Greenpointers: The 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival: From Music to Micro-Budget

Sep 30, 2013 by Drew E

This past weekend, the Greenpoint Film Festival returned to the neighborhood for it’s third consecutive year, pulling from many different facets of the film world.The highlights included selections from the world of documentary, music video, new for 2013, and the world of the Micro-Budget film.

Music Video Artist Panel – © Erin Lee

Last Friday evening’s documentary portion, housed at 67 West Street, featured Max Kutner’s, “At The Corner of 3rd and 3rd”, a short-form piece showcasing Gowanus’ own Coignet Stone Company Building; a 19th century historic holdout in the ever-developing landscape of Brooklyn. This was followed by Lisa Molomot’s feature length, “The Hill” which focuses on a New Haven, CT neighborhood dealing with the looming displacement of it’s residents due to expansion of the city’s school system. Both films offered plenty of food for thought and I found that Kutner’s Gowanus piece struck closer to home as we here, in Greenpoint, are also dealing with the prospects of urban renewal and development and the impact that is having on our community.

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WG: Greenpoint Film Festival 2013 Wrap Up

Sep 24, 2013 by Keith R. Higgons

After a successful opening night on Thursday, September 19, the third annual Greenpoint Film Festival wrapped on Sunday. Just as she has done in the previous two years, Festival Director Rosa Valado was able to tap into the creativity of our neighborhood as well as bring together a diverse group of films and filmmakers from around the world. In addition to screening a number of amazing films, the Greenpoint Film Festival played host to a number of spirited discussions and panels.

The festival had the prerequisite narrative and documentary categories in addition to highlighting micro-budget/DIY films, experimental films, and offered a music video screening and discussion. The closing day, Sunday, featured an extensive environmental film and discussion series in addition to animated and performance films.

In short, the Greenpoint Film Festival delivered a broad selection of films and discussions that provided something for all the varying interests in our nabe.

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Greenpoint Star: 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival is back

Sept 18, 2013 by Andrew Shilling

The Greenpoint Film Festival is back again for the third year in North Brooklyn, and this year there were more submissions than ever before.

According to founder Rosa Valado, the response this year brought in nearly double the submissions from last year, with 200 shorts, documentaries, experimental and animated films. The first year of the festival saw just 75 submissions.

“We got more than twice the films than we did last year,” Valado said.

Judges this year included Jeremy Kipp Walker, director and producer for the New York-based Journeyman Pictures; playwright, short film maker and Greenpoint film enthusiast Keith R. Higgons; Michael Sayers, owner of Photoplay Video and DVD; Brooklyn filmmaker Rachael Guma; and artist and filmmaker Tom Jarmusch.

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Time Out: See shorts about Brooklyn at the Greenpoint Film Festival

The three-year-old fest returns to North Brooklyn for four days’ worth of screenings at venues around the neighborhood.

Sep 17, 2013 By Peter Kirby

The annual New York Film Festival gets underway on September 27, but if you’re looking for something that’s more hyperlocal, consider checking out the Greenpoint Film Festival. The upstart event, now in its third year, returns to Brooklyn from September 19 through 23. Though it has maintained its traditional focus on the environment—this year’s schedule includes a group of shorts about waterways—the schedule also features a diverse roster of narrative films, documentaries, experimental shorts and animated flicks.

A few highlights of next week’s program: a documentary short about the iconic Coignet Stone Company Building in Gowanus (“At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd”); an animation about a nuclear-weapons engineer who finds love (“The Pyrotechnician’s Daughter”); and “The Sleepy Man,” a short featuring the great John Hawkes as well as a (very) sleepy man.

