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Michael Dominic’s incredible documentary Clean Hands NJ Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 4, 2019!

By Al Nigrin

originally published: 10/01/2019

Michael Dominic’s incredible documentary Clean Hands NJ Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 4, 2019!

Michael Dominic’s incredible documentary Clean Hands NJ Premieres at the New Jersey Film Festival on Friday, October 4, 2019!

Here is my interview with Clean Hands Director Michael:

Nigrin:  Your incredibly moving and poignant documentary Clean Hands chronicles the story of the Lopez family as they try to overcome extreme poverty and deprivation in Nicaragua.  Please tell us more about your film and how you came to make it? 

Dominic: I was a photojournalist and I was on assignment in Nicaragua for European newspaper and I visited the garbage dump, La Chureca. I knew immediately that I wanted to tell the story about the people that lived and worked in this place, even though I didn’t know exactly what the story would be at the time. By the end of that trip I made the decision to return a few weeks later and start shooting.

 

Nigrin:  Your film took 7 years to make. Was it difficult to stick with the film for so long? How did you secure the funding for it?

Dominic: It actually took eight years to complete. I shot over the course of seven years. It was difficult to stick with it. There were times that I thought I wouldn’t be able to get it finished. That’s partly because I never secured funding. I funded it myself. I had savings and some family heirlooms to sell. That’s how I got it done.

Nigrin:  Were there many obstacles shooting in Nicaragua?

Dominic: I found Nicaragua to be warm and welcoming for the most part. Of course in any place where there is extreme poverty there is always danger.

Nigrin:  Your film is amazingly shot. The cinematography is so beautiful. Tell us more about the look of the film and how it came about. 

Dominic: That’s a good question. It’s not one that I can really explain. I don’t like when filmmakers or photographers talk about “trying to make art” in situations like these. I shoot things as I see them. 

 

Nigrin:  Your film has won a ton of awards at other Festivals? What has been the reaction to your film by Festival audiences so far?

Dominic: Yeah, we’ve won awards at seven out of thirteen competitive festivals so far. I was just happy that people didn’t throw popcorn at the screen. The audience reaction has been great. People really seem to love and understand the film. I can’t ask for more than that.

Clean Hands trailer: https://vimeo.com/284962411 

Here is more information on this screening:

Rebuilding History: Three Miles Across The Hudson Adam J. Boyer and Eric Keneifel (New Brunswick, New Jersey)  Sixty years ago the historic Tappan Zee Bridge was built across the Hudson River to connect New York City to Westchester County.  As the bridge began to deteriorate, the highly skilled craftsmen of the Carpenters Union gave their all to ensure that the new bridge they were constructing would stand for generations for come. This documentary celebrates the work of these proud union members. We learn about their determination to get the bridge completed, and the pride that they took in building a colossal and glorious structure. 2019; 40 min Q+A Session with Producer/Directors Adam J. Boyer and Eric Keneifel!



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Clean Hands Michael Dominic (Queens, New York)  Shot over the course of seven years (2011-2018) in Nicaragua, Clean Hands is a poignant, feature-length documentary  which chronicles the story of the Lopez family, and the difficult path this family takes to overcome extreme poverty and deprivation.  The film begins in the shadow of Central America’s largest garbage dump. This is the only life, and only world, this family has ever known. Through fortuitous circumstances, a foundation hears of their plight and comes to their aid.  As the family adjusts to the opportunity of a new home, more complications arise, making their promising new future uncertain. 2019; 98 min. Q+A Session with Director Michael Dominic!

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM
 in Voorhees Hall #105/Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey



$14= Advance; $12=General; $10=Students+Seniors

Information: (848) 932-8482;
www.njfilmfest.com

 




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Event calendar
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019


MUSIC

MELVIN SEALS & JGB FEATURING JOHN KADLECIK @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

THE BILSBY BROTHERS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Reock & Roll Revue | A Tribute to Chicago II @ The Millstone Performing Arts Center, Millstone - 7:30pm

Eaglemania @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Last Whispers @ Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair - 8:00pm

RICK SPRINGFIELD & RICHARD MARX @ The Wellmont Theater, Montclair - 7:00pm

KIP MOORE: ROOM TO SPARE ACOUSTIC TOUR @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

American Song -Disney and the Boys: Will and Anthony Nunziata sing the Sherman Brothers @ The Chase Room @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 6:00pm and 8:30pm

Soulshine: An Allman Brothers Experience @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

TOTO @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Floyd Pink @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm

Annie Sing-Along! @ Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Township - 10:00am







THEATRE

East Lynne Theater Company presents POE BY CANDLELIGHT @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

Monster Princess Tales @ West Hudson Arts & Theatre Co, Kearny - 3:00pm

House on Haunted Hill (World Premiere) @ Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood - 4:00pm and 7:30pm

Chasing Rainbows: The Road To Oz @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 8:00pm

Theater of Fear @ The Mill Race Theatrical Company, Mount Holly - 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Our Town @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

The Late Christopher Bean continues at WCP @ Westfield Community Players, Westfield - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Get Happy! Hollywood Hits from Harold Arlen @ The Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 8:00pm

Comedian Kevin Downey Jr @ Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook - 8:00pm

THE JIM BREUER RESIDENCY @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Jo Koy @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm


DANCE

Nimbus Dance: 15th Anniversary Crystal Gala 2019 @ Harborside Atrium, Jersey City - 7:00pm


FILM

A NIGHT WITH CROSSROADS THEATRE COMPANY FEATURING DENZEL WASHINGTON @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:30pm

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