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FILM NIGHT: "Stone Wallah," "Black INjustice America" & music videos by Robert Hill

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FILM NIGHT: "Stone Wallah," "Black INjustice America" & music videos by Robert Hill
Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:00 PM
The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
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This month's Film Night features “Stone Wallah” by Gerry Pallor.

In 2011 Hurricane Irene devastated the Hudson Valley. In its aftermath a section of Opus 40, a world-renowned monumental earthwork, collapsed. Opus 40 was built by one man, Harvey Fite, over 37 years using traditional tools and materials. It is a statement about artistic vision, persistence and the human spirit.

After the damage was assessed, a long process of planning and fundraising began. Supporters from close to home and around the world rose to the occasion. It culminated in June 2016, when an international team of masons headed by a Welch master mason convened to rebuild the wall.

Stone Wallah began as a series of videos for the fundraising campaign and grew to become a documentary covering the extraordinary effort devoted to repairing this extraordinary work of art.

Wallah comes from the Hindi suffix "vala," meaning someone in charge. It also refers to the masons who call themselves as Stone Wallers.

Land of the free? Justice for all? Artist/activist Michael D'Antuono's short film, “Black INjustice America,” offers a different perspective, exposing the the deep-rooted racism permeating the criminal justice system in 21st century America. Centering around one white man’s exploration of institutional racism, this illuminating film is meant to spark outrage, elicit empathy and inspire us as a nation to live up to that pledge. Centering around one white man’s exploration of institutional racism, this illuminating film follows D'Antuono as he takes his art to protests on the streets of Chicago, Baltimore, New York and L.A. There we hear harrowing tales from victims of racism, shocking admissions from former police and corrections officers and reflections from Beacon residents along with well known African Americans such as Cory Booker, Russell Simmons, Van Jones, Michael Steele and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Eugene Robinson. In just 28 minutes, the film unveils systemic injustices that black Americans suffer, and white ones can no longer ignore.

Also showing will be four music videos, all original compositions, by Robert Hill. This will also be the debut of his latest video, “Ozark Passage.” Hill uses his background in animation and graphics, combined with a sense of humor, to focus more on the songs and tell a story what they are about - very entertaining and not to be missed.

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with host Mark Gamma.

Free