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Program & Events

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2011 GFF Schedule (reserve tickets)  

**See here for full details
of Festival Special Events**

Thursday, October 27th

6:00PM – Opening Night Reception

Meet & Greet
Food & Drink

Music by Tal Gur’s Trio

Adam Cohen – Drums
Tal Gur – Saxophone
Teymur Phell – Base


My Mars Bar Movie (Jonas Mekas, 2011, 87 min)

“For some twenty years Mars Bar, on the corner of First Street and
Second Avenue, Manhattan, has been my bar. That’s where we went for
beer and tequila whenever we had to take a break from our work at
Anthology Film Archives, and it was also a bar where most of those who
came to see movies at Anthology ended up after the shows. We always
had a great time at Mars Bar. It was always open, there was always the
juke box, and very often there was no electricity, and it was old and
messy and it didn’t want to be any other way — it was the last escape
place left downtown New York. So this is my love letter to it, to my
Mars Bar. Mars Bar as I knew it.” – Jonas

Filmmaker Jonas Mekas in person for premiere screening.

*Premiere screening of Jonas Mekas’ My Mars Bar Movie cannot be sold separately from opening reception. On Saturday, October 29th Mars Bar will be screened again as a regular priced program.*

Friday, October 28th

1:00PM – Rooms
Programmed by Guillermo G. Peydro (Bio / Program Notes

David Lynch Commercial (2010, 16 min)

Inland Empire (Lynch, 2006, 179 min)
As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

5:00PM – Transcendental Divings
Programmed by Guillermo G. Peydro  (BioProgram Notes

David Lynch Commercial (2000, 1 min)

Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (Lynch, 1995, 1 min)
Rewind 100 years. David Lynch creates this work with an originally restored Lumiere camera.

Lynch (One) (BlackANDwhite, 2007, 85 min)
Compiled from over two years of footage, this film is an intimate portrait of Lynch’s creative process as he completes his Inland Empire.

7:00PM – Nature/Noir
Programmed by Cullen Gallagher  (Bio / Program Notes

The Luminous Passage (Ryan Marino, 2010, 16mm, 6 min)
A meditation on the passage of time and light, an evocation of the season of autumn.

The Animal (Walter Ungerer, 1976, 16mm, 75 min)
A mystery story about a couple that inhabits an isolated cabin in the Vermont wilderness during winter.

Q&A with director Ryan Marino after screenings.
9:15PM – Re-Use, Part I
Programmed by LJ Frezza  (Bio / Program Notes

Program based on appropriated/found footage works from the 1990s to the present. The use of repurposed footage goes along well with the repurposed factory/industrial perspective in Brooklyn in the last few decades. These films show that it isn’t just a Brooklyn phenomenon, but rather part of a global movement of re-use.

Damage Control (aka Bullwinkle Film) (Adam Paradis, 2010, 16mm, 4 min)

Tusslemuscle (Steve Cossman, 2009, 16mm, 5 min)

The Mongrel Sister (Luther Price, 2007, 16mm, 6 min)

The Conversation, Part 1 (Frankie Symonds, 2011, 16mm, 2 min)

Yanqui Walker and the Optical Revolution (Kathryn Ramey, 2009, 16mm, 33 min)

Q&A with directors after screenings.
10:00PM – After Party at t.b.d.**

See Special Events

Saturday, October 29th

11:30AM – Our Gang (aka, ‘The Little Rascals’)
(Program Notes

Waldo’s Last Stand (Edward Cahn, MGM, 1940, 11 min)
Spanky, Alfalfa, and the rest of the little rascals offer to help their pal Waldo attract customers to his lemonade stand.

School’s Out (Robert F. McGowan, Roach Studios, 1930, 21 min)
Little Jackie and the rest of the rascals wreak havoc once again to avoid losing their favorite teacher.

12:00PM – Brunch
1:00PM – Paradise, Part I
Films by Jonas Mekas  (Bio / Program Notes

World Trade Center Haikus (Jonas Mekas, 2010, 12 min)
“Looking through my finished and unfinished films, I was surprised how many glimpses of the World Trade Center I caught during my life in SoHo. I had a feeling I was Hokusai glimpsing Mount Fuji. Only that it was the World Trade Center. The WTC was an inseparable part of my and my family’s life during my SoHo period from 1975-1995. This installation is my love poem to it. My method in constructing this piece was simply to pull out images of the WTC from my original footage, while including some of the surrounding scenes. The result I felt came close, albeit indirectly, to what in poetry is known as the Haiku.”

Song of Avila (Mekas, 1967, 3 min)
“This is in Timothy Leary’s place. In 1966 I came up upon a book of Meher Baba, the Indian guru/scientist, in which he said that there are three great holy places in Europe: Avila, Assisi, and Fatima. In 1967, I decided to visit Avila where I had an enlightening experience. This is a filmed record of my visit to Avila, with my voice telling how I felt there and what happened (especially with the little dogs).”

Mob of Angels at St. Ann (Mekas, 1992, 60 min)
“One hour with a women’s drumming group led by Layne Redmond who has devoted her life to reviving the ancient Meditarranian tradition of women’s ceremonial drumming  and ritual celebrations. Using  one of the world’s oldest known instruments, the small hand held frame drum, they create a contemporary music thatpulsates with  the rhythms of an ancient archaic language.I made it for a French TV  project of One Take Videos, however I didn’t like it enough to  submit it for the broadcast.”

2:45PM – America
Programmed by Guillermo G. Peydro  (Bio / Program Notes

The Cowboy and the Frenchman (Lynch, 1988, 25 min)
A social commentary that pokes fun at the French-American relationship. Originally made for French television.

The Interview Project (Austin Lynch and Jason S., 2009)
A 20,000-mile road trip over the course of 70 days featuring interviews of people from all walks of life.

    • 2: Tommie Holliday (5 min)
    • 26: John D. Montgomery (4 min)
    • 69: Bob (5 min)
    • 101: John Blackbear (5 min)
    • 111: Kalmar Stevenson (5 min)

Public Service Announcement (David Lynch, 1991, 1 min)

4:15PM – Re-Use, Part II
Programmed by LJ Frezza  (Bio / Program Notes

Passage l’acte (Martin Arnold, 1993, 16mm, 12 min)

Removed (Naomi Uman, 1999, 16mm, 6 min)

Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky, 1999, 16mm, 14 min)

Twilight Psalm II: Walking Distance (Phil Solomon, 1999, 16mm, 23 min)

6:00PM – My Mars Bar Movie replay

Note:  Q&A with Jonas Mekas has been moved to 9:30PM (originally 7:30PM).

8:00PM – Paradise, Part II

Note:  ‘Paradise’ program has been moved to 8:00PM (originally 8:45PM).

Films by Jonas Mekas  (Bio / Program Notes

Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Jonas Mekas, 2003, 16mm, 12 min)
“Footage I shot in 1950, my first year in New York, more precisely, in Brooklyn.  Williamsburg was a small miserable part of Brooklyn inhabited at that time mostly by Lithuanian immigrants.  That was my new home.  Miserable home but home.  And I knew that Henry Miller had lived in Williamsburg, I passed his house every day.  So I was happy to be there.  And I was free!  I was free and I had just acquired my first Bolex camera.”

Cup/Saucer/Two Dancers/Radio (Mekas, 1983, 16mm, 23 min)
“…An essay in Pop Art style, in which all the elements listed in the title have equal emphasis. Phoebe Neville, dressed in bra, girdle, curlers, and toe shoes, marches across the floor on pointe with a radio clasped to her ear. [Kenneth] King, dressed in undershirt and shorts and a black tie, does calisthenics. Both spill colored solutions from the coffee cup all over themselves, embrace one another emotionlessly, and mechanically caress their own bodies, while rock and roll songs comment ironically on the action and a taped voice explains the dance’s structure. Mekas, recording a 1965 performance of this key postmodern dance, has translated it into an extraordinary film.” *

*Sally Banes, Village Voice, October 18, 1988

In Between: 1964-68 (Mekas, 1978, 16mm, 52 min)
Collection of footage depicting Mekas’ circle, including Salvador Dali, Allen Ginsberg, and Norman Mailer.

9:30PM - Q&A with Jonas Mekas

Steve Holmgren, programmer for Brooklyn’s UnionDocs, will discuss My Mars Bar Movie with Jonas Mekas.

10:00PM ** 

See below for costume party details.

10:30PM - Solus Collective
Programmed by Moira Tierney  (Bio / Program Notes

Horse Outside (Rubberbandits, Ireland, 2010, 4 min)
A hip-hop music video from Ireland’s cultural icons the Rubberbandits: vehicular versus hooved transportation, aka how to get your girl in 21st century Ireland.

Ko Mi Debo (Les Filles du Bled, Mauritania, 2009, 4 min)
Mauritanian feminist hip-hoppers stand up for themselves, at the forefront of a changing society.

Shade Composition (Rashaad Newsome, USA, 2006, 2 min)
The fine art of giving shade.

Ouroboros II (Alan Lambert, Ireland, 2007-11, 2 min)
Down at the track, this is what it all boils down to.

La-bas dans la capitale (Ahmed Talek Ould Taleb Lehlar, Mauritania, 2008, 3 min)
Saharan nomads forced out of the desert by economic circumstances, struggling to survive in the city.

The Good Boy (Ahmed Ghoneimy, Egypt, 2009, 7 min)
How high are the walls and how long can they keep you confined?

Maze (Hugh McGrory, Ireland, 2003, 3 min)
Shot on Super-8 on a wind-up clockwork Russian military camera; a film about the empty Maze/Long Kesh Prison outside Belfast, scene of the Hunger Strikes in 1981.

Les malles (Felix Samba N’Diaye, Senegal, 1989, 16mm, 14 min)
Urban detritus reclaimed; shot in a scrapyard by seminal Senegalese documentarian Felix Samba N’Diaye.