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Flux Fest Program: Five Films About Time Travel

Saturday 9/21 @ 8pm – 67 West St

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Old Timers by Carl Conway Maguire & Megan Stein, 2013, 10 min

Primogenesis by Michael Tosner, 2013, 14 min

Hippocampus by Jarrod Zayas & Tessa Greenberg, 2013, 13 min

Russell Curtis by Chris Cipriano, Matt Ferrin, James P. Gannon & Joseph K. Gannon,2013, 11 min

The Misadventures> of the Incredible Dr. Wonderfoot

Selection Jury – GFF13

Jeremy Kipp Walker is a New York-based producer/ director and partner at the independent film production company Journeyman Pictures. Among the films that he has produced are Sophie Barthes’ Cold Souls, starring Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, and Emily Watson; and Mark Heller’s The Passage, starring Stephen Dorff and Sarai Givaty.

By day, Keith R. Higgons is a cube dwelling scallywag and by night an avid media enthusiast. He is a playwright, writer, short film maker, blogger, publisher, entrepreneur and balloon contortionist. He is a long time resident of Greenpoint and Wiliamsburg who currently lives on the South Side. You can find him at and

Michael Sayers has spent most of his time in New York working at movie theaters, including Bleecker Street Cinema, 8th Street Playhouse and twelve years at Film Forum (including two as repertory programming associate). He currently owns and operates PHOTOPLAY VIDEO & DVD in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Rachael Guma is a filmmaker and sound artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Her films have screened at the San Francisco Cinematheque, RX Gallery, Mono No Aware, Northern Flickers, Microscope Gallery, Millennium Film Workshop, and Another Experiment by Women Film Festival (AXWFF). She has curated screenings for Millennium Film Workshop and Anthology Film Archives.

Tom Jarmusch is an artist and filmmaker. His work includes films, videos, installations and photography. His work has been shown internationally in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America and at festivals around the world. He has worked for movies as an Art Director, Prop Master, and in the Locations department for Directors including: Robert Frank, Claire Denis, Aki Kaurismaki, Ang Lee, Michael Almereyda, and his brother Jim Jarmusch. He lives and works in NYC.

Greenpoint Gazette: Greenpoint Film Festival Returns Next Week

Sep 13, 2013 by Kevin D’Angelo

The Greenpoint Film Festival is back for its third year, running from September 19th to the 22nd. The festival, which in the past featured a retrospective of David Lynch and a premiere of Jonas Mekas’ My Mars Bar Movie, will screen an exciting collection of films at venues including West Street Studios and The Gutter Bowling Alley on North 14th Street.

Since its first year in 2011, the festival has grown from a simple collection of films and video art pieces to a dynamic festival of documentaries, feature length narratives, shorts, animation and experimental pieces mixed with various curated programs.

Visual artist and founder of the festival, Rosa Valado, founded the festival as a platform to bring visual ideas and a variety of voices to the North Brooklyn community. A resident of more than 20 years, Rosa felt compelled to launch a film festival in a neighborhood as culturally vibrant as Greenpoint.
“Here we are with one of the biggest art and film communities in New York” she said. “I thought it had to happen.”

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At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd

At the Corner of 3rd and 3rdDirected by Max Kutner, 2013, 21 min

Friday 9/20 @ 6:30pm – 67 West St.

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A Brooklyn mystery of sorts–an elegant two story structure built in the Italianate style stands alone, surrounded by acres of empty lots in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Long abandoned and seemingly forgotten, the building is revealed by historians and preservationists as the former offices of the Coignet Stone Company–a landmark built in 1873 and the first known concrete structure in all of New York City. This forlorn, majestic building becomes our entry point for a brief history of the Gowanus area– from marshy farmlands to center of industry, a steep decline into a foul-smelling toxic wasteland, and now a developer’s dream (except for that toxic part)–an empty stretch of Brooklyn, ready for re-zoning and re-building and surrounded by the affluent areas of Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.


Environmental II Program

Curated by Rosa Valado & Vivian Smith
Part II of our program includes a series of features and discussions on issues, local and global, their impact and possible remedies.

This Year’s Environmental Program Presents films that address compelling issues of our time such as climate change,  land use, pollution abatement,and the powerful role individuals can play in halting environmental degradation.

