NYWIFT Member Screening:
|From The Snake and The Parrot|
The Prophecy of the Seeress and The Snake and The Parrot
An Icelandic tale involving time travel and a black-market snake are at the core of two films from NYWIFT members showcased this month as part of the Member Screening Series. As usual, the event takes place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at 2nd St.), from 7-9pm.
The Prophecy of the Seeress (2011, 40 min.) was produced and directed by NYWIFT member, Laurie Layton Schapira. The film was also edited by NYWIFT member Stefanie Dworkin.
NYWIFT member Amy Guggenheim's short film, The Snake and the Parrot (2012, 19 min.), which she wrote, produced and directed, will also be screened. Music was composed by NYWIFT member Nan Avant.
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers. Then, join us at a nearby venue for mingling, a cash bar, and complimentary appetizers.
Prophecy of the Seeress
On the brink of Iceland’s financial meltdown, a CEO in Reykjavik visits a tarot card reader in a desperate attempt to avert his fate. Suddenly the two are transported to another time and place. In a parallel world, Odin, the father of the Viking gods, has sought out a wise woman to hear her knowledge of the past, present, and future. He wants to know if there is anything he can do to avoid the predicted destruction of the world. The Prophecy of the Seeress is based on a thousand-year-old Norse saga called Voluspa.
The Snake and the Parrot
When Michael Jay Mann arrives at Crystal Lemon's apartment with a black market snake, the two ex-lovers slide into a winding labyrinth of trust and betrayal, dreams and reality. In the end, they discover a new truth.
About the Filmmakers:
Laurie Layton Schapira wrote, directed and produced The Prophecy of the Seeress, which was shot on location in Iceland in 2011. She has made numerous shorts and documentaries, most notably Women in China: Up Against the Wall. She is a Jungian psychoanalyst, who wrote the bookThe Cassandra Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Hysteria. She has taught, lectured and made radio and television programming on Norse mythology and feminine psychology. She is also a long-time member of NYWIFT.
Amy Guggenheim has been recognized for her multimedia theater work and short films about awareness, eros and culture. They have been presented internationally with support from The Fulbright Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts and The Mellon Fund. She directed a staged multimedia reading of Kumiko Shinohara's play Wind from the Northwest. She is a NYWIFT member and teaches film/film studies at Pratt Institute. Her first feature film, When, a bicultural love story about Japanese sword fighting, will be in production in 2014.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Additional co-sponsorship by Tyrone Jackson, Internet Media and Entertainment, Inc.
Last updated: May. 16, 2013