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Writer-Director Jason Rosette's Contemporary Classic New York Documentary, 'BookWars' To Screen at Museum of Modern Art 'Histories of Film' Showcase
- Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
Relaunched MoMA Celebrates Circulating Films That Tell the History of the Medium, Works by Important Independent Filmmakers, and More
'Utterly compelling' New York City street-level documentary, 'BookWars', which enjoyed broadcasts on Arte/ZDF, SVT, NHK, Bravo, PBS, Metrochannels and arthouse theatrical exposure, gains renewed interest since its initial release in 2000 with a slated screening at the relaunched Museum of Modern Art (NYC) in November.
The jazzy and impressionistic feature documentary by fiction / documentary filmmaker Jason Rosette will screen at the newly revamped Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on Sunday November 24 at 1:30PM, as part of the 'Histories of Film' showcase (November 21–December 4, 2019).
'Histories of Film', comprising titles from MoMA's circulating films collection, features a range of films that tell the history of the medium, works by important independent filmmakers, and much more.
'BookWars' is a unique and immersive first-person feature about the gritty world of New York City street booksellers, who are exposed in a remarkable story that chronicles their lives and loves and their unique perspectives on life. 'BookWars' was written, shot, edited, co-produced and narrated by filmmaker Jason Rosette on a micro budget, with funding coming from his own street-side book stand in Manhattan, assorted production jobs following his graduation from NYU Film School, and a modest grant from the Playboy Foundation.
'BookWars' screens at MoMA's 'Histories of Film' Showcase on Sunday, November 24, 1:30PM.
Other feature titles being screened at 'Histories of Film' include 'Thunder Over Mexico' (Sergei Eisenstein), 'Within Our Gates' (Oscar Micheaux), 'America's Pop Collector' (John Schott, E. J. Vaughn), and 'Grandma Moses' (Jerome Hill). Numerous short films from the circulating collection will also appear as part of curated themed programs.
MoMA's complete 'Histories of Film' program is available here.
About THE MUSEUM of MODERN ART CIRCULATING FILMS COLLECTION
Currently celebrating 85 years of service to the film and education community, The Museum of Modern Art’s Circulating Film and Video Library holds the unusual position of providing access outside MoMA to a rare collection of films and videos. Established in 1935 as the Film Library, it was intended to provide a circulating collection at reasonable rates to colleges, museums, and other educational institutions, as well as festivals, galleries, collectors, and enthusiasts.
To this day, it continues to provide access to films that tell the history of the medium, works by important independent filmmakers, and much more—all of which would otherwise not be readily available. Although Circulating Film has always had a broad-based collection, including early silent films, pivotal documentaries, avant-garde and independent works, animation, and video art, certain areas otherwise available only to scholars have been enriched. This includes important works by and about artists such as Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, and Jerome Hill. Several recently preserved works have also been included. All titles in this series remain available through the Circulating Film and Video Library.
Organized by Kitty Cleary, the Circulating Film and Video Library.
'BookWars' is the gritty world of New York City street booksellers is exposed in a remarkable story that chronicles their lives and loves and their unique perspectives on life. Made on location at the sidewalk book tables of New York by a fellow street bookseller, 'BookWars' explores the other side of the book tables along the streets of the Village, on the Lower East Side, along 6th avenue, and elsewhere in New York City. It won the Best Documentary prize upon its launch at the 2000 New York Underground film festival, and has been aired and broadcast widely since then.
About JASON ROSETTE:
Jason Rosette is a creative, award winning writer-director, filmmaker, and educator with over two decades experience producing motion media in the USA and abroad, with an international focus on the ASEAN-APAC region of Asia.
A graduate of NYU Film (BFA, Film & TV), with an Masters degree in International Development studies from Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Jason Rosette self-launched his filmmaking career in New York City in the year 2000 with the "Utterly Compelling" (Jacksonville Film Journal) feature documentary, 'BookWars' ("Terrific" - LA Times), which he shot, co-produced, edited, directed and narrated.
He returned to his former homestate of New Mexico in 2003 during the infancy of the state's filmed incentives program, to write, produce, and direct the multicultural sci-fi feature road movie, 'Lost in New Mexico' ('Great Road Pic' - Angelika Entertainment)
Beginning in 2005, Mr. Rosette became active in the ASEAN-APAC (Asia) region, and directed a number of high profile advocacy documentaries for NGOs, CSOs, and private sector organizations. Clients included WildAid, Conservation International, Fauna and Flora International, and USAID implementer DAI among others.
Pivoting off of his earlier New York theater and on-camera acting experience (SAG-AFTRA) Mr. Rosette demonstrated a deft capability to ideate and work with real people and unscripted talent of all kinds, as he personally cast, coached, and trained many of the participants for his projects.
His completed projects in Asia include a pilot episode for the supernatural Vietnam war-themed drama 'Freedom Deal', which is currently being developed into an episodic format for production in the USA.
Jason Rosette works non-exclusively with Camerado Movies & Media
Produced by James and John Montoya, Michel Negroponte, and Jason Rosette
Written, Directed, Edited, and Narrated by Jason Rosette
Music by Little Muddy, Jack McDuff, and Willis Jackson
Museum of Modern Art, Circulating Films Collection
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