SYRFILMFEST October 18-22, 2017

The 14th annual celebration of film right here in Syracuse at the historic Palace Theater.  Films will be shown from USA, India, Iran, and Ireland.  Filmmakers will be guests for Q&A’s and meet & greets.  We also have a night with a silent film and live music – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – one of the top silent films in cinema history. SYRFILMFEST OCTOBER 18-22, 2017 Complete Schedule

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Premiere of a score by Donald Sosin of this iconic 1920 silent film, the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema in conj. with Syracuse International Film Festival & LeMoyne College. Performed by the Society All-Stars, Joanne Seaton, the composer & Colgate Chamber Singers.

Schedule
Day 1 Wednesday, October 18

121 Shaffer Art Building
Shemin Auditorium
SU Campus 

6:30pm

Hope I’m In The Frame

 

58 mins
by Netalie Braun

2017, Hebrew and French, Hebrew & English subtitles (Israel)

Winner of the 2017 Israeli Oscar for Best Documentary
(under 60 minutes)

Michal Bat-Adam is the only Israeli woman director to regularly create films since the 1970s. The film is an emotive and associative portrait of the trailblazing filmmaker, a successful actress demanding a place behind the camera despite scathing critiques.

The film follows Bat-Adam’s shooting of her new low-budget film and intimately documents her and her husband of 40 years—film director Moshe Mizrahi—sharing the struggle to make films despite aging and the establishment’s rejection. HOPE I’M IN THE FRAME raises questions about art, aging, love, partnership and compassion- cinema’s encroachment on memory and life.

121 SHAFFER ART BUILDING
SHEMIN AUDITORIUM
SU CAMPUS

8:00pm

THE ROAD TO WHERE

96 mins

by Michal Bat-Adam

2016, Hebrew, English subtitles (Israel)

​Starring: Sharon Alexander, Lana Ettinger, and Yigal Sadeh

​Israel 1948. A house by the sea in Jaffa, from which Palestinian families have had to flee in haste, becomes the home of Jewish Holocaust survivors who managed to escape the inferno in Europe.

Out of the turmoil of an existence full of passion and yearning, under the shadow of the unresolved conflict between Jews and Arabs, rises a desperate cry for love.

Michal Bat-Adam weaves an epic poem in which time moves back and forth between past and present and raises questions about the essence of our existence. Instead of a main plot that ties everything together, there are fragments of life that create a puzzle of our own reality.

SOPHIA & SKYPE INTERVIEW with MICHAL BAT-ADAM follow

Day 2 Thursday, October 19

The Palace Theatre
2384 James Street, Syracuse, NY

6:30pm

THE SHOW

104 mins

by Giancarlo Esposito

2017 (USA)

​Starring Josh Duhamel, Famke Janssen, Giancarlo Esposito

Presented by: Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts Film Program

This pulse-pounding thriller about a reality show that exploits the on-camera deaths of its players—on live TV. After a dating show ends in violence, its host Adam Rogers (Duhamel) and a ratings-hungry network exec (Janssen) launch a terrifying new program that promises fresh kills every week. The tension mounts as a kindhearted janitor (Esposito) joins the deadly program, hoping to help his struggling family survive…at any cost.

Q&A with GIANCARLO ESPOSITO

Presentation of SOPHIA

COFFEE & DESSERT with ESPOSITO follow

Day 3 Friday, October 20

Palace Theatre – Cafe

5:00pm

HAPPY HOUR

Light refreshments and “talking film!”

Palace Theatre
6:30

Silent Movie – Live Music:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

67 mins

by Robert Wiene

1920 (Germany) (Silent)

With ORIGINAL SCORE by Donald Sosin

Performed by The Soceity for New Music
Presented by: Le Moyne College
The Society for New Music

Commissioned by: Syracuse International Film Festival

​At a carnival in Germany, Francis (Friedrich Feher) and his friend Alan (Rudolf Lettinger) encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss). The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan’s death, and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true—making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty, or is the doctor controlling him? As German film professor Anton Kaes wrote, “The style of German Expressionism allowed the filmmakers to experiment with filmic technology and special effects and to explore the twisted realm of repressed desires, unconscious fears, and deranged fixations.”

