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March 29, 2019 - 6 pm

PATERNAL RITES

WITH
Director Jules Rosskam in person!

at

Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
Bartos Theatre

tickets

Presented with our Media Sponsor
NewFest: New York's LGBTQ Film & Media Arts Organization

Welcome and Introduction by
Katha Cato, QWFF Executive Director

Post screening conversation with Jules Rosskam
moderated by Nicholas Kemp,
Director of Theatrical Marketing - Kino Lorber



About Paternal Rites
Paternal Rites is a first-person essay film by Jules Rosskam in which he examines the secret underbelly of his Jewish American family as they grapple with the after-effects of physical and sexual abuse on their present-day lives. It is an exploration of the nature of trauma and memory itself: the ways in which trauma encrypts in uncanny ways; the function of speech and narrative in the process of decryption; and the role of film and filmmaking in the practice of healing.

In this time of #MeToo and our deepening efforts to understand the inner workings of masculinity, patriarchy and sexual abuse, Jules’s filmmaking resonates on many levels.

Paternal Rites had its World Premiere a year ago (2018) in MoMA's Doc Fortnight. Since then it has screened at a roster of film festivals around the globe winning Best Feature at the Trans Stellar Film Festival in Detroit, and the Honorable Mention Jury Prize in the documentary category at Seattle TWIST as well as being the Documentary Centerpiece at the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Closing Day Film at Gender Reel, Minneapolis.

In 2019, in addition to the Queens World Film Festival, the film has been programmed at Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Multicultural Film Festival - UMASS Amherst, Rice University in Houston, Zinegoak - Bilbao International LGBTQ Film Festival — with more screenings to be confirmed.

About Jules Rosskam
Jules Rosskam is the director, producer, and editor of transparent (2005), against a trans narrative (2009), Thick Relations (2012), Something to Cry About (2018), as well as Paternal Rites (2018). He is in post-production on his 2018 Rubys Artist Project Grant funded documentary short entitled: Dance, Dance, Evolution. Jules is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is a noted lecturer, speaker, and professor who has held positions at Hampshire College, SUNY Old Westbury, and Indiana University—Purdue, Fort Wayne. He has a passion for personal storytelling as well as a commitment to projects that grapple with social justice issues.

PATERNAL RITES
USA | 2018 | 82 minutes
Directed by Jules Rosskam
Produced by Marc Smolowitz
Feature Non-fiction | Transgender/Queer | Essay | Experimental
http://paternalritesfilm.com/




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