Tuesday, August 10, 2021

TW Fine Art Present's "Caught Up in a Lockdown Art Affair" (Brooklyn, NY)



Caught Up in a Lockdown Art Affair

A Group Exhibition of Artwork Created During the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 24 – September 30, 2021

Carles García O'Dowd, Covid People: Commuter, 2020,
 ink on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches 

  TW Fine Art is pleased to present Caught Up in a Lockdown Art Affair, a group exhibition of works created by fifteen artists over the last 18 months of the global pandemic. COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdowns shook people from their regular routines, and while many artists took a break from their practices and studios, others embraced this time to lean into their creative work, pushing their output further than ever before. This show celebrates these new works, and the bright spot that came out of an otherwise difficult year. Caught Up in a Lockdown Art Affair will be on view at TW Fine Art’s Brooklyn Summer Outpost (514 Atlantic Ave) from August 24, 2021 through September 30, 2021, with a public opening event on August 24 from 6:30pm to 10pm EST. 

COVID-19 can be considered a turning point in canonical contemporary art history, marking seismic changes in political climate, technology, and social conditions both nationally and internationally. This exhibition aims to honor and acknowledge the very real challenges of this moment while celebrating the resilience and creative potential that has arisen from the zeitgeist. As we look towards the future of contemporary art, the pieces created during this time will stand out as part of a watershed moment much in the way that art history today distinguishes between pre- and post- World War II art. 

The works in the exhibition span drawing, sculpture, paintings, embroidery, prints, photographs, ceramics and more, showing an impressive range of mediums and styles. In their own way, each artist expresses a unique conceptual and aesthetic perspective, imagining new possibilities for world building that can arise post-lockdown. Included in the show are Erika Keck’s sculptural paintings that construct abstract, tactile scenes with vibrant colors. Stacey Lee Webber embroiders paper money as a way to comment upon and critique currency, society, and politics. Her punk-inspired pieces transform recognizable bills and imbue them with new and unexpected narratives. Preston Douglas explores the relationship between fine art and fashion by painting and drawing directly on chiffon. In his monochromatic works, the stretcher becomes the body, with fabric over the frame representing the clothing. Sienna Berritto exhibits detailed photographs in her high-concept feminist style. Brian Kenny shares one of his signature conceptual sculptures. Carles García O'Dowd’s unique ink drawings and color prints play with imaginary pop cosmogony. And Bill Bernstein’s new photographs explore genderqueer aesthetics in New York City.

This show also marks the first time exhibiting at TW Fine Art for many of the artists, including Roger Allan Cleaves, who will display his vibrantly surreal afrofuturist character drawing, Alberto Pazzi, whose minimalist paintings examine modern culture using a muted pink palette and simple lines; Richard Gabriele’s high-concept woodblock prints, which replicate the style of traditional eastern carpets; Jenny Hata-Blumenfield’s light and movement-inspired ceramics incorporating colorful lucite elements; Tom DeLaney’s dark, hyper-realistic oil paintings which merge fantastical elements with everyday imagery; Jessie Novik’s richly-colored still lifes that recall historical oil painting tropes, featuring imagery of food, flowers, and fabric; and Galen Gibson-Cornell’s woven works of found posters, which are mounted floating off the wall with a custom-made magnet system. This will also be Roxana Halls’s first showing in NYC ahead of a BBC series airing later this year. The exhibition will feature her surreal oil paintings, which depict women's internalized rules of conduct via maniacal laughter.

During world-changing events, great artists record and reflect on their environment with unique insight and perspective. As we enter new phases of the pandemic, Caught Up in a Lockdown Art Affair turns to artists to show us how the world has changed and envision how it will evolve going forward. This exhibition commemorates the pivotal and complicated period we’re living through, and celebrates the artists who continue to document their worlds and imagine new ones through it all. 


Artists Include: 
Bill Bernstein, Sienna Berritto, Roger Allan Cleaves, Tom DeLaney, Preston Douglas, Richard Gabriele, Galen Gibson-Cornell, Roxana Halls, Jenny Hata-Blumenfield, Erika Keck, Brian Kenny, Jessie Novik, Carles García O'Dowd, Alberto Pazzi, and Stacey Lee Webber

About TW Fine Art
TW Fine Art is a gallery practicing a hybrid of fine art representation and art collection management. TW works to advance artists’ careers, pairing them with the right galleries, artist services, dealers, and collectors on a global scale while also displaying and selling art directly from its Brooklyn, New York and Palm Beach, Florida outposts. Originally founded as Fine Art Acquisitions in 2007, TW Fine Art was established in its current form in 2020 by Mike De Paola and Ty Cooperman.

