Contact: Walter Krochmal
Telephone: 917. 549. 7650
Event Address: 900 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, NY
Event Times: Sun. September 7, 2014 (3 pm – 5 pm)
BRONX FILM SCREENING: “ART IN HEAVEN,” A HAUNTING, POETIC TRIBUTE
TO EUROPE’S ABANDONED SYNAGOGUES BY Z. S. ROSENFELD
Meet Film Maker Rosenfeld and Enjoy Live Music by Composer Elie Massias
Bronx, New York, September 2, 2014. – Bronx World Film and Young Israel Pelham Parkway Jewish Center announce a joint screening of Art In Heaven, a short film by Riverdale resident Z. S. Rosenfeld with music by Elie Massias, this Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm, at the historic Bronx synagogue at Pelham Parkway South and Muliner Avenue. The director will be present for a question-and-answer session. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Elie Massias, the creative force behind the film’s haunting, magical score, will perform live.
Art in Heaven, weaves archival and personal footage and images gathered by Rosenfeld while photographing iconic abandoned synagogues of Europe into a tribute to the creativity of the artisans who decorated the continent with these unique prayer houses, many now in ruins. These physical, cultural and spiritual vestiges bear testimony to the world destroyed in the Holocaust, to the suffering and slaughter of an entire people. Rosenfeld made it his life mission to memorialize the ghosts of a once flourishing spirituality. Art in Heaven had its world premiere at Bronx World Film Cycle Summer 2014, the organization’s flagship film event, in Manhattan.
Bronx World Film, Inc. (www.bronxworldfilm.org) , a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2011 in New York State, is dedicated to independent film industries as engines for integral human development. It creates film and arts events for underserved communities and partners for independent local film production. This Bronx screening is part of Bronx World Film’s community-based Roving Cinémathèque program, which makes its catalogue of films available to community spaces for screening events throughout the city.
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The Film Maker
(Art In Heaven). An award-winning photographer, he has produced commercial, museum and multimedia productions all over the world, with exhibitions at Lincoln Center's Film Society and other venues throughout the United States. He is currently producing the film Reshidiya and co-producing a performance piece about the great medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides that will be developed over the course of 2014. He is the proprietor of Rose Garden, an Art, Antiques and Design Gallery in Hudson, New York. Z.S. Rosenfeld lives with his wife and children in New York City.
ART IN HEAVEN
(DIR/SCR Z. S. Rosenfeld. USA, 2012. TRT 12 minutes). A short film tribute to the creativity of artisans who decorated the European landscape with unique prayer houses, many now abandoned and in ruins. These physical, cultural and spiritual vestiges bear testimony to a world destroyed in the Holocaust, to the suffering and slaughter of an entire people. Begun years ago as Rosenfeld traveled in Europe photographing these icons, it became his life mission to memorialize the ghosts of a once flourishing spirituality. With a haunting, magical score by Elie Massias.
SCREENING AT 3 PM
3:00 pm - Screening
• Meet the Film Maker
• Music Performance
In conjunction with
Young Israel at Pelham Parkway Jewish Center
Postcard for World Premiere, 2014.
Born in Gibraltar and based in New York since 1994, this multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter has garnered critical acclaim and played on and produced dozens of recordings. Named one of the top 10 artists of the U.S. North East by Billboard Magazine at the Independent Music World Series 2007, he has made a reputation for guitar work and improvisation, moving easily between Jazz, Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Sephardic and the rock music he grew up with. During his live performances, he sings and plays acoustic and electric guitar, soprano saxophone and Wavedrum while sampling loops in real-time. At solo performances he asks members of the audience to write down short poems or lyrics and then improvises songs in real time with the lyrics. www.eliemassias.com
A MASTER OF ANDALUSIAN AND JEWISH MUSIC PLAYS LIVE