Part II of our program will screen on Sunday with a series of features, and discussions on issues local and global, their impact and possible remedies.

Bidder 70

Sunday 9/22 @ 1pm – 67 West St.


Directed by Gayatri Roshan and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, 2012, 93 min
Sunday 9/22 @ 2pm – 67 West St.

Idle Threat

Directed by George Pakenham, 2012, 69 min
Sunday 9/22 @ 4pm – 67 West St.



Sunday 9/22 @ 5:10pm – 67 West St.

Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director Empire Clean Cities; Currently, Christina is developing strategies that fulfill Empire Clean Cities’ mission, in addition to seeking out increased membership and promoting the acceptance of alternative vehicles and advanced vehicle technologies that reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions in our region and reduce our national dependence on foreign oil. She is a graduate of Boston University where she majored in Biology, minored in Philosophy, and has her MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.

Empire Clean Cities is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to ensure clean air for future generations. As the designated local US Department of Energy supported Clean Cities coalition, we are part of a national network of nearly 100 coalitions dedicated to advancing the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by reducing petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.

George Pakenham, documentary filmmaker; After eleven years on Wall Street, George produced several short documentaries. His most recent film, “Idle Threat,” shown here in this program, took over five years in the making as he courteously confronted over 3,000 motorists to explain idling’s impact and idling laws. George’s quest is to make the simple act of turning a key to something that can make a big difference toward a healthier city and world.

Michael Heimbinder, Founder & Executive Director of HabitatMap and Chair of Newtown Creek Alliance; a community organizer, educator, and information designer. Since launching HabitatMap in 2006, Michael has worked with dozens of community based organizations and schools to create planning and advocacy maps that publicize issues they care about most. As Chair of Newtown Creek Alliance, Michael has made community knowledge sharing a keystone of the organization’s successful efforts to clean up Newtown Creek. Michael also serves as Technical Advisor to the Organization of Waterfront Neighborhoods.

HabitatMap is a non-profit environmental health justice organization whose goal is to raise awareness about the impact the environment has on human health by combining social networking and online map making to foster connections between community organizations and their constituents. HabitatMap recently released AirCasting which is a platform for recording, mapping, and sharing health and environmental data using smartphones.

Peter Harrison, Staff Attorney, Waterkeeper Alliance; Peter earned his BS in Environmental Sciences at University of North Carolina and his JD from Pace University Law School. Peter represents Waterkeeper in litigation and provides legal resources for over 200 Waterkeeper organizations worldwide, focusing primarily on Clean Water Act Enforcement cases related to the coal industry.

Representing over 200 local Waterkeeper organizations on six continents, Waterkeeper Alliance empowers communities to stand up for the right to swimmable, drinkable, and fishable water. Panel Moderator–David Leitner, filmmaker; David is the director of Oscar-nominated For All Mankind , and a long list of major films including Trembling Before G-d, Portrait in Progress: Chuck Close to mention but a few. Newtown Creek Digester Eggs: The Art of Human Waste (2012) was part of the GFF12 Environmental program. We are delighted to welcome David back this year as moderator for our Sunday 9//22, Environmental II panel discussion at 5pm, 67 West Street.

Environmental Part I

Opening Reception Thursday 9/19 @ 6pm – 67 West St.

Screening @ 7pm

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This Year’s Environmental Program Presents films that address compelling issues of our time such as climate change, land use, pollution abatement,and the powerful role individuals can play in halting environmental degradation.

Part I of our program opens with North Brooklyn UpClose, a program of shorts organized by Dewey Thompson, The North Brooklyn Boathouse & friends dealing with focus on North Brooklyn.

The Secret City: Dutch Kills (Robert DiMaio, 2012, 2 min)
Jens Rasmussen, Canoe Trip Leader for North Brooklyn Boat Club explores the hidden reaches of the Dutch Kills, an almost impassable tributary of the Newtown Creek.

