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     HIT & STAY
U.S.A., 2012, 97 mins, Color/B&W



Directors/Screenwriters: Joe Tropea, Skizz Cyzyk
Producer: Joe Tropea
Director of Photography: Skizz Cyzyk
Editor: Skizz Cyzyk

On May 17, 1968, nine Catholic activists entered a Selective Service office in suburban Catonsville, Maryland, dragged stacks of Draft Board records out into the parking lot, and set them on fire with homemade napalm. They then prayed, and waited to be arrested. In doing so, they kindled a wave of similar protests against the Vietnam War across the country. HIT & STAY, a new documentary film by Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk, tells the story of the Catonsville Nine and those who joined them through interviews with many of the participants, as well as observers ranging from political critic Noam Chomsky to historian Howard Zinn, as the activists went to prison or underground, tangled with the FBI, and ultimately helped change Americaʼs mind about the war.

Skizz Cyzyk, Joe Tropea
Joe Tropea is a public historian, writer, and filmmaker. He has been making films and video for over a decade, writes occasionally for the Baltimore City Paper, IndyReader, Baltimore Brew, and the history blog underbelly, and is Curator of Photographs and Moving Images at the Maryland Historical Society. This is his feature directorial debut.
Skizz Cyzyk has held positions at MicroCineFest, Maryland Film Festival, Slamdance, and Atlanta Film Festival. A filmmaker since 1983, his previous films include Freaks In Love, Little Castles, “Managers Corner,” and music videos for Beach House, Young Fresh Fellows, and many others. He writes for music and film magazines, is on the Board of Directors for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and performs music with Go Pills, The Jennifers, Garage Sale, and Mink Stole & Her Wonderful Band.


          DOCKET 32357
U.S.A., 2012, 14 mins, Color


Director: Randy Wilkins

Docket 32357 is a drama that examines the need to overcome loneliness even from the most unexpected of places and how we feel once that opportunity is squandered.

Randy Wilkins is a Bronx-bred director and cinematographer. Shortly after receiving his B.A. in English from Franklin and Marshall College, Randy’s lifelong dream to play professional baseball was shattered after a significant injury. Under these tragic circumstances, he discovered a new passion, filmmaking. Befriending legendary filmmaker Spike Lee and by the director’s urging, Randy enrolled in NYU’s esteemed Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program where he earned a chair’s fellowship and a Master of Fine Arts in 2009. Randy’s thesis film, “Osvaldo’s,” earned an exclusive license agreement with HBO for broadcast as well as numerous awards and festival screenings including Best Short Film at the Colorado Film Festival.
Professionally, Randy has been raised through the legendary Forty Acres and A Mule Filmmworks. Mr. Wilkins’ latest short film, “Docket 32357,” is enjoying success on the festival circuit and was recently the winner of the 2012 Audience Award for the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. He is currently developing his first feature script “The Gunnery.”
06/14/13 11:30 AMVenue 4 (FH)
Foundry Hall
422 Eagle Street
06/15/13 02:00 PMVenue 3A (MTA)
Michigan Theatre
210 Center Street


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