Imagine fest dreams up arts’ reply to GOP event

Gotham fest coinciding with convention

NEW YORK — Robert Altman, John Sayles and Jehane Noujaim are among the filmmakers who have signed on to participate in the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas, a grassroots response to the Republican National Convention.

Fest coincides with the GOP convention in Gotham and runs through Sept. 2.

Film series will kick off Aug. 28 with a pre-screening of selected scenes from Sayles new political satire “Silver City,” followed by a discussion with the filmmaker on the relationship between film and politics.

Other highlights include a 20th anni screening of “Secret Honor,” hosted by director Robert Altman, on Aug. 29 at Symphony Space.

Three films on voting rights will also screen, including the world preems of Matt Kohn’s “Everywhere but Florida” and Laura Harrison and Charlotte Lagarde’s “Voting in America.”

Several films addressing the war in Iraq will unspool, including Jehane Noujaim’s doc “Control Room,” on Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the war.

World preems of Julie Talen’s “Sixty Cameras Against the War,” a look at a 2003 antiwar protest, and Nicholas Rossier’s “Brothers and Others,” a doc about the effects of 9/11 on Arab, Muslim and South Asian Americans, will also screen.

Marisa Tomei, Margaret Cho, E.L. Doctorow and Andy Borowitz have also signed on to take part in the cultural fest.

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