Nouakchott Rocks (Moira Tierney/Mohamed Idoumou, Ireland/Mauritania, 2010, 21 min)
The neighborhood of Tevragh Zeina in Nouakchott, Mauritania: football on the Saharan sand, ladies & gents busy about their daily affairs, a Berber tent and a factory producing hand-made concrete blocks for the steadily growing city.

Chrysalis (Ronan Coyle, Ireland, 2009, 2 min)
From chrysalis to butterfly; a revolving planetary interpretation.

12:00 AM – Distorted Mirrors
Programmed by Guillermo G. Peydro  (Bio / Program Notes

The Grandmother (Lynch, 1970, 33 min)
A young boy plants some strange seeds, and they grow into a grandmother.

Eraserhead (Lynch, 1977, 85 min)
Now a cult classic and a part of the National Film Registry, Lynch’s controversial first feature is what he calls his “most spiritual movie.”

**Costume party at t.b.d. from 10PM to 4AM (see Special Events)

Sunday, October 30th

11:30AM – Our Gang (aka, ‘The Little Rascals’)
(Program Notes

Bear Shooters (Robert F. McGowan, Roach Studios, 1930, 20 min)
The little rascals come across poachers while sneaking off on a camping trip.

Our Gang Follies of 1938 (Gordon Douglas, Roach Studios, 1937, 21 min)
Alfalfa, all grown up! This little rascal falls into a deep sleep and wakes up as a poor opera singer twenty years later.

12:00PM – Brunch
1:00PM – In the Garden
Programmed by Scott Nyerges   (Bio / Program Notes)

Garden Roll Bounce Parking Lot (Melissa Friedling, 2010, 5 min)
A brother and sister share their memories of that garden, which was recently leveled in order to make a parking space for their father’s livery car.

Green Streets (Maria De Luca, 1989, 16mm 87 min)
Charts the spontaneous emergence of community gardens in New York City and how they’ve helped to nourish neighborhood pride, racial tolerance and a budding sense of hope for hundreds of enthusiastic gardeners in the urban jungle.

Panel Discussion following screenings.**  

Participants  Annie Novak, Ben Lewand, Chris Gray,
directors Maria De Luca and Melissa Friedling, and Scott Nyerges.

4:00PM – Growth and Regrowth
Programmed by Scott Nyerges  (Bio / Program Notes)

Urban Green (Kathleen Rugh, 2011, 16mm, 8 min)
Woven within brick, metal, traffic and people there exists an oasis of the natural both indoors and out.

Glass, Concrete and Stone (Doug Nicholas, 2008, 11.5 min)
Explores images of building demolition, touching on the theme of impermanence while raising questions about the notion of progress.

Li: The Patterns of Nature (John N. Campbell, 2007, 9 min)
Employs time-lapse, microscopy, animation and cymatic imagery to explore the Chinese concept of “Li”- organic patterning, and the underlying inherent order of the physical world as revealed in its natural patterns and rhythms.

Equinox (Caryn Cline, 2011, 5 min)
A botanicollage film in which 16mm, hole-punched black frames, their inner circles filled with plants gleaned in Seattle, animated and optically printed by filmmaker Caryn Cline, interact with the complex rhythms of Barcelona-born, New York-trained composer and jazz bassist Alexis Cuadrado’s group, Noneto Ibérico.

Broad Channel (Sarah J. Christman, 2010, 16mm, 14 min)
Over the course of four seasons, the nuances of everyday activity are examined along one narrow stretch of public shoreline in New York City’s Jamaica Bay. Moments of recurrence and change cycle through an ecosystem rooted in migration.

The Commoners (Penny Lane, 2009, 12 min)
An essay film about European Starlings, poetry, the rhetorical relationship between nationalism and environmentalism, and the paths people forge through history as they attempt to improve the natural world.

Rock/Hard Place (Roger Beebe, 2005, 16mm, 6 min)
In all the postcards of Morro Bay, the image is framed so that you can’t tell that just beyond the edge of the postcard, maybe a few hundred yards from the Rock, is a gargantuan power plant with 3 towering smoke stacks. This film tries to restore the power plant to the frame, so that we can start thinking about what the juxtaposition of these two massive objects might mean.

Q&A with directors Kathleen Rugh and Caryn Cline after screenings.
6:00PM – Red Alert

Ø (Red Channels, 2011, 5 min)
A political outcry.

Bushwick City Farm (Red Channels, 2011, 8 min)
A documentary portrait on a community garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Gasland (Josh Fox, 2010, 104 min)
Filmmaker Josh Fox travels around the country to talk to dozens of property owners and environmental experts on the under-reported dangers of natural gas.

8:30PM – Closing Night Feature

Les hommes (Ariane Michel, 2006, 95 min)
A documentary exploring Greenland and its natural environment as research scientists come for their annual visit.

10:15PM - Closing Night Reception**



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