Greenpoint Star: Greenpoint Film Festival returns this weekend

Sep 16, 2014 by Andrew Shilling

The Greenpoint Film Festival is back with a whole new lineup of local and international films, ranging from experimental and avant-garde to environmentally focused documentaries, as well as animated films and shorts.

Opening night is Thursday, September 18, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., a day festival founder Rosa Valado said manages to creep up just a little quicker every year.

“It’s a very exciting composite of films we’re putting together,” Valado said in anticipation of the fourth annual film festival. “We have films from Australia, France and one from Japan, but a bulk of them are from here in the community.”

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Greenpoint Gazette: Greenpoint Film Fest Returns, Raising Environmental Awareness in the Nabe

Sep 10, 2014 by Tanay Warerkar

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The Wythe Hotel will once again play host to the Greenpoint Film Festival, which this year highlights the best-in themes of renewal and reclamation and how to creatively address the needs of a neighborhood considered one of the most polluted in the country.

For four days next week, the festival will showcase films shortlisted by a panel of six judges who chose from over 200 entries to this year’s festival.

Films were submitted in four categories namely Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, and Animation.

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Greenpoint Film Festival 2014 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

Woven Spaces, Inc. Presents the

Fourth Annual Greenpoint Film Festival
Sept. 18
th-21st, 2014
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Announcing the 2014 Greenpoint Film Festival, from September 18 through 21 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with four days of curated and competitive programs. Most screenings will be held at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room, at 80 Wythe Ave.

The exciting schedule of shorts and feature-length films was chosen by a panel of six judges from a competitive field of over 200 submissions in four categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, and Animation.

The festival kicks off September 18th with Brooklyn Unemployed by James Arrabito, the Winning Narrative Feature, a slice of reality about making it in New York as told by members of our local creative community, as well as Noah Shulman’s Confluence, a mesmerizing array of images from the microscopic world and this year’s winning Experimental Short. Katie Damien’s My Toxic Backyard, winner of Best Documentary Feature, opens Program I on Friday, followed by a fabulous lineup of archival and current films about Greenpoint, North Brooklyn and Newtown Creek. Friday’s Program II culminates with Magnus: A Spring Day, winner of Best Documentary Short.

Saturday includes a diversity of films from across the world:  England, Australia, Japan, and Winning Narrative Short Les Papillions Noirs, by French director Antoine Blanchet.   The David Lynch Foundation curates Program I on Sunday, not to be missed. Program II, “Community,” features the work of one community member, or member’s recommendation. This year, the festival is happy to present outerspace innerborough (unisphere@50), directed by Seth Fein.

Tickets can be purchased online and at the door. Check out the schedule at for detailed information and film synopses.We look forward to seeing you there!

The Greenpoint Film Festival is produced by Woven Spaces, Inc, a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization designed to create art/community projects. The festival is inspired by the regenerative opportunities in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, once labeled one of the most polluted places in the United States. The themes of renewal and reclamation continue to play a major role in the social and creative fabric of the Greenpoint Film Festival as it constantly expands into a platform for new thinking, as well as a showcase for great art and great film.

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CommunitySeth Fein, 2014, 60mins

Sunday 9/21
Program II starts: 6:00pm

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A video essay – critically transhistoricizes Robert Moses’s monument to modernization, constructed as branding icon of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, to audivisualize the tension between imperial designs and transnational realities within New York City and between the United States and the world across the past semicentury.  Seth Fein is a historian who has taught film and history at Yale and Columbia as well as other universities; born and raised in Brooklyn, he lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.  Currently he’s a fellow at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center where he is developing his documentary Our Neighborhood: Washington’s TV Cold War in Latin America in the 1960s.

North Brooklyn Boat Club Presents

North Brooklyn Boat ClubCurated by Dewey Thompson & Jens Rasmussen

Friday 9/19
Program I starts: 8:00pm

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“The North Brooklyn Boat Club is dedicated to getting people on the amazing waterways that virtually surround this neighborhood but it has also become a community of paddlers, environmentalists, artists, cooks, craftspeople… and filmmakers.  The waterways are, among many other things, a force of nature, a wilderness, a danger zone, a refuge, a time machine and a metaphor.  Like Ishmael, storytellers have always been drawn to the water and the NBBC (at the Broadway Stages Boatyard at the base of the Pulaski Bridge) is where they (and you, too) can get access to the training, boats and gear necessary to experience it firsthand.   Each of these films sees the waterways from a different perspective.  We look forward to seeing yours. ” –D. Thompson

