Focus Locus presents: Vicious Circles & Infinity premiere

Signature Sounds Presents & NCTV Present

Focus Locus presents: Vicious Circles & Infinity premiere

Tue ยท February 13, 2018

Doors: 6:45 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Parlor Room


This event is all ages

Join us for an evening of screenings and discussion with two local filmmakers!

By Sasha Statman-Weil:
Points (4 min.)
Stet (4 min.)
Claudia's Son (2 min.)
Our Best Bear (13 min.) Three friends transport a giant wooden egg across town.

By Joshua Gaestel:
Holiday Cream (5 min.)
Punky Bruisher (11 min.)
Winner! (3 min.)
Portulaca Drive (13 min.)

Q&A with the filmmakers to follow.

JOSHUA GAESTEL is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker living in Easthampton, MA. He has worked in film and video for over a decade, creating for websites, TV stations, commercial business, and most importantly for fun. Joshua created, produced, directed, and shot a short form documentary series called Five to Nine that is now airing on Connecticut's PBS affiliate CPTV, and it is available to stream on their website. Five to Nine is a series of short portraits that highlight people who understand the importance of play, and make space for it in their adult life. Joshua owns and operates the local production company Arborcast Films. They just completed work on their new short film Portulaca Drive, based on the short story "Portulaca Drive" by Rachel Hinkel Wang. It is a moody, hypnotic drama about an anxious woman who struggles to avoid an emotional collapse as she watches an unattended neighborhood boy from the windows of her broken home.

SASHA STATMAN-WEIL is a writer and filmmaker living in Northampton. He wrote and directed Our Best Bear, which premiered on No Budge Films, an independent film site curated by the director Kentucker Audley. The film has shown at Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, Loft Film Festival, PubX and AMFM Fest, among others. Sasha is also co-writer of Bob and the Trees, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, was screened at NY MOMA, and won top honors at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2015. He is currently at work on an experimental documentary with a variety of characters from the Pioneer Valley.

FOCUS LOCUS - Free monthly intimate film screenings of locally produced art, independent works, discussions among filmmakers and aficionados, video open mics and community building. A new project of Northampton Community Television.

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Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060