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CineWomen NY Screens, New York, NY 9.26.06

Join us for CineWomen NY Screens

Portraits of Two Heroes:
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006 at 7:00 pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 E. 3rd St. corner of Ave. A
Screening, Q & A, Followed by FREE Beer, Soda, and Pizza
Tickets: $10.00
pre-purchase online at or 212-591-0434

In honor of September 11th,
CineWomen NY Screens
presents a very special program.
Two films by two women filmmakers,
about family members who were
reluctant heroes on that tragic day.

By Vanessa Ruane
Narrative Short: 20 minutes

Firefighter Ruane is haunted by his idealistic actions in 1971, as he struggles with the guilt of having traded tours with a young firefighter lost to the rubble of the WTC. Unable to face his family and unwilling to heed the advice of his Lieutenant and go home and rest he pushes himself to continue on. When his company is called to fight their first fire since 10 days of digging, he finds redemption when he rescues a woman trapped in the building and in the act of saving a life he remembers who he is and what he stands for and is finally able to go home to his family. Best Director, DC Shorts; Best Story L.I. International Film Expo; Best Digital Film, Big Bear Film Festival.

Firefighter marks Vanessa Ruane’s directorial debut. The film was written about her father and his struggles with survivor’s guilt after September 11, 2001. It has been a labor of love that has taken three years to finish. Vanessa has studied under and worked for the award winning director John Badham for the past five years. Studying under him and shooting uncredited 2nd Unit on TNT’s Evel Knievel and CBS’s Footsteps. She first began taking on producing duties as John Badham’s assistant on the USA movie Brother’s Keeper and received her first upgraded credit to Production Associate on the Lifetime movie Obsessed.

By Maria Pusateri

Documentary feature: 48 minutes

Deeply relevant, VITO AFTER tells the story of NYPD homicide detective Vito Friscia, one of the 40,000 workers and volunteers who participated in the 9/11 rescue and recovery and now suffer from health problems. It is an intimate portrait of a selfless cop and devoted husband and father — a man whose life was forever changed by just doing his job. The film explores the emotional, physical and spiritual price of heroism. Best Documentary, Long Island Film Expo.

Maria Pusateri is a documentary filmmaker and Vito After is her first film. She was compelled to explore her brother-in-law Vito’s emotional journey in the aftermath of his WTC rescue and recovery experiences. Awed by his courage and humility, and knowing he was one of so many that gave of themselves, she was inspired to tell his story to honor all of them. Previously, Pusateri was a field producer for Metro Channel’s Unblinking Eye, creating 40 cultural arts shows covering literary, music and film events in New York City. Her work netted several Communicator and OMNI Awards, and a NY Emmy nomination. She studied acting with the late William Hickey at HB Studio, and performed in theater and film. Pusateri is director of programming for CineWomen NY’s monthly screening series, CineWomen NY Screens at the Pioneer Theater. She is also a member of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).

Opportunities to screen work are important to any filmmaker, especially women filmmakers. To promote women working in film, CineWomen NY is partnered with The Pioneer Theater, a showplace of Independent Cinema. Our monthly screening series is held the fourth Tuesday of every month except for December.

Our commitment is to provide a slate of films, by emerging artists at all levels, celebrating the work of women in film, video, and digital media. Acceptance criteria include women behind the scenes informing the project as crew and cast, whether as producers, directors, writers, editors, and/or cinematographers. Filmmakers are encouraged to be present at the screenings for a Q&A offering a lively interaction with the audience followed by a beer and pizza party held in the Two Boots Den Of Cin. A great way to carry on further conversations with the filmmakers, network and meet like-minded cinemaphiles.

CineWomen NY Screening Team
Programming Director

Maria Pusateri

Jessica Burstein ◙ Patty Mulcahy Alison McMahan
Guest Curators
Louise Fleming ◙ Kelly Shindler

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