Program 03: Flower City Flicks
We are honored and proud to showcase local filmmakers and personalities in this celebration of talents from the Western New York region.
We welcome Shai Ben-Dor, Tim Buchanan, Joseph Ressler and Blake Ressler as our special guests. They will be available for Q&A following the screening.
Shai Ben-Dor is a Brooklyn based cinematographer and editor from Goshen NY. His passions lie in creating films that make people care about people. Using powerful individual stories to exemplify greater issues in our society. The Long Trail Out is his first major independent film venture.
Tim Buchanan, a lifelong youth worker, from East Aurora has lived his entire life quietly hiding his sexuality. Now with the recent debut of The Long Trail Out he is currently working on touring high schools and colleges. Using the film to foster LGBTQ conversations and understanding.
Joseph Ressler is a professional photojournalist, artist, and filmmaker from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As a recent graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology, he is passionate about focusing his work on the LGBTQ community. The intimate film about his own twin, My Brother Blake, has now been featured across the country.
From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Blake Ressler is the subject of the documentary My Brother Blake, which tells the story of his transition and addiction recovery. Now with over a year of sobriety, he is working towards furthering his transition and using his talents to help others.
In This Program
Shai Ben-Dor / USA / 2018 / 25 minsTim Buchanan, a lifelong youth worker, has lived his entire life quietly hiding his sexuality. After nearly 70 years in the closet, Tim is sharing his story. All while he attempts The Presidential Traverse, one of North America’s most difficult day hikes.
Don Casper / USA / 2018 / 13 minsArtist Charmaine Wheatley shares intimate moments with people affected by HIV, creating watercolor portraits that capture their image, thoughts, feelings, joys and challenges.
Joseph Ressler / USA / 2018 / 20 minsFilmmaker Joseph Ressler documents his twin brother’s journey through mental illness, drug addiction, and gender transition in one tumultuous year.
Christopher Crompton / USA / 2018 / 18 minsTo hide his sexuality from his peers, Gabe forces his best friend Chrissy to pretend to be his girlfriend when they’re out.