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05 March Sunday

A Gesture and A Word and Goodbye Garbers

BowTie Criterion, 1331 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230 United States
Rob at The Bitter End 2012


"A Gesture and a Word" After 25 years in the music business, at age 50, musician and poet Rob Morsberger was being compared to Randy Newman, Tom Waits and even Stephen Foster. A few months later, Rob was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Rather than succumb to this grim reality, Rob used it to fuel the most prolific period in his songwriting career – determined to utilize whatever remained of his physical and spiritual resources to explore through words and music the transient nature of life, the inevitability of death and the infinite magic in the detail of a single moment. A Gesture and a Word is a portrait of a man who exemplified the saying, Ars longa – Vita Brevis (Art is long – Life is short).

Documentary Feature - Music
United States, 1:35:00

Q&A to follow with special guests & filmmakers.

"Goodbye Garbers" For more than 40 years, the Garber Door Company called 2201 E. Franklin Street in Richmond, Virginia home. The 65,000 square foot warehouse was largely unoccupied by the local door assembly business, and over the years, it gained a following among musicians and artists seeking extra space to make art and noise. In June 2016, Garbers relocated their business and sold the building on Franklin Street, leaving hundreds of musicians without practice space and silencing a familiar Richmond sound forever.

Documentary Short - Music
United States, 19:21

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Artist Bio

Goodbye Garbers directed by Allison Apperson

I'm a maker and a storyteller.

I started editing almost by accident and somewhat out of necessity while working for a small commercial photography studio. I fell in love with editing right away. I'm also a musician, and the pacing of editing came somewhat naturally to me. I earned my Master's from the VCU Brandcenter, where I was able to push my storytelling and editing skills.

I'm currently working as an art director and I'm always looking to take on the next side project.

Artist Bio

A Gesture and a Word directed by Dave Davidson

Independent filmmaker and media educator Dave Davidson director just completed A Gesture and a Word. His Previous projects include, Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past that received its New York theatrical premiere in January 2017. HANS RICHTER: Everything Turns  Everything Revolves and a companion piece Rescoring Richter, a multi-platform media project. From 2009 to 2013 Davidson was Co-Producer and Director of Photography for three seasons of, Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook, the award-winning documentary series for PBS. Also for PBS in 2010, A Place Out of Time—The Bordentown School, the story of the elite all-black school that flourished for 70 years during the Jim Crow era and was abruptly closed in 1955. 

Davidson has received The American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Grant, an Emmy Award, The National Endowment for the Arts Mid-Atlantic Artist Fellowship, and the Outstanding Artist Award from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Davidson founded Hudson West Productions in 1985 and currently serves as President. For Hudson West, Davidson has directed numerous award-winning films, including the nationally broadcast PBS documentaries Cissy Houston—Sweet Inspiration. 

 Davidson is Professor of Film at The City College of New York (City University of New York) in Harlem, where he is the Founding Director of the MFA in Media Arts Production program.

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March 5
3:30 pm - 5:05 pm
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Venue Name: BowTie Criterion
Address: 1331 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230 United States

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