MORUS Film Fest Brings ‘Subversion & the City’ this Weekend

Posted on: July 30th, 2015 at 5:18 am by

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There’s more to anarchy than a little Project Mayhem. To prove it, this weekend the East Village Community Gardens will set the stage for a unique visual series exploring grassroots activism, how it has defined the steadfast voices of opposition on the Lower East Side, and how unconventional involvement can spark real change for the future.

The spirit of Anarchy is embedded in the everyday life of New York City and has been a consistent theme running through the fabric of the Lower East Side since the late 1800’s.   Though not always occurring in the form of the aggressive anti-authoritarianism commonly associated with the word Anarchy, the ideals of freedom and participation in shaping the community’s future and the refusal to recognize traditional authority has spread from this pocket of the city to inspire grassroots activist movements across the country.

The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) is partnering with community and activist groups to present a different theme for eight consecutive nights centered around “I ❤ NRCHY: Subversion & The City.” It’ll include a series of shorts, documentaries, oral histories and features – all paying tribute to the spirit and legacy of anarchy in New York, its impact on the United States.

There’s a limited supply of all-inclusive passes for $20.00 that you can nab online or in person at MoRUS, 155 Avenue C between 9th and 10th Streets during hours of operation. Admission to each individual screening will cost you a suggested $5 donation.

Here’s the full lineup:

Saturday, August 1 @ Orchard Alley, 350-54 East 4th Street between Ave. B & C.  8:00 PM – TENEMENT MUSEUM presents “Immigrants, Anarchism & the USA” featuring ANARCHISM IN AMERICA, dir. Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher

Sunday, August 2 @ Orchard Alley, 350-54 East 4th Street between Ave. B & C.  8:00 PM  – ABC NO RIO presents “Bio Terror, Manufactured Fear & State Repression” featuring MARCHING PLAGUE, created by Critical Art Ensemble and STRANGE CULTURE, dir. Lynn Hershman Leeson

Monday, August 3 @ Le Petit Versailles, 346 East Houston Street between Ave. B & C.  8:00 PM – THE GOOD FIGHT presents “Neighborhood Narratives” featuring oral histories from contemporary community activists.

Tuesday,  August 4 @ 6th & B Garden, 6th Street and Ave. B.  8:00 PM – TIME’S UP! presents “Grassroots Gardening and Bicycling Change the City’s Urban Design” featuring STILL WE RIDE dir. Andrew Lynn, Elizabeth Press, Chris Ryan, and COMMUNITY GARDENS: 42 YEARS OF ACTIVISM IN GREENING MANHATTAN, dir. Jessica Kaller (debut with filmmaker in attendance)

Wednesday, August 5 @ La Plaza Cultural,SW Corner of 9th Street and Ave. C.   8:00 PM  – 350NYC presents “Sustainable Activism” featuring DISRUPTION, dir. Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott and IDLE THREAT, dir. George Pakenham (filmmaker in attendance)

Thursday, August 6 @ La Plaza Cultural, SW Corner of 9th Street and Ave. C.  8:00 PM – 596 ACRES presents “Reviewing Renewal” featuring REZONING HARLEM, dir. Natasha Florentino and Tamara Gubernat and THE RINK, dir. Sarah Friedland (with guest speaker DW Gibson and filmmaker in attendance)

Friday, August 7 @ El Jardin del Paraiso, 311 East 4th Street between Ave. A & B.  8:00 PM – INTERFERENCE ARCHIVE presents “Rooted in Community: Filmmakers Collaborating with Community Movements” featuring VOCES DE FILLMORE, dir. Ariana Allensworth, Teresa Basilio, and Regina Eaton; CLAIMING OUR VOICE, dir. Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel and FALLING, dir. Maya Suchak and Imani Peterkin (filmmakers in attendance)

Saturday, August 8 @ El Jardin del Paraiso, 311 East 4th Street between Ave. A & B.  8:00 PM – MoRUS presents for the closing night SALT OF THE EARTH, dir. Herbert J. Biberman (courtesy of

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