North Brooklyn Boat Club, Wilderness Survival Skills, Lisette & Ryan Cheresson, 2014, 4 mins
English Kills Project II,  Henry Sanchez, 2014, 8 mins
The Rebuild (trailer for a short film), Okke Rutte, 2014, 2 mins
Bird’s Eye View of No Man’s Land,  Robert Di Maio,  2014, 5 mins

 

 

The Restoration of Newtown Creek

The Restoration of Newtown CreekKeith Rodan, 1998, 16 min

Friday 9/19
Program I starts: 8:00pm

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Keith Rodan, a documentary filmmaker and resident of Greenpoint for many years began the Greenpoint Video Project in 1997 when Greenpoint was at a crossroads, looking at its environmentally toxic past, aiming for a healthier future.   The Waterfront Development Plan was on the table, opening the doors to years-long issues (and future dreams):  The Newtown Creek Water Treatment Plant upgrade,  Newtown Creek water contamination and its possible restoration towards active usage, the ExxonMobil Oil Spill -to mention but a few of the topics of interest.   The voices of long-term residents as well as new residents rang loud, the meeting halls were packed.   Keith describes in his own words: “As narrated by John C. Muir, then Director of BCUE, the former Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. The Restoration of Newtown Creek is a wake-up call to reexamine the neglected tidal estuary along Greenpoint’s northern border. Mr. Muir offers a history of the area, as well as a comparison with South Brooklyn’s similarly fated Gowanus Canal explaining the changing geography and waterways of the creek as industrial pollution accumulated throughout the years. The video blends striking images of waterways with images of remnant derelict canalside industries, capturing a glimpse of what was and, perhaps in a collaborative effort between man and nature, could one day become a cleaned-up and revitalized Newtown Creek.” -Keith Rodan

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The Long Night

The Long NightEmma Penaz Eisner, 2014, 2 min

Thursday 9/18
Open Night Program starts: 7:30pm

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In The Long Night, eleven-year-old director Emma Penaz Eisner brings vitality to lyrical lines about communication. Eisner utilizes a myriad of media in creating this stop-motion animation, including paintings, charcoal drawings, and photography. Each shot portrays the words and textures of the poem, which are simultaneously recited by an array of voices. With images reminiscent of the films of William Kentridge and Andy Warhol’s oxidation paintings, The Long Night is a work of densely packed, intricately unfolding audiovisual experimentation and an expression of cinema’s endless possibility.

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The Conditioned

The ConditionedMichael Marantz, 2014, 5 min

Friday 9/19
Program II starts: 10:30pm

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For its 10th anniversary, Facebook commissioned Michael Marantz to tell a powerful story — one of a homeless man in Brazil whose greatest passion in life is writing poetry and dream is to publish a book. Living on the streets made it an impossible dream. However, a series of unimaginable events take place that transform the life of Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho dramatic ways. “The Conditioned” is an inspiring tale of the power of connection.

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Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

Not Anymore: A Story of a RevolutionMatthew VanDyke, 2013, 14 min

Friday 9/19
Program II starts: 10:30pm

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Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution is a short film about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a thirty-two-year-old rebel commander, Mowya, and a
 twenty-four-year-old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film shows why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war.

Nour is a schoolteacher-turned-journalist who faces death on the front lines to tell the world about the war. The film’s title is derived from the opening line of the film, when Nour says, “I used to wear fancy dresses and high heels. Not anymore.” Now she wears body armor and a helmet. She is fearless, but lives with the pain of friends who have been tortured, raped, and murdered by the Assad regime. She tells not only her story, but theirs, and in so doing she shows the audience what  life is like for a Syrian girl who is spending her twenties in war as everything she loves is destroyed.

Mowya is a young rebel commander who bears the scars, physical and psychological, of seven months of torture. Yet this has not broken his spirit. With incredible wit he tells his story. With disbelief and sadness he walks the streets of ancient Aleppo, telling of how life used to be in a thriving, vibrant city whose heart, as Mowya says, has stopped. With a great deal of charisma he clearly articulates why the Syrian people are fighting for their freedom.

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Night Blooming Flower

Night Blooming FlowerKarl Nussbaum, 2013, 11 min

Thursday 9/18
Opening Night Program starts: 7:30pm

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We often bring flowers to our loved ones in the hospital. And then, in the dark, these flowers become the silent witnesses to the changes the patient makes in their transition from life to death. ‘Night Blooming Flower’ is a meditation on death, memory, acceptance and the passage into the world of the dead, specifically the moment of leaving. The film is also conceived of as an installation, projected onto a Vietnam era parachute that gently sways as if breathing.

