WORLD FAIR –Documentary and Discussion
WORLD FAIR – A documentary and discussion with the filmmaker and a special guest historian
Wednesday – June 12th at the Neighborhood Preservation Center 232 East 11th Street
Cost: $5 – Space is limited and you must rsvp for the event
Description: WORLD FAIR is a new documentary film that celebrates personal memory, innovative architecture, and amateur cinematography through a singular, spectacular event: the 1939 New York World’s Fair. On the heels of the Great Depression and with war mounting overseas, millions of people traveled to a former ash dump in Queens, New York, to catch a fleeting glimpse of a better future. WORLD FAIR weaves together the impressionistic memories of former fairgoers—now in their eighties and nineties—with vibrant archival footage, transporting viewers to the futuristic and hopeful realm of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. As a meditation on the ways we remember and preserve the past, WORLD FAIR explores the stories contained in photographs and home movies, in illustrations, and in the objects we collect and save. WORLD FAIR premiered in April at the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston, where it won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.
Amanda Murray (director/producer, WORLD FAIR) is a filmmaker with the independent documentary production company Wicked Delicate Films in Brooklyn, NY. Trained in public history and humanities, she was a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and has worked with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, National Building Museum, and National Trust for Historic Preservation. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, and an M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University. WORLD FAIR is her first film and premiered at the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston, where it won the Audience Award for Best Short Film. Amanda is a producer of the forthcoming documentary films THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO, MISSING MODERNIST, and THE GREENING OF QATAR.
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