Film Showcase Schedule Sponsored By Rhode Island International Film Festival

THE ORIGINAL LGBT EXPO 2016

March 11, 2016

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Saturday, March 12th

12:15-1:00 – Filmmaker Open Screen

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1:00-1:30 – Crossing Over | Isabel Castro, Director | 45 min. | USA, 2014
Each year, thousands of Mexican nationals immigrate illegally to Los Angeles in search of better opportunities and a safe, sustainable way of living. They work in the shadows, undocumented, hoping that their efforts will pay off and that they will become citizens. For the transgender individuals among them, the shadows are even more difficult to overcome. Faced with discrimination and the challenges of being undocumented, many transgender immigrants turn to the sex industry, often falling prey to its many dangers, including drug addiction, sexual violence, and HIV, simply to survive. Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity interweaves the stories of three such transgender Latina immigrants who came to the U.S. from Mexico in search of a better life. Trailer: Crossing Over

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Isabel Castro – DIRECTOR/ PRODUCER
Isabel Castro is a multimedia director and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. She currently works as an Associate Producer for VICE on HBO. Her writing and work has been published by the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Lens Blog, The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity is her directorial debut.


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Katrina Sorrentino
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Katrina Sorrentino is a multimedia artist and producer from Chicago. She is a part of the Brooklyn-based collective Nomadique, whose short film Eleanor Ambos Interiors premiered at SXSW last year. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Fesitval, 83 Park St. Suite 5, Providence, RI 02903 currently pursuing an MFA in photography at ICP-Bard. She is passionate about women’s rights and social justice, and has done extensive work with Nomi Network, a nonprofit that fights human trafficking in India and Cambodia.


KatrinaSorrentino - Crossing Over - Cinematographer


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1:30-2:00 – Broadway Cares with Neal Bennington

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2:00-2:30 – “Getting Your Film Seen!” | A conversation with Isabel Castro (Film Producer for VICE), Jeffrey Bowers (Vimeo On Demand and Short Film Programmer/Columnist for VICE, and Katrina Sorrentino (Producer/Cinematographer)

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2:30-3:00 – Fashion Show with Appolonia Cruz

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3:30-4:30 – Artists Exposed with Tym Moss

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4:30-5:30 – Appolonia Cruz Variety Hour

Sunday, March 13th

12:15-1:00 – Music Video Showcase

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1:00-1:30 – D.Asian | Sarah Smith, Director | 10 min. | USA, 2015
4th grade is all about fitting in. For ten-year-old Daniel that means owning the latest in Hello Kitty fashion, liking the cutest boy in class, and convincing yourself you’re Asian when everyone else thinks you’re white. Davis Desmond and Sari Lennick (A Serious Man) star in this short comedy that proves that identity is in the eye of the beholder. Trailer: D.Asian

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Sarah Smith – DIRECTOR
Sarah Smith is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and television producer. She’s also written for The Young & The Restless where she and her team won a WGA award for outstanding scripted daytime drama in 2013. She was also a writers’ assistant for the Emmy winning writing team of As the World Turns (2002, 2004, 2005), where she was invited to participate in the 2004 and 2005 Procter and Gamble writers’ workshop. In addition to her writing and producing work, Sarah edited the feature films Saint Janet and Armless, (an official selection to the NEXT category of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival). Sarah is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


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Philip Gutman – WRITER/PRODUCER
Phillip Guttmann is a writer, clinical social worker and teacher. In theater, he worked on and off Broadway with The Araca Group, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Play Company and the New Group. His plays have been produced in New York at Chashama, Westbeth and the West Bank Theater. He was a finalist in the Cherry Lane Theater Mentor Festival, was selected by ABC to participate in their writers development program and served as a member of the GLAAD Media Awards committee for Theater. More recently, Phillip’s career has focused on issues pertaining to social justice. Since 2012, Phillip has worked for the New York City public defender The Legal Aid Society as a social worker. He has also worked with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Footsteps, The NYC Office of the Appellate Defender, as a therapist at Services for the Underserved and most recently as a part time adjunct lecturer, teaching sociology at CUNY Bronx Community College. Phillip holds an MSW from New York University and an MFA in playwriting from The New School.

PhilipGuttman - D.Asian - Writer:Producer


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1:00- 1:30 – Pink Boy | Eric Rockey, Director | 15 min. | USA, 2015
“Pink Boy” is an intimate, 15-minute verité documentary about a gender non-conforming boy growing up in a conservative area of rural Florida. Six-year old Jeffrey likes nothing better than to put on a gown and dance for his butch lesbian moms – who are shocked that he was not the son they expected. One of the moms, BJ, even goes through a grieving process for the son she will never have. Trailer: Pink Boy

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Eric Rockey – DIRECTOR
Eric Rockey’s work straddles the worlds of technology and film. A Microsoft veteran, now at tech startup FiftyThree, he graduated from the New School’s Documentary Certificate and Media Studies MA programs. His first short, “Vulture Culture”, premiered at DOC NYC in 2011. He was also the designer and developer for interactive doc and Webby Award Honoree, “What Killed Kevin?” directed by Beverly Peterson in 2014. “Pink Boy” is his second short.


Eric Rockey - Pink Boy - Director


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1:30-2:30 – Broadway Cares with Neal Bennington

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2:30-3:00 – Hallway | Leah Shore, Director | 4 min. | USA, 2015
Shot exclusively in a secret sex club in New York City, a drug-induced queer couple unleash upon each other an existential barrage of delusion and broken dreams. Trailer: Hallway

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Leah Shore – FILMMAKER
Leah Shore’s films have been featured at over 100 festivals worldwide. She was named among Filmmaker Magazine’s elite “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2013,” “Top 10 Animators You Should Know”, and included on several other best of lists. She directs, animates, writes commercially, and produces live action films.


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Jonathan Federico – PRODUCER
Jonathan Federico is a Brooklyn based film and commercial producer. He holds a BS in Film Studies from Boston University and a MS in Media Management from The New School. For over a decade working with notable brands and artists, Jonathan has directed, produced and disseminated many different forms of media over a myriad of platforms.


Jonathan Federico - Hallway - Producer


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3:00-3:30 – Richard Q Fashion Show with Appolonia Cruz

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3:30-4:30 – Artists Exposed with Tym Moss

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4:30-5:30 – Appolonia Cruz Variety Hour

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