The program categorizes films in thematic blocks and features work from all six previous years to curate evenings of Spanish language films, Asian filmmakers from Queens or international films that take a look at inclusivity and remind viewers that "Love is Love is Love.”
QWFF is partnering with Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association, Ltd. and the Northern Woodside Coalition to present local and international indie films of all types on Thursday nights.
"We are quite proud that of the 56 films to be presented, 22 are from Queens and 15 are by women, 9 are by Asian filmmakers and 16 are by Latino filmmakers" said Katha Cato, director of the QWFF, in a statement. "Experience short and feature length films from Flushing, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Astoria or China, Bangladesh Spain, Indonesia, France and Ireland."
The themes for the various summer blocks include “Slices of Life from Flushing to Mumbai,” “Inclusive Love Stories” and “Spanish Voices.” According to a press release, the programming will also include the screening of Dan Hendrick’s "Saving Jamaica Bay,” an Audience Award winner at this year’s festival, and the organization will be coordinating with the Audobon Society to raise awareness of "this wonderful natural treasure right in our own backyard.” As a bonus that night, the short film "Christopher’s Garden" by Bill Torgeson will also be screened.
The films will be screened either at Kissena Corridor Park, Hunters Points Park in LIC or Sgt. Collins Park in Woodside. The “Colors of Love” block of films that will be screened on Thursday, July 14, will feature nine short films by rising stars from the Asian film community in Queens and beyond. These films include “Duality,” “Underneath the Grey,” and “The Potential Wives of Norman Mao.” Another highlight is the screening of “H.O.M.E.” by Daniel Maldonado, a Queens resident. “H.O.M.E.,” which was entirely shot in Queens, weaves together stories inspired by true events. For example, a young boy is rescued from the subway while an Ecuadorian livery driver helps a Chinese woman desperate to get to her sick child. The film has English with some Chinese and Spanish which will be accompanied by English subtitles. “H.O.M.E.” was the QWFF Best Feature of 2016.
Don Capalbi, president of the Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association, said the presentations of QWFF Encore Screenings in Kissena Corridor Park acted as “…a chance to celebrate the diversity of our community's residents and our local filmmakers as well. QWFF offers everyone with the opportunity to explore each other's cultures without ever leaving the neighborhood.”
Head to queensworldfilmfestival.com for more information on dates and film descriptions.