Q&A with Mr. Sosin

Reception for Festival Pass Holders will follow the film
Palace Theatre
8:45

DABKA

116 mins
by Bryan Buckley

2017 (USA)

​Starring Al Pacino, Melanie Griffith, Evan Peters, and Barkhad Abdi

Presented by: Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts

​When rookie journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) has an inspiring chance encounter with his idol (Al Pacino), he uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer (Barkhad Abdi), he attempts to embed himself with the local Somali pirates, only to find himself quickly in over his head. Based on the true story of one reporter’s risk-taking adventure that ultimately brought the world an unprecedented first-person account of the pirates of Somalia.

Day 3 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21


EVENTS AT THE PALACE THEATER

10:00am
Palace Theater, 2384 James Street, Syracuse

Filmmakers Forum Free Admission

1:00pm
Starless Dreams by Mehrdad Oskouel (2016) 76 minutes (Iran)

3:00pm
Hotel Salvation by Shubhashish Bhutiani (2016) 102 minutes (India)

 

4:30pm
Dan Silver Presentation

120 Min

Dan Silver

Presented by: the College of Visual and Performing Arts and S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications An active member of the Producers Guild of America, Silver graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a BFA in film.

In June, 2017 Dan was named VP, Head of Platforms & Content/New Media for Marvel Entertainment where he oversees all of Marvel’s digital platforms as well as their New Media and Non-Fiction content.

In this entertaining talk, Silver will intersperse his comments, observations and insights with clips.

Day 4 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

EVENTS AT THE PALACE THEATER

1:30pm

Palace Theater, 2384 James Street, Syracuse

HONORING EDWARD GREEN FOUNDING BOARD CHAIR
SYRACUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
RECEIVES SYRFILMFEST VISIONARY AWARD

1:30 SOPHIA AWARD presented in Memory of Edward Green

Edward S. Greene was the first Board Chair of a fledgling arts organization: the Syracuse International Film & Video Festival. With generosity and enthusiasm, Eddie (as he always told us to call him) guided the shape of the festival’s mission, and helped structure the organization into what is now: the fourteenth annual Syracuse International Film Festival.

With friendship and wisdom, Eddie mentored the festivals’ co-founders, Owen and Christine Shapiro, for the first three festival years. During this time, he guided them on the development of a non-profit organization and advised them on all aspects of non-profit organizational management. He connected on behalf of the festival with Syracuse University chancellors and leaders of community organizations. Eddie completely supported the idea and goal of shaping the town/gown relationship the Shapiros had envisioned.

1:45  HONORING MEALS ON WHEELS
Presented by Syracuse International Film Festival

SYRFILMFEST 2017 will donate a portion of its ticket sales to help the hungry. As a tribute to Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, the SYRFILMFEST Board and Staff have chosen to highlight our mission of inspiring and engaging the community through film by saying thank you to Meals on Wheels of Syracuse for its work to help seniors and disabled adults who are home-bound alone and not always able to have nourishing meals.

“In past years, SYRFILMFEST has recognized The Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Fund, The Syracuse Jail Ministry, The North Side Learning Center and Musicians For World Harmony,” says Christine Fawcett Shapiro SYRFILMFEST co-founder. “SYRFILMFEST’s mission to engage, entertain, inform, and inspire the community through film events, has brought it into collaborations with
many community groups over the past 14 years.”

2:00pm


20 Years of Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Siobhan Fallon Hogan

 

With over 61 acting credits Siobhan will screen segments from and discuss some of her most notable roles from film and television.

 

 

 

 

4:00pm
Song of the Sea by Tomm Moore (2014) 93 minutes (Ireland)

  • ALL tickets are available online at: www.cnytix.com
  • Tickets are also available at each venue 30 MINUTES prior to the program
  • FREE for S.U. and Le Moyne college students with wristband or college ID
  • FULL FESTIVAL PASS: Valid for all films, receptions, and meet and greets, October 18-22, $100 each/$175 for 2
  • WEEKEND ONLY FILM PASS: Valid for all film screenings, Sat & Sun Oct 21-22, $25 each
  • SINGLE TICKETS: $10 each good for any screening
  • SINGLE TICKETS SENIORS & CHILDREN: $8 each 60+ or children under 13

SATURDAY PARKING AT SU:
There is free parking at SU for Saturday in lot Q4 on College Place. Use Euclid Ave entrance past parking kiosk then turn right. Q4 is first right.