The GenArt Film Festival is a weekend of premieres that highlight 7 feature films and 7 short films by emerging indie filmmakers from around North America. Over the course of four days, October 3-6th, this festival is taking place in New York City at the AMC Loews Village Theater on 66 3rd Avenue (11th Street) culminating in a special guest jury decision on Sunday where these filmmakers will take home various awards and titles. This year’s jurors include actor and musician Bryan Greenberg, Verge CEO Jeff Vespa, Kill Your Darlingsdirector John Krokidas, and New York Magazine’s Kyle Buchanan. Tickets for the general public (drinks included!) are on sale now at the GenArt website.
The International Center of Photography has opened four new exhibits in its Midtown museum. These magnificent photo installations will be available for viewing starting today until January 19th, 2014. On the main floor, selections from Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss’ 10 Years collection are featured in her first major museum presentation. These photographs capture subjects that help tell the narrative of the “struggle of everyday life.” Downstairs, the museum has a large collection of Lewis Hine’s photography that spanned his entire career here in New York City from 1905 until his death in 1940, which highlighted the poor and working class individual. A separate dedicated section of Lewis Hine’s work from ICP’s own collection is centered around New Deal industrialism from when he worked with the Works Progress Administration’s National Research Project to study labor in the US. Finally, the smallest of these exhibits highlights one of the initial moments in “citizen journalism” as it analyzes the impact of instant cameras and “bystander photography” in documenting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Rockaway Boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy. Image courtesy Wyatt Gallery.
As New York approaches the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the word resilience has re-emerged in popularity as a reminder of the city’s overwhelming response to last year’s disaster––and its long-reaching effects. But on October 10th, TEDxNYIT’s event, Meta Resiliency, will introduce a new theme: The resiliency of resiliency. Scheduled to take place just before the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, TEDxNYIT’s forum on “Meta Resiliency” will bring together thinkers, visionaries, and activists (not only from across the U.S., but from Sweden, Mexico, and the UK) to speak about the concept of resilience and its application in communal efforts.
Over the weekend, Untapped Cities checked out the Waterfront Museum‘s barge, the Lehigh Valley No. 79 in Red Hook as the organization prepares to host a fundraising Pirate Ball on September 19th. The festive party is to kick off No. 79′s 100th birthday, and start an endowment to continue the mission and preservation of the boat.
On September 12, photographer Robert Herman will be giving an Artist’s Talk before signing copies of his recent book titled The New Yorkers. Herman, who began taking color photographs of people on the street while attending college at New York University, used Kodachrome film to chronicle the evolution of the city from 1978 to 2005. Taking inspiration from the likes of Harry Callahan and Robert Frank, he focuses on the quotidian activities he encounters while walking the streets of New York City.
If you’ve been following Untapped Cities for a while, you probably know that we love the Dîner en Blanc, ever since we started attending the invite-only one in Paris in 2010. But with our belief that great experiences should be shared–like what we do here at Untapped Cities with our articles–we were very excited to see the ”democratization” of the Dîner en Blanc in other cities, which you could sign up via the organization’s website. This year’s event will take place on September 18th.