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My Toxic Backyard

My Toxic BackyardKatie Damien, 2013, 60 min

Friday 9/19
Program I starts: 8:00pm

*Winner: Best Documentary Feature

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My Toxic Backyard chronicles one rural community’s struggle to get clean, safe water. When an old manufacturing plant closes and moves away, it leaves behind contamination from chemicals dumped directly onto the ground. Over the years, the toxic chemicals began to leak into the water table. Residents in the area drank high levels of contaminated water for years, not knowing what was making them sick.

Even after community members alerted the Environmental Protection Agency, the site was not deemed a threat and toxins continued to leak unchecked for years. When the site finally became designed a Superfund site and was ranked among the worst contaminated sites in the nation, the community expected a cleanup and safe water, but instead the site seemed to enter a perpetual state of tests and evaluation with little, to no action.

Unfortunately the problems of this community are not isolated. One out of every four Americans lives with in a four mile radius of a Superfund site. Do you know what’s in your water? Your air? In the ground around you? The struggles that this community is facing are just the examples being presented in a system that has failed them for decades.

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Meditation, Creativity, Peace

Meditation Creativity PeaceCurated by The David Lynch Foundation,
2012, 94 min

Sunday 9/21
Program I starts: 4:00pm

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Following filmmaker David Lynch’s two-year, sixteen-country tour spreading awareness of Transcendental Meditation, which he has practiced for four decades, Meditation, Creativity, Peace depicts Lynch’s commitment to the teaching of T.M. Created by the David Lynch Foundation, the film maintains a gritty visual aesthetic resembling the director’s works, as Lynch sheds light on his relationship with the practice, from creative inspiration to personal health benefit.

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Magnus: A Spring Day

Magnus: A Spring DayMagnus Lilleberg, 2013, 18 min
Producer – Munin Film

Friday 9/19
Program II starts: 10:30pm

* Winner: Best Documentary Short

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We join Magnus Lilleberg on an intimate journey into his everyday life as a heroin addict in the capital of Norway. He films himself with his hand-held camera and he describes a tough reality without demanding compassion in return.

In Norway, and elsewhere, heroin addicts are often perceived as a homogeneous group who are outcasts from society at large. Magnus wants to alter this picture by documenting his own life and the struggles he encounter because his medicine, heroin, is criminalized by law. The Norwegian government offers methadone, a medicine that doesn’t work for Magnus. Because of that he finds himself living in inhuman conditions in one of the best health and welfare systems in the world. In partnership with Munin Film, Magnus was able to tell his story on his own terms. His short documentary has been screened for politicians at the Norwegian Parliament, won the prestigious Amanda Award for Best Short Film and been critically acclaimed for its innovative form and its ability to raise questions around human dignity.

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Loser

LoserHannah Watanabe-Rocco, 2013, 20 min

Saturday 9/20
Program III starts: 8:15pm

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Meet Audrey. These are things she likes: conspiracy theories, books, aliens, quiet. These are things she doesn’t like: human beings, human companionship, human interaction. Audrey’s too busy figuring out the intricacies of the universe to deal with unnecessary complications like friends. She’s got bigger cosmic fish to fry.

Audrey’s ordered life becomes slightly less ordered when she meets Greg, a classmate at the local community college. When they discover a shared interest in aliens, they decide to work together (against Audrey’s better judgment) to create a device to contact these otherworldly beings. Will Audrey let down some of her boundaries and allow someone into her life again? Or will Audrey push Greg away until it’s too late? Will they successfully contact aliens? And what’s the point of life, anyway? Audrey learns that she may never truly understand the universe, but having someone by her side can make things a little more okay.

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Les Papillions Noirs (The Black Butterflies)

Les Papillions NoirAntoine Blanchet, 2014, 17 min

Saturday 9/20
Program III starts: 8:15pm

*Winner: Best Narrative Short

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Twenty-year old Cleo is taken by her boyfriend to meet a healer, when she unexpectedly enters a journey she could not have foreseen.

Written and directed by French filmmaker Antoine Blanchet, Les Papillions Noirs chronicles the spiritual journey of emotionally distraught Cleo. Prone to losing herself in dreams, Cleo finds herself detached from her boyfriend, searching for a healing process to reconcile her troubled mind. Blanchet coats his protagonist’s inner life in brightly saturated hues, with beautiful poetic imagery of wooded paths and desolate shorelines which fuse the frustrating realities of the everyday with a vivid imaginary landscape.

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Greentank

GreentankKeith Rodan, 2000, 18 min

Friday 9/19
Program I starts: 8:00pm

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“Documenting an adaptive reuse proposal for the Newtown Creek Water Treatment Control Plant’s Greenpoint sludge storage facility, Greentank depicts the mission of architect Meta Brunzema, who envisioned converting the structure into an imaginative and much-needed community arts and recreation facility, with scientific waterfront views from its roof. Through a community outreach event, Ms. