Festival Opens with the Special Screening of Christine Jeffss Sunshine Cleaning
New York Universitys Fusion Film Festival, a student-run event in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts celebrating the work of women filmmakers, will mark its sixth anniversary when it unspools from February 26 through 28, 2009. The Festival theme this year is entitled Women Behind the Camera and honors the work of women cinematographers.
The centerpiece of the Festival will be the special screening of Christine Jeffss Sundance hit, Sunshine Cleaning, a dramatic comedy starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, and Alan Arkin. And Peter Saraf, the films producer, will attend the screening. Other Festival highlights include: a panel on film blogging entitled Smart Talk by Women & Hollywoods Melissa Silverstein, who will moderate; a student documentary pitch; screenplay and film competitions; a roundtable with Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler); and the New York premiere of Alexis Krasilovskys Shooting Women followed by a panel discussion with cinematographers Nancy Schreiber, ASC (American Gun), Valentina Caniglia (The Woods Have Eyes), and Sandi Sissel, ASC (Salaam Bombay!).
Admission to all events is free, and most are open to the public. For details and schedule visit, www.fusionfilmfestival.com.
Fusion Film Festival board of directors include honorary members Julie Taymor (Frida), Barbara Kopple (Shut Up and Sing), Amy Heckerling (Clueless), Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Penny Marshall (A League of Their Own), Lauren Zalaznik (CEO, Oxygen Media and President, Bravo), and producer Denise Di Novi (Edward Scissorhands), among many others.
Fusion Film Festival has received support from Film Forum, Museum of the Moving Image, Kits and Expendables, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, MovieMaker magazine, Anthology Film Archives, Tribeca Film Festival, 49 Grove, and the Tisch Undergraduate Student Council.