, | 2017 | 80 mins. | |
Directed by Nanfu Wang

Tuesday August 01, 2017


$15 General Admission, $12 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Directed by Nanfu Wang

Director Nanfu Wang will join us after the film with Producer Marcia Rock for a Q&A discussion.

When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she encounters Dylan, a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness. Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society’s rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that takes her across America and explores the meaning of freedom – and its limits.

Special Guest: Director Nanfu Wang

nanfu wangNanfu Wang is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Her feature debut Hooligan Sparrow was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for best documentary feature. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the film has screened at festivals in over 25 countries including Hot Docs, Sheffield, Full Frame, and Human Rights Watch Film Fest. It opened theatrically across North America and was later released on POV, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. It has won over twenty awards internationally including the Best Debut Film at the Cinema Eye Honors and the Truer than Fiction Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. Wang was honored by the International Documentary Association with the 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Award.

Originally from a remote village in China, Wang overcame poverty and lack of access to formal secondary education and went on to earn graduate degrees in communications and documentary film from universities in China and the United States. Wang holds master’s degrees from Shanghai University, Ohio University, and New York University respectively.

Special Guest: Marcia Rock

MARCIA ROCK, producer/director/writer, is an author and three-time Emmy award winning independent documentary producer. Her work covers international dilemmas, women’s issues as well as personal perspectives. She recently completed two films on veterans, Warriors Return about the struggle with Post Traumatic Stress by Navajo veterans and SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home, a documentary on the issues women vets face from the challenges of physical injuries to women fighting the hidden disabilities of PTSD and the insidious contributor to that, military sexual trauma.

marcia rock profile

"Sometimes freedom's just another romanticized word for a knot of tough realities - as documentarian Nanfu Wang discovers in her affecting new film." -Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

"What begins as a celebration of reckless freedom, then turns into a revelation of a broken soul, becomes something deeper..." -Owen Glieberman, Variety

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