Queens World Film Festival 2017

March 9, 2017

Investors Bank Sponsoring Gala Event at Museum of the Moving Image on March 14

Queens, New York – Investors Bank is helping the 2017 Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) bring 135 independent films to the New York City borough from March 14th to the 19th.  

The feature-length movies, short narratives, documentaries and animation films were created by filmmakers from across New York City and around the world.  For the first time, the QWFF will screen all the films at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) and the Kaufman Astoria Studio’s Zukor Screening Room. 

In discussing films that were selected for QWFF, the Festival’s Executive Director Katha Cato said, “Many of the films are provocative, shocking, and chilling in terms of topics, storylines, acting, and cinematography. This year, submissions trickled in through the summer and early fall, then after Election Day we received a rush of films. We are very proud that films and filmmakers truly represent the diversity, cultures, and different points-of-view that represent the melting pot we call Queens, which is the World Film Festival’s borough.”    

This year, Investors Bank is sponsoring the Opening Night Celebration for the Seventh Annual QWFF on Tuesday, March 14th. Doors open at 7:00 PM at the MoMI located at 36-01 35th Avenue in Queens. Before the program starts, filmgoers can enjoy wine and cheese while listening to music by Michael Soloway. Tickets to the opening night event that includes a screening of five short narrative films are $15 and available online from Brown Paper Tickets.

In welcoming the community to opening night, Investors Bank Senior Vice President and Queens Regional Manager Michael Billia said, “We gratefully thank Don and Katha Cato for their amazing efforts nurturing filmmaking and the arts in our city’s communities. The Festival provides a framework for filmmakers to present their stories about life and living. We invite our neighbors and friends to join us on opening night to celebrate this incredible showcase of filmmaking.”

The program begins at 8:00 PM with remarks by Carl Goodman, Executive Director of the Museum of the Moving Image. Then, QWFF’s Founders Don and Katha Cato will provide a preview of the festival and pay tribute to the 2017 “Spirit of Queens” honoree, Julie Dash, an outstanding artist, icon, pioneer, and masterful filmmaker raised in Long Island City.  

QWFF will screen Ms. Dash’s 1991 masterpiece Daughters of the Dust, the first feature film by a black female filmmaker that received wide distribution in the United States, on Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 PM. The film depicts a multi-generational family in the Gullah community, and they are living off the coast of Georgia, as the 20th century begins. The film explores different facets of people’s lives, especially the changes, challenges and conflicts that arise as younger people prepare to leave the islands and migrate north. 

The evening includes the screening of five short narrative films. In commenting on the full range of films the Festival will present, Mr.  Cato said, “There is tremendous emotional energy in these pieces, and we see an uncanny parallelism of themes between the Festival’s films and the trends that are emerging in America and internationally right now.”

Film lovers can find the complete of schedule of film screenings, watch movie trailers, buy tickets and read a synopsis of each production on the QWFF website.

Queens World Film Festival

QWFF founders Katha and Don Cato flank Maria Odysseos, Market Manager in Queens for Investors Bank

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