The Fulbright Film Series is a curated showcase of films by Fulbrighters that further Fulbright's mission. The series was initiated by Fulbright's NY Chapter and is being presented in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Fulbright Film Series events feature films intended to spark dialogue on social issues. Every event includes topical presentations or a panel discussion that go beyond a typical post-screening filmmaker Q&A.
Open to both fiction and documentary films, a screening committee headed by filmmaker (and Fulbright NY Board member) Jonathan Goodman Levitt reviews films on a rolling basis throughout the year. The curation rubric by which our committee evaluates the films include the following: quality, relevance of topic to Fulbright mission, and involvement of Fulbrighter.
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The screening on February 7th, 2018 featured The Gun Shop at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, followed by a post-screening discussion. The Gun Shop is a documentary about a firearm store in Battle Creek, Michigan. It was produced by U.K. Fulbrighter James Rogan and was directed by award-winning filmmaker John Douglas (BBC’s Our War). While British newspapers called The Gun Shop “the week’s most terrifying documentary” (The Observer) and “a terrific portrait of a paranoid society” (The Telegraph), The Gun Shop itself strives to document the culture of gun ownership and one of the most divisive issues currently facing America.
The event included introductory conversation between two artists, photographer Kathy Shorr, whose book SHOT features 101 Americans united in survivorhood, and painter Kadie Salfi, whose Red Guns project represents life-size paintings of guns used in mass shootings in schools in the U.S.
Our panelists for the post-screening discussion were Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia, David Rocchio, co-producer of The Gun Shop and Founder/President of Stowe Story Labs and Eric Ruben, the moderator, a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.
On November 8, 2017, FFS and Alamo Drafthouse hosted a screening of For Akheem. The panel featured the filmmakers, and fellow Fulbrighters Dena Simmons (moderator), Andrea Weiss, Kavery Kaul, and Scott Shigeoka discussing "Filmmaking in ‘Foreign’ Cultures & Subcultures": Cultural exchange — and with it a questioning of our own biases — is part & parcel of the Fulbright experience. When conducting filmmaking, journalism, or research as an 'outsider,' what responsibilities do we have? Who gets to tell whose stories, and how do we navigate the line between collaboration and exploitation?