"Cutie and the Boxer" Screening on September 17

(Rochester, NY) September 11, 2013 – Rarely does a 2-minute trailer enrapture viewers so completely as that of “Cutie and the Boxer,” screening at the Little on Tuesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
One of the YouTube comments says it best: “Wow. Just the trailer is better than most documentaries.”
The film is a feature of One Take: Stories Through the Lens and winner of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award: U.S. Documentary. It colorfully and honestly portrays the love, sacrifice and creative spirit between Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Japanese artists living in New York.
For decades, Ushio has made a name (but not much of a profit) for himself as the boxing painter, tying paint-soaked foam to boxing gloves and pummeling giant canvases. Norkio, his wife of 40 years, portrays their tumultuous relationship in her beautiful “Cutie” illustrations.
Viewers watch sweet romantic nuances as well as a deep-rooted desire for mutual independence and success as the couple works toward a mutual exhibit.
A special talkback after the screening will allow viewers to ask questions and hear insider information about the film.
Tickets for the film and talkback are $10.
About the Little Theatre Film Society:
The Little Theatre opened in 1929 and established not-for-profit status in 1998. The non-profit screens more than 100 American independent and foreign films for the greater Rochester community each year. It also hosts a varied slate of art shows, film festivals, series and music throughout the year. The Little provides filmmakers, local musicians and fine artists a professional space to share their visions with a diverse audience and discuss their work through educational talkbacks. WXXI Public Broadcasting's long-term affiliation with Little Theatre helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. www.thelittle.org
About the “One Take: Stories Through the Lens” series:
Hosted by Linda Moroney, this monthly series presents a unique mix of documentaries—ranging from film festival favorites to unheralded gems—followed by talkback discussions. The films are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, and tickets are $10, unless otherwise noted. “One Take” is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
About the series programmer, Linda Moroney:
Linda Moroney has been active in the independent film community for over 15 years. Films she’s produced have shown theatrically, been broadcast nationally, and screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. She is the Greentopia | FILM Director, the Founder of the Rochester Documentary Group, and programmer for “One Take: Stories Through the Lens,” a monthly documentary series at the historic Little Theatre. Currently, she is producing and directing the feature-length documentary, THE STORYBOOK PROJECT (working title), with Crystal Pix.  She was the Managing Director/Programmer for the 360 | 365 Film Festival (2010 and 2011 editions).  In 2007, Linda was the curator for Animated Jazz Shorts from The Hubley Studio, which was a co-presentation by the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester/High Falls Film Festival, and George Eastman House.  Linda cut her filmmaking teeth working with Academy Award winner, Faith Hubley, on six of her animated films.  In addition, Linda was the Associate Producer on the independent feature-length documentary, RAM DASS FIERCE GRACE named by Newsweek magazine as one of the five best non-fiction films of 2002, and broadcast nationally on PBS (Independent Lens) in 2004.  She has produced several other short films including Emily Hubley’s award-winning SET SET SPIKE (2001), which was an official selection in the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. She is the Co-Founder of the Rochester Teen Film Festival and the Rochester Teen Film Camp.