Art Inspiring Action: Film Screening, Panel & Art Workshop @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a FREE screening of the Academy Award winning short film INOCENTE, an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist, the transformative power of art and the new face of homelessness in America: children. Recommended for Ages 13+

Following the film: 

  • Q&A with the film’s Executive Producer Dr. Susan MacLaury and other relevant experts
  • Hands-on art workshop for all who wish to participate
  • Refreshments

This program is presented in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock

This intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings follows 15 year-old Inocente, who refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Despite this history, Inocente’s eyes envision a world transformed…where buildings drip in yellow and orange, where pink and turquoise planets twinkle with rescued dreams, and one-eyed childlike creatures play amongst loved babies and purple clouds. Inocente’s family history is slowly revealed through her paintings.  Told entirely in her own words, we come to Inocente’s story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to take control of her own destiny. Irreverent, flawed and funny, she’s now channeling her irrepressible personality into a future she controls. Her talent has finally been noticed, and if she can create a body of work in time, she has an opportunity to put on her first art show. Meanwhile, her family life is at a tense impasse – – if she legally emancipates herself from her mother to strike out on her own, she’ll risk placing her brothers in foster care, but to stay is unbearable. INOCENTE is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children. Neither sentimental nor sensational, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see. The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do.

Dr. Susan MacLaury, PhD, LSW, is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit film production company Shine Global, an organization dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of children through films that raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. She was an Executive Producer of the Academy Award®- nominated and two-time Emmy Award®-winning War/Dance, Academy Award®-winner Inocente, The Harvest (La Cosecha), 1 Way Up in 3D, The Eagle Huntress, and Liyana. She also produced The Wrong Light and is currently producing another feature documentary about juvenile justice. Susan also directs the outreach and advocacy for all of Shine’s projects.

Susan is dually degreed in social work administration and health education and was associate professor of health education at Kean University from 1994 through 2013. For more than twenty years she has directed educational and prevention programs for adolescents in New York and New Jersey. She has also provided extensive staff development to teachers, counselors, and healthcare providers working with adolescents nationally.


Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz @ Bow Tie Squire Cinemas
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm

Barry Avrich | English | 83 min | Documentary

Barry Avrich’s gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz—the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today.

World Premiere
Toronto Int’l Film Festival

Best Documentary – Audience Award
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Official Selection
Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

Thoughtful, principled, and engaging – New York Times

Engrossing. – The Hollywood Reporter

Inspiring and eloquent – The Globe and Mail

More urgent than ever – The Star

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz – Trailer from Seventh Art Releasing on Vimeo.


Wild Prairie Rose @ Bow Tie Squire Cinemas
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm

Deborah LaVine | USA | English | 91 min | Narrative | New York Premiere

*Screened in partnership with ReelAbilities: ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. 

Film Synopsis:
After leaving her hometown for big city life, Rose must return home to care for her ailing mother. It is the 1950s, and Rose is a trailblazer at a time when the role of women was beginning to change. Back home, she befriends James, a deaf man. Although the role of women was evolving, deaf people were still typically seen as outcasts.

Rose is intrigued by James. She learns that just because he cannot hear or speak, there are many ways to communicate, and finds that he is intelligent, thoughtful and creative. Although her family and friends discourage the unlikely friendship, the two grow to appreciate each other and fall in love.

Sometimes you find what you are looking for where you least expect it — and coming home, Rose discovers herself, finds love, and learns to appreciate the life she left behind.

Special Guest Speakers:

  • Director Deborah LaVine –  is a prolific director and teacher of theater (over 300 professional productions) and film. Her films have played in festivals across the country winning numerous prizes. Additionally, Deborah is Director of the MFA Program in Film Directing at California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), consistently ranked as one of the Top 5 Best Films Schools in national polls.
  • Actor Maya Brattkus – is currently pursuing her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she studies acting. Her theatre credits include The Crucible, Chalk Garden, and Animal Farm at Theatricum Botanicum. While at CalArts she has performed in Hedda GablerThe Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and in the Center for New Performance’s Fantomas: Revenge of the Image, which had its world premiere at the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China. Maya has also studied at the British American Drama Academy. Wild Prairie Rose is Maya’s first feature film.
  • Actor Suanne Spoke –  has an extensive career in theatre, television and film. She was seen in the  critically acclaimed film “Whiplash” and is currently starring in the feature film “Wild Prairie Rose”, which has been a multi award winner on the festival circuit. On television Suanne recurred on “Switched at Birth” and “General Hospital” and has gueststarred on “Criminal Minds”, “Happy Endings” and many others.In the classroom, Suanne is also a faculty member for the California Institute of the Arts, teaching acting to graduate film directors and character animators. She has participated
    at the Sundance Institute Lab, served on panels for ACTORFEST on both coasts and has taught acting at Deaf West Summer School. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences.
  • Actor Troy Kotsur

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: ReelAbilities strives for inclusion of all people. Individuals needing accommodations to participate should contact the Arts Center at 516-829-2570. ASL interpretation, CART, Audio Description, and information in Braille are available upon advance request. All films are captioned or subtitled and all venues are wheelchair accessible.

Wild Prairie Rose Trailer from WPR Post Production on Vimeo.


Red Joan @ Bow Tie Squire Cinemas
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm

Trevor Nunn | UK | English | 101 min | Narrative 

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information—including details on the building of the atomic bomb—to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical (Tom Hughes); and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace. Based on a sensational true story, Red Joan vividly brings to life the conflicts—between patriotism and idealism, love and duty, courage and betrayal—of a woman who spent a lifetime being underestimated while quietly changing the course of history. Sophie Cookson costars.

STARRING: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes, Ben Miles, Tereza Sbrova

FILM FESTIVALS: 2018 Toronto International Film Festival | 2018 Zurich Film Festival | 2018 San Sebastian Film Festival