“Powder House” A Film about Jell-O: Screening and Q and A with the Filmmakers

jello_0020Screening of the film “Powder House” with the film’s writer Molly Gallentine and Director Brandon Covey
Date: Thursday, May 31
Time: 8:00
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy

Jell-O is a symbol, multi-faceted and elusive; it’s silly, playful, funereal, American. It’s made from bones. Powder House, adapted from Molly Gallentine’s 2011 M.F.A. graduate thesis, is a Super 8 film bringing to the screen her collection of short stories and vignettes—whose center is Jell-O. The structure of the film is nuanced, meaning, it prefers to proceed via suggestive images rather than through traditional channels of chronology. Blending historical research, with personal reminiscence and a morbid curiosity, the short film pays homage to a universal disappearance of childhood, and the narrator’s own sense of coming to peace with a past that is dead.

Tonight, join filmmakers Molly Gallentine and Brandon Covey for a screening of the film at Observatory, followed by a brief Q & A.

Molly Gallentine grew up in rural Iowa as a farmer’s daughter. Because of this, Molly loves to tell stories about food. She’s also a performance artist and a 2011 graduate of the Creative Writing MFA Program at The New School. Her written work has been published in Verbal Pyrotechnics, The Brooklyn Rail, and is forthcoming in The Rumpus.

Brandon Covey has walked from Mexico to Canada, flown in F-16’s over Europe, tracked gray wolves in the Rocky Mountains, and sailed from Africa to Antarctica. Now, he currently lives and works in New York City. He received a MFA from The New School for Public Engagement in 2012. His film, radio, and written works have appeared on KFMB San Diego, WXGC – 90.7 FM New York, and in Yankees Magazine.

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