HOBOKEN—On March 20 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ($10 non-Hudson families, $7 Hudson parents, students may attend free of charge), two award-winning New Jersey filmmakers, Susan Schwarzwald and Olivia Newman, will present their short fiction films about the complex relationships between fathers and daughters and discuss visual storytelling in short form.
Award Winning Filmmakers to Screen Two Short Films at The Hudson School 3/20
“Complex Silences: An evening of short film screenings and a discussion with the filmmakers about their portrayals of the Gordian knot of family relationships.”
Award-winning, New Jersey filmmakers, Susan Schwarzwald and Olivia Newman, present their short fiction films that, in different ways, address the complex relationships between generations and the silences that lie between the lines. The filmmakers will also discuss visual storytelling in short form and the process of adapting true experiences to fiction.
Still(e) (Avignon Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Jewish Women’s Film Festival) is about a woman’s awakening to the legacy of trauma, transferred through silence, which haunts her father, herself and now, she fears, her young child; First Match (New York Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Cinequest, Austin Film Festival), follows a teenage girl wrestler determined to win her father’s approval at her first coed high school wrestling match.
Susan Schwarzwald first started working in the independent film world in the mid-1970s. Still(e) (2006) was her directorial debut and was awarded the Prix UCMF(Best Score) at the Avignon Film Festival and a MOAS Best of the Fest award at the Rochester International Film Festival. Her recent film work focuses on promotional video for educational programs and she has been developing a feature documentary about education around the world. Susan is also a writer, photographer, an accomplished ceramic artist, and mother of The Hudson School alum, Anika (MS’98). She holds a BA in Philosophy from Alfred University and an MA in Comparative and International Education from Columbia University.
Olivia Newman, an alum of The Hudson School (MS’92, HS’96), has written, directed and produced award-winning short films in the USA, France and Serbia. Olivia’s films have received awards from HBO, The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, SimonSays Entertainment, Cine Golden Eagle, and the Angelus Awards, and have screened in film festivals internationally including the New York Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs International Shortsfest, Cinequest, Lunafest, Vancouver International Film Festival and the Bermuda Film Festival. Her film, First Match, won Best Student Short at the 2012 Aspen Shortsfest, Best Short Film at the 2012 NJ International Film Festival and is currently airing on PBS. Olivia was one of ten filmmakers chosen to participate in Emerging Visions at the 2012 New York Film Festival. She received her BA in Women’s Studies and French from Vassar College and her MFA in Film from Columbia University.