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The Incredible Rooftop Films Screening of The Incredible Jessica James

This past Tuesday night, the William Vale (111 N 12th St) hosted a screening of the fantastic new Netflix comedy The Incredible Jessica James. The event was hosted by Rooftop Films, a non-profit founded in 1997, dedicated to exposing people to new films and assisting up and coming filmmakers to produce new work.

The film stars Jessica Williams as the titular Jessica James, a young playwright in her mid 20’s navigating her emotions after a recent breakup, while keeping her spirits up amidst a slew of rejection letters from theater companies. The film follows her as she learns lessons about herself through her relationship with Boon (played by Chris O’Dowd), a recent divorcé with whom she shares a budding romance, and her students at a children’s theater company. As so many people do in their mid-20’s in New York, she starts out with a very idealistic view of where she wants to be romantically, professionally and personally, and throughout the course of the movie discovers that she is actually right where she wants to be. Continue reading

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An Unquiet Night: Reel Orchestrette Live Scores Faust at Film Noir Cinema

Film Noir Cinema at night © Julie Congo
Film Noir Cinema at night © Julie Congo

When Will Malitek, the owner of Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave), turned an old Greenpoint funeral home into his gorgeous new 54-seat movie theater, he remodeled with very specific plans in mind. There’s a sizeable gap between the screen and the first row, where Will says he could have added more seats, but he wanted space to present live music.

This summer, Film Noir Cinema has launched a new series presenting silent films with live music by Reel Orchestrette, a collaboration between musicians Bradford Reed and Geoff Gersh.

Faust Film Noir Cinema July 22 2017After a sold-out screening of Nosferatu in June, Reel Orchestrette is returning to Film Noir Cinema on Saturday, July 22 at 9pm with a live score for Faust, a 1926 German silent film directed by F. W. Murnau.

These two events are only the beginning. Malitek hopes to continue the series with screenings of all the major German silent films: Metropolis, Waxworks, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and more. And in October, he says we can expect to see a full lineup of silent horror films.

Tickets for Faust are $15 and on sale now at Film Noir Cinema (where you should also take a moment to flip through their incredible collection of films available to rent).

To find out more about the performance, we spoke with Reel Orchestrette’s Bradford Reed and Geoff Gersh. Continue reading

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More Free Outdoor Movies: Family Flicks In Transmitter Park!

2017 SummerStarz

WHAT: 13th Annual FREE Summer Starz Movies
WHEN: Fridays, July 7th to August 11th, 8pm
WHERE: Transmitter Park, Greenpoint
COST: FREE!

School’s almost out and Town Square’s free family movie nights are back for the summer. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for these six Friday nights, starting with Guardians of the Galaxy coming up next week on July 7th. Bring a picnic blanket, your friends & family to Transmitter Park on the gorgeous Greenpoint waterfront.

Check out our roundup of summer outdoor movies here. This Friday June 30th there’s a French film screening at Transmitter, and next Wednesday Mean Girls will be at McCarren.

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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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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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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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Who cares about the Goonies? Let’s Talk Food at Summerscreen – Tonight (7/31)

Pile O' Fried © Handsome Hanks

I know, I know – Cory Feldman in the 80s… but I am more interested in the food options at tonight’s Summerscreen at McCarren Park! Bring a chair and a bib.

Handsome Hanks has my kind of menu – everything and anything is fried – except the cole slaw. Fried fish, fried crab, fried shrimp. You’re going to get some kind of seafood and I can guarantee it’s going to be fried. And if that’s not enough fried – they have french fries. Hallelujah!

It’s no surprise that Landhaus’ favorite Goonies character is Chunk – they serve Grilled Maple Bacon Sticks, which were voted best Bacon in NYC by Village Voice. Quite an honor. They will also be flipping grass-fed Cheeseburgers and Lamb Burgers (with some pork back fat on it) – and of course their signature Fresh Mint Lemonade.

© Pizza Moto

No surprises here but Pizza Moto and beer and a movie from when you were four makes for a great Wednesday night.

Representing Greenpoint Selamat Pagi will be focusing on their Bali Style Wings, plus vegan Lawar Salad of long beans, lime and coconut, Beef Rendang, which is spicy beef curry with pickles and rice and a Tamarind Fizz drink.

Plus you can wash all the deliciousness down with Sixpoint Brewery and City Winery.

Good appetite, Greenpoint!

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Microbudget Indie “Chicken” Has Love for Greenpoint

Some cast members of the locally shot feature film 'Chicken'

We see them everywhere: on our streets, in our parks and sometimes in our bars and restaurants. Film shoots are a guaranteed daily encounter on the streets of Greenpoint. And while the scale and size of these productions vary from multi-million to zero, one thing is for sure: Greenpoint gets a lot of moviemaking love!

Picture Planet, a collective of local filmmakers and artists, is currently in the final stages on their debut feature: a street-balling ’80s style-comedy called Chicken which was shot almost entirely in Greenpoint. I sat down with the boys behind Chicken to talk shop over some cheap beers and free pizza at Lulu’s. The main players are Dan Bowhers, the director of Chicken, Vandall Truong, lead actor, and Mike Kolawski, the film’s producer. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Film Festival Needs to Raise $2000 by Tuesday!

One of our favorite community art events, the Greenpoint Film Festival, needs to raise $10,000 by Tuesday August 21, 2012. They are almost there after raising over $8,000. A few more generous donations will get their campaign funded by kickstarter. If you want to see the Greenpoint Film Festival happen this year, then take a minute to make a donation in any amount.

On behalf of Greenpointers.com we just donated $120!

Please take a minute (it’s so easy!) to pledge any contribution amount to make this fun event happen!

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