7:15 pm | 40 minute film + 30 minute Q&A | FREE ADMISSION – Be our test audience! Fill out a survey, participate in the Q&A, Assist the artist in work-shopping and improving their piece.
A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE CONGO is a feature documentary about the Sisyphean struggle of the world’s largest and oldest UN Peacekeeping mission to bring peace and stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo after Africa’s World War killed an estimated 5 million Congolese. Like African stories other than diseases and natural disasters, the Congo is an important story which American corporate media has ignored.
The filmmakers, Ted Folke and Alan Brain, spent five years together working as members of the UN Mission (MONUSCO) Video Unit covering events on the ground in the Congo, and this documentary offers a never-before- seen , first hand glimpse of the challenges confronting UN Peacekeeping in the harsh environment that is the Congo today. American actor Clarke Peters is the narrator.
Artist’s New Work Forum is a new program at the Rosendale Theatre which provides an opportunity for artists, who may not have other opportunities or access to audiences, to present and workshop new work or works-in-progress to the public free of charge in the Rosendale Theatre.
–To celebrate new projects designed to encourage, engage, and financially assist emerging and established artists in the community.
–To connect audiences to artists, spark new ideas, introduce local, original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent art and storytelling.
–To provide audiences a first-look at exciting new films, plays and performances by local artists of the Hudson Valley.
–To assist in the development of new works, works-in-progress, and fundraising for an artist’s project and to support diverse projects when needed most.
There is no entry fee or audience admission fees. Entrants retain all rights. The artist must be present at the screening and participate in a Q&A immediately following, moderated by a member of the forum’s committee. It is the forum’s intention to provide a safe, constructive critique and experience for the artist. Artists are also asked to submit a survey to the audience, to fill out on the night of their event. Gauging audience reaction is a key element to work-shopping the piece and is at the core of this program.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.