Videotheque 2018 – Monday, June 4th

The NHdocs Videotheque

Philip Marrett room, New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street

Admission To All Screenings Is Free



Monday, June 4th – 12:00 PM

Honoring Sandra Luckow

NHdocs is celebrating the work of Sandra Luckow and her 20 years teaching documentary filmmaking at Yale. Luckow, a Yale undergraduate (’87), was one of the first majors in the university’s newly formed Film Studies Program. Her most recent documentary, That Way Madness Lies (2017) was recently awarded the Best Feature Documentary at the Hot Springs International Women’s Film Festival and a special Jury Prize at the Richmond International Festival: it screened in New Haven earlier this year.

Sharp Edges (Sandra Luckow, 1986, 48min)

Sharp Edges, on the then unknown figure skater Tonya Harding, was Luckow’s senior project and won the Sudler Prize––the university’s top undergraduate prize in the Arts. More recently it has served as a source of inspiration for the Oscar-winning I, Tonya (2017).

Documentary Student Shorts (60min) 

A selection of short documentaries by Luckow’s students––most of which engage the vibrant city of New Haven.  These include those of a local political activist and former Latin King, a local New Haven boxer, a student from Africa’s war-torn South Sudan and more.

Q&A with the filmmaker follows screening



Monday, June 4th – 2:30 PM

Belly Talkers (Sandra Luckow, 1996, 68min)

This upbeat documentary offers viewers a look into the art and history of ventriloquism, or “belly talking,” as it was called in ancient Egypt. Filmmaker Sandra Luckow is herself a ventriloquist and used her childhood dummy Juanito to express thoughts and feelings she herself was too shy to speak.  Concluding its enthusiastic review, Variety remarked, “Bolstered by interviews with some of the more famous contemporary ventriloquists, the film is a celebration of the arcane entertainment that stands on its own merits. Its director deserves kudos for a novel, joyful approach.”

Q&A with the filmmaker follows screening