Thursday Spotlight: Eric Morrell, Art Director at Project Runway

Eric Morrell, Art Director
Eric Morrell, Art Director

Eric Morrell is a Production Designer and Art Director for TV and film living in Greenpoint. He has art directed numerous feature films, commercials, reality shows, and music videos while working for four seasons as Art Director for the reality competition show Project Runway.

I recently caught up with him at his Greenpoint apartment to chat about the hyper-local film industry of Greenpoint, the value of art school, and the impending L train closure…

Greenpointers: What is you favorite thing about Greenpoint/Williamsburg?  What’s a typical day for you in the neighborhood?

Eric Morrell: My favorite thing about Greenpoint how each street feels a little different and it really feels like a cohesive neighborhood even though it has a warehouse district and a commercial district and the area around McGolrick feels completely different then Franklin Avenue. Its got a lot of variety and changes a lot every few months. I really don’t need the rest of the city.

A typical day off is going out to eat somewhere for one meal, I try to go to new spots. If it’s a nice day I walk around or bike around the neighborhood and then go see a movie or go home and watch a movie. I like that we have movie theaters in Williamsburg but it’s still not close enough. With all the movie studios around I feel like they should build a big one somewhere East of McGuinness.

Eric Morrell, Art Director, on set at Project Runway stage in Long Island City
Eric Morrell, Art Director, on set at Project Runway stage in Long Island City

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Brooklyn Comedy Fest, Mezcal BBQ, The Loaded Canon – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (8/24–8/30)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

13988136_1102866186460185_81533974910017538_oWEDNESDAY 8/24
* Wednesday With Westerns @ City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) 7pm, $7, An interactive art experience that will make you feel like kicking saloon doors and spitting a mouthful of tobacco on the floor, RSVP
* Breaking a Monster @ Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave) 7:30pm, $16, A documentary about teenage metal band Unlocking the Truth, plus a Q&A with the director and band members, More info

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 1.49.37 PMTHURSDAY 8/25
^ The Loaded Canon @ Brooklyn Oenology (209 Wythe Ave) 7pm, FREE, Local literature meets wine and cocktail pairings in this revamp of the classic reading series, More info
* We’ve Come So Far @ Rough Trade (64 North 9th St) 7pm, FREE, A panel discussion on the last days of Death By Audio, RSVP

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Taculito: Little Ass Tacos

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All photos via Taculito

Taculito (little ass tacos) is a Mexico City-style taco popup on Friday nights at Brooklyn Safehouse (120 Franklin Street). The chefs, Giovanni Cervantes and Maria Romero, both have creative day jobs and thought it would be fun to fill the taco void in Greenpoint by sharing their kitchen skills and love of traditional Mexican street food. Giovanni is a portrait photographer with a Greenpoint studio and Maria is a textile and fashion designer. Giovanni grew up in Mexico City and lived there until he moved to New York in 2011. Maria was born in Mexico City, raised in Spain and returned to Mexico for college, arriving in New York after a stint living in Italy. Because of their backgrounds, they share a deep affection for authentic Mexican food, which can be difficult to find in New York City. Continue reading

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Adopt a Cat Sundays at Muddy Paws!


Muddy Paws hosts cat and kitten adoptions every Sunday!
Muddy Paws, a holistic pet supply store, hosts cat and kitten adoptions every Sunday from 2pm-6pm!

I should really get a pet. Surely the thought has crossed your mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to cuddle up and be lazy with? The dating scene in New York isn’t getting you anywhere. You’re tired of watching Stranger Things alone on the couch, curled up with a pint of Van Leeuwen. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone soft and furry to watch with you? Someone who returns your calls (meows)? Someone who doesn’t cancel dinner plans (the food dish is expected to be filled by 6pm sharp, or else)? Well, it’s time to give in to your urges and do some good. Consider adopting a kitty, many of whom have had rough starts in life and are all-too-ready to have a place to call home. Every Sunday from 2pm-6pm holistic pet store Muddy Paws (447 Graham Avenue) hosts a cat (and kitten!) adoption event.

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R.B.I.: Old Westerns, Heavy Blues, and Psych Stoner Riffs

That’s how Brooklyn-based R.B.I. describes their sound, and it’s pretty on the mark. They have a new full-length album on the way, and are playing Gold Sounds in Bushwick on Friday, September 2nd with Divining Rod, Swampboots, and Rockaway.

The premiere of their first video off the album is below, as well as a Q&A with Mason Hedgecoth, their lead singer and guitarist. Continue reading

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Chill Out At Himapan’s Lotus Leaf Painting Class

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Himapan lotus leaf painting art class ( © Himapan US)

Attendees of the Greenpoint-based Himapan lotus leaf painting class depart with two things: a wall-ready piece of art and an almost alarming sense of zen. I don’t normally associate prolonged repetition with relaxation, and yet there it was—two and half hours of lightly painting, sponging and dabbing at leaf skin felt more therapeutic than therapy itself.

Lotus leaves symbolize purity of heart and mind. When stretched over a canvas to dry, they also create a unique texture for painting. It’s like paint by number, except beautifully serene and understated.

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North Brooklyn’s Hidden Treasure: The Farm on Kent

The Farm on Kent
The Farm on Kent

The fight for Bushwck Inlet Park has made one of our community issues very clear: Greenpoint & Williamsburg get the short end of the stick when it comes to green space. We simply don’t have enough of it. This trickles into another issue: we also don’t have many community gardens or places that aren’t packed on the weekend where we can put our fingers in the dirt. In Greenpoint, we’re limited to the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden and the Java Street Community Garden. This lack of uncrowded green space where we can relax with neighbors, help plant a few things, and enjoy a nice evening sunset is what makes The Farm on Kent one of our hidden little gems. And tomorrow, they’ll be celebrating this glorious summer by becoming a sunset beer garden! Continue reading

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Hatch Series: A New Way to Experience Art

"And After That We Didn't Talk" video projection by GoldLink and Rubberband
Projection: ‘And After That, We Didn’t Talk’ (2016), GoldLink & Rubberband (Jason Sondock & Simon Davis). Photo by Minna Son

What if you could experience art in a totally different way – at a house party, for instance? Hatch Series is a New York/Taipei-based curatorial collective that aims to showcase emerging artists, create physical and virtual communities, and provide seemingly unusual spaces for exhibiting art—such as most recently, at the Greenpoint loft of co-Exhibition Manager Amanda Picotte.

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