NEW YORK, NY (September 24, 2012)– The advanced screening of a new documentary by Optimistic Film, The Second Meeting, will debut in New York City on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at West Park Presbyterian Church. Immediately following, there will be a panel discussion featuring the subjects of the film, U.S. Air Force pilot Lt. Colonel Dale Zelko and Yugoslav missile officer Colonel Zoltan Dani.
The Second Meeting follows Lt. Col Zelko’s journey back to Serbia to meet Col. Dani, 12 years after the first meeting of the pilot and missile officer who commanded the Yugoslav missile battery that shot down Zelko’s F117A Stealth fighter in 1999. “I had the remarkable opportunity to have a second chance at experiencing Serbia and her people and I will forever be deeply grateful, enriched, and blessed by it,” said Lt. Col Zelko of the experience.
The advanced screening will be the first showing in the United States of the newest film by award-winning Serbian Filmmaker Zeljko Mirkovic. Mirkovic and Lt. Col. Zelko will participate in a panel discussion and audience Q&A immediately following the showing. Dani states, “The “Second Meeting” has taken place thanks to Mr. Željko Mirković and Mr. Dale Zelko, who have understood that in this way we can give an uncommon contribution that swarms with love and understanding, and has a goal to proclaim the world peace. This is exactly “the pearl of the goodness of humanity” we have always lacked.”
Who: Open to the Public: Suggested Donation, $10.00
What: The Second Meeting advanced screening and discussion
Where: West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W. 86th St (at Amsterdam Ave), NY, NY, 10024
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 7pm
Join NY Creates for their second annual Holiday Craft Fair at West Park! Sponsored by the Business Center for New Americans and the New York Foundation for the Arts, the fair will feature everything from handmade men’s shirts and jewelry to beautiful pottery, baked goods and clocks along with live music provided by several talented friends of West Park. Get your Christmas and Chanukah shopping done while supporting local artists and artisans and enjoying music in our beautiful sanctuary.
The fair will run from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th, and from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday the 18th at West Park, on the corner of West 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. We are easily accessible from the 1, C and B trains as well as the 7, 11 and 86 bus lines. Call 212-362-4890 for more information or check NY Creates.
West Park Presbyterian Church on New York’s Upper West Side is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year with 100+, a benefit event on Monday, December 5, 2011 from 8 to 10PM. 100+ will honor West Park’s history of social justice advocacy, inclusivity, and support for culture and the arts, and will offer an exciting glimpse—and celebration—of the future.
The next 100 years will see not only the growth West Park Presbyterian Church, but also the birth and development of The Center at West Park.
The Center is an independent, non-profit organization, dedicated to the challenging and essential work of personal and social transformation through the pathways of culture and the arts, social activism, intergenerational education, and the cultivation of wonder and the human spirit.
The motto of The Center is “DREAM. REAL. HARD.” As we explore who we are and dream of who we might become—as individuals, as a community, as a world—we seek and welcome your participation.
Please plan to join us for this celebration and for other exciting events in this space. We look forward to creating a future with you.
FREE SCREENING OF 7th Street ON SUNDAY NOV 13 AT 5PM
Josh Pais (Law & Order; Sex and the City) grew up in the 1960s and 70s in NYC, caught between conflicting worlds and loyalties: living with his divorced, bohemian mother in the east village’s Alphabet City where his “street family”—local hustlers, artists, and drug dealers—“had his back”; and the privileged world of his father, a renowned Dutch Jewish scientist and Holocaust survivor, who sent Josh to private school on the upper east side. When Josh marries and becomes a parent, he and his wife are forced to wrestle with their own values: In which world should they raise their son? Filmed over a period of ten years, 7th Street offers an intimate and loving portrait of a changing neighborhood and a soul-searching exploration of the meaning of family and community.
We are especially delighted that Josh Pais will be with us for Q&A after the film.
The Center at West Park is located at 165 West 86th Street, northeast corner of Amsterdam Ave at 86th St. Please enter on Amsterdam Avenue, through the main doors. Their is no advance ticketing; again—the screening is offered without charge, but if you are able, donations to off-set our costs (equipment rental, etc.) will be graciously accepted.
The Center at West Park invites you to join us as we engage the complex subject of forgiveness through a two-part film screening and three-session discussion group series.
In Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time To Hate, award-winning film maker Helen Whitney elegantly and fearlessly tackles these issues in her two part documentary, offering a compelling range of intimate and powerful stories: from personal betrayal to reconciliation—global and local—in the wake of tragedy.
The Center will show part one of Whitney’s film on Tuesday, October 4 and part two on Tuesday, October 11th, both at 7:30PM. Helen Whitney will be present for Q&A at the October 11th showing.
An opportunity to address the multi-faceted topic of forgiveness in the context of community will take place on three subsequent Tuesday evenings—October 18th, 25th, and November 1st, from 7:30 to 9PM. Chaplain and spiritual retreat leader Eleanor Harrison Bregman will facilitate three small group discussions based on the film. Session one focuses on formulating our own working definitions and varied meanings of forgiveness. The “mechanics” and process of forgiveness are the themes for the second session. The final session considers the experience of seeking forgiveness, granted or withheld, including self-forgiveness.
Film showings: No advance registration or ticketing required.
Film admission: Suggested donation $10 at the door (more if you can, less if you can’t).
Discussion groups: Space is limited. Registration either at the door or in advance (preferred):
$10 for one group; $25 for all three. Go to http://forgiveness.eventzilla.net/ to register or click below.
Venue for film and discussion groups:
The Center at West Park
West Park Church, 165 West 86th Street, NYC 10024
At the corner of Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street
On Sunday, September 18th at 7:30PM, The Center at West Park will be presenting the award-winning, full-length feature documentary, DIVIDED WE FALL: AMERICANS IN THE AFTERMATH (running time, 90 minutes), by Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju. The film focuses on violence and hate crimes against the Sikh community and perceptions of “the Other,” post-9/11.
The mission of The Center is to invite and challenge us to explore who we are and dream of who we might become: as individuals, as a community, as a world. Our motto is “DREAM. REAL. HARD.” This deeply moving and important film is an opportunity to encounter and engage with some hard, but essential issues. The film will be followed by a discussion.
LOCATION: In the balcony theatre (up one flight of stairs) at West Park Church, corner of Amsterdam Avenue & West 86th Street. Enter through main doors on Amsterdam Avenue.
ADMISSION: There is no advance registration or ticketing. Suggested donation at the door is $10. More if you can, less if you can’t.
FOR MORE INFO ON THE FILM: Please go to the DWF website: