Filmmaker combines fiction and documentary to examine the changing roles of women in history and film.
In conjunction with the exhibition Up the Hill: Byrdcliffe Artists 2015, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild presents a free, special preview screening of Brooklyn Roses, a feature-length film by Christine Noschese. The screening takes place at 8:00 pm on Friday, November 20, at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock.
Filmed over 20 years with the same actors playing the same characters and interweaving fictional and documentary footage, Brooklyn Roses is a story of a young girl growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s as part of an Italian-American family. Much of the film was shot in Noschese’s family home. Semi-autobiographical fictional scenes are interwoven with contemporary documentary footage as she sorts out her family’s belongings. The story of three generations of women brings into focus the changing role of women and the unfinished nature of film, life, and history.
Christine Noschese is a writer, director and producer of both documentary and fictional films. Her film Keep On Steppin’ won Best Short at the Newberry Port Documentary Film Festival. June Roses, a fictional narrative, premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York at New Directors/New Films. Her documentary Metropolitan Avenue was broadcast nationally on PBS and other channels, and received the prestigious John Grierson Award for Best Documentary; it was also nominated for a National Emmy for Best Director.
Noschese’s work has been supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Council on the Humanities, The Ford Foundation, The Paul Robeson Foundation, The Film Fund, and the Women in Film and Television Foundation. She was a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies and received her M.A. from Goddard College in Media Studies. She is a founding member of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, a community-based organization in Brooklyn. She is on the faculty of Hofstra University’s School of Communication.
The screening of Brooklyn Roses begins at 8:00 pm on November 20, with introductory remarks by the director. Admission is free.
Left: Still from Brooklyn Roses, directed by Christine Noschese // right: Christine Noschese (on the right) and actress Sari Cain.