Cultural Investments Hosts A Night at the Museum Featuring 'Stanhope'

11 Nov 2015 - By TW Staff

Time Warner employees and guests gathered for a night at the Museum of Moving Image earlier this week to celebrate the second annual New Works New Voices Film Festival and take in the fascinating exhibits and collections at the Queens, NY, museum.

Guests were invited to explore the museum upon arrival, particularly its latest exhibit, Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact. The exhibit features drawings, prints, photography, sculpture and video from 40 artists inspired by iconic films such as Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, and The Last Picture Show. On its website, the museum says of the exhibit, "With a nod to the 'walkers,' or zombies, from the TV series The Walking Dead, the exhibition’s title references 'the lingering power of film detritus on the imagination of the living.'"

Later, guests were summoned into the museum’s theater space for a screening of three award-winning short films that are creating significant buzz in film and media circles:

Ellis stars Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro. Ellis Island was the gateway to the United States for millions of immigrants. Upon arrival, they were processed and later approved or denied access. Many were placed in the Island’s hospital, where thousands of men, women and children awaited their fate. Ellis tells the forgotten story of these immigrants who built America while questioning about those who currently seek the same opportunities and safety in this country and other parts of the world.

Directed by Pippa Bianco and winner of the Cinéfoundation Grand Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the film short Share tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who returns to school after someone shared an explicit video of her and the video goes viral. Share was created as a part of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women.

Stanhope is a teenaged inner-city kid from Brooklyn, New York, who gets caught up in a web of violence as a paid assassin after his grandmother buys him his first skateboard. Written, directed and produced by Solvan "Slick" Naim, Stanhope won the Best Short Film Award at the 2015 American Black Film Festival.

Solvan joined Diahann Billings-Burford, Time Warner's Executive Director of Cultural Investments, on stage for a Q&A about Stanhope. When asked about the inspiration behind his film, he attributed it to a story he saw on News12 Brooklyn about a young child who was murdered. Solvan’s intention is to raise awareness around child assassins and child soldiers in the U.S., refuting the common belief that this is something that happens only in other countries. What’s next for Stanhope? He hopes to turn it into a television series and explore each of the characters in depth.

The Museum of the Moving Image chronicles and explores the history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media through exhibitions, education programs and film screenings. Time Warner is a proud support of the Museum of the Moving Image.