TW FINE ART – Brooklyn Outpost
514 Atlantic Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217

China's Summer Blockbuster "Raging Fire" Special Screening August 18, 2021 (Chicago, IL.)


Hong Kong Action Cinema is a language of its own. Remembering Benny Chan (1961-2020)



 Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s Season 13 (September 15 - October 12) will kick off with Hong Kong’s summer blockbuster Raging Fire, the same week as its nationwide distribution by Well Go USA. Festival Executive Director Sophia Wong Boccio will announce the lineup of the festival before the special screening at 7 PM 
on Wednesday, August 18 at AMC River East (322 E. Illinois).
Raging Fire tells the story of a highly respected cop whose past comes back to haunt him when a former protégé seeks revenge against all those who have wronged him. It is the final project from late director Benny Chan, a Hong Kong filmmaker best known for helming Jackie Chan’s New Police Story, Rob-B-Hood, Who Am I? and Shaolin. Chan was unable to complete post-production due to his unexpected death at age 58 in August 2020. Raging Fire grossed $37.2 million on its July opening weekend in China and will be released nationally in the U.S. on August 13. Watch the trailer here.
Season 13 will highlight the best of Asian cinema, with selections from China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the U.S. The festival’s diverse lineup includes female-directed films, restored martial arts classics and stories that explore our shared humanity. Fifteen films will premiere at AMC River East 21 and ChiTown Drive-In (2343 S. Throop) with an additional 15 titles available for online streaming.
The pre-festival event screening of Raging Fire is sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, 
New York. Individual tickets are $15/adult, $12/seniors or Students. Email asianpopupinfo@gmail.com for the $5 off promo code.  More Info: asianpopupcinema.org/raging
All press is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Danielle Garnier: danielle@garnierpr.com.
Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Film Festival, is the brainchild of Sophia Wong Boccio, founder of Sophia’s Choice, a Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for-profit
incorporated in 2015 with the multi-pronged mission of cultivating an interest in and understanding of Asian cultures via a diverse offering of Asian films; connecting the
Asian film industry with local Chicago film professionals, educators and students; and promoting Chicago as a destination for international visitors.
Connect with Asian Pop-Up Cinema:
Twitter: asianpopupcine  
Instagram: @asianpopupcinema 


WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE, an Anthology of Short Films by Emerging Filmmakers, Now Available on DVD and Kino Now


Kino Lorber and Dedza Films present the first collaborative release of short films by underrepresented emerging talents

An Anthology of Short Films by Emerging Filmmakers
Featuring Nine Films Directed by
Peier Tracy Shen, Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu, Olive Nwosu,
Samira Saraya, Faye Ruiz, Lesley Steele, Emily Packer, Alex Westfall,
Nicole Otero and Jermaine Manigault

Now Available on DVD and Digitally on Kino Now
"...aesthetically rigorous, politically daring, and thematically provocative, they’re all forcefully immediate and riveting, and announce several emerging filmmakers worth watching." -- Jim Hemphill, Filmmaker Magazine
New York, NY -- August 10, 2021 -- Kino Lorber and Dedza Films are proud to announce the DVD and digital release of WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE, an international short film omnibus showcasing the works of emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities around the world.

WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE is now available on DVD, with a SRP of $19.95. The DVD includes an introduction by acclaimed filmmaker Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep with Anger). The films are also available to buy and rent digitally on Kino Now.

The collection includes nine films, directed by Peier Tracy Shen, Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu, Olive Nwosu, Samira Saraya, Faye Ruiz, Lesley Steele, Emily Packer, Alex Westfall, Nicole Otero and Jermaine Manigault.

WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE has also been released theatrically by Kino Lorber, beginning its virtual cinema run on June 11, 2021, working with Dedza Films in its aim to present these stories in a way that has been traditionally reserved for feature films, and to showcase the early works of emerging filmmakers from underrepresented communities.

Each of these stories is personal and distinctly told, but unified by themes of rebirth and growth. These films reject the idea of art for art's sake and do not exist in self-designed aesthetic vacuums. Their creation represents a necessary reckoning for their makers and so perhaps, too, their viewers. These are growing films by growing filmmakers, made for the future and the past, presented for you to experience for the first time now and again and again afterwards.

The title WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE alludes to Malawian poet Jack Mapanje’s Before Chilembwe Tree (1981), in which he asks, “Who will start another fire?” By omitting the question mark and retaining his language, we propose an answer to his question.

Kino Lorber announced in October 2020 its support of Dedza Film’s new distribution initiative founded by Kate Gondwe, formerly an intern in Kino Lorber's theatrical department. The new company’s mission is to foster diversity, build community and cultivate the next wave of emerging filmmakers, inviting submissions from talented student filmmakers around the world. Kino Lorber is serving as an incubator for this welcome initiative and is consulting with the Dedza Films team in all areas of marketing, publicity, and distribution in the digital and home video space. The shorts were curated and acquired by the Dedza team, who sought new voices that align with Dedza’s mission. 
DEDZA Scrapbook, an online initiative from aspiring film critics of color who will write about each film, will also be released on August 10, available on DedzaFilms.com. The goal of this supplement is to further build a community of emerging talent whose work and discourse can uplift each other. 

The trailer for the collection was created by 17-year-old editor Clementine Narcisse and the anthology's DVD poster was designed by Dedza head of design Xan Black.

Official selections for WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE:

Like Flying
Directed by Peier Tracy Shen | USA | 15m | Mandarin & English
Official 2021 Selection: Nashville, Palm Springs International Shortfest, Cinequest 
A young Chinese-American girl navigates her childhood through her parents’ broken relationship. 

Family Tree 
Directed by Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu | Uganda | 17m | Luganda & English 
Official 2021 Selection: Pan-African, Ngalabi International Shorts, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora, Capitol Hill
We meet Nagawa, an 8 year old schoolgirl, whose day is almost like any other. She’s presenting a school project about her family tree to her classmates and teacher. According to Nagawa, her family consists of just herself, her Mum, and her Dad, who she only gets to see once a week. This is her normal. When her mother Margaret picks up Nagawa from school, she doesn't have the heart to tell her daughter that her beloved father has been in a terrible accident. They arrive at the hospital to pay vigil. Her father, an Honourable in the Ugandan parliament is widely popular, and a few people are assembling outside the private ward— including his mistresses with his and their children. Nagawa doesn’t know any of these people and they don’t know her. What follows for Nagawa is an awkward, confusing and heartbreaking afternoon as her parents’ betrayal sets in. 

Directed by Olive Nwosu | Nigeria | 11m | Igbo
Winner: Best Student Film Award at Discover Film Festival 2019, Best Director at Queens World Film Festival 2020; Nominee: Best Short Award at Raindance 2020, Africa in Motion Film Festival 2020
Obi is hot, bored, and desperate for something to do. When his best friend, Emeka, gives him a packet of firecrackers, the boys decide to have some fun. However, things escalate in unexpected ways, as Obi learns for the first time that actions have consequences, and that there are still things he cannot understand. 

Directed by Samira Saraya | Israel | 20m | Arabic & Hebrew
Winner: Honorable Mention at Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2020 
Official Selection: Queer Screen, Rose Filmdagen, Wicked Queer: Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, Kashish Mumbai International Queer, MIX Milano
Based on a true story, Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse living in Tel Aviv, finds out that her lover Or, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army, has been reporting on their relationship. Their liaison is further strained by the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict and by Yasmine’s sister’s visit, who arrives from the West Bank not knowing that she is going to meet the occupying enemy at her own sister’s house. 

The Lights Are On, No One’s Home 
Directed by Faye Ruiz | USA | 10m | English
Official Selection: BFI Flare, Outfest Fusion, Long Distance 
Mar, a trans woman who left home years ago, returns to her old neighborhood to find her childhood home. Upon her return, she’s confronted with the changes that gentrification has brought to the place she once knew so well. With all her old paths back home gone, she wanders the streets aimlessly. Memories of her early transition, the places she went, her family, her best friend and a drug addiction she can’t seem to shake resurface in unexpected and painful ways. Forced to contend with the ways in which she has remained static in a place that has seemingly changed overnight, she searches for a way to make peace with these changes or maybe just a familiar place to rest her head. 

By Way of Canarsie 
Directed by Emily Packer & Lesley Steele | USA | 14m | English
Official Selection: DOC NYC, BlackStar, Twin Cities Black, Better Cities, Prismatic Ground, Third Horizon 
A wandering portrait of an oft-neglected shoreline community, By Way of Canarsie imagines possible futures at odds with a peaceful present. Through brief encounters, observational mise-en-scene, and expressive use of analog film, we begin to understand this predominantly black New York City neighborhood’s shared desires for recognition and respect. As some community members advocate for a commuter ferry at the local pier, others reflect on the current use of natural resources, the indigenous history, and the impending environmental concerns that encompass Canarsie’s relationship with the water as it exists today. The competing futures for Canarsie Pier present complications about how and for whom this public space serves. 

