Artists Unleashed in Campaign's Last Month
New movie explores the use of art to foster dialogue and change
Part of Online Film Festival diving deep into top issues
NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Two days before the Vice Presidential debates in Kentucky, SnagFilms and the Paley Center for Media offer the third premiere - Antonino D'Ambrosio's Let Fury Have the Hour - of the Snag the Vote series, helping to inform voters in advance of the election. The premiere, which begins at 6:30 PM Tuesday, October 9 at the Paley Center in New York City, will be followed by a live Q&A with Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, screenwriter John Sayles and filmmaker Antonino D'Ambrosio, moderated by Geoff Gilmore (Creative Director of the Tribeca Film Festival and related enterprises), and be simulcast online at snagfilms.com.
Let Fury Have The Hour, a film by Antonino D'Ambrosio that was a Tribeca Film Festival featured selection this year, chronicles how a generation of visual artists, musicians, writers, and activists used "creative response" to foment social change and activate youth participation in politics. The film features Eve Ensler, Chuck D, John Sayles, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello and Shepard Fairey. Fairey, whose 2008 "Hope" poster was the defining image of that election, has created six graphic works to celebrate the Snag the Vote 2012 series, with images inspired by Fury.
The film, based on D'Ambrosio's essays from his critically acclaimed book of the same title, details a generation of artists' creative response to our politics and culture and reminds us, as D'Ambrosio points out in an interview with The New York Times, that "obstacles are [also] opportunities and that's what 'creative-response' is all about."
"The important thing about 'creative-response' -- or art in general -- is that it's not a monologue, it's a dialogue. It's based on wanting to start a conversation, an exchange of ideas," says the author and visual artist.
The entire event will stream live online via Snag Social Screening™ technology that connects viewers directly with one another and to the filmmakers and relevant experts. The film is now available on demand at SnagFilms.com through October 22.
"Artists have played pivotal roles in the central political issues of our time," said Rick Allen, CEO of SnagFilms, "from civil rights to the Velvet Revolution to the Arab Spring. Antonino's film showcases artists who embrace today's challenges, and calls each of us to action. That is Snag the Vote's mission too: to bring the election's big issues to life with great films from noted directors, and thereby catalyze voter involvement."
Let Fury Have the Hour is one of more than 100 films featured in Snag the Vote 2012, an unprecedented, free, online film festival running through Election Day, showcasing movies chosen to illuminate 10 key issues defining the 2012 Presidential election (Economy and Jobs, Health Care, Immigration, the Environment, Foreign Affairs, Energy, National Security, Education, Civil Liberties, and the political process). Subsequent premieres are described at snagfilms.com/socialscreenings
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