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In Woodstock 
Saturday November 29
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Robert Greene)
*Saturday November 29th, In Person: Director Robert Greene and actress Brandy Burre
With luxurious slow-motion sequences and staging worthy of a ‘50s melodrama, Robert Greene’s celebrated new film follows Brandy Burre, an actress (HBO’s The Wire) who gave up working to start a family and decided to re-start her career years later.
With glimpses of her stint on The Wire and a funny peek at Burre sifting through paltry royalty checks while her daughter plays nearby, Actress presents a sharp contrast between the allure of the spotlight and the dull rhythms that continue once it recedes. But as she returns to work, the affirmative aspect of her careerism is juxtaposed with conventional expectations about what a woman in her late 30s is supposed to want. Pivoting on an off-screen event that feels as impactful as the drama that takes place on camera, it becomes unclear how much Brandy is sacrificing the feelings and futures of her loved ones on the altar of self-interest. Acting, in the end, is not only Brandy’s profession; it’s something that she does all the time, whether interacting with her restaurateur husband Tim, her children, or Greene’s camera. With a dramatic, affective, and polyvalent ending, Greene’s film is documentary portraiture at its finest, taking on the resonance of a densely packed short story. Unrated / 86 mins. 
This project is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org   www.eARTS.org).
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The Wonderful World of Boning: Sex Ed With a Sense of Humor

In Woodstock   
Dec 10  
Time tba  
Where did I come from? What’s happening to my body? And why is this script so bad?
In “The Wonderful World of Boning,” writer, sex educator, and funny lady Lux Alptraum teams up with comedian friends to take a tour of classic sex education videos, where some of America’s best community theater actors teach our nation’s youth all about puberty, sexual health, and what’s happening down at the STI clinic. Hosted by Lux Alptraum and Tiara Francis, the show adds comic commentary to clips pulled from videos collected by Alptraum during her former career as a high school sex ed teacher.

Among the films featured in this show:

  • Seriously Fresh, a film that combines hip ‘90s fashion and lingo with lessons about HIV
  • You, Your Body, and Puberty, a guide to the weird experience of adolescence, and the even weirder experience of talking to your dad about boners
  • A Family Talks About Sex, the 1981 classic that finally answers the question, “How many times do I have to have gay sex before I’m considered gay?”
  • What’s Happening to Me?, an animated film about puberty that might just be racist
About the Hosts:
Lux Alptraum
spent four years teaching sex education to teenagers, and six years recommending porn to adults. The former editor/publisher of renowned sex blog Fleshbot.com, she currently works as a writer, consultant, and mocker of vintage sex education videos.
Tiara Francis is an actor, comedian, and writer from New York City. She has studied improvisation and sketch writing at The Upright Citizens Brigade NYC and performs with the all-women-of-color improv group Affirmative Action.
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