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Your BFF returns: Bushwick Film Festival runs October 10-14

Alright film buffs: this coming week, from October 10-14, the Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) returns for its 11th anniversary. The annual celebration of Brooklyn’s finest filmmaking talent hosts shorts and homegrown films galore, plus interesting and timely panels like Women in Film & TV and Perspectiva Latina.

Founded in 2007, BFF is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. The festival is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. It attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels; and showcases films created by the best and most diverse emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn and worldwide. BFF provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and present opportunities for them to make a living doing what they love.

The five-day festival has a myriad of passes available — from press to weekend screenings — so viewers can customize their experience (and their spending). More information can be found on the website, Instagram, or at the box office (100 Bogart Street), and a list of films can be found here. Plus, read our exclusive Thursday Spotlight interview with Kweighbaye Kotee, founder and CEO of BFF!

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Final Film at 61 Franklin Street Garden is Tonight!

61 Franklin Street Garden. Photo: Megan Penmann
61 Franklin Street Garden. Photo: Megan Penmann
Enjoy today’s oh-so-perfect weather with an outdoor movie! Tonight is the last in the four-part series of environmentally-focused films being shown at 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.

Film info via Open Space Alliance: “The Devil We Know is a clear-eyed examination of the DuPont Company’s decades-long poisoning of one town in West Virginia. Introduction by Mike Schade of Mind the Store and the NuHart Superfund Site Community Advisory Group.”

WHEN: Thursday, August 23 | Arrive at 8, film at 8:30pm.
WHERE: 61 Franklin Street Community Garden
FREE!

Bring blankets and chairs, snacks. Note: there is no bathroom at the garden.
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McGolrick Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark in the Park This Tuesday Night! (8/21)

Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981, ©Paramount Pictures & Lucasfilm
Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981, ©Paramount Pictures & Lucasfilm

The classic adventure flick Raiders of the Lost Ark is coming to McGolrick Park for free tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8/21)! Get there around 7:45pm, set up your blankets and chairs and bring your own snacks (but there will be FREE POPCORN!). The film will be set up on the Monitor Street lawn. The movie series in McGolrick is presented by the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA) and sponsored by

When: Tuesday, August 21, around 7:45pm
Where: McGolrick Park, Monitor Street lawn
FREE!

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Free Outdoor Film at Franklin Street Garden Next Week (7/26 & 7/27)

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A new series of free environmental and sustainability focused films screening outdoors is returning to Franklin Street Community Garden (61 Franklin Street) next Thursday and Friday nights. The second in the film series, The Iron Triangle, a documentary depicting the slow and tragic demise of one of the city’s last great blighted areas, Willets Point, will screen on both nights, with doors at 8:30pm and the film beginning at 8:45pm. The screenings will be presented by filmmaker and urban theorist Prudence Katze. Continue reading

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FREE Movies & Music in McCarren: Summerscreen is Here (7/18)

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Get ready to schlep your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to McCarren on Wednesday night, for a FREE Summerscreen viewing of the NYC classic When Harry Met Sally. Doors are at 6pm, live music starts at 7pm and the film will start around 8pm. The free film series has been around for 13 years (!) and is Brooklyn’s longest running film series. Set up your spot in the basketball courts between Bedford and Berry.

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Free Family Movies in Transmitter Park—”Inside Out” Shows Tonight (7/13)

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Tonight, watch the Pixar hit Inside Out outdoors on the waterfront at Transmitter Park. Tonight’s film is part of their FREE Summer Starz series, bringing family-friendly flicks to Greenpoint. All screenings start around sunset (8pm-ish). Bring blankets, chairs and snacks for your little ones!

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Outdoor Movie Alert: Free Film Screening at Franklin Street Garden! (Thursday, 7/12)

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Franklin Street Garden (61 Franklin Street) is hosting a FREE summer cinema series of environmentally-focused films. The garden launched a successful fundraising campaign to bring the movies to the garden, and the first film, Divide In Concord will kick off this Thursday (7/12) at 8:30pm (doors at 8pm). The movie is about an 84-year-old’s fight to ban bottled water in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, and the filmmaker will be in attendance and Jennie Romer of Plastic Bag Laws will give an introduction to the film. Bring your own chair or blanket and chill out in the garden!

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Greenpoint Goes Bang: Filming Explosions Scheduled For This Afternoon in Greenpoint (6/26)

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

In case you hear some loud bangs or explosion noises going off in Greenpoint this afternoon, it’s due to scenes being filmed for Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The planned explosions will be happening on Freeman Street between Franklin and West. It’s poppin’.

Acording to the Greenpoint Post, “The event will consist of air cannons breaking candy glass windows, and rubber debris dropping from roof level, police say. NYPD and FDNY will also be on site.”

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Film, Art, Music + Free BBQ: Bicycle Film Fest Comes to Greenpoint Next Week (June 19-24)

Bicycle Film Fest

Back in 2001, Brendt Barbur got struck by a city bus in NYC while riding his bicycle. Seventeen years later his brainchild, The Bicycle Film Fest, sets up in nearly 100 cities around the globe and celebrates our favorite two-wheeled mode of transport in film, art and music. And, parts of this year’s phenomenal six day fest will be held in North Brooklyn! Read on for more details about what’s going on in our ‘hood during the event (including the free and open to the public opening night BBQ). Check out the BFF site for a full schedule of events.

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Affordable Summer Filmmaking Workshops in Williamsburg

Mono No Aware Filmmaking Workshops

Non-profit cinema group Mono No Aware are leading a series of filmmaking workshops starting next month, starting in June. You can learn how to shoot stuff not on a phone, but on real actual film (yes, that still exists). A few of the workshops are already sold out, but there are still a few spots available in the other classes, or you can join the waitlist. The classes meet at either Mono No Aware (33 Flatbush Ave) or at Center For Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave). So for just a couple hundred bucks you can learn how to be the next Woody Allen… er, the next Quentin Tarantino… er, just be whatever kind of filmmaker you want to be, just hopefully not a scumbag.  Continue reading

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