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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 keithrhiggons.com and @krhiggons.com
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.
“Elk Grass”, Abbey Luck, Best Animation Short
“The Pyrotechnician’s Daughter”,
Courtney Taniguchi, Official Selection
“Silent Voices”, David O’Brien, Official Selection
“La Vallée des Larmes”, Maryanne Zehil, Best Narrative Feature
“Your Side of the Bed”, Jason Jeffrey, Official Selection Narrative Feature
“Mojave”, Peter Sasowsky, Best Narrative Short
“Epilogue”, Dylan Allen, Official Selection Narrative Shorts
“The Windermere Guest”, Greg Slagle, Official Selection Narrative Shorts
“The Sleepy Man”, Oona Mekas, Official Selection Narrative Shorts
“The Hill”, Lisa Molomot, Best Documentary Feature
“At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd”, Max Kutner, Best Documentary Short
“Dans L’Oeil de la Forgeronne”, Pierre Bundock,
Guy Pelletir, Best Experimental Short
“C.A.G.E.”, Richard Evans, Honorable Mention Experimental Shorts
“Culebra Jr.”, Daniela Delgado Viteri, Honorable Mention Experimental Shorts
“Two Seconds After Laughter”, David Rousseve, Official Selection Experimental Shorts
“Sleep”, Karl Nussbaum, Official Selection Experimental Shorts
“Ambients VOL.1”, Aaron Leeder, Official Selection Experimental Shorts
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.
Subway: G line to Greenpoint Ave station.
Bus: B62 or B43 to Manhattan Av/India Street.
East River Ferry: to Greenpoint/India Street.
directed by Jenny Miller, Sam Phillips & Arielle Edelman, 21min
A documentary portrait of multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and DJ Rip Smops who has been making music for over 30 years and is ready for his big break.
directed by Sean Gallagher, 10min
A charming reflection on the success of the 1960’s American male doo-wop group The Tokens, made famous by their hit single “The Lion Sleep Tonight,” as told by band member Jay Seigel.
directed by Aki Goto, 39mins
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.
directed by Sarah Choi, 8min
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.
directed by Michael Tyburski, 11min
After a difficult breakup, a quiet young man moves off the grid and onto a sailboat on New York’s East River in search of what can not be found within the confines of the city.
Director: Ryan Balas
Running Time: 72 min
Lines get blurred in this erotic thriller testing the nature of
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
GFF12 : Bill Morrison Selection curated by Paul Dallas
Bill Morrison’s re-workings of rare archival footage often paired with rich soundtracks have earned him international recognition as “one of the most adventurous American filmmakers.”
Paul Dallas will be presenting a selection of short and feature films spanning over 10 years of Morrison’s career.
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.
by Jessica Yu, 105 min
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.
Stay tuned for program details.
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.
Stay tuned for program details.
Directed by Ian Kennedy, 39min
A poetic urban western, Lost In America is a unique portrait of eccentric poet and singer Philip Norris who struggles to survive in the quickly changing neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
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.
A huge thanks out to our backers. We are very grateful. Now on to the show!
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.
Cheers & much gratitude,
Please help grow our 2nd annual festival by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you!
Sunset Cruise & After Party Fundraiser 2012, a set on Flickr.
Thanks so much to our sponsors, especially the East River Ferry, our amazing volunteers, and all who came out to support the Festival.
Application and guidelines available on the submissions page.
Curated film programs and events for 2012 will be announced early Spring.