Photo caption: Production still from National Bird.
Monday, July 30
Vet2Vet and MHA in Orange County Present
A film by Sonia Kennebeck and Ines Hofmann Kanna | In English
92 min | Documentary | 2016
Admission will be free but seating is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis. A discussion will follow the film.
Monday, July 30, at 7 pm
About the Film
National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the protagonists to Afghanistan, where she learns about a horrendous incident. But her journey also gives hope for peace and redemption. National Bird gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary. Its images haunt the audience and bring a faraway issue close to home.
National Bird is powerful cinematic journalism.
—Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times
With stealth and elegance, Kennebeck brings these alarming truths into the light.
—Alex Needham, The Guardian
August 4 and 5
In conjunction with the Newburgh visit of The Wall That Heals (August 2–5), Hudson River Poets and Vet2Vet Warrior Writers will present a program at the Downing Film Center.
The Wall That Heals, a traveling three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be on exhibit at the Newburgh Waterfront from August 2 to August 5.
In support of this event, the Downing Film Center is hosting Hudson River Poets and Vet2Vet Warrior Writers for a program to be held from 11:30 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5.
The program will consist of poems, readings, a monologue, and a short film about the Vietnam War, in support and in honor of all veterans and the Newburgh visit of the wall replica.
All are welcome to attend. Admission will be free, but seating is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis.
ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLE
Written and directed by Matthew Miele
With George Clooney, Sofia Coppola, Tommy Lee Jones, Jeff Goldblum, Anjelica Huston, Wes Anderson, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, Jon Hamm, and Anthony Bourdain
92 min | Documentary | 2018
About the Film
For the past 87 years, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel has been the definition of class and a calling card for Manhattan’s elegant Upper East Side. But while it has housed some of the world’s most famous clientele, the stories within the walls of the hotel rarely leave the premises. Until now. In Always at the Carlyle, writer/director Matthew Miele (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, Harry Benson: Shoot First!) presents the untold stories and well-kept secrets of The Carlyle in a feature length documentary to be released worldwide in early 2018. In the works for more than three years, Always at the Carlyle offers an exclusive and provocative peek into the pop culture history of the renowned hotel, all from the mouths of The Carlyle’s own guests and employees. George Clooney, Anjelica Huston, Tommy Lee Jones, Vera Wang, Anthony Bourdain, Roger Federer, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Jon Hamm, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Elaine Stritch join the more than 100 personalities sharing their favorite stories and unique insights in this exposé of New York City’s legendary hotel.
Exhibition on Screen
Directed by Kat Mansoor
90 min | Documentary | 2014
About the Film
Every Rembrandt exhibition is eagerly anticipated but this major new show hosted by London’s National Gallery and Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum was an event like no other. Given exclusive, privileged access to both galleries, the film documents this landmark exhibition whilst interweaving Rembrandt’s life story with behind-the-scenes preparations at these world famous institutions. The exhibition focuses on the highlights from the final years of Rembrandt’s life, commonly thought to be his finest years. The masterpieces he produced during this period could be called his defining works, with each piece so soulful and honest that they helped sculpt our idea of Rembrandt as a man and as an artist. This film explores each of the exhibition’s key works, through contributions from specially invited guests including curators and leading art historians. For many, Rembrandt is the greatest artist that ever lived and this film seeks to explore the truth about the man behind the legend.