The Lewis Center for the Arts will present a Junior Independent Work Film Festival featuring three new short films by students in the Program in Visual Arts: Love Thy Neighbor by Patrick Rooney, Through the Lens by Alex Ford, and Thoughts in Limbo by Mouse Lee. The three filmmakers are pursuing certificates in the Program in Visual Arts with a focus on film in addition to their major areas of study. The films will be screened on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The screening is free and open to the public.
Rooney’s documentary Love Thy Neighbor takes as its subject an upstate New York town with two distinct communities: one multicultural, the other made up of ultra-orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews. Rooney explores the conflicts over land, environmental conservation, and religious freedom that have arisen over the past decade, paying particular attention to a land annexation that took place this past summer.
Through the Lens, by Alex Ford, is an examination of how a sense of self is constructed in modern society. The short film follows characters who, in a demanding world, must position themselves to discover their identities.
Mouse Lee’s Thoughts in Limbo is a foray into autobiographical filmmaking. Lee documents a spring break visit to her boyfriend in Chicago during which not all goes as expected.