New York Through Her Lens

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  • Thursday, May 16

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New York Through Her Lens

Q&A with Director Mirra Bank

These four films by women, all restored with the help of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, shot in and around New York City, look at key locales that are central to the films’ subjects and stories.

Charlotte Moorman’s Avant Garde Festival #9 reflects Storm de Hirsch’s cinepoetry, or time in motion, on an anchored steamboat along the East River, while Windows in the Kitchen examines a sole dancer’s movement across paned windows of the Manhattan artists collective, The Kitchen. Dreamlike Ellis Island set in the ruins of the now mythical location, imagines the immigration process as performed by the ghosts of firstgeneration Americans. Yudie sheds light on a singular American immigrant whose experiences in her lower east side neighborhood, reveal insights around aging, gender roles and identity through its lead character. A portrait of a feisty independent women in reflection while living life to its fullest.

Preserved with support from the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, these works utilize a variety of approaches including animation, dance and performance, and single, hand-held camera storytelling techniques, all of which expand on the documentary form.


Q&A with director Mirra Bank

Thursday, May. 16 2024, 4:00

Mirra Bank is award-winning member of the Academy, whose career began with editorial  work on Woodstock (Academy Award), Gimme Shelter, and Harlan County, USA (Academy Award). Her short documentary, Yudie, premiered at the New York  Film Festival and is now on Criterion. In such feature films as Enormous Changes (Sundance), Nobody’s Girls (PBS), and The Only Real Game (Netflix premiere) Bank focused on the experiences of women and underrepresented communities.   Her Academy Award-shortlisted feature, Last Dance, captures the stormy collaboration between Pilobolus and Maurice Sendak as they create a holocaust-themed dancework.  Most recently, Bank filmed her environmental feature, No Fear No Favor, in wilderness areas at the heart of Africa’s poaching crisis.

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