(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Basilica Hudson is going ahead with its annual Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series by moving it outdoors to the Greenville Drive-In. The series will premiere with a free screening of “Women in Blue” on Thursday, July 23, at 7:30pm.
The film will be introduced by director Deirdre Fishel and producer Beth Levison. The event is being co-presented with the Berkshire International Film Festival.
“Women in Blue” offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department, chronicling a department — and a community — grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd in May 2020.
Filmed from 2017 to 2019, “Women in Blue” follows Minneapolis’ first female police chief Janeé Harteau as she works to reform the Minneapolis Police Department by getting rid of bad cops, retraining the rest, diversifying the ranks and promoting women — who statistically use less force than their male counterparts — into every rank of leadership. The film focuses on four women in Harteau’s department, each trying to redefine what it means to protect and serve. Could increased gender equity and more women — especially women of color — contribute to greater public safety?
The film reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental change and asks questions that apply beyond the city of Minneapolis.
Director Deirdre Fishel and producer Beth Levison will introduce the film at 8:30 PM and talk about the work their team is doing to update the film in consideration of the national uprising of protests against police brutality.
10700 NY-32, Greenville, NY 12083
Doors 7:30 PM | Screening 8:30 PM
free + first come, first serve
ABOUT BASILICA NON-FICTION SCREENING SERIES
This screening is part of Basilica Hudson’s Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series, which explores the documentary genre through screenings and dialogue with visiting directors.
Now in its ninth year, Basilica’s film program has displayed a long-standing commitment to bringing independent and innovative voices in film to the Hudson waterfront, through new and repertory film and video art, often with filmmakers and special guests in conversation.
This free screening is made possible by Leigh and Dwight of the Greenville Drive-in and our partners at the Berkshire International Film Festival. Basilica Hudson’s Film and Media program is generously supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation.