Opening night: Thursday, September 6
The 90th Minute (24 min) compels viewers to think about the way we value women’s sports. More than a decade after the 1999 Women’s World Cup, when players like Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain inspired girls across the country to take up soccer, the Women’s Professional Soccer league still cannot survive. In May, just months after The 90th Minute’s release, the WPS folded completely.
* Director Jun Stinson will join a Q&A discussion following the screening.
Jesse Owens (56 min), a 2012 American Experience film produced by Firelight Media (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), delves beyond the sprinter’s stunning performance at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany to tell the story of the son of a sharecropper who becomes a world champion, only to be confronted by the harsh realities of celebrity.
* Director Laurens Grant will join a Q&A discussion following the screening.
Centerpiece presentations: Friday, September 7
Transcending: the Wat Misaka Story (50 min) chronicles the journey of the first minority basketball player in the NBA. Amidst a hostile racial climate that incarcerated 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans during World War II, Misaka prevails as a top college basketball player who is ultimately drafted by the New York Knicks in 1947.
* Co-directors Christine Toy Johnson and Bruce Alan Johnson will join a Q&A discussion following the screening.
In Her Corner (43 min) profiles 2012...
FAR EAST MOVEMENT entertained the crowds at celebrity blogger Perez Hilton's "One Night in Los Angeles" event to benefit the VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION.
The American hip hop quartet is the first Asian-American group to earn a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. FAR EAST MOVEMENT's music "Round Round" is featured in the Hollywood movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. FM performers are Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), J-Splif (Jae Choung), and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia).
Funds raised from the Perez Hilton's "One Night in Los Angeles" September 6 event will be donated to VH1's Save the Music Foundation. Perez Hilton's event in March this year, "One Night in Austin" during South-by-Southwest's music festival and conference also raised funds for VH1's Save the Music Foundation. VH1's Paul Cothan, VP and Executive Director of VH1 Save the Music Foundation, said "With Perez' help, we will be able to generate a great deal of awareness for our cause." Cothan said since its inception in 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has provided more than $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.8 million children.
Among other groups headlining the benefit were IM5, Melanie Amaro, Rita Ora, Walk The Moon, Iggy Azalea, The Saturdays, The Wanted, and Doors Close.
The Drama Desk and the Fordham University Theatre Program will present a special panel discussion on Sunday, November 13th at 6:30pm at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus (Pope Auditorium, 113 West 60th Street). The discussion, titled “Anatomy of a Breakout,” will reflect on the remarkable trend of breakthrough productions and breakout performances on the New York stage in 2011.
The panelists fromCHINGLISH include actor Jennifer Lim, playwright David Henry Hwang, who recently received a Jeff Award (New Work-Play), and director Leigh Silverman. The discussion will be moderated by Randy Gener, the George Jean Nathan Award winning editor/critic, and Leslie (Hoban) Blake, the Drama Desk’s Vice President.
Other panelists include Douglas Carter Beane (book writer, Lysistrata Jones), Lewis Flinn (composer/lyricist,Lysistrata Jones), David Ives (playwright, Venus in Fur), Samuel L. Jackson (actor, The Mountaintop), Dan Knechtges (director/choreographer, Lysistrata Jones) and Kenny Leon (director, The Mountaintop and Stick Fly).
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Season 3 of the popular fashion rescue series "All On the Line with Joe Zee," premieres Monday, September 10 (9:00pm ET/PT) on the Sundance Channel.
The third season features celebrity guests Grammy®-Award winning singer Mary J. Blige, Oscar®-winner Octavia Spencer, Designer Whitney Port and actress Zoe Kazan (RUBY SPARKS).
Joe Zee will incorporate new design challenges with the help of Good Morning America’s Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer, Extra’s Mario Lopez and Revenge star Ashley Madekwe.
The third season of the hit fashion docu-series "All On the Line with Joe Zee" starring the fashion powerhouse and ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee will, for the first time, expand its purview to include the LA fashion scene and LA-based designers.