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On the roof of the Old American Can FactoryBrooklyn, NY, United States

ROOFTOP FILMS: Cutie and the Boxer

Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8:00 PM to Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:00 AM
On the roof of the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Courtyard only tickets available at the door for $13, cash only. The film screens simultaneously down in the courtyard at the same location—still outdoors, still beautiful, but at street level.

 

Cutie and the Boxer

Saturday, August 3

 

On the roof of the Old American Can Factory
 232 3rd St. @ 3rd Ave. (Gowanus/Park Slope, Brooklyn)


8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music
9:00PM: Film
11:00PM–12:30AM: Reception in courtyard

 

 

This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role of assistant to her overbearing husband, Noriko seeks an identity of her own.

 

 

(Zachary Heinzerling | 81 min.) A reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko. As a rowdy, confrontational young artist in Tokyo, Ushio seemed destined for fame, but met with little commercial success after he moved to New York City in 1969, seeking international recognition. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio—abandoning her education to become the wife and assistant to an unruly, husband. Over the course of their marriage, the roles have shifted. Now 80, Ushio struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art—a series of drawings entitled “Cutie,” depicting her challenging past with Ushio. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art. 

Director Zachery Heinzerling, who won the US Directorial Debut award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, navigates the turbulent artistic terrain with an energy and voice as distinct as the lives he follows. The uniquely textural score and the lush, deeply personal—almost voyeuristic—cinematography come together to create a powerful portrait of Noriko and Ushio’s marriage, but also of an entire subculture of artists and lovers hidden within edifices throughout the city.

As Noriko states during an interview in the film, “We are like two flowers in one pot. It’s difficult. Sometimes we don’t get enough nutrients for both of us. But when everything goes well we become two beautiful flowers. So it’s either heaven or hell.” The audience is invited to witness this complicated existence in this engaging, unique, masterpiece of new documentary filmmaking.

- Donna K.

PRECEEDED BY:
Flo (Riley Hooper | 10’)
With gritty style and a witty sense of humor, New York photographer Flo Fox has been documenting the streets of New York City since the 1970s. Now in her 60s and battling Multiple Sclerosis, lung cancer, and visual impairment, Flo continues to pursue photography and maintain her adventurous, feisty spirit and dirty sense of humor.

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<p>No refunds. In the event of rain, show will be rescheduled. Please visit www.rooftopfilms.com for rain details. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.</p>

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