FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NewFilmmakers NYÕs Spring 2008 Film Series
will screening the award-winning documentary
to coincide with
May 19, 2008 -- New York, NY -- The award-winning documentary How Do I Look will be screened at the NewFilmmakers NY Screening Series at the Anthology Film Archives in New York on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 -- in the middle of New York CityÕs Gay Pride Week 2008. The evening is dedicated to gay and lesbian films.
How Do I Look, by the award-winning director Wolfgang Busch, continues to break new ground. The success of How Do I Look at gay and straight film festivals around the world is being recognized by the selection by the NewFilmmakers NY Film Festival. In making its selection, NewFilmmakers NY is also acknowledging the director and openly gay artistic and social activist Wolfgang Busch as one of the best new directors in the United States.
On Wednesday, June 25, 2008, How Do I Look will be screened at 10:45 pm at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street), New York, NY 10003. Schedule hotline: (212) 505-5181. Prior to the screening, Busch has organized a special 6 minute live performance by the House of Ninja, a famous group of dancers and one of the notable families within the Harlem Ball community. The dance troupe will honor Willi Ninja, the groupÕs former leader and a legend and icon in the New York City Night Life and the Harlem Ball communities, who passed away in 2006 from complications due to AIDS. How Do I Look (2006, 80 Minutes, Video) will be preceded by Julie Casper RothÕs Tokens (2007, 18 Minutes, Video). Tickets cost $5.
Take the F or V trains to Second Avenue in Manhattan.
How Do I Look was 10 years in the making and is about the Harlem Ball community, about which you know from MadonnaÕs video Vogue and documentary Truth or Dare, as well as from the movie Paris Is Burning. How Do I Look received the 2007 Pill Award for best documentary in New York City and received several website awards for its educational content. Members from the cast and the director were invited for screenings with lectures at Yale and New York University; the Door and Hetrick Martin Institute. High school, college and university students use the documentary for their thesis and research, and members from the cast have been empowered artistically and have benefited financially.
How Do I Look is about the Harlem Ball community that originated in the 1970s in Harlem, an off-shoot of the legendary Harlem Drag Balls from the 1920s. This African American and Hispanic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community is best known for its worldwide influences in dance, fashion, runway, and music -- inspiring Madonna with her best selling music video Vogue, fashion designer Thierry Mugler and Marc Jacobs, and the music of RuPaul and Kevin Aviance. How Do I Look focuses on the Icon and Legend Pepper Labeija, Willi Ninja, Tracy Africa, Kevin Omni, Jose Xtravaganza and Octavia St. Laurent, each of whom have successfully taken their talents outside the Ball community and opened the door of opportunity for others. How Do I Look also features special appearances by columnist Michael Musto, stylist and fashion designer Patricia Field, and Kevin Aviance.
How Do I Look was released by Art From The Heart LLC in July 2006, to bring the spotlight to the underserved artistic Harlem Ball community. How Do I Look inspires people from all walks of life and touches peoplesÕ heart. The media response has been positive: How Do I Look has been featured in The New York Times, BBC TV in England, the LOGO cable channel, and on the Star and Buc Wild radio show.
NewFilmmakers NY Screening Series gives independent filmmakers the chance to show their work directly to the public and gives New York audiences the opportunity to see outstanding new films. Screens take place every Wednesday at Anthology Film Archives, one of the leading theaters in New York City. This unique film series gives filmmakers the opportunity to screen their work for local audiences and to promote themselves to national distributors. Many well known Shorts and Features have had their early screenings at NewFilmmakers; these include The Blair Witch Project, Too Much Sleep, and Zero Day. For more information, please visit: www.NewFilmmakers.com
How Do I Look will also be screened on Friday, June 20 at the Door, New York City's premier youth development agency, and on Friday, July 18 at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, SC.
How Do I Look continues to be screened in film festivals around the world, and the How Do I Look DVD is available for purchase on www.HowDoILooknyc.org, on Amazon.com, and through selected retail stores: at KimÕs Video in New York City, at GiovanniÕs in Philadelphia, and at A Different Light Bookstore in Los Angeles.
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