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March 2, 2017

FTP: Antonio Rezza – Flavia Mastrella – Milano, Via Padova

Photo by Ivan Talarico

On Loop All Day
Flavia Mastrella & Antonio Rezza – Milano, Via Padova (Italy, 2016)
70 minutes | Segal Lobby
Italian with English subtitles

The film tells of racism and intolerance through song that shows the sweetness of a forgotten rhythm. The unusual reality performative reaches peaks when the personal and social problems are intertwined.

Photo by Giulio Mazzi

 Flavia Mastrella and Antonio Rezza deal with communicative arts. Their film Escoriandoli was presented at Venice Film Festival in 1996 and Il passato è il mio bastone in 2008; In 2006, their short film Il Piantone was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Shanghai. In the same year they made installations and performances at Bologna’s GAM gallery. They have won the Hystrio Prize, the Ubu Prize, and the Napoli Prize. In 2014, published by Il Saggiatore book “Clamori al vento”. In 2016 they present Pitecus at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York.


Date: March 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2, 2017

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP)


Segal Theatre + Elebash Recital Hall

All Day Screenings

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center announces its third annual Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP). The film festival will take place all day on Thursday, March 2, Friday, March 3, and Monday, March 6 at The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, located at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals.

The program includes a roster of more than 40 features, shorts, documentaries, advance screenings, and meet-the-artist Q&A sessions.

The FTP 2017 is co-curated by Festival Founder Frank Hentschker (Executive Director and Director of Programming at MESTC), Antje Oegel (AO International), and Nina Segal (Playwright and Producer).

Festival Founding Producer: Joy Sarah Arab
Festival Dramaturg: Soriya K. Chum
Assistant to Curators: Jenny Tibbels

Film Festival Schedule At A Glance

Thursday, March 2

[Loop] Antonio Rezza – Flavia MastrellaMilano, Via Padova Italy | 70 Minutes
11:00am Georg Genoux, Liza Smith & Natal’ya VorozhbytMy Nikolaevka Ukraine | 95 minutes
12:30pm Janez JanšaMy Name is Janez Janša Slovenia | 68 minutes
12:40pm Michael LessacA Snake Gives Birth to a Snake [Global Arts Corps] USA/South Africa | 100 minutes
1:45pm András SalamonNational Documentary [National Theatre of Hungary] Hungary | 90 minutes
2:30pm Guy DavidiMixed Feelings Israel | 77 minutes
3:20pm Rodrigo Abreu & Mariana BleyInflamável Brazil | 10 minutes
3:30pm Tadeu Jungle – EVOÉ – Portrait of an Anthropophagus Brazil | 90 minutes
3:40pm Milo RauThe Moscow Trials Germany | 90 minutes
5:05pm Sahar AssafAl Khandaq Lebanon | 65 minutes
5:15pm René PolleschBad Decisions Germany | 95 minutes
6:15pm Marielle NitoslawskaBreaking the Frame Canada| 100 minutes
7:15pm 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater GroupHuang Yi & Kuka New York/Taiwan | 30 minutes [excerpt]
8:00pm Rimini ProtokollHome Visit Europe + Remote X Germany | 100 minutes
8:15pm Koji FukadaSayonara Japan | 102 minutes

Friday, March 3

[Loop] Chloé Déchery & Chris EleyWhat Do You See When You Turn Out The Light? France | 18 Minutes
12:30pm Jan Lauwers & NeedcompanyGoldfish Game Belgium | 105 minutes
1:00pm Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach NicholsFlex is Kings USA| 83 minutes
2:30pm Frédéric NauczycielHouse of HMU Series France| 22 minutes
2:30pm Popo FanThe VaChina Monologues China | 28 minutes
3:00pm Wim Vandekeybus Blush [Ultima Vez] Belgium | 52 minutes
3:00pm Nadia Ranocchi & David ZamagniAll Inclusive vs. Joule Italy | 65 minutes + 22 minutes
4:00pm Aneta PanekAlchemy of Punk Germany | 15 minutes
4:15pm Aurélia Thiérrée – Untitled USA  | 5 minutes
4:30pm Jason ZeldesRomeo is Bleeding USA | 95 minutes
4:30pm Brigitte PoupartOver My Dead Body Canada| 80 minutes
6:00pm Michelle Memran – (work-in-progress) The Rest I Make Up: María Irene Fornés USA | 20 minutes
6:30pm Nature Theatre of OklahomaLife & Times, Episode 7 USA | 135 minutes
7:00pm Arran ShearingForgotten Man UK/Canada | 84 minutes
9:00pm The Segal CenterPrelude Festival USA | 30 minutes [excerpt]

Monday, March 6

[Loop] The Living TheatreKnow Your Rites Tour 2016 USA | 40 minutes
11:00am Lee Breuer & Eric MarcianoBook of Clarence USA | 100 minutes
1:00pm Zachary OberzanFlooding with Love for The Kid USA | 107 minutes
3:00pm Robert LepageThe Image Mill Revealed Canada | 60 minutes
4:00pm Sean Edward LewisStorefront USA | 15 minutes
4:30pm Temporary DistortionThis Empty Room USA | 15 minutes
4:45pm A Two Dogs Company/ Kris VerdonckPresyncope [A Two Dogs Company] Belgium | 15 minutes
5:00pm Brian Rogers – (work-in-progress) Screamers [The Chocolate Factory Theater] USA | 30 minutes [excerpt]
6:00pm Andrew SchneiderActing Stranger USA | 20 minutes
6:30pm Lee Breuer & Eric MarcianoLa Divina Caricatura USA | 20 minutes [excerpt]
7:30pm Penny Arcade, Claire Moodey, Steve ZehentnerRichard Foreman Biography USA | 30 minutes

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre + Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2, 2017

FTP: Georg Genoux, Liza Smith, and Natal’ya Vorozhbyt – My Nikolaevka

Photo by Khrystyna Lizogub

11:00am – 12:40pm
Georg Genoux, Liza Smith, and Natal’ya Vorozhbyt – My Nikolaevka (Ukraine, 2016)
95 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Ukrainian with English subtitles

Nikolaevka’s School 3 in Donetsk Region was partially bombed during the military operations of summer 2014. The school became a place full of deconstructed souls and unspoken pain. The film is based on a documentary performance by Natalia Vorozhbyt and Georg Genoux with students of this school. Their work has since grown into a full production featuring original autobiographical texts written by children in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grades which they perform themselves. They each address how their lives have been affected by the war. These are children who hid in basements while bombs exploded around them, students who had to bury friends and loved ones, people who were ready to give up. This film testifies to these students’ remarkable resilience and depicts only a small portion of their incredible strength. The stories they tell need to be shared with others in order to justify the students’ own experience of trust and belief – these are people who truly want to be heard.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Georg Genoux, Liza Smith, and Natal’ya Vorozhbyt
With the means of theatre, Theatre of Displaced People helps internally displaced people to start a new normal life on a new place. Refugees from Donbass, volunteers, and military personnel returning from active warfare – these are the heroes of the productions. The work features only real people and true stories about things that have actually happened in their lives. The project was conceived in August 2015 and by December 2015 was already named theatre project of the year by Ukrainian theatrical critics. The plays have toured extensively throughout Ukraine including performances at GOGOLfest in Kyiv and the DONKULT forum in Lviv. Now the team is working on the project Children and War – creating three performances on Donbass, in the towns near the frontline.

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2, 2017

FTP: Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša – My Name is Janez Janša

Photo by Miha Fras

12:30pm – 1:45pm
Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša – My Name is Janez Janša (Slovenia, 2014)
68 minutes | Segal Theatre
Slovene with English subtitles

My Name is Janez Janša is a documentary film about names and name changes, focusing on one particular and rather unique name change that took place in 2007, when three Slovenian artists officially changed their names to the name of the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša.

For Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša, life, artistic practice, theoretical reflection and political involvement are not divided. For almost 10 years now, through their work, they have been building a complex narrative structure on topics such as proper names, identity and the signature, particularly focusing on the legal aspect of art practices and on the political imaginary in law. The central characteristic of their production is an ambivalence on multiple layers, crossing the borders of formal and media conventions.

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2, 2017

FTP: Michael Lessac/Global Arts Corps – A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake

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12:40pm – 2:30pm
Michael Lessac/Global Arts Corps – A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake (USA/South Africa, 2014)
101 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Multiple Languages with English subtitles

A diverse group of South African actors tours the war-torn regions of Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia to share their country’s experiment with reconciliation. As they ignite a dialogue among people with raw memories of atrocity, the actors find they must once again confront their homeland’s violent past, and question their own capacity for healing and forgiveness. Featuring never-before-heard original music by jazz legend Hugh Masekela.

Global Arts Corps (Michael Lessac, Artistic Director) is an international community of professional artists who use theatre as a catalyst for dialogue, as a way to shift perspectives, and as a means through which to bring about understanding, tolerance, and empathy.


Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2, 2017

FTP: András Salamon – National Documentary

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1:45pm – 3:20pm
András Salamon – National Documentary (Hungary, 2013)
90 minutes | Segal Theatre
Hungarian with English subtitles

National Documentary tells the story of the last few months of the Hungarian National Theatre’s ensemble led by Róbert Alföldi. The film focuses on the extraordinary artistic level of the ensemble work–acclaimed by critics both at home and abroad, and loved by the theatre-going public. In an earnest attempt to make the piece as close and personal as possible, the director and crew practically moved into the theatre for the duration of the project, and lived, laughed and cried with the actors, directors, and staff as they took their work to the stage for the last time in this formation. Róbert Alföldi’s forced departure from his post created a public uproar in all cultural circles of Hungary, whose representatives speak openly about their reaction to Alföldi’s removal.

Photo by Gábor Mezel

András Salamon graduated in 1982 from the Cameraman Department of the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. He also completed the master’s degree programme in Film Studies at ELTE. András Salamon has been working as a writer, director, cameraman in fiction, documentaries and television series. He is assistant professor at the Film Studies Department of the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE BTK. He is also a lecturer at the University of Theatre and Film Arts and at the Art Program of The University of The Applied Sciences, Budapest, where he works as the head of the ‘Motion Picture Artist’ MA programme. He is the founder of the First Roma Film School, and he has also established GTC (Go To Casting), the first Screen Actors School in Hungary.


Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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