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.
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.
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.
Last weekend, I attended the second annual Picture Farm Film Festival. It was held at the Picture Farm gallery. Just like last year, it offered a mixture of short films of all stripes and the occasional feature. And just like last year, it was a great event. Here’s a recap of the first day. Continue reading →
I am always amazed at the creativity of people around here. It seems like everyday I’m reading about a cool new project or better yet, seeing the fruits of someone’s labor and passion blossoming on stage, screen, page, or canvas. The latest to come along and get me excited is Prism, a (hopefully) forthcoming anthology film by six local filmmakers. I say “hopefully” because there is an Indiegogo campaign underway to raise funds. I also had the chance to speak with the project’s producer Anna Dale-Meunier. You’re going to want to learn more about this one, believe me. Continue reading →
Maryam Zaringhalam, a Ph.D. candidate at Rockefeller, spends the majority of her time in a lab, studying the molecular biology of yeast. But in her day-to-day social life, she surrounds herself with artists, musicians, and other creatives. She started the blog, Artlab, to bridge the gap between the two worlds that she often found herself straddling– the artificially disparate realms of art and science. Continue reading →
Here is a little teaser we made to give you an idea of how AWESOME our Greenpointers Neon Sign documentary will be! If you want to see the full documentary then please make a donation in any amount to our fundraiser – so you can be a part of this awesome project. We will be forever grateful – thanks in advance… NEON!
We have less than 2 weeks left and are halfway there! Learn more about our project on Kickstarter.
It all started when we realized that our sign sucks…
We decided to get a badass NEON sign, which we can take to all of our events and markets, a sign that reflects who we are and what we believe in – local MADE IN NYC craftsmanship – and of course document the process from start to finish with the direction of the talented Miguel A. Rodriguez (my best friend in the entire world!)
Our Neon Sign Documentary will star Robbie Ingui of Artistic Neon, a 2nd generation Neon Sign Maker. This guy is super talented, hilarious and has thee best NY accent ever! Not only will we film him making our sign and teaching us about the process, but we will also interview his father (in upstate NY) and Thomas Rinaldi, who wrote the amazing book New York Neon to learn about the history of Neon Sign Making and how it has created a unique visual landscape here for the past 100 years.
(Sponsored) CSI Rentals‘ Grand Opening of its 2nd location – now open in the Williamsburg-Bushwick Area of Brooklyn, New York – is located at 1138 Flushing Ave, only 1 block from the L train (Jefferson St. / Wyckoff Ave. Stop)
You asked, we listened. The popular fast growing art and photo neighborhoods of Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint have become the home of many young professional photographers, movie makers and artists. In addition to the new look of the neighborhood with new restaurants, bars and clubs opening daily on every corner, many commercial sites are now occupied by state of the art photo studios and sound stages.
Here is CSI Rentals to fill in the missing piece of the puzzle in the area –equipment rentals and expendables!
CSI Rentals, who has earned a sterling reputation at its NYC Location by serving the photo and video industry for the past 5 years with the latest gear, is now adding an additional location in the Williamsburg/Bushwick area with a full stock of rental equipment for photo video and cinema shoots. CSI Rentals Brooklyn will also feature a full stock of expendables needed for photo and video shoots including a full line of seamless paper, foam boards, gaffers tapes, gels etc.
CSI Rentals Brooklyn is located in the heart of Brooklyn’s art and photo industry at 1138 Flushing Ave, which is 1 block from the L train (Jefferson St / Wyckoff Ave Stop).
It’s at ground level with convenient loading options, lots of parking space, truck drive in for easy load and unload and also offers delivery and pick up in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
CSI Rentals now offers One Way Rentals where you can pick up at one location and return to another at the same rate!
Stay tuned for our great grand opening event!
CSI Rentals Brooklyn and CSI Rentals Manhattan Are now open ready to serve you.
This post made possible by an anonymous donation to our Writer’s Fund from Greenpoint Area Man. Greenpoint based filmmaker Jessica Edwards knows that she can learn a lot from her fellow filmmakers and believes you can too.
She is currently using the crowd-funding site Kickstarter to help realize her latest project TELL ME SOMETHING, a photography and creative advice book from fifty of the world’s best documentary filmmakers.
Documentary filmmakers are a rare breed, they’re creative, persistent, they’re master storytellers and each film they make is like a graduate degree in their chosen subject. Some of them have spent over 60 years making films, and along the way they’ve learned a lot about how to balance life and art. They’ve got insightful advice for people in any creative field.
Her campaign is about 50% realized as of the date this post goes up. I personally think helping local Brooklyn makers of all types is a good and easy way to help create culture and unity. This will be my eighth Kickstarter project I’ve funded and it’s always great to be a part of someone’s fully realized goals.