (limit four) by October 24 to: FusionDCOH@gmail.com.
The panelists are: filmmakers Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern; producer Jane Wells; Ruth Messinger, director of American Jewish World Service and former Manhattan Borough president; Simon Deng, political activist, speaker, and a victim of Sudanese slavery; and Dirk Salomons, director of the Program for Humanitarian Affairs at the School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University and adjunct professor at NYUs Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The panels moderator is Sam Pollard, feature film and television video editor, documentary producer/director, and professor in the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television.
The screening and panel discussion are co-sponsored by NYUs STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition whose members will be available to answer questions about the current crisis.
Fusion Film Festivals mission is to encourage, promote, and inspire women filmmakers at NYU. All NYU women filmmakers, and their collaborators, are urged to participate in the festival. The 5th anniversary celebration will culminate in the Fusion Film Festival (Feb. 28 - Mar. 1, 2008).