Selected Thursdays | 8PM

Presented in collaboration with True/False Film Festival’s Chris Boekmann

Image: RAT FILM by Theo Anthony, 2016, 112 minutes

// $5 – $10 sliding scale, free for kids and teens // 

Basilica Hudson is proud to announce the return of the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series for summer 2017. The series will again be produced in collaboration with Chris Boeckmann, film programmer for the Columbia, MO-based True/False Film Fest, a pioneering film festival dedicated to exploring creative nonfiction film. The Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series celebrates and interrogates the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors.

Basilica Hudson launches its 2017 Non-Fiction Screening Series on June 9, 2017 with a screening of acclaimed documentary RAT FILM, and an special appearance by director Theo Anthony. With more to be announced throughout summer 2017, June’s program will continue with a tribute screening of Jonathan Demme’s 1992 film COUSIN BOBBY on June 22.

The Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series will then go on to host events on select Thursday evenings throughout summer 2017.

The series will form part of Basilica’s long-standing film program, which is now in its sixth year and continues to present an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the screenings.

“Film has been at the center of Basilica Hudson’s programming since its founding,” said Basilica Hudson Co-Founder Tony Stone. “We are committed to bringing important new films to Hudson, to serve our dedicated film audience and this year to reach new communities through our expanded roster of programming.”

The collaboration was born following the premiere of Tony Stone’s 2016 documentary PETER AND THE FARM at True/False, when Basilica Hudson co-founders Stone and Melissa Auf der Maur found a synergy of vision with the True/False mission. Basilica Non-Fiction Film Series follows a similar model, creating a vibrant film festival in a small city surrounded by a rural landscape, with a dedicated audience of regional residents and national film enthusiasts.

Friday | June 9 | 7PM
RAT FILM, Theo Anthony, 2016, 1hr 22mins
Intro and Q&A with filmmaker Theo Anthony

RAT FILM is a feature-length documentary which explores the history of Baltimore via the rat, and the humans that love them, live with them and kill them. The screening will be followed by a dialogue with the film’s director Theo Anthony, who (b. 1989) is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker currently based in Baltimore, and who has been named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”.

Rats, Maps, and Extermination in an American City.

Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. “Rat Film” is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them–to explore the history of Baltimore.

“There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem”.

Theo Anthony (b. 1989) is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker currently based in Baltimore, MD. His work been featured by the The Atlantic, Vice, BBC World News, and other international media outlets. His films have received premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, SXSW, and Anthology Film Archives. In 2015, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. His first feature, RAT FILM, debuted at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival to critical acclaim, with Richard Brody of the New Yorker calling it “one of the most extraordinary, visionary inspirations in the recent cinema”. RAT FILM will be distributed domestically by Cinema Guild and internationally by Visit Films.


COUSIN BOBBY, Jonathan Demme, 1992, 70 min

Basilica Hudson hosts a special tribute screening of Jonathan Demme’s 1992 documentary Cousin Bobby. The film, long unavailable, focuses on Demme’s cousin Robert Castle, an Episcopalian priest known for his work in the black communities of Jersey City and Harlem.
“The fact that Jonathan Demme had not seen his cousin the Rev. Robert Castle in 30-odd years is not sufficient to explain Cousin Bobby, Mr. Demme’s documentary account of his cousin’s life. Plenty of people have long-lost relatives, and not all of those relatives’ stories belong on film. But something special was at work here: a true meeting of the minds, which the film captures effortlessly, and a remarkable family trait both cousins share. Both Mr. Demme, the Academy Award-winning director, and Father Castle, the priest in charge at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem, are avid enthusiasts, and both are fueled by an idealism that elevates “Cousin Bobby” well beyond the home-movie realm…
“Father Castle’s view of racial politics in America seems to surprise even some of his black parishioners, and the film recounts the ways his radical stance has brought him both satisfaction and trouble. In his Jersey City parish in the 1960’s, he was closely involved with the Black Panthers and was particularly influenced by the late Isaiah Rowley, one of the people to whom “Cousin Bobby” is dedicated.” (Janet Maslin, New York Times)
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