March 29, 2019 - 6 pm
Director Jules Rosskam in person!
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
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
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.
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,
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.
USA | 2018 | 82 minutes
Directed by Jules Rosskam
Produced by Marc Smolowitz
Feature Non-fiction | Transgender/Queer | Essay | Experimental
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