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Film Forum Presents RUST - A Documentary Viewing and Panel Discussion

March 21, 2023, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location School of Communication and Media - Presentation Hall, Room 1040
SponsorFilm Form, Co-sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)CostfreePosted InCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Please join us for a panel discussion following the screening: Co-moderator Professor Leslie Wilson, panel discussion with Professor Nancy Carnevale, Professor Stephen Ruszczyk, and Professor Jason Williams. 

About the filmmakers:

Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno are Emmy-nominated, award winning, husband-and-wife filmmakers who create social justice documentary, fiction, and museum installation art films that are widely distributed. Marylou is an alumna of NYU’s Graduate Film School, mentored by Spike Lee.

They formed Bongiorno Productions in Newark, NJ and feature their home city in their films, including their acclaimed award-winning, 3Rs Trilogy of documentaries on urban America: Revolution ’67 (premiered on PBS’s POV in 2007 and has been on national TV continuously to date) about the Newark riots/rebellion of 1967; The Rule (released theatrically, on PBS in U.S. and Canada, and foreign TV since 2014, and shown by the White House at the U.S.D.O.E.) tackling urban school reform; and Rust (PBS since 2021 in U.S. and Canada, Virtual Premiere presented by Prudential Financial) on solutions to poverty and racism in inner cities. These films are the basis of a TEDTalk and have extensive outreach including Curriculum Guides for High Schools.

The Bongiornos are the recipients of major prizes, grants, and fellowships and have been commended internationally for their outstanding contributions to cinema and public knowledge. They are frequent speakers on film.

Currently in production: documentaries on saints, activists, and zero energy homes; fiction films and episodic series based on: their 3Rs Trilogy of documentaries, historical figures, Italy and Italian Americans, and classic literature; and museum installations.

For more info, visit their website: