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Fundraiser supports local artists and women in film in Astoria

Event supports local artists and film production. (Photo courtesy of Allison Geller.)

An Astoria writer and filmmaker will host a fundraiser on Thursday at the WeWork Gotham Center to support her film, “HOME AT NIGHT,” and other local artists. 

Allison Geller is hoping to raise funds to produce her film in the Long Island City and Astoria area later this fall. Geller said the film explores gender-power dynamics in online dating. The idea was prompted after a male friend of Geller’s shared that he felt uncomfortable walking behind a woman one night in fear she thought he was going to harm her.  

Geller explained that the protagonist of the film is a nerdy, awkward guy, who goes on a date with a woman he met online. The viewers watch the man and woman argue over who has it harder in the online dating world, as neither party can understand the other’s side. 

“It’s all meant to inspire conversation and invoke questions,” Geller said. “I certainly feel that there is a gap in understanding from the other side. Men could never really understand from a woman’s perspective what it’s like to meet a total stranger. The stakes are completely different.”

The event will offer wine from Napa’s Grounded Wine Company, beer from local LIC Beer Project, hard seltzer from local Lunar Hard Seltzer and food from Union Square Events. There will also be an art auction by 10 female local artists. 

The fundraiser will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 23.

Tickets are $50, and are available for purchase at the event’s webpage.

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