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Call For Entries: Greenpoint Film Festival

Greenpoint Film Festival
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Submissions for the Greenpoint Film Festival are currently being accepted. The extended deadline is March 15th, 2018. Many of last year’s films had a local environmental slant, featuring our favorite highly polluted waterway Newtown Creek. Here’s what the fest has to say, and how to enter: Continue reading

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BYOB Stop Motion Animation Workshop This Saturday (2/10)!

Stop Motion Social
WHAT: BYOB Stop Motion Social, learn stop motion animation!
WHERE: The Little Animation Studio | 150 Banker Street
WHEN: February 10th & March 9th (separate events, no need to attend both), 7pm-9pm
COST: $30, register online or RSVP to [email protected]

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“Canners”—A Documentary About NYC’s Can Collectors—Screening + Q&A This Saturday (1/27) at City Reliquary

Canners Film

You’ve certainly heard their carts clanking down the sidewalks of NYC, and maybe you’ve also seen them sorting through your trash bins before recycling day. These are NYC’s “canners”—people who collect giant piles of cans and bottles and exchange them for money at a nickel a piece. The recent documentary film Canners examines the lives of these dedicated folks who are just trying to earn some cash, and according to the NY Times, “delivers a powerful ethical message about what it means to live in a city, and how each of us can choose to acknowledge or ignore our fellow citizens”. The film is screening this Saturday (1/27) evening at City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) at 7pm, with a Q&A session from director Manfred Kirchheimer. Also in attendance will be team members from Sure We Can, a nonprofit recycling center and community space featured in this film.

Get tickets now through Artfully. $7 General/$5 City Reliquary Members

This event is part of the public programming for NYC Trash! Past, Present, & Future, on view at The City Reliquary until April 29, 2018. Continue reading

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Polish Film “The Conductor” Screening TONIGHT (1/24) at Film Noir Cinema + Q&A

Krystyna Janda in The Conductor, aka Dyrygent — © New Yorker Films/Collector
Krystyna Janda in The Conductor, aka Dyrygent — © New Yorker Films/Collector

WHAT: Dyrygent / The Conductor (1979) + Q&A with actor Andrzej Seweryn
WHERE: Film Noir Cinema, 122 Meserole Ave
WHEN: Wednesday, January 24, 630pm-9pm
RSVP on Facebook, $20 tickets here or at the door

Kinomaniacy! Polish Filmmakers NYC is presenting a screening of the 1979 film The Conductor (Polish title: Dyrygent) tonight at Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave), about an orchestral love triangle and love affair of music. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with lead actor Andrzej Seweryn. Here’s a summary of the film via IMDB/Polish Cinema Database: Continue reading

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Submission Call: Submit Your Chilling Film to The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2018

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

Do you like things that scream and go bump-in-the-night? Whether you’re a ghost hunting supernatural enthusiast or a slasher flick connoisseur, The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is for you and they’re opening their film submission call for 2018. So, if you’re a creator or just a filmmaker, this film festival is definitely up your alley.

The festival is eight days this year, from October 11-18. With more days on the calendar, the festival plans to screen even more bone chilling features and shorts this year. Currently, submissions are open now with a first submission deadline of January 20th and a final deadline of August 13, 2018. Continue reading

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Acclaimed 80s Polish TV Drama “The Decalogue” Showing at Film Noir — All 10 Epic Episodes

The Decalogue

Unless you’re Polish or a cinephile (or both), you may not have heard of the late 80s Polish TV drama miniseries The Decalogue. The critically acclaimed and 97% Rotten Tomatoes-rated Decalogue is made up of ten one-hour films, inspired by the Ten Commandments. Each episode explores characters living in a hard-knock housing project in 1980s Poland as they face moral dilemmas related to the commandments. Each episode follows different characters, though some of them are connected to each other in some way.

The Decalogue was never formally released in US theaters, but was finally released on DVD and video in 2000. Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave) will be showing the film series in its entirety starting on January 22nd, running through January 31st at varying times. You can buy tickets to all ten screenings here, and tickets to individual episode screenings via their site. Continue reading

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Filmmakers: The Bushwick Film Fest is Seeking Submissions!

Bushwick Film Festival 2017
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It isn’t a new development that North Brooklyn is a hub for creative expression—in fact, last year marked the ten year anniversary of the Bushwick Film Festival. Last year’s fest brought an exciting series of more than 100 screenings, panel discussions and events designed for independent and up-and-coming filmmakers, with a strong emphasis on diversity—especially women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. The festival also takes a global turn and has been showcasing the work of not just local auteurs but filmmakers from around the world.

The 2018 festival will take place this October, and they are currently seeking submissions.

Important deadlines are as follows: Early Bird, February 15; Regular, May 15; Late, June 15; Extended Late, June 30. ​Filmmakers and web series directors who want the unique opportunity to screen their work in front of Bushwick audiences can now submit their film on FilmFreeway.com or Withoutabox.

More info on how and what to submit can be found here.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Sacred Disobedience on ‘Penda’s Fen’ at Film Noir Cinema Tomorrow (1/9), Presented by the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies

Film Noir - Miskatonic

Greenpoint’s unique indie filmhouse, Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave), is once again teaming up with the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies to bring you an illustrated talk on the folk horror film Penda’s Fen (1974), which has only recently been unearthed for public viewing. According to the Institute, the film “…culminates with the most euphoric revelation in British cinema: “My race is mixed. My sex is mixed. I am woman and man, light with darkness, nothing pure.” The event is tomorrow night, January 9th from 7pm-10pm at Film Noir. If you wish to purchase tickets, they are available for $12 each, here.

The class will be led by Sukhdev Sandhu, editor of The Edge Is Where The Centre Is, a limited edition art book about the film. The interactive talk “will explore its topographies and febrile contexts – experimental public broadcasting, avant-garde arcadias, the rural uncanny, a mid-70s Britain that teetered on the brink of civil war, the rise of eldritch England.”

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the class! To enter, visit our Facebook page by clicking the link below, and enter your email so we can notify you. Winners will be chosen at random. Continue reading

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Video: Timelapase of Greenpoint Ave Mural

Still from documentary short about the mural

By now you’ve surely noticed the 4-story mural on the building on the corner of Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenue. Completed in late October, painted by Swedish artist Ola Kalnins, the mural covers the entire building facade at 903 Manhattan Ave, which is owned by Peter Kirchhausen.

In a neighborhood that seems to be more and more inundated with advertising (hand-painted or otherwise), it’s damn refreshing to see some art for arts sake.

Funded by the Consulate General of Sweden, the creation of this beautiful mural is documented in this short film. Enjoy!

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It’s Getting Hot In Here: Giant Fireball in Greenpoint Tonight!

MacGruber fireball,  ©2010 Rogue Pictures
MacGruber, ©2010 Rogue Pictures

According to CBS2, our neighborhood is set to blast off tonight (Tuesday, December 12) with a planned explosion that’s part of some movie special effects. So, don’t freak out, Greenpoint is not under attack. It’s just some filmmakers doing their thing. The fireball effect and explosion will occur on West Street between Milton & Noble between 5:30-9pm.

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