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Nitehawk and Tribeca Film Festival Announce Joint Summer Series

A still from Big Elvis (2018).

Missed Tribeca, or didn’t want to schlep into Manhattan? Don’t fret!

For a fifth year, cinephile hotspot Nitehawk is teaming up with Tribeca to present a selection of films from the festival. It started with documentaries and this year Nitehawk is moving into short films.

Each of the short filmmakers were asked to select a feature film that inspired them when they were directing their short. American Movie and True Romance will play in 35mm with Blood Simple on DCP. Each feature will follow the short film they helped to inspire. The first two short films in this series were part of Tribeca N.O.W. Showcase: Short Form, while Big Elvis screened during the Shorts: NY Shorts: Homemade program. The line-up is as follows:

August 7: Crime Cutz followed by American Movie. Introduced by Alden Nusser and Benjamin Fries also known as synthpop duo Holy Ghost!
August 14Everything is Stories followed by Blood Simple. Introduced by Daniel Navetta.
August 21Big Elvis followed by True Romance. Introduced by Paul Stone and Claudia Montano. Continue reading

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Nitehawk kicked off its 5th Annual Short Film Festival on Tuesday with moving and eclectic pieces

Filmmakers at Short Fest’s opening night. Image Courtesy of Nitehawk Cinema

On Tuesday evening, Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue), kicked off its Fifth Annual Shorts Festival, and film fans packed into the theater to celebrate the art of short filmmaking. Shorts Fest grows every year, and this year’s programming will span 6 days, until Sunday, November 12th. The exciting and eclectic offerings include programs devoted to horror films, music videos, and the relationship between art and pop culture. Also on tap are free parties, panel discussions, gatherings and workshops designed for the film community and open to the public.

Caryn Coleman introducing the Fest's opening night program
Caryn Coleman introducing the Fest’s opening night program. Courtesy of Nitehawk

Tuesday’s program screened 8 films, and many of the directors, producers, editors, art directors were on hand to talk about their work after the screening. It was a pleasure to hear how these tightly focused, moving pieces came to be. While several of the films were made in New York, the program transported viewers as far as Florida, Puerto Rico and Belarus.

Caryn Coleman, Greenpoint resident and Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk, who has helmed Shorts Fest since its inception, explained that for this year’s Festival, she chose pieces in conversation with one another, rather than grouped around a specific theme. As a result, the Opening Night films, covering topics as diverse as narcolepsy and national politics, all engaged with universal issues of culture, family, identity and love, often in the face of uncertainty or absurdity.  Continue reading

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Second Annual Picture Farm Film Festival This Weekend

I had a great time at the very first Picture Farm Film Festival last year (which I previewed and recapped for Greenpointers). I am looking forward to attending this year’s edition. It takes places this weekend, Saturday 2/7 and Sunday 2/8. I highly encourage you to come see a bunch of great films for free at the Picture Farm Gallery (338 Wythe Avenue). To get you excited, read on for more information and some interviews with the festival organizers and some of the filmmakers. Continue reading

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Nitehawk Cinema’s Second Annual Shorts Festival Begins Tonight 11/19

Back after a successful debut last year, Nitehawk’s second shorts festival kicks off tonight and features programming through Sunday. If you are looking for a diverse array of  works from up-and-coming filmmakers, this event is not to be missed! Continue reading

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Video: Greenpointers Short of the Week!

This week, we are re-appropriating Short of the Week’s entire concept to fit our own publication because said website just named a Greenpoint film as (you guessed it) Short of the Week! Also, it just so happens to be a great little film, so you should probably watch it right now instead of like, working or whatever it is that you do.

The short of choice is an action-romance comedy that parodies 21st century gender roles, which is a pretty ambitious combo to pull off. So high fives for that!  Short of the Week called it “a satire that’s equal parts Indiana Jones and mid-life-crisis melodrama.” We like mid-life crises and Indiana Jones very much so we obviously enjoyed this glimpse of a superhero who can’t get his laundry done. Continue reading

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