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Meet the Artists trying to spread love in the most dangerous city on earth! #WFA2015

Love City JalalabadThe Yellow House in Jalalabad Afghanistan is certainly a most unusual artists’ space – the nerve center for a range of projects, including a traveling circus, a film skills workshops, a small school and indie filmmaking, all in the center of one of the most dangerous places on earth.

The House provides a safe space where artists from all mediums meet, work and create independently of the destructive forces that threaten their physical, psychological and spiritual being.  It was established in 2011 not far from the Pakistan border in a region where the Taliban have targeted artists, film-makers, musicians and those who exhibit and distribute the work.

Notorious Action Artist/Filmmaker George Gittoes and his partner Singer/Performance Artist Hellen Rose team up with a local group of struggling actors to collectively declare LOVE and ART on Jalalabad. This daringly wild ‘High Prankster style Super Doc’ LOVE CITY, JALALABAD becomes deadly serious as George and his team act beyond killing with bombs and bullets and use art and music to sooth the savage beast of extremism.

LOVE CITY, JALALABAD screens on Friday, February 27th.  The screening block begins at 4pm with a series of short films, music videos and animated films from around the world.  Click here for tickets!

Following the screening, join George and Hellen (via SKYPE), SVA Senior Lecturer David Ross and George’s cousin Nicole Tucker to talk about the film and their amazing project.

George Gittoes & Hellen Rose Australian George Gittoes is a famous artist and filmmaker who has created some of the most groundbreaking and innovative documentaries in the world. He worked alongside Marie Guevara in Nicaragua in ‘Bullets of The Poets‘ and traveled to Iraq to make ‘Sound Track to War‘ and ‘Rampage‘. ‘Miscreants of Taliwood‘ saw his first meeting with extreme Islam in Pakistan. He is currently in Afghanistan finishing his latest film ‘Snow Monkey‘ in which Gittoes goes deep into the world of the street gangs of Jalalabad.
Not one to conform, Hellen Rose has achieved admirable success and commanded high levels of respect from those in the know for more than 20 years now. An original X ette back up vocalist for X in the early 80s, Hellen Rose is featured on the legendary Black Milk album by The Beasts of Bourbon. Rose has performed in Sydney and overseas for over 20 years. While she’s not busy pushing musical boundaries, her preceding reputation has also led her to tap into other creative pursuits, including acting and opening her eponymous performing space, the Hellen Rose-Schauersberger LabOratorium. And the list goes on.
David Ross, Senior Lecturer at NYC’s School of Visual Arts and former Director of both the Museum of Modern Art San Francisco and the Whitney Museum, is an authority on the film and the work at the Yellow House in Jalalabad. David has been running a  3 part course on George’s work at the School of Visual Arts in New York for the past 5 years.
nicole tucker George’s cousin Nicole Tucker is a former model and hairstylist/artist.  Her clients include Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Good Morning America and One Life To Live.  She also was Key Hairstylist for the films Precious, Captain Philips, Cadillac Records, The Extra Man and Meg Ryan’s directorial debut Ithaca. Nicole loves this industry and every part of filmmaking!

Excerpts from the Discussion!

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Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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