Marcin Ramocki (MFA '98) film to screen at MoMA, NYC: Feb. 25 at 8:30pm

Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 8:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street,
between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-5497

Brooklyn DIY. 2009. USA. Directed by Marcin Ramocki. Brooklyn DIY is a long overdue examination of the creative renaissance in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Home to underground warehouse parties, anarchistic street creativity, and artist-run galleries and performance spaces, Williamsburg gave birth to one of the most vibrant and rebellious artistic communities to arise in the 1980s, permanently changing the city's cultural landscape. Featuring interviews with a host of artists and neighborhood characters, Ramocki's film captures life in a utopian universe made by artists, for artists—along with its inevitable decline in the face of real estate development, gentrification, and the post–September 11 market collapse. 75 min.

World premiere. Discussion with Ramocki and participants in the film. One of the interviewees is Matt Freedman, a MFA Senior Critic.

In the film exhibition series at MoMA Documentary Fortnight 2009

The 2009 edition of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA's annual showcase of nonfiction film and video, features more than thirty selections from across the globe. Several of this year's films focus on the American political landscape and zeitgeist, including a pair of works that offer different takes on Howard Zinn's book A People's History of the United States. Others tackle topics as varied as the tradition of marriage, nuclear missiles in North Dakota, and abandoned labor towns in California. The program also includes rare glimpses into life on war's front lines; inside dictatorships in Turkmenistan and Argentina; into the forefront of the anti-aging movement; and inside the latest developments in robotics. Other films take an avant-garde approach to personal experiences with chemotherapy treatment and travel-diary observations of the global community. An evening of new work made on Super 8mm film exhibits the vibrant resurgence of small-format film technology, while programs of films by young people of color and documentaries from Taiwan and Iran highlight important new voices and innovative techniques.

For more information about Marcin see his website: http://www.ramocki.net/

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