Greenpoint Gazette: Greenpoint Film Festival Closes with a Positive Sign

Jeff Mann
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Sep 28, 2012 by Jeff Mann

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.

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Greenpointers: Greenpoint Film Festival Day 3: Community, Environment and Tom Jarmusch

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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.

 

Assemblyman Joe Lentol speaks at the Q&A following the screening for “The Domino Effect” at the Greenpoint Film Festival (photo by M. Glasson)

 

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.

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Greenpointers: Greenpoint Film Festival Day Two: The Millennium Nomadic Program

 

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.

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Greenpointers: Opening Night of The Greenpoint Film Festival

Opening Night of The Greenpoint Film Festival

 

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.

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Greenpoint Gazette: Eclecticism Highlights the 2nd Annual Greenpoint Film Festival

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.

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Greenpoint Star: Rosa Valado

by Heather Senison

Mar 20, 2012

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Rosa Valado moved to Richmond Hill from a small town in Northwest Spain with her parents when she was 11 years old.

She went back to Europe several years later to study art in Madrid, finishing with a specialized degree in Fine Arts and Art History from CUNY Queens College.

As the years went on, Valado moved to Brooklyn, where she’s lived in Williamsburg and Greenpoint since.

“I love the community,” she said of Greenpoint. “I think geographically it’s just really beautiful.”

Greenpoint Star: Greenpoint film fest taking submissions

Attendees in 2011, photo compliments of the Greenpoint Film Festival.

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.