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This Side of Heaven (2016) a film by Todd Verow
March 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Film Screening and Q&A
Thursday, March 2 / 7 PM / Free
Join the auteur emeritus of New Queer Cinema, Todd Verow, star Philly Abe, and special guests for a Q&A following the screening.
Howl! favorite Philly Abe stars as V, an older trans woman desperately trying to hold on to her rent-stabilized apartment in New York City. She has endured many tragedies involving former lovers, friends, and acquaintances over the 26 years she has lived in her rat, roach and junkie infested building. She has survived corrupt landlord after corrupt landlord but her struggles have left her agoraphobic and reclusive…
The star-studded cast including Brandon Olson, Penny Arcade, Justin Rodriguez, Jake Deckard, Jayne Nicolletti, and James Kleinmann rounds out this compelling New York story of one woman’s off-balance life and the fight against gentrification. Produced by Bangor films.
About Todd Verow
Todd Verow was born in Bangor, Maine on November 11, 1966. He started acting and directing plays as a child and making movies while attending Rhode Island School of Design. He made short experimental films and worked as a cinematographer before making his feature film debut with Frisk (which had its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in the Forum 20 years ago). Starting his own production company, Bangor Films, Todd has directed over 20 features and numerous shorts, establishing himself as the most prolific auteur emeritus of the New Queer Cinema. He is fiercely independent, and finances, writes, produces, directs, photographs, and edits his movies himself.
About Philly Abe
Philly Abe is a multifaceted artist living in New York City. Her acting credits include many films with the Kuchar Brothers (George and Mike Kuchar) and Todd Verow. She is an intuitive performer. While working on a CBC Radio documentary on Lindsay Kemp, she was offered a scholarship and never looked back. Ritual and trance are an important part of her work, in an unending chain from political street theater in the 60s to underground film. Her mercurial androgynous performances have gained her a cult following around the world.