The law details the work and the mandate of the FSLC, which appeared wide-ranging.
Wheat and mills have been at the heart of the food safety issue with the Health Ministry closing dozens for violations, something the FSLC would have controlled.
program director, Richard Peaia, said: "New filmmakers, often educated outside the region and well aware of contemporary international film styles, have begun to create a new Arab cinema that fearlessly engages in a dialog with their respective societies, broaching subjects unthinkable even a decade ago.
The FSLC cannot create regulations but will rather recommend new measures to the Cabinet that can make them law via a decree that will be enforced by the FSLC.
An interesting point is that the FSLC will also use the media to raise awareness of food safety issues in the general public, which could mean that restaurants will continue to be named and shamed if they violate the law.
Now in its second year, the organizers of the program--a partnership between FSLC and watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre--tapped Lisandro Alonso, an important player in New Argentine Cinema, for this year's residency even before the test's selection committee picked his latest, Viggo Mortensen starrer "Jauja," for its tightly curated Main Slate.
The residency is really intended to give filmmakers the luxury of solitary time here to develop their next project," says FSLC exec director Lesli Klainberg.
She forged a partnership with IFP to house Independent Film Week and mentor emerging talent year round, revamped the film society's website with new director of digital strategy Eugene Hernandez to stream Q&As and expanded filmmaker content, and is working with Emerging Pictures to offer live FSLC events in theaters around the country.
It's hard to think of a film org less "ghetto" than the tony FSLC, and moves like this highlight Kuo's sensitive balancing act: preserving traditions at one of the world's most august--some would say stodgy--film institutions, while opening it up to wider and younger audiences (and donors).
Joanne Koch, former FSLC
topper and current board member, recalls that the FSLC
"had a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to screen films in the prisons," but was looking for a way to mount a film program in the winter.