Sunday, April 24, 2011

NYC Dilemma (uncut version) screens at Microscope Gallery

My short film, NYC Dilemma, I co-produced with Director Todd Wilson, is screening in Bushwick, Brooklyn, on April 30, 2011.
NYC Dilemma had its world premiere at BFI in London and its US Premiere at MIX Fest in NYC.
Here's the info about the screening.

Day Job
organized by Ben Coonley
Microscope Gallery
4 Charles Place
Brooklyn NY 11221

Admission $6 – Reservation recommended!

tel: 347.925.1433

The concept of a "day job" implies a kind of second-order activity. Though day jobs are financially expedient, they are generally assumed to be unrelated to the artist's raison d'ĂȘtre, making art. It may be embarrassing for an artist to admit to having a day job; some believe that successful artists do not work outside of the studio. But the waking hours and creative activities of most artists are deeply impacted by the non-studio-based things they do to make money. Day jobs may "wear us down" by sucking away precious time and energy on mundane or common tasks. But they also introduce us to problems, structures, routines, materials, skills, people and ideas (in short, subject matter) that we simply wouldn't have access to if we didn't have to work for a living.

This is a program of films created during, about, and for artists' day jobs. They include: remarkable films made as part of a non-art paid activity; films that were directly inspired by paid work activities; and films that were shot and/or edited on the sly while the artist was getting paid to do something else.

Artists include:

Marie Losier (French Institute Film Programmer)
Kent Lambert (Medical Film Archivist)
David Kay (Senior Encoder at a Late 90s Internet Startup)
XXXXXXX XXXXXXX (Artist Assistant)*
XXX XXXXXXX (Collectable Figurine Prototype Painter)*
Benj Gerdes (Wedding Videographer)
XXXX XXXXX (Video-on-Demand Supervisor)*
Jack Curtis Dubowsky (Music Studio Technician)
Ben Coonley (Instructional Practices Videographer)
Jesse Cain (Documentary Cinematographer)
Dianne Bellino (Oral Storyteller/Performer for Children)
And others…

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