Birth of a Boat Club (Robert DiMaio, 2012, 10 min)
Documents the combination of vision, volunteer effort and luck that propelled the North Brooklyn Boat Club from a vague longing into an active community organization and vital connection with our waterways.

East River Dolphin (Willis Elkins, 2013, 2 min)
Beautiful, mysterious and almost surreal actual footage of a dolphin swimming in the East River in the Spring of 2013.

Red Sky At Night (Dewey Thompson, 1993, 22 min)
Apocalyptic comedy about a young man and woman,paired in a canoe for a singles outing on the East River.

Into English Kills (Henry Sanchez, 2013, 7 mins)
A look into Newtown Creek’s “heart of darkness”

Newtown Creek Armada: English Kills Voyage (Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger and Sarah Nelson Wright, 2012, 7 mins)
A journey into the waters of the English Kills at the end of the Newtown Creek. The Newtown Creek Armada is a public art project to explore the past, present and future of a contaminated New York City waterway

The Paddler With A Glass Eye (Jens Rasmussen, 2013, 4 mins)
Google selected Jens to be one of the beta testers of its revolutionary “Google Glass” technology.  This is a look at our waterways with one “eye” wide open.

Panel / Q&A:  Dewey Thompson, Kate Zidar, Lisa Garrison,
and filmmakers.

After Party: Coco66

The Sleepy Man

The Sleepy ManDirected by Oona Mekas, 2013, 25 min

Saturday 9/21 @ 4pm – 67 West St.

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Judith comes home to find a man (John Hawkes) sleeping on her porch – one of the ‘sleepy people.’ She brings him inside. Over the next 5 days the mystery of the sleepy man grows as Judith becomes entangled with a gang of roving youth and the ragtag militia that is fighting them. A magical realist love story with a sci-fi element.

Idle Threat

Idle ThreatDirected by George Pakenham, 2012, 69 min

Sunday 9/22 @ 4pm – 67 West St.

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EA documentary film about one mans resilient struggle with the NYPD to enforce a 38 year old anti-engine idling law in order to reduce air pollution and battle global warming. Against all odds, he succeeds and in the process, gets world wide recognition and improves the quality of life in New York.



“Two Seconds After Laughter”

Two Seconds After LaughterDirected by David Rousseve, 2012, 16 min

Friday 9/20 @ 8:40pm – 67 West St.

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An original intersection of documentary, dance-for-camera, and dream-like fantasy, ‘Two Seconds AFter Laughter’ creates a border-jumping dialogue on a universal irony: The heart longs most for the one place to which it can never fully return…home. With a narrative inspired by choreographer Sri Susilowati’s return to Indonesia after 20 years in America, ‘Two Seconds…’ is a conversation on the nature of memory; a cry of longing caused by separation; and a fable-like tale of the joy and emotional dislocation experienced by contemporary immigrant people. Weaving stunning cinematography, traditional Indonesian dance, Sundanese music, and an emotionally-potent narrative, the film resonates as a meditation on being alone in a fast-moving transnational world.

Dans L’Oeil de la Forgeronne

Dans L’Oeil de la ForgeronneDirected by Pierre Bundock, Guy Pelletier, 2012, 19 min

Friday 9/20 @ 8:40pm – 67 West St.

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Filmmakers Pelletier and Bundock carved their film as Canadian Sculptor Marie-Josee Roy advanced her sculpting, her work influencing the film, the filming biasing her process. An artistic spiral where everyone had to constantly re-adapt. Even though everybody was tight on following their initial concept, ideas kept popping out to a point where even the initial concept of the sculpture itself changed during the course of the shooting.

The Windermere Guest

The Windermere GuestDirected by Greg Slagle, 2012, 16 min

Saturday 9/21 @ 4pm – 67 West St.

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Based on a true event in New York City 1928, Samuel Hines is set to take out the biggest crime boss in New York City, Salvatore ‘Toto’ D’Aquila. The plan? Get in, get out and get back to Miami. A staunch professional, Hines sets out to execute the plan in a cold, efficient manner. He is the right man for the right job. But could a love interest and self-doubts cause him to make a crucial mistake?


