Producers' Forum

Producers' Forum: Citizen Koch directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin (USA, 2013, 86 min)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
ticket price: 
$7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe & IHP members


International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
See map: Google Maps

Tuesday, March 3, 7pm at International House Philadelphia

Alternately terrifying and wickedly funny, Citizen Koch asks a defining question: “Will big money destroy not only the Republican Party, but our democracy itself?” The film follows a citizen uprising to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as it collides with the Tea Party aligned “Americans for Prosperity”, a group founded and lavishly financed by two of the world’s richest men: David and Charles Koch. As Republican working class voters find themselves in the crosshairs of their own party and its billionaire backers, they are forced to choose sides.
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin are Academy Award® nominated filmmakers who produced and directed
Trouble The Water, winner of the Gotham Independent Film Award, and the Sundance Film Festival’s
Grand Jury Prize. They co-produced Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, and
Capitalism: A Love Story.

Preceded by
The 13th Amendment by Mike DennisM (2008, 4:35 min)
This documentary short follows a 90 year old great-great grandmother on her trek to vote for Barack
Obama in the 2008 Pennsylvania Primary. Having voted all her life, this is the first time she’s had the
opportunity to vote for a Black man for the office of President of the United States.

Producers' Forum: United In Anger- A History of ACT UP directed by Jim Hubbard (USA, 2012, 93 min.) with On Strong Shoulders


Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 PM
at International House of Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members

On Strong Shoulders directed by Warren Bass, Dorothea Braemer, Chris Emmanouilides, Keith Fulton, Mike Kuetemeyer, Adrienne Murphy, Frances Negron, Andres Nicolini, Louis Pepe, Sloane Seale, Anula
Shetty, Marie-Ann Walker and produced by Scribe Video Center (USA, 1995, 30 min)

On Strong Shouldersis a collaborative documentary commissioned by Scribe to look at heroes and
heroines in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. Twelve Philadelphia filmmakers look at “a day in the life of
caregivers, advocates and activists” as part of the observance of World AIDS Day, 1995.

United In Anger: A History of Act Up is a documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist
movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. The film combines
startling archival footage that puts the audience on the ground with the activists and interviews from the
ACT UP Oral History Project to explore ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from a grassroots
perspective – how a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to change the
world and save each other’s lives.

Jim Hubbard is a filmmaker and AIDS activist. His repertoire of over 19 films includes Elegy in the
Streets (1989), Two Marches (1991), and Memento Mori (1995). He co-founded, MIX NYC: the New York
Queer Film Festival and created the AIDS Activist Video Collection at the NY Public Library.

Producers' Forum: Food Chains directed by Sanjay Rawal (USA, 2014, 83 min)


Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 PM
at International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street

Sanjay Rawal in person
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members

Food Chains exposes the injustice embedded in America’s agriculture and food production industries. This hard hitting documentary sheds light on the wage theft, physical abuse and near slavery that constitutes everyday life for thousands of America’s mostly Latino farm workers. Food Chains gives a voice to those fighting to change these practices and bring justice to the table. Eva Longoria is the Executive Producer.

Sanjay Rawal’s experience running a small agricultural genetics company led to work as a consultant
on the hit documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell(2008). Then he was bit by the film bug leading him to
produce award winning shorts and films. Food Chains is his first feature.

Preceded by La Tabajadores
by El Comite de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) and Scribe Video Center
(USA, 2002, 20 min.)
Los Trabajadores (The Workers) tells the stories and day-to-day experiences of migrant mushroom farm laborers based in Kennett Square and Reading, PA and examines their efforts to improve working and living conditions through organizing.

Producers' Forum: Evolution of a Criminal directed by Darius Clark Monroe (USA, 2014, 82 min.)


Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street

Darius Clark Monroe in person
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe and IHP members

How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? In this gripping blend of documentary, truecrime,
and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led
him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since then. Monroe interviews
his family members, close friends and mentors who recount his transformation. Returning to his
neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe presents an affecting examination of class
struggles, reflection and forgiveness, and the impact and aftermath of his crucial decision.

Darius Clark Monroe is an award winning filmmaker and MFA graduate of NYU’s
Tisch School of the Arts. He’s a National Board of Review, HBO Short Film, and Urbanworld
Best Screenplay award recipient. Most recently, he was selected to the prestigious
Screenwriters Colony and chosen as a fellow at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters

Preceded by Stolen Dreams II
by Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) and Scribe Video Center
(2013, 27 min)
Through this film, YASP breaks down the myth that trying youth as adults is a real solution
to violence, and shows instead the ways that youth and violence and youth incarceration

Producers' Forum: Shored Up

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 7:00pm
ticket price: 
additional ticket info: 
$7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe members


International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Shored Up
a film by Ben Kalina
USA, 2013, 84 min

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 7PM
International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street
$10, $7 Students/Seniors, $5 Scribe Members

Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia and Sierra Club Philadelphia Chapter

Director Ben Kalina in attendance for a post screening discussion

Shored Up is an urgent call to action in the face of accelerating sea-level rise, presenting the devastation of Hurricane Sandy as a window into the future.

Set in Long Beach Island, NJ and the Outer Banks of NC, the film explores the political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore. Shored Up talks to scientists, politicians, residents and a wide range of experts to expose major shortcomings in coastal management and the immediate need for change. Filmed over three years and culminating in the impact of Hurricane Sandy, it becomes an eerie foretelling of the storm's devastation and a witness to its dramatic aftermath. Shored Up is a look at what happens when we ignore the realities of geology in our drive to inhabit and profit from our coastlines.

Director Ben Kalina will present a Master Class Environmental Justice Documentary on Wednesday, August 21, 7PM at Scribe.


Ben Kalina is a film director and producer whose work focuses on the intersection of science, culture and the environment. He directs and produces original documentaries, narrative shorts and cross-media projects as well as client-driven video productions. Kalina has worked for years with Niijii Films on the documentaries Two Square Miles and A Sea Change, two award-winning films which have been successfully deployed for environmental justice and education, and both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. In addition to his documentary work Ben has won several international awards for his short narrative film Diorama.


Producers' Forums are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

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