Dear Shaded Viewers,
I wish that I was in NYC for this one. Director Abel Ferrara will screen his soon to be released Piazza Vittorio a poignant documentary on Rome’s biggest public square. There will be a Q & A and a performance with the Abel Ferrara & Joe Delia Band who will play some music from the film and old school favorites.
The Godfather of Gangsta Rap, Schoolly D will join the band on stage and turn the room up! Sure to be EPIC and…I won’t be there…but I’m sure NYC correspondent Glenn Belvario will cover it for us.
The Roxy Hotel
2 Sixth Avenue
(Walker and White)
I cannot give you date and time for obvious reasons.
Piazza Vittorio: Abel Ferrara’s new documentary is a vivid mosaic/portrait of Rome’s biggest public square, Piazza Vittorio, built in the 19th century around the ruins of the 3rd century Trofei di Mario. The Piazza is now truly a crossroad of the modern world: it offers a perfect microcosm of the changes in the west brought by immigration and forced displacement.
Ferrara, now a resident of Rome himself, talks with African musicians and restaurant workers, Chinese barkeeps and relocated eastern Europeans, homeless men and women, artists, members of the right wing movement CasaPound Italia, filmmaker Matteo Garrone, actor Willem Dafoe, and others, all with varying opinions about the vast changes they’re seeing in their neighborhood and world.
|Abel Ferrara: As described by Festival Scope, “Abel Ferrara was born in New York in 1951 to a family of Italian and Irish descent. Ferrara’s official debut, The Driller Killer, was a low-budget horror movie, followed by MS. 45, which already explored his typical religious themes and set the seal on his partnership with the screenwriter Nicholas St. John. King of New York finally opened the door to greater financial and critical success. His reputation grew and he was increasingly seen as a genuine “auteur.” Ferrara followed this up with three movies: his masterpiece Bad Lieutenant, a definitive take on the concept of sin, guilt and redemption, Body Snatchers and Dangerous Game. In 1996 the director presented at the Venice Film Festival what would be his most popular work, the gangster movie The Funeral, a reflection on the sense of community and family. The following year he showed Blackout out of competition at Cannes, his first film after the end of the collaboration with Nicholas St. John.
In recent years Ferrara left the United States and has chosen to live in Italy, where he has made the films Mary and Go Go Tales. After the latter, the director set out in a new direction, devoting himself to documentaries. Ferrara returned to fiction with Welcome To New York in 2012 and with Pasolini in 2014.”