Media Arts Program
 


Friday, February 16, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts and National Endowment of The Arts

Mark Street

ROCKAWAY

Presented at:
Hallwalls

(2005, 74 min.)


In Mark Street's feature film Rockaway, three teenage girls from Queens celebrate their last night of high school on the edge of New York, where the city meets the sand. Their wild stabs at adulthood confuse and haunt them as they struggle to define themselves in the face of a future they can't imagine. Street, who is also known for his handmade films and work with video diaries, continues his filmmaking experiments in Rockaway, abandoning the traditional narrative script for improvised dialog and documentary photography. The film that results shows the last vestige of a fleeting adolescence caught between suburb and city.

Featured in the film is Ray Wasik, who was born and raised in Buffalo. While living in town, Wasik worked extensively with The Buffalo Entertainment Theatre (Charlot, Four Nights and Creeps), as well as portraying Lenny Bruce in Cabaret 650's production of Lenny. He has lived in New York since 1984, where he continues to act in theatre, television and film.

The screening will be presented by Street, who is a recipient of the Hallwalls Artist in Residence Program for media arts.


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