Producers' Forum

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

Scribe Fundraiser and Screening of Harry Belafonte "Sing Your Song", Director Susanne Rostock, editor Jason Pollard in person

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 7:00pm
ticket price: 
additional ticket info: 
$8 students/seniors; $5 for Scribe members


Ibrahim Theater @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
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Scribe Begins 2012 Season with Fundraiser and Screening of Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song at International House

*Official 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection

Sing Your Song "It isn't just the story of a man but the story of a country and a century." -Variety

Tuesday, January 10 @ International House
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

*Director/editor, Susanne Rostock, and editor Jason Pollard in person for fundraiser reception and screening
5:30PM-reception, 7PM screening

On Monday January 10, 5:30 PM at International House, Scribe Video Center will host a fundraiser reception to support and celebrate the beginning of the organization's 2012 season and also host a very special edition of our Producers’ Forum series that evening beginning at 7PM. Immediately following the reception, will be the screening of director Susanne Rostock’s 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection documentary Sing Your Song about the life of activist and actor Harry Belafonte. The film's director Susanne Rostock and editor Jason Pollard will be in person for the fundraiser reception and screening.

Please show your support for Scribe and RSVP to attend this fundraiser and screening. Click here to RSVP.

Jason Pollard teaches a master class "Art and Craft of Editing" on Wednesday, January 11, 7PM @ Scribe. READ MORE

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