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Inside You: A Greenpoint-Based Body-Switching Comedy

Picture this: you and bae decide to spice things up so you get down and dirty with a sex toy—a totally magical night. But, your night was actually so magic that you wake up the next day and discover you’ve switched bodies, which is simultaneously terrifying and awesome. We’ve seen body-switching in movies before (Freaky Friday, Vice Versa and The Change Up, among others), but the new film Inside You goes deeper and explores gender, sexuality and marriage while still remaining hilarious. After three years of challenging production, badass lady director Heather Fink is ready to put her latest film out into the world. Using shows and films like Louis, Girls, Obvious Child and Bridesmaids as the script’s true-to-life comedic inspiration, she shot the film right here in Greenpoint and other parts of North Brooklyn (you can see Bushwick’s Catland in the trailer, masquerading as the sex shop). Heather (a Greenpointer) not only directed the film, but she also wrote it and stars in it. We chatted with her about her filmmaking process and her love of Greenpoint.

GP: How long did the film take to make (from writing the script through production)?

Heather: I finished the script in March 2014, ran the Kickstarter in June 2014, tried to shoot in October 2014 but had the lead actress drop out the day before the shoot. We re-tooled the project, I decided to act in it myself, and we finally shot in June 2015. We locked the picture edit by January 2016, and finished sound, color, VFX, music and titles by June 2016. I applied to festivals with this cut—and waited several months to hear back, taking me into 2017. I ran out of money so I needed to work several months to afford the final pieces—the end credits sequence, and we just finished the trailer. Every step of the way I had to work till I had enough money to pay for each thing. Now, it’s paid for.

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Film Noir Will Never Die: New Movie Theater on Meserole Avenue

Inside the new Film Noir Cinema © Julie Congo
Inside the new Film Noir Cinema © Julie Congo

In a time when almost every other video rental store has closed its doors, it feels like a miracle that Greenpoint’s beloved Film Noir (formerly at 10 Bedford Avenue, and previously profiled by Greenpointers in 2014) has not only survived, it’s expanding.

On March 31st, owner Will Malitek moved shop and opened a gorgeous, 54-seat art house cinema at 122 Meserole Avenue. You can still stop in to browse and rent hard-to-find titles. But now, even better, you can also catch carefully curated screenings of cult classics and underground films in an intimate neighborhood movie theater. Check out what’s playing on their site.

We stopped by to talk with Will about how he got started, his new location, and what Film Noir Cinema has in store for the future.

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Taster’s Choice: Eat Crickets, Bee Larvae and Grasshopper This Saturday (4/8) at Videology!

Edible Bugs - film screening

This Saturday (4/8), Videology (308 Bedford Ave.) will be screening the film BUGS, along with a Q&A session with the film’s protagonist and the film’s director. The event starts at 11am, with the film beginning promptly at 11:15am and running for 75 minutes. Your ticket includes a welcome drink, a packet of edible crickets from Aketta, and a pipette tasting of grasshopper and bee larvae garums.

Get your tickets here!

BUGS official trailer 2016 from Rosforth on Vimeo.

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Taste of Streep Movie Screening Tomorrow Night (4/7)!

devil wears prada - taste of streep

Tomorrow night (Friday, 4/7) local instafamous Instagram Taste of Streep is hosting THREE screenings of The Devil Wears Prada at Syndicated Bar & Theater in Bushwick (40 Bogart Street), at 6pm, 8:45pm and 11:30pm. Tickets ($25) include a cocktail and a genuine Taste of Streep goodie bag, plus trivia before the show. But how to choose which screening? It’s a tough call. They’re so different. Continue reading

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Free Film Screening! Kosciuszko: A Man Before His Time

Polish Cultural Institute Film Screening

Tomorrow night (March 30th) The Polish Cultural Institute is screening a documentary about Thaddeus Kosciuszko at 7 pm at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue). There’ll be a Q&A session with the director, and free snacks and drinks. Tickets are free, but only a few seats are still available. RSVP t0 –[email protected]

Facebook Event here

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Polish Sci-Fi Films This Friday At The Park Church Co-Op!

Polish films at Park Church Co-OpCheck out some 80’s sci-fi films presented by Polish Filmmakers NYC this Friday night at the Park Church Co-Op (129 Russell St.), at 8pm—there will be Polish food and vodka! The films will be presented in Polish with English subtitles. Bring your own pillow and blanket and get cozy. Facebook invite here. Tickets are $15. Continue reading

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A Humble Greenpointer and His Extraordinary Documentary

I usually write about local history, not film, but doing historical research I accidentally met Joe Campo, Greenpoint’s most successful documentary producer. When some people get a whiff of success, it goes to their head, but not Campo. Look up the word humble in the dictionary and Joe’s picture is there. I knew Joe for several months before I realized how successful his documentary The Human Experience was.

Joe Campo, Grassroots Films
Joe Campo, Grassroots Films

For years Joe has lived on Eagle Street quietly practicing his religious faith and making great films. In 2008 and his production company, Grassroots Films, released The Human Experience to a wave of rave reviews. The film won over thirty honors at international film festivals including the Audience Choice Award at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Atlanta International Film Festival. And it’s sold over a million DVD copies. Continue reading

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Submit Your Film to the Greenpoint Film Festival

The organizers of the 2017 Greenpoint Film Festival want to see if your creativity is worth inserting into their repertoire next year. So if you’ve made a film between January 2015 and January 2017, it’s eligible for entry.

It costs 85 bucks to enter, whether you get accepted or not. So what can you do to increase your chances?

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Holiday Movies In North Brooklyn!

White Christmas

They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year—but between self-embarrassment at work parties, getting the XS condoms at the white elephant gift exchange, forced family hangouts, and blowing your paycheck on gifts and flights, you might need a little help getting into the holiday spirit. Luckily, North Brooklyn has an abundance of seasonal flicks to bring you some of that Christmas cheer. And at most of these places, there will be booze. Listings after the jump! Continue reading

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This Is Halloween: “The Birds” With Live Score Inside A Church Tonight!

A previous Lot Radio show at the San Damiano Mission.
A previous Lot Radio show at the San Damiano Mission.

Tonight The Lot Radio & San Damiano Mission (85 North 15th Street) continue their concert series with a screening of Hitchcock’s classically creepy The Birds, with The Dave Harrington Group lending their own live score. Harrington is Nicolas Jaar‘s compatriot and one half of their currently broken-up project Darkside—so you know the vibe is gonna be spooky AF, likely with raw and tangential dark jazz undertones. Tickets are a $10 donation, and the show starts at 8pm. Continue reading

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