This Week at BDC: Joao Silva Slideshow and Born into Brothels Screening
This week we have two amazing events in the garden patio:
Tuesday, August 2nd, 8:30PM World-renowned New York Times photojournalist Joao Silva joins us at BDC for his first slideshow and talk since his wounding in Afghanistan.
Admission is free to the public.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 8:30 PM Movies at Sundown will screen Oscar-winning film, Born Into Brothels, followed by Q&A with director Ross Kauffman. Film is rated R. Children under 17 must be admitted with an adult.
Admission is $5.
BDC is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Admission and your contributions help fund our exhibition and education programs beginning fall 2011.
Last week, as BDC staff was testing equipment for our first outdoor film screening, a young woman from the neighborhood stopped by to watch.
“I used to be scared of this place,” she said, pointing to our outdoor patio.
“It was abandoned for a long time. Strange men used to come in and out.”
The next evening, July 21st, we screened Romántico, the first film in our outdoor film series, Movies at Sundown. Nearly a dozen volunteers helped to put up the screen, projector and speakers, tie down cables and set up chairs, which were borrowed from Immaculate Conception Church down the block.
The night was a success for the BDC and for the neighborhood. The lot that stood abandoned for many years was packed with about 40 people watching an understated documentary masterpiece. Overhead the stars shone weakly as the sweltering heat slowly ebbed. Romántico follows the life of a Mexican musician Carmelo Muñiz Sánchez as he works to provide for his family and resolve the quandary of many immigrants: stay with his family in Mexico and struggle economically, or endure the solitude and separation of life in the United States as an “indocumentado” and send much-needed money to his family in Mexico.
The story rang true for many viewers. Miguel, our neighbor who lives on 151st st., next door to the BDC, sells flavored ices from a cart on the streets of the Bronx. He watched the movie with great attention, nodding and laughing out loud as the protagonist tried his hand at selling ices from a cart on the streets of Mexico.
Guests stayed for a Q&A with Mark Becker, the film’s director.
Our next screening on Wednesday, August 3rd will be the Oscar-winning Born into Brothels, a moving portrait of young Indian children who discover their creativity through a photography program. Ross Kauffman, the filmmaker, will be in attendance to answer questions.
Movies at Sundown began as an impromptu experiment and we plan to continue through the fall. Have a suggestion or a film you’d like to see? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After years of combat assignments for The New York Times, BDC founder Michael Kamber invested his wages in a formerly abandoned historic building on the corner of Courtlandt Avenue and 151st.
Easily accessible by bus and subway and a 20-minute ride to midtown Manhattan, the gallery occupies 1000 square feet on the ground floor and an attached garden patio in the rear. We are fortunate to have this oasis as our permanent home.
Welcome to the blog of the Bronx Documentary Center.
The BDC is a new gallery and educational space dedicated to photography, film, and new media located on Courtlandt Ave. and 151st in the South Bronx, NY. Our goal is to create an engaging environment for local and international photojournalists, artists, filmmakers, critics and educators committed to innovative methods of storytelling.
In the coming posts you will learn all about us, our team, our building and our summer programs as we gear up for our official launch and inaugural exhibition in September, 2011. The staff and volunteers involved in the BDC will also post on a range of ideas: photography and film trends, news and current events, equipment reviews–pretty much anything we feel is pertinent or interesting.
Though the BDC staff has years of experience, we find ourselves learning each day as the project unfolds. Thank you for joining us on this journey and you’ll hear from us soon.