arts 09.10.03

DocuClub's In-the-Works

In school, watching a documentary in class always seemed a good time for a nap. Now we can't get enough of them. One way to see them is through the DocuClub In-the-Works series. At these screenings, filmmakers show a rough cut of their documentary, which is followed by feedback from the audience.

We recently saw a terrific film by David Sampliner and Tim Nackashi called "Dirty Work", (pictured), that chronicles, Studs Terkel-like, the work lives of three people who do what most of us would consider unpleasant work: septic tank cleaning, preparing a body for a funeral, and bull semen collecting. The documentary was terrific, though there were some editing and storytelling moments that needed clarification. The audience gently pointed the rough spots out to the appreciative filmmakers.

Yearly membership is $40, though you can attend a screening for $5. The In-the-Works series takes place at Makor, 35 W. 67th [CPW/Col] 212.874.1878, and you can find out more at www.docuclub.org. The next screening takes place on October 7th.
On September 23rd at 7pm, BAMcinématek presents the New York premiere of "Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Reason of a Dream", directed by Laura Betti. It's a documentary about the master filmmaker. Following the screening, there will be a question-and-answer session with Ms. Betti, who was in five Pasolini movies.

It takes place at BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette in Brooklyn, 718.636.4100, www.bam.org.


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