The Rose of Manila 
Directed by Alex Westfall | Philippines | 12m | Tagalog & English
Official Selection: San Diego Asian, National Film Festival for Talented Youth, BFI Future, Ivy, CineYouth - Chicago International, 2021 Athens International Film and Video 
An imagining of the formative years of Imelda Marcos, who, as one half of the Marcos regime, would become infamous for embezzling billions from the country to sustain her extravagant lifestyle. Here, the fate of a young girl and an entire nation become entangled as the absent mother of a country is born. 

Directed by Nicole Otero | USA | 11m
Official Selection: Indie Memphis Film Festival 2019
A woman arrives home at the end of a regular day, but as she begins to turn in for the night, she is overcome with a sense of restlessness. Unable to fit inside her own world, she goes back out into the night. Her journey around a mostly vacant city, obscured by darkness, cascades in space and time, away from one feeling and in search of another. Featuring singer-songwriter Tei Shi.

Not Black Enough 
Directed by Jermaine Manigault | USA | 19m | English
Official Selection: Flatpack, L.A. Shorts International, Aesthetica Short, Hollyshorts, Tallinn Black Nights, Emerging Lens Cultural 
Directed by Jermaine Manigault 
A young African-American man struggling to find his identity within his community meets a persuasive relic of the past. Featuring Corey Knight (We Are Who We Are) and Patrick Decile (Moonlight). 

Who Will Start Another Fire:
A Short Film Anthology by Emerging Filmmakers

Prebook Date: 7/13/21
Street Date: 8/10/21
Label: Kino Lorber / Dedza Films
DVD SRP: $19.95
DVD Item#: K25518
DVD UPC: 738329255183
Genre: Drama
Year: 2021
Rating: NR
Runtime: 129
Directors: Peier Tracy Shen, Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu,
Olive Nwosu, Samira Saraya, Faye Ruiz, Lesley Steele,
Emily Packer, Alex Westfall, Nicole Otero, Jermaine Manigault
Actors: Chedi Chang, Chloe Kabuye, Chidera, Samira Saraya, Faye Ruiz, Polly Cabrera
In English, Mandarin, Luganda, Igbo, Arabic, Hebrew, Tagalog with English subtitles
Kate is a Malawian-American pursuing her undergraduate degree at Emerson College. She is the founder of the shorts distribution initiative Dedza Films, supported by Kino Lorber. Dedza Films is dedicated to acquiring short films from underrepresented communities and creating space for emerging storytellers. Kate has interned at Kino Lorber, Film Comment, NEON, and recently Mubi. Her start in film began as an emerging programmer apprentice at the Tallgrass Film Festival, a program sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and FilmWatch grant recipient. Aside from distribution, Kate works as a producer on independent productions and aims to direct as well.
About Dedza Films
Dedza Films is a distribution initiative dedicated to curating & facilitating the distribution of films from the next wave with a focus on underrepresented communities, regional filmmakers, and the early works of emerging storytellers. Dedza aims to treat these stories in a way that is often reserved for features and help filmmakers who were impacted by COVID-19, which affected festival and release plans. Our mission is to curate, community build, and partner with other initiatives and organizations focusing on changing the landscape. Who Will Start Another Fire is Dedza’s first release, which will have its theatrical and virtual cinema run on June 11 and then release as a limited edition DVD distributed by Kino Lorber.
About Kino Lorber
With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.

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A Boozy Mad Hatter's Tea Party Is Coming To Chicago!🐰🎩 (Chicago, IL.)

A Boozy Mad Hatter's Tea Party Is Coming to Chicago!
Climb down the rabbit hole and join us on an immersive, topsy-turvy cocktail adventure!
Brought to you by the team behind The Wizard's Den and Beyond Cinema, this magical journey is one you won't want to miss! Tickets are on sale now for the whimsical pop-up experience that's coming to a secret location in ZIP 60614.
Create your own liquid concoctions under the watchful eye of The Mad Hatter and expect things to get curious and curiouser. Dive through the looking glass and into a fantasy world where you will play croquet with flamingos, paint the roses red and devour 'Eat Me' cake! Solve riddles and challenges just like Alice and unlock all the ingredients to create your own enchanted teapot cocktails. It's all fun and games until someone steals the Queen of Hearts tarts!
Come and explore the magic and join the tea party to end all tea parties! This 90 minute alternate reality experience in Wonderland costs $47pp and includes 2x bespoke cocktails and 'Eat Me' cake.
Book now before you miss the maddest tea party of them all!
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Shelley Allen