CINEMA AND SANCTUARY
HANS RICHTER AND AMERICA'S FIRST DOCUMENTARY FILM SCHOOL
THE WALTER READE THEATRE AT LINCOLN CENTER
JUNE 20, 2019. 7:00 PM.
Followed by a dialogue with the filmmaker and alumni of The Institute of Film Techniques and a reception in the Furman Gallery (*by invitation).
The Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center
165 West 65th St.,
New York, NY 10023
ORIGINAL TITLE: Cinema And Sanctuary
Hans Richter And America's First Documentary Film School
DIRECTOR: Dave Davidson
Date completed: 2019
Film Category: Documentary
Length of Film: 90 min
“Cinema and Sanctuary” charts the tumultuous and exuberant history of The Institute of Film Techniques at the City College of New York - the first documentary film school in America. Under the leadership of DADAist and pioneering experimental filmmaker Hans Richter, generations of working-class kids from New York discovered a new world of compelling and meaningful cinema far beyond the Hollywood movies they grew up on.
Dave Davidson is an independent documentary filmmaker and media educator whose work focuses on social issues, culture and the arts.
Davidson has directed over twenty award-winning documentaries, many broadcast nationally on PBS. These include, A Place Out of Time - The Bordentown School (2010), Into the Light – The Furious Birth of The American Film Industry (1996), The Dancing Man - Peg Leg Bates (1992) and Cissy Houston - Sweet Inspiration (1988). From 2010 to 2013, Davidson was Director of Photography and Co-Producer on the 9-part PBS series, Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook.
Davidson is a professor and the founding director of The MFA in Media Arts Production Program (recently re-named The MFA in Film) at The City College in Harlem, where he has taught since 1984.