2014 Vassar FilmFest Program

Vassar Club of Washington, DC

   Tenth Annual Vassar FilmFest 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Showcasing Films by Vassar Alumnae/i


The Festival Program includes film screenings and panel discussions with the filmmakers

Todd Mann ’75, serves as the master of ceremonies

A Festival Reception in honor of former club member and alum, Julia Cuniberti ’44, will follow the last film

Noon – 7pm at Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, D.C. (Metro at Gallery Place-Chinatown)

Most festival program films recommended for mature audiences; schedule subject to change.

Festival Program

12:00 PM   OPENING DOCUMENTARY   Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China Paula Williams Madison ’74, Producer A family searches from Harlem to Toronto to Jamaica to China for a long-lost Chinese grandfather.   1:15 pm FESTIVAL SHORTS   The Dove Scouts Sarah Hennigan ’12, Assistant Director When Bridget’s brother tries to join the Dove Scouts, she must decide between him and her troop.   Happy Accident Stephanie Donnelly ’11, Screenwriter, Director Mack has to attend the baby shower of the cousin she hates, while her uninvited brother tags along.   Astounding Lagomorph Katherine Kumler ’05, Screenwriter, Producer A failed magician accidently casts a real spell, putting her rabbit in human form.   Somebody’s Mother Mandy Fabian ’93, Screenwriter, Director, Executive Producer Maggie has her pristine Christmas holiday hijacked when her sexually liberated mother brings an unexpected visitor home to meet the family.   2:00 pm VASSAR STUDENT PROGRAM    The Seer of Poughkeepsie Julia Bailey-Johnson ’14, Director A diagnosis of hope and renewal for the city of Poughkeepsie, New York’s future, via the idiosyncratic words of 19th Century “seer” Andrew Jackson Davis.   This Side Up Nina Seligson ’14, Director Edgar, an elderly hoarder, loses everything in a devastating house fire. Seeking the familiar, he ends up meeting Catrin, the manager of a storage facility who suspects him of squatting and challenges his way of life.   3:00 pm AFTERNOON RELEASES   It’s Not Saturday Martha Pinson ’70, Director A teenage young man, living in Harlem, NYC, finds himself head of his family.  He uses his brilliance on the saxophone to entertain others and to feed his family.   O-Star Dima Otvertchenko ’06, Screenwriter, Director, Songwriter Good-natured country boy, Rudy, discovers that life on earth may end in 4 days. But the worst part’s already happened: his girlfriend, Ava, just dumped him. Now he has just a few days to find her in Las Vegas and try to salvage their relationship.   Brothers Hypnotic Reuben Atlas ’01, Producer, Director For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, “brotherhood” is literal. The sons of anti-establishment jazz legend, Phil Cohran, they were raised together on Chicago’s tough South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness. Now grown, they struggle to decide whether their father’s principles really are their own as they raise eight brass horns to the sky playing their unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, and soul in the streets of New York City.   5:30 pm EVENING FINALE   Maleficent Enoch Davis ’98, Digital Production Administrator, Andrew Wood ’08, Visual Effects A noble-hearted young woman, Maleficent, rises to be her land’s fiercest protector but, after a ruthless betrayal, she places a curse upon the invading King’s newborn daughter – only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.   7:30 pm Festival Reception


Tickets $25 general audience and $10 students

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