Tuesday, September 7, 7:30 p.m.

Without A Net

Directed by Kelly J. Richardson

Tuesday, September 7, 7:30 pm

Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided                

$7 admission or free with Lab membership 

Red and white wine courtesy of Oliver McCrum Wines

In Rio de Janeiro, in a slum rife with drugs and prostitution, four young people diligently train for the circus: Bárbara, 19, who has quit school and has a brother in jail; Djefferson, 20, illiterate and overweight; Rayana, 15, a contortionist who struggles with injuries; and Platini, 9, who searches for a male role model in the wake of his older brother's death by a drug cartel.

Over the course of a year, these four audition, rehearse, and perform on opening night. Along the way, “Without A Net” reveals how these young artists survive the pathos of their childhoods. Ultimately, Kelly J. Richardson’s film offers an intimate portrait of determination, courage, creativity, and a powerful drive to succeed.

Moderator  - John Antonelli

John Antonelli, in association with his partner Will Parrinello in the Mill Valley Film Group, has been producing award-winning programs for theatrical release, public television, premium cable and broadcast for over 30 years. Their titles include Jack Kerouac: King of the Beat; Mustang: Journey of Transformation; Dreaming of Tibet; Angle of Inspiration; and Focus: The New Environmentalists. Antonelli's Sam Cooke: Crossing Over was recently broadcast on PBS American Masters and garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

 To attend, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before noon on Tuesday, September 7th 

  Rough Cuts is a series of work-in-progress documentary screenings that are produced every other month at the Lab, a non-profit gallery/performance space in the Mission. For each evening, we screen one rough cut of a feature-length documentary and then moderate a conversation about the film. These post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is working and not working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. We hope that the series also provides a welcome space for local filmmakers, film professionals, and fans of documentary film to meet and talk.

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