[Sfbay-video] Fwd: 500 Miles To Babylon screens Friday October 20th, Station 40
a. mark liiv
mark at whisperedmedia.org
Tue Oct 17 15:48:14 PDT 2006
>Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 13:50:17 -0700
>From: moleverde at riseup.net
>Subject: 500 Miles To Babylon screens Friday October 20th, Station 40
>This Friday at Station 40
>3030B 16th Street @ Mission
>$5 requested donation
>Whew! Two years of editing, fundraising, and procrastination have
>resulted in a one-hour film! Of course, finishing a film is only the
>beginning of the work, and now I have to get the film seen.
>And so, this Sunday I will depart for the New York to begin a tour
>of the East Coast and Midwest that will take me through mid-December.
>Before I leave, I wan to show what I have been laboring over to all
>my friends and supporters in the bay. I apologize for the late
>notice but we just secured the location last night!
>I will be posting complete dates of the tour on the website
>(www.graffitifilms.com), in the meantime a partial list follows.
>Please tell anyone who may be interested.
>Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday!
> October 22: New York
>October 24: Long Island
> 7 p.m.
>October 28: Syracuse
>October 30: Pittsburgh, PA
> Thomas Merton Center
>October 31: Columbus, OH
> Mad Labs
>November 2: Cleveland, OH
> 7.30 p.m.
>November 3: Detroit, MI
> 4210 Trumbull Detroit 48208,
> film to begin at 8:30
> $5 cover
> November 4: Detroit, MI
> Detroit Film Center
> November 5: Grand Rapids MI
> $5 at the door
> November 6: Bloomington IN
> Boxcar Books
>November 7: Chicago, IL
> Chicago Independent Media Center
>November 8: Open
> November 9: Milwaukee WI
> Darling Hall
> $3 at the door, 80 capacity
> November 10: Madison WI
> UW Madison
> November 11: open
> November 12: Minneapolis:
> Macalester/Twin Cities IMC
> November 13: Minneapolis
>Organizer: Krista web at mppeace.org
>St John's Episcopal Church, 60 Kent St, St Paul
>Sponsored by: Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace and Crocus Hill/West
>7th Neighbors for Peace
>For more info: info at mppeace.org
> November 14-16
>November 17-21 DC Area
>November 18, DC (tentative)
>Brian MacKenzie Infoshop
>7pm @ the Brian Mackenzie Infoshop
>1426 9th st NW Washington,DC
>November 19: Richmond VA
>Virginia Commonwealth University, Commons Theater
>Time 7 p.m.
>November 21: Baltimore MD
>Red Emmas Infoshop
>500 MILES TO BABYLON
>directed by David Martinez
>16 Sherman Street San Francisco CA 94103
>415.255.6304 moleverde at gmail.com
> 500 Miles to Babylon is a one-hour documentary film about
>Iraq under U.S. occupation. Narrated by the filmmaker, using footage
>shot in Iraq during 2003-4, the film addresses the current war not
>simply as a conflict over petroleum profits or a scheme to fill a
>company?s coffers, but as part of a larger American imperial project.
>Through impromptu interviews, glimpses of daily life, still
>photographs, and footage of car-bombs, demonstrations, night-time
>graffiti artists, and the celebrations following Saddam?s capture,
>500 Miles To Babylon reveals the situation in contemporary Iraq
>through a cinema verite lens. More than a simple anti-war movie, 500
>Miles? follows a journal-esque ?narrative of disintegration?,
>showing the initial excitement of some sectors of the Iraqi
>population after the U.S. military toppled Saddam Hussein, their
>hope eroding as they watched their country sink into chaos and
>violence in the months that followed.
>The film ends with the April 2004 assault on Fallujah, when all of
>Iraq was rising against the Americans, and includes rare footage
>from inside besieged Fallujah, where the filmmaker went with a group
>of journalists and aid workers to deliver medical supplies and move
>wounded civilians to Baghdad.
>If you are interested in arranging a sneak preview of the film, 500
>Miles? will be touring the Midwest and East Coast of the U.S. in the
>fall of 2006, prior to premiering at festivals. Please contact Jen
>Angel at jen at clamormagazine.org for logistics.
>About the filmmaker: David Martinez is a journalist and filmmaker
>originally from Texas. He has worked as a video correspondent in
>Aceh, Indonesia as well as in Iraq where he worked with Prothap
>Chatterjee (www.corpwatch.org) covering the U.S. occupation in
>As a filmmaker he has produced several shorts, including a segment
>for the 2004 PBS series Visiones, executive produced by Hector Galan
>(www.galaninc.com). Most recently he produced one segment of a film
>about music in Sumatra, Sumatran Folk Cinema, for the Sublime
>Mr. Martinez currently makes his home in San Francisco.
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