A pyrotechnics addict in love, a moody French-Canadian out to save a Palestinian refugee, and a trailblazing dolphin. They’ll all hit the big screen at the third annual Greenpoint Film Festival next month.
Woven Spaces, a Greenpoint-based arts organization that has been working out of Brooklyn since 1996, will screen four days worth of animations, docs, narratives, and experimental films at venues around the neighborhood, including the Greenpoint Boathouse.
With a silent tribute that spoke volumes, the Greenpoint Film Festival (GFF) closed on Sunday, September 23rd, with a tip of its hat to Best Documentary winner “Deaf Jam.”
The film follows Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen, who when introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) poetry, enters the spoken word slam scene. In an interesting twist, Brodski, an Israeli immigrant, meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet and the two collaborate on a performance duet, creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the deaf.
Celebrating its second season, the upcoming Greenpoint Film Festival has a new and exciting list of experimental and independent films from contemporary filmmakers. The festival premiered last fall, featuring works from such American filmmakers as David Lynch and Jonas Mekas, among others.
Last night was the opening night celebration of The Greenpoint Film Festival which took place at the Greenpoint Garage on Huron Street off of Manhattan Ave. The festival kicked off with a standing-room only screening of the documentary “Deaf Jam” about a deaf girl (Aneta Brodski) who gets involved with performing ASL poetry in her high school. It was a highly effective film in exploring and giving a voice to those who are stripped of their basic sense of hearing and their struggles to find their own voice through performing signed poetry.
On Friday, the Millennium Film Workshop, an artists’ film collaborative based out of the East Village, guest-curated the Greenpoint Film Festival’s program with a host of bold and striking experimental short films under the banner of the “Millennium Nomadic Program.” I’m of the opinion that any attempts to describe experimental shorts kind of defeats the purpose of their existence: they exist outside the conventions that we come to expect from short-form content in order that they challenge the aesthetic experience of the viewer and yesterday’s works were no exception.
In what was an inspired choice of venue, day three of the Greenpoint Film Festival took place at the Newtown Creek Visitors Center with a selection of environmentally and community themed documentaries. Opening the program was the must-see “The Domino Effect” – a very timely chronicle of the ongoing saga of the former sugar plant along the Williamsburg waterfront which was part of the city’s planned rezoning efforts to turn the facility into luxury and “affordable” housing.
In the informal Q&A afterwards, co-producer Brian Paul said that the building has switched from its previous owner and is now back on the market. Greenpoint assemblyman Joe Lentol was also in attendance, and was able to shed light on some of the latest developments of the complex.
Eclecticism Highlights the 2nd Annual Greenpoint Film Festival
Sep 20, 2012 by Nick Powell
After a successful inaugural year, the Greenpoint Film Festival makes its return to the neighborhood this week, showcasing talented young filmmakers and actors and providing local cinephiles the opportunity to view interesting and dynamic films in their own backyard.
More than 25 films will be screened at the four-day event, which runs from Thursday, September 20th through Sunday, September 23rd at multiple locations throughout Greenpoint. The films were selected by eight judges from a field of over 100 submissions in categories such as Documentary, Narrative, and Experimental.
Multimedia artist Aki Goto’s fashion-video epic for her Now Collection is as sweet as it is daring, highlighting her one-of-a-kind repurposed creations while exploring the idea of the present outside of time.
In this eye-opening documentary, filmmaker Sarah Choi exposes the history and realities of the Greenpoint Oil Spill – one of the largest, and least publicized man-made disasters in the USA – and its impact on local communities.
Lines get blurred in this erotic thriller testing the nature of
relationships and boundaries. Lousie and Lilly, two young models, and Johanna, a young painter, become involved in a twisted three-way relationship that once started as civil then shifts into complicated territory. Beautifully shot, this is the world premier screening for “Louise and Her Lover”.
Opening our ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM at the Newtown Creek Visitors’ Center location is David Leitner’s NEWTOWN CREEK DIGESTOR EGGS: THE ART OF HUMAN WASTE. The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, epitomizes wha
t can be achieved by progressive government working with local activists to adopt the latest technology – but it’s the award-winning architecture and design courtesy of New York City’s Percent for Art program that will drop your jaw, especially those eight magnificent Digester Eggs. An unusual marriage of form and function energizes the jaw-droppingly beautiful Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn, New York. Filmmaker will be present.
In Michael Wolfe’s NARRATIVE FEATURE drama MAYBE TOMORROW three men are haunted by a crime that severs their friendships but connects them to each other for life. After fifteen years of denial, they revisit the one night that changed their lives.
The 2nd Annual Greenpoint Film Festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 with the winner of the Documentary Features competition, Judy Lieff’s Deaf Jam, a mind-opening look into the world of American Sign Language (ASL) Slam Poetry!
6:00pm Opening Reception 7:00pm Screening of Deaf Jam 8:15pm Q & A with director Judy Lieff, main character Aneta Brodski with ASL interpreter Veronica Staehle. 8:30pm After Party
Location: 186 Huron Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Between Manhattan Ave & McGuinness Blvd.
Directions: Subway: G line to Greenpoint Ave station. Bus: B62 or B43 to Manhattan Av/India Street. East River Ferry: to Greenpoint/India Street.
Screening as part of the curated environmental section at the Newton Creek Visitor Center.
Cinematic journalism at its best, Jessica Yu’s startling documentary, is a call to action regarding the current water crisis. The film exposes the consequences of human and corporate decisions made affecting our water on a local and global scale.
by Daniel Phelps, Megan Sperry and Brian Paul, 50min
The Domino Effect is a documentary which explores the Domino Sugar Factory development project in Williamsburg and its projected impact on the neighborhood. Told through the voices of longtime residents, the film conveys the personal impact of gentrification while also shedding light on the controversial process of real estate development in New York City.
Directed by Susan Streitfeld – Produced by Mindy Affrime, 86 min
Golf in the Kingdom, is adapted from Michael Murphy’s 1972 classic novel. A blend of sport and mysticism, it tells the story of Michael, who in 1956 is bound for an ashram in India when he stops over in Scotland to play one last game on a renowned course named Burningbush. There he encounters Shivas Irons, a pro with a philosophical and metaphysical bent, who profoundly alters the young man’s perceptions of golf and life.
Shot in the environs of St. Louis in five weeks with a $20,000 budget and a Canon 5D Mark II, filmmakers Brian Bowls MacLean and Matt “Mugs” Glasson crafted together a witty and semi-gritty “un-romantic comedy” feature. Love Stalker is the highlight of GFF12’s Micro-Budget category. Q & A with the filmmakers will follow. Stay tuned for program details.
From Cineaste Magazine: ” an unshowy dedication to portraying a city through the words and faces of its residents, and its patience in allowing its accumulation of unspectacular filmed encounters to gradually form an incredibly revealing mosaic of a deeply troubled urban community.
Director Denis Côté Canada/France, 2011, 72 min, color
Bestiaire is an elegant meditation on the nature of sentience and the boundaries between nature and “civilization”. We observe animals, they also observe us and one another; the mutual beholding initiates a shift in consciousness. We are left with an awareness of the constraints of captivity and of some liberation of mental constraint.
The winner of our Documentary feature category is Deaf Jam! This incredibly inspirational film, directed Judy Lieff, will open our festival Thursday night, September 20th. Please save the date! Stay tuned for more details.
Folks, thanks so much for your contributions. As you see we are almost there, but we still have a gap to bridge. Please spread the word to as many others as possible. Below are a few still previews of coming attractions to this year’s festival.
You can still get on board to cool off from Thursday’s oncoming climate change 90 plus degree oven, with cool river and ocean breezes and sipping wine and Brooklyn Brew on our East River Sunset Cruise. Tickets are STILL AVAILABLE!
Attendees in 2011, photo compliments of the Greenpoint Film Festival.
The Greenpoint Film Festival is gearing up for its second year, taking submissions from the public, in addition to curated programs, for the first time.
Categories for the festival, hosted by Brooklyn’s Woven Spaces arts organization, include experimental/avant-garde, narrative, documentary, and animation. The festival is also accepting features, shorts and some student works.
A jury of roughly 10 people will vote on films to select for the festival, according to Director Rosa Valado.
“Everything will be seen, everything will be looked at,” she said of the submissions.
Last night, just a couple dozen people braved the rain and cold to help kick off the first Greenpoint Film Festival with the premiere of Jonas Mekas’s new documentary, “My Mars Bar Movie.” The film, which Mr. Mekas, 88, said he had recorded during trips to Mars Bar over the course of fifteen years at Anthology Film Archives across the street, begins with a close-up of the archivist and filmmaker’s first name carved in the bar, followed by admiring shots of an insect-ridden fly strip and then the first of countless clinking tequila glasses.
Yesterday evening marked the beginning of what appears to be a promising new presence on the New York film scene: the opening night of the first annual Greenpoint Film Festival, launched by Brooklyn based arts organization Woven Spaces.
Films screened for the rest of the weekend will be a promising melange of documentaries, features and shorts with experimental tendencies, as well a good helping of repertory programming. The festival takes places at the Broadway Stages studio this weekend at 222 West St, which offers views of Manhattan and the East River in a loft-style screening space. The venue also happens to be beneath one of Brooklyn’s first rooftop farms, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm (and you know how we feel about Rooftops). Festival programmer and photographer Scott Nyerges spent 2010 documenting the farm’s growing season, so it comes as little surprise that they have chosen regeneration as the program’s organizing theme.
On October 27th, the Greenpoint Film Festival will make its debut. Inside Broadway Stages, movies from avant-garde, indie filmmakers will be screened, as will the work of cult favorite David Lynch. Throughout the four-day event, a wide variety of films with diverse themes covering environmental issues, local happenings, and social commentary are going to be shown.
Legendary filmmaker and Gotham flaneur Jonas Mekas is set to kick off the first-ever Greenpoint Film Festival with the premiere of a full-length documentary about boozing it up at the infamous Mars Bar in Manhattan.
The 88-year-old, Lithuanian-born and Brooklyn-based filmmaker nicknamed “the Godfather of avant-garde cinema,” will screen five of his films at the Greenpoint Film Festival — Oct. 27–30 at Broadway Stages in Greenpoint — including his brand new “My Mars Bar Movie,” an homage — and love letter — to the iconic Manhattan dive that recently closed.
Well-known for his contribution to the avant-garde film world, Jonas Mekas has been called the godfather of it all, but the humble 89-year-old doesn’t want that label.
“I don’t like it because there is a big misunderstanding,” he said as he spoke to this paper in his Clinton Hill studio in August before Hurricane Irene was set to hit. “It all began long before I was born.”
Did you know that the Little Rascals was set in Greenpoint? It’s one of the screenings for the upcoming Greenpoint Film Festival, the first of what will become an annual affair organized by Woven Spaces, a local nonprofit public arts group. Taking place October 27 – 30 at Broadway Stages in Greenpoint, the line-up includes favorites and lesser-known experimental, avant-garde shorts and feature-length films.