MojaveDirected by Peter Sasowsky, 2013, 23 min

Saturday 9/21 @ 4pm – 67 West St.

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Mojave is a dramatic short film about the conflict between art and commerce played out in the Mojave desert as an in crisis construction foreman discovers a mute scenic artist inhabiting a large compound he has been sent to demolish in a remote part of the Mojave desert.


SleepDirected by Karl Nussbaum, 2012, 9 min

Friday 9/20 @ 8:40pm – 67 West St.

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U.S. Premiere ‘Sleep’ is a meditation on the director’s father’s recent death and the father/son relationship. The universals of death are expressed through a sequence of primarily abstract images and textures combined with documentary footage.

Ambients VOL. 1

Ambients Vol. 1Directed by Aaron Leeder, 2013, 22 min

Friday 9/20 @ 8:40pm – 67 West St.

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New York Premiere
‘Ambients VOL. 1’ is an audio/visual experience by Faces Together. The music for this piece was co-produced and composed by Aaron Leeder and John Thayer in Brooklyn, New York. The audio was mastered by Chris Abell in Astoria, New York. The short film is a contemporary collage of footage shot, treated and edited by Leeder in New York and Louisiana from January to March of 2013. The juxtaposition of city and country/nature landscapes inspires a visual affectation, which alongside the audio accompaniment, guide the listener/viewer through all twelve keys of the chromatic scale.

Performance Video: Private/Public Body

Curated by Alexandra Ben-Abba

Sunday 9/22 @ 6:45pm followed by panel – 67 West St

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Private/Public Body features contemporary video work by visual artist. Residing between the public and the private, artists in the program choose to use the human body as a focal point of their frame. They create installations or events that explore the personal within the public sphere. Naomi Safran-Hon and Katayoun Vaziri talk in two different languages, they create an honest piece that deals with the effect of political decisions on personal relationships. Three short pieces by Courtney Lockeme presents us with a humorous, tasteful and honest artist that brings to the public realm intimate moments of herself in her personal space. K Laub takes on a persona of a simple American person, this genderless person talks about existential questions such as loneliness, money and death in way that doesn’t leave us indifferent. Habby Osk creates clean and minimalistic videos that deal with human interactions, the generalization of these actions creates space for diverse interpretations. Looking at their own image, or at a generalized body they all share their ideas and by doing that comment on public issues.

Chickens by K Laub, USA, 2013, 2:30 min, color, HD
Snowed in by K Laub, USA, 2013, 2:30 min, color, HD
Idea by K Laub, USA, 2013, 2:30 min, color, HD
Fingers Walking by Courtney Lockemer, USA, 2010, 4 min, color, HD
Dusting (Swiffer Bikini) by Courtney Lockemer, USA, 2010, 4:30 min, color, HD
Head Bonk by Courtney Lockemer, USA, 2010, 2:45 min, color, HD
English Subtitles by Naomi Safran-Hon and Katayoun Vaziri, USA, 2009, 32 min, color, HD
Trust in Me Trust in You by Habby Osk, Iceland, 7:25 min 2010, color, SD
We all must conform by Habby Osk, Iceland, 2010, 2:15 min, color, SD
Bypass by Habby Osk, USA, 3:30 min, Black & White, SD

Panel with the artists Courtney Lockeme, Katayoun Vaziri and Habby Osk, moderated by Curator Alexandra Ben-Abba


Directed by Dan Bowhers, 2013, 90 min

Saturday 9/21 @ 10pm – 67 West St.
Q&A with Filmmaker to follow

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A Chinese food delivery man named Po Phuk (Vandall Truong) harbors dreams of becoming an ace streetballer but faces a variety of obstacles he must first overcome. A “microscopic” budget comedy shot almost entirely in Greenpoint, this knowingly un-PC film is guaranteed to offend every viewer on some level, but the oft-told story of a character’s redemption through sport still resonates and CHICKEN comes off with its twisted heart in the right offbeat place.

Pictures of Superheroes

Directed by Don Swaynos, 2012, 72 min

Saturday 9/21 @ 1pm – 67 West St.

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Marie (Kerri Lendo), a maid, gets sent into a surreal world of pretend relationships and marriages among a group of men who seem to possess the mental aptitude of a child. Writer/director Don Swaynos finds the right balance of quirky, character-driven comedy that exists in its own “Napoleon Dynomite-esque” world. This Austin-lensed indie is supported by some solid acting, a fun, upbeat score and the filmmaker manages to craft a handsome film to boot – all on a next-to-nothing budget.

Microbudget Films

Curated by Matt Glasson

With the increase in affordable cameras and editing software today, content and media creators are now able to produce their own ideas in short, serial and feature length formats at budgets heretofore thought of as unrealistically low. The Greenpoint Film Festival wishes to extend their support to the DIY filmmaking community by nurturing this trend by presenting and awarding feature films that have been produced on a microbudget scale (less than $50,000). The feature film “Love Stalker” (from Greenpoint filmmaker Matt Glasson) was awarded “Best Microbudget Feature” at last year’s festival and Glasson is on this year’s festival committee for the microbudget film category. It is the hope of the Greenpoint Film Festival to encourage the growth of micro budget filmmaking by continuing to present films that fit this criteria in the years ahead.

Pictures of Superheroes

Directed by Don Swaynos, 2012, 72 min
Saturday 9/21 @ 1pm – 67 West St.

Flux Shorts: Five Short Films About Time Travel

Saturday 9/21 @ 8pm – 67 West St.

Panel: with Filmmakers “DIY and Micro-budget”

Saturday 9/21 @ 9:15pm – 67 West St.


Directed by Dan Bowhers, 2013, 90 min
Saturday 9/21 @ 10pm followed by Q&A with filmmaker – 67 West St.


C.A.G.E.Directed by Richard Evans, 2013, 21 min

Friday 9/20 @ 8:40pm – 67 West St.

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C.A.G.E. is a fictional documentary about ‘Variations on a Plain Index’ a 1945 sound work by an unnamed experimental composer. C.A.G.E. is a subtle and philosophical story about an artist’s relationship to environment and how component elements of an artwork can represent subjective states of mind. C.A.G.E. is a psychological or physical cage, it is the notes C, A, G and E which make up the final noise, it is the names of the mine shafts in Death Valley where the final recording is made. C.A.G.E. is the final resting place of the sound work, an unmanned electrical substation somewhere near Las Vegas.


The Valley of Tears (La Vallée des Larmes)

The Valley of TearsDirected by Maryanne Zéhil, 2012, 95 min

Saturday 9/21 @ 6pm – 67 West St.

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New York Premiere
Marie, a Canadian editor specialized in testimonies of genocide survivors, starts to receive anonymous large envelopes with the narrative of Ali, a young Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Intrigued, Marie investigates the origin of these envelopes and finds out who is the anonymous writer. This is how she establishes a connection with Joseph, a Lebanese worker hired to paint the offices. A strange relation develops between these two persons who come from very different worlds. But after a while, Joseph abruptly disappears and Marie, overwhelmed by the mission fallen on her, starts a journey into the past, through a small village in Lebanon, in the heart of a bloodthirsty culture where lies the key of all the enigmas.



Winner of Best Narrative Feature

Elk Grass

Elk GrassDirected Abbey Luck, 2013, 2:32 min

Sunday 9/22 @ 6:15pm – 67 West St.

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The spirit of Elk Mountain calls to a wandering elk cow.


Winner of Best Animated Short

The Pyrotechnician’s Daughter

The Pyrotechnician's DaughterDirected by Courtney Taniguchi, 2013, 5:13 min

Sunday 9/22 @ 6:15pm – 67 West St.

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Nuclear weapon engineer Birdie-Lou falls in love with a peace protestor. When the war breaks out, she is forced to make a difficult decision.



The Hill

The HillDirected by Lisa Molomot, 2013, 60 min

Friday 9/20 @ 6:30pm – 67 West St.

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In the heart of New Haven, a poor, primarily black and Hispanic residential neighborhood is threatened by a school reconstruction program. With other building sites clearly available, the destruction of 123 homes in “The Hill” seems motivated less by considerations of school placement and more by the desire to eliminate low-income housing and the citizens who occupy it. Interviews with long term residents, activists, administrators and lawyers demonstrate clearly and concisely how a city government can utilize the principal of “eminent domain” to obliterate an “undesirable” area rather than provide more complex options for urban renewal. The film makes a compelling humanitarian argument for community organization and the utilization of every legal option to battle aggressive political bullying disguised as “progress.”


The Hill is the Winner of the Best Documentary Feature competition.

Silent Voices

Silent VoicesDirected by David O’Brien, 2013, 8 min

Sunday 9/22 @ 6:15pm – 67 West St.

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‘Silent Voices’ is the story of a young man, whose idle lounging and apathetic attitude could cost him the right to speak up. His procrastination is met head on when what once seem distant and irreverent to him, suddenly becomes a reality. Will this man find his voice, before its too late?



Bidder 70

Bidder 70Directed by Beth and George Gage, 2012, 73 min

Sunday 9/22 @ 1pm – 67 West St.

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Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.



Music Videos

Curated by David Ohliger

Saturday 9/21 @ 3pm – 200 N14th St

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Is the music video dead? If you watch MTV lately you might think so. Over the last decade we have seen the rise and fall of this art form. Some artists have used it purely as a marketing tool, others and extension of their persona. Most music videos these days live solely online, to be shared with fans or to push the envelope. One thing seems obvious, unless your Lady Gaga, most artists do not allocate a large budget for music video’s anymore. The resulting scenario is a low budget, high creative approach. It’s almost as if music videos have come full circle or maybe we are in a rebirth phase… decide.

Born in The Belly – My Jerusalem (Ilinca Hopfner, 2013, 4:56 min)
The Cisleroo – Lord Classic (John Ciambriello, 2012, 4:36 min)
Your Secret Baby – Geordie Austen (Geordie Austen, 2013, 4:22 min)
In The City – Cave Man (Phil Di Fiore, 2013, 4:10 min)
Giving up Redheads – Leland Sundries (Jim Turner, 2013, 4:53 min)
I saw the light that day – The 88 (Eric Cwiertny, 2013, 3:29 min)
Addicted to The Internet – Emily Newhouse (Doan Hoang, 2013, 3:56 min)
Boogie – 79.5 (Dustin Guy Defa, 2012, 2:40 min)
My Vag – Awkwafina (Court Dunn, 2012, 3:07 min)

Panel with Curator David Ohliger – 4pm


ElementalDirected by Gayatri Roshan and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, 2012, 93 min

Sunday 9/22 @ 2pm – 67 West St.

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Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.




EpilogueDirected by Dylan Allen, 2013, 16 min

Saturday 9/21 @ 4pm – 67 West St.

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After the climactic, victorious end of a globe-spanning adventure, a hero and his leading lady struggle to figure out what comes next.



Bedford + Bowery: Is the Greenpoint Film Festival Back? Dolphinately!

August 20, 2013 By Erica Martin

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.

The festival’s first year, in 2011, saw the premiere of Jonas Mekas’s Mars Bar movie. This year, feature films include a French-Canadian drama titled La Vallée Des Larmes (Valley of Tears) and The Pyrotechnician’s Daughter, an animated love story about “a nuclear weapon engineer with a taste for pyrotechnics.”

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Greenpoint Gazette: Greenpoint Film Festival Closes with a Positive Sign

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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: 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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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: 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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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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