Inwood Film Festival & 'Harv' Doc Focus On The Heart Of The Neighborhood

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Name a major (or even smaller) city in the U.S. and, chances are, there's a film festival to go with it. Festivals are here, there and everywhere. But not all of them are like the Inwood Art Works - Inwood Film Festival.

From March 15th to the 18th, The Inwood Film Festival celebrates and showcases the Inwood community through the moving image, presenting films made in the neighborhood or by Inwood-based filmmakers. Instead of films from around the country and the world; they focus on the core of their people.

The program includes 24 short and feature films to be shown in nine screenings. It kicks off with a benefit event on Thursday, March 15, at 6.30pm with a special presentation featuring: A History of “Hollywood” in Inwood, IFF Select Shorts and Filmmaker Interview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door.

Among the short films screening, the touching short documentary "Harv," which was shot during the final three months of Harvard Toback’s life and celebrates the life of one of the original “Mad Men” who made his mark during the Golden Age of Advertising.

An artist and creative director, Harv lived in New York City from 1929 until his passing in September of 2017. During his battle with kidney disease, undergoing dialysis treatment, Harv found the miraculous strength to fulfill his lifelong dream of starting an art gallery…right at his dialysis center.

Having created legendary advertising campaigns with his firms West, Weir and Bartel and later with his own firm Boyce, Smith & Toback for companies such as American Express, News Radio 88, Houbigant and Steinway & Sons; Harv had a passion, not just for creating art, but for encouraging those around him to express themselves as well.

Through friend’s memories, “Harv” is a heartwarming look at his efforts to spread love through art; His final feat was opening an art gallery at his dialysis center. The Gallery at Fresenius Kidney Care grew to exhibit the work of the patients, doctors, nurses and medical staff on five walls of the dialysis unit's waiting area.

“Harv” is produced by his son, Adam Toback.

In keeping Harv's memory alive, "The Harv Toback Scholarship Fund for the Arts" was recently created to provide grants to artists living with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities.

When: March 15th from 7pm – 9pm

For more info on the festival visit: http://www.inwoodartworks.nyc/film-works/inwood-film-festival/

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