The promise of a park in Bushwick Inlet has intrigued Greenpoint residents for a long time. So it is appropriate that festivities begin on Thursday (3/17) at 8 pm with Can Video Bring Us Our (Missing) Park, a presentation ofvideo footage with a live discussion about our ongoing struggle. Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY 9/17 * War Correspondents @ Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St) 7:30pm, $25, New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch will be interviewed by Brooklyn Brewery founder and former AP Middle East correspondent Steve Hindy, More info
* Wunderkind Trivia Night @ Verboten (54 North 11th St) 8pm, FREE, A heated, team-based battle of wits that will test both your brain and your liver with challenging questions and cool prizes, More info
Though filmed in the wilds of New Hampshire, Amalgamated Picture Co.’s Epilogue was very much a local production. Writer/Director Dylan Allen, Producers Eddy Vallante and Rebecca Brice, Costume Designer Myra Flynn, Make-Up Artist Katie Jo Glover and Gaffer Hasan Schahbaz all live within a few blocks of one another in Greenpoint. Hair design was contributed by Nackie Karcher of The Parlour Brooklyn and even the main character’s name was inspired by nearby Skillman Avenue.
Epilogue follows an action hero and his latest love after the end of an epic adventure as they struggle to figure out what comes next. The film will screen as part of Greenpoint Film Festival’s narrative shorts lineup Saturday, 9/21 at 4:00 pm at 67 West Street.
All screenings will take place at From The Source – 69 West St (the same place where we have our Greenpointers Markets!)
From the over 200 submissions in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental and Animation, a panel of 8 judges curate this four day long program of shorts and feature length films.
A highlight of the festival includes “At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd,” a film directed by Max Kutner about the landmark and abandoned Coignet Stone Company Building in Gowanus – its exterior only feet away from the impending Whole Foods.
On Saturday at 8pm, Greenpointers Contributor Matt Glasson will present a selection of microbudget features and short films which he curated for this year’s Greenpoint Film Festival – including the outrageous CHICKEN – a crude microscopic-budgeted comedy about an Asian food delivery man living in Greenpoint who harbors dreams of becoming an ace streetballer.
Calling all filmmakers! The regular submissions deadline for the 3rd Annual Greenpoint Film Festival, happening this Fall, is May 15, 2013. Submissions are open to filmmakers locally and globally. Categories for consideration are Narrative, Documentary, Experimental and Animated. The late submission deadline is June 15, 2013.
This year’s festival, which returns this Fall, is looking for film in the following categories: Experimental/ Avant-Garde, Narrative, Documentary & Animation.
Last year’s four day festival was a hit and brought together a great variety of films, including several intimate stories that covered many of the concerns and landmarks of our neighborhood and the emotional struggle of urban life.
You’ve got until March 31, 2013 to submit your own film, so don’t delay. Click here for more information and submission guidelines.
In what was an inspired choice of venue, day three of the Greenpoint Film Festival took place at the Newtown Creek Visitors Center with a selection of environmentally and community themed documentaries. Opening the program was the must-see “The Domino Effect” – a very timely chronicle of the ongoing saga of the former sugar plant along the Williamsburg waterfront which was part of the city’s planned rezoning efforts to turn the facility into luxury and “affordable” housing.
On Friday, the Millennium Film Workshop, an artists’ film collaborative based out of the East Village, guest-curated the Greenpoint Film Festival’s program with a host of bold and striking experimental short films under the banner of the “Millennium Nomadic Program.” I’m of the opinion that any attempts to describe experimental shorts kind of defeats the purpose of their existence: they exist outside the conventions that we come to expect from short-form content in order that they challenge the aesthetic experience of the viewer and yesterday’s works were no exception.
There was a panel discussion with members from the collaborative including Tom Jarmusch (yes, brother of that other, more famous Jarmusch) that touched on the group’s mission, their struggle to keep their current space, and the importance of providing the resources for anyone to explore the film and video medium as a primary function to its society. It was an illuminating and refreshingly frank discussion, and one that has inspired myself to sign up as a member. In addition to offering wonderful resources to its members (it’s not every day you can book time on an optical printer or have the opportunity physically edit 16mm film), the Millenium Film Workshop provides several different courses to equip its members with the skills needed for them to explore their own voices within the medium.
Last night was the opening night celebration of The Greenpoint Film Festival which took place at the Greenpoint Garage on Huron Street off of Manhattan Ave. The festival kicked off with a standing-room only screening of the documentary “Deaf Jam” about a deaf girl (Aneta Brodski) who gets involved with performing ASL poetry in her high school. It was a highly effective film in exploring and giving a voice to those who are stripped of their basic sense of hearing and their struggles to find their own voice through performing signed poetry.
A Q&A followed the screening, which was simultaneously being signed to the audience, many of whom were deaf themselves. The film’s subject, the beautiful and passionate Aneta Brodski, was also in attendance and she was signing her answers and stories to an interpereter who would speak for her. It was a fascinating experience and one that I will not likely forget anytime soon.
You unfriended him on facebook, changed your phone number, moved to a new apartment and he still doesn’t get it. Unrequited love is a hard pill to swallow. It’s only stalking when you don’t want him to show up on your doorstep with roses or surprise you when you’re out with your friends. But all that does sound romantic in a different light, doesn’t it?
Maybe you have been the stalker and didn’t know it until you were sitting outside of his house in your car watching him leave for work, and it just hits you, “I’m the stalker!” Continue reading →