This month, on the 1st anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Charles Denson's "The Storm" is screening at the Brooklyn Art Council's Scene:Brooklyn Film Series on a program with Sandy-themed documentaries on October 29. On the West Coast, the film will be shown October 26 at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival, where it won a Grand Festival Award.
Mr. Denson's 20-minute documentary shows rare and dramatic footage of the storm coming ashore on the evening of October 29, 2012, as well as preparations for the storm, the surge at Coney Island and Sea Gate, and the storm's aftermath. It begins with footage of Hurricane Donna striking Coney Island shot by his mother in 1960. Mr. Denson rode out Sandy in Sea Gate, where his apartment and car were destroyed by the storm surge.
"I thought, 'nobody's filming this. I've got to record this,'" Denson said in an interview in the Brooklyn Paper when the film premiered at last month's Coney Island Film Festival. "I realized, it's very different when you actually experience something and put your life on the line to record something," Denson said.
Tuesday, October 29: From the Floodlines, BAC's Scene: Brooklyn Film Series Venue: Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, DUMBO Doors Open at 7pm, Screening 8pm - 9:40pm --This year's BAC film series runs from October 25-October 29 and features films and media art inspired by or relating to Sandy and its aftermath. --Tickets are $10. Info here. Saturday, October 26: Berkeley Video and Film Festival Venue: East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison St, Berkeley Arts District Screening at 5:50pm --Ticket info here.
Hi Charles - I'm working on an exhibit about changing landscapes after natural disasters such as storms and hurricanes, especially Sandy. My colleague Joshua Ruff at the LI Museum in Stony Brook told me about your documentary. Is there any way I can see it? We may want to include it in the exhibit. Thank you for your hard work.
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