February 18, 2014 · 7:00 PM
BRIC House Stoop
CUTIE AND THE BOXER, courtesy of MovieStillsDB.com
CUTIE AND THE BOXER: Screening and Q & A with Director Zachary Heinzerling, and Ushio & Noriko Shinohara
Presented by BRIC and Adam Schartoff of Filmwax Radio
BRIC and Filmwax Radio are proud to present an evening with the filmmaker & subjects of the Oscar-nominated documentary, CUTIE & THE BOXER. Please join Adam Schartoff, host of the popular indie film podcast, Filmwax Radio, filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling, and Ushio & Noriko Shinohara for a screening in the BRIC House Ballroom and post-screening discussion on the Stoop of one of the most entertaining films of the past year. CUTIE AND THE BOXER has had a rich festival life, premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it won Best Director Award for Heinzerling. The film went on to screen at myriad festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, the London Film Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Festival to name just a few. The film also had a successful screening last summer with Rooftop Films and also enjoyed a theatrical release. To cap it off, it is an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature.
SYNOPSIS: In New York City in 1969, 19-year-old art student Noriko fell in love with 41-year-old avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara and put her career on hold to marry and support this rising star of the Manhattan art world. After 40 years, their roles shifted. Now 80 and still struggling, Ushio is consumed with reinforcing his legacy via his ‘boxing’ paintings, while Noriko is now finding her own creative voice through a series of drawings entitled “Cutie And Bullie” that depict their chaotic relationship and her desires to escape her husband's shadow and be respected as an artist in her own right. "Cutie And The Boxer" is a powerful and poignant documentary about creativity, sacrifice, and a love that is its own unique work of art.
BRIC’s Stoop Series illuminates the arts and life around us in Brooklyn through artistic performances and presentations, framed by dynamic conversations with some of the city’s most innovative artists, thinkers, and tastemakers. Programs will explore the performing arts, film, media, visual arts, spoken word, and other creative fields. Engage with of the most innovative artistic voices in Brooklyn's ever-expanding cultural scene on the monumental interior stoop of BRIC House, Brooklyn's new home for the arts in downtown Brooklyn. Free, on most Tuesday nights.
About Adam Schartoff
Adam Schartoff worked at Sony Music for 10 years before moving to the film industry. Since 2006 through 2011 he has focused on creating his own media presence. He began by contributing his writing to such outlets as Filmmaker Magazine, POV’s blog, Tribeca Film’s blog, Hammer to Nail and the New York Times blog, The Local.
In February of 2011 Adam started a film screening series in Brooklyn called the Filmwax Film Series. From its humble beginnings in the back room of a quiet Park Slope bar, the series eventually spread to various venues which include the Brooklyn Museum, 92YTribeca, reRun Theater and the Maysles Cinema. Screenings continue to this day, though they have been reduced in order to focus on the podcast’s success.
Adam also works locally with several film festivals in various capacities including, Rooftop Films, Tribeca Film Festival, DOC NYC, and the Northside Music & Film Festival.
Since September of 2011, Adam has been the host and producer of the indie film podcast, Filmwax Radio. The podcast focuses on in-depth conversations with folks from the entire film community spectrum including filmmakers, journalists, programmers, actors and industry types. Some past guests have included: Ken Burns, Hal Hartley, Brian De Palma and producer Christine Vachon. The podcast expects to reach its 200th episode in the Spring of 2014.
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