July 19, 2024


Showing: September 30 through October 13, continuously
Title: ROCKLAND IN MOTION: Program 2
Year: 2020
Country: USA
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Program 2 of Rockland in Motion begins on Wednesday, September 30, and streams continuously through Tuesday, October 13.



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There will be a Zoom discussion on Wednesday, October 7, at 6:30. The discussion host is Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, the New York Times bestselling author of Friday Black, who grew up in Spring Valley.

For a link to the discussion, please send an email to film@jameschingroup.com.

Rockland in Motion is free, with a suggested donation of $10 or more for those who can.

Following are the films and filmmakers in Program 2.


Lucas Ruderman (director): ROSE, dance film (0:05:25). A tango with forbidden love. Lucas Ruderman is a filmmaker born and raised in Nyack. Creating works such as short films, music videos, and documentaries, he has a passion for collaborating with artists and exploring different moods and styles of filmmaking. His main source of work includes camera operating/assisting and gaffing on commercials for products such as Coca-Cola, Adidas, Champs, Arm & Hammer, Bell & Howell, and others as well as working G&E on Hollywood features such as Marshall and Black is King. More on the filmmaker here.


John Gray and Melissa Jo Peltier (writer/director & producer): EXIT PACKAGE, narrative short (0:13:09). A corporate video conference leads to unexpected rivalries and suspicions. John is a New York based filmmaker. Best known for creating the long running CBS hit television series GHOST WHISPERER, he has written and directed many movies for television and feature films, including the award winning WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. His short films have played in festivals around the world and continue to win many awards. Melissa is a New York-based American producer and author. She is widely known for producing, writing and directing the 1994 A&E documentary mini-series Titanic: Death of a Dream and Titanic: The Legend Lives On, the show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan and for co-authoring five books with Millan. In 2013, she published her first novel, entitled Reality Boulevard. More on the filmmakers here.


Daniel Wolff (written and read by): BRINKS, poetry film (0:05:09). A collaboration between Daniel Wolff and Marta Renzi concerning history and revolution, both personal and political. Wolff has helped produce documentaries with both Jonathan and Brooklyn Demme. He continues to work on the former’s New Orleans project, RIGHT TO RETURN. He also writes books. More on the filmmaker here.


BLM In Nyack, a project of Truth to Power Media


Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer (directors/performers): EMBRACE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19, dance film (0:03:28). Produced during quarantine through Bridgman Packer Dance. Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer have choreographed and performed collaboratively since 1978. Decades later, they continue to be a vital and present voice in the dance ecosystem. In 2001 they expanded their choreographic vision, stretching the boundaries of dance on stage by merging it with video technology, creating a groundbreaking metaphoric tool for portraying thoughts and memories, challenging the sense of reality. They continue to receive international critical praise for seamlessly melding these two art forms. More on filmmakers here.


Azure Rouet McBride (writer/director): HOW LUCKY YOU ARE, narrative short (0:02:45). Virtually produced during quarantine, this film is a visual representation of a fictional feature-length screenplay of the same name birthed from a decade of journals and diaries from childhood. Azure is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker who was raised in Nyack, NY. She spent half a year in the south of France studying Cinema at Le Collège International de Cannes and interning at the Cannes Film Festival before moving to Brooklyn, New York to study Film at Pratt Institute. Prior to earning her degree, she studied under directors Spike Lee (Red Hook Summer,) Jonathan Demme (Marley) and worked alongside Prince as his videographer. In August 2019, Azure was recognized as a Featured Director at the Hip-Hop Film Festival in Harlem, NY, where her film A Star in Brooklyn was screened. More on filmmaker here.


Shar Adrias (writer/director): SHE IS…WE ARE…, new media (0:01:57). Adrias established a film company in 2005. Having been a dancer all her life and a choreographer, she brings a special kind of texture and vision to her projects. She operates on instinct and feeling, rather than math and science. Specializing in documentary and dance, her passion is in the art of story telling. More on filmmaker here.


Caroline Cummings and Juliana Roth (directors/actors): THE CARDS, narrative short (0:06:17). A collaborative, improvised film about the reunion of friends around a shared regret. Caroline was raised in Nyack, New York and is now an actor and writer based in Los Angeles, California. She aims to help audiences look at themselves and others with kindness and understanding through her films and comedy. She has studied at Pace Performing Arts, The Groundlings School, and Upright Citizens Brigade. Currently she is either decorating a cake, or rewriting a script for the millionth time. Juliana is an artist based in Nyack, NY. She is curious of the possibilities for telling stories across genres. She is most passionate about collaborating with others and likes to apply art and storytelling for transformation, to build community, and as a pathway for creative social change. Currently, she works with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Rivertown Film Society, and Leftfield Productions to do just that. Sometimes, she acts. Mostly, she writes. She was selected as a 2020 VIDA Fellow with Sundress Publications for her fiction. More on filmmakers here and here.


Martina Savoca-Guay (writer/director): CHLOE, narrative short (0:06:59). Directorial debut. Accidentally left at home by herself, a young girl goes on an adventure and finds that the city isn’t such a scary place after all. Martina has worked in the film and television industry for over ten years, most notably assisting in the launch of VICELAND. After working with Vice, she went on to coordinate commercials for Vayner Media and various Scripps Networks shows. CHLOE is her directorial debut and screened at TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles as part of HollyShorts in 2019. In fall 2019, Savoca-Guay went on the road with WME’s Together Live show to document the ten-city tour featuring Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, Sue Bird, Sophia Bush, Cheryl Strayed and many others. From that tour, she produced and directed two P&G sponsored web series (City x City and Limiting Beliefs) as well as a podcast (Hungry Hearts) hosted by Amena Brown. She recently completed her second short film, HALF-LIGHT, winner of the Award of Excellence at The Best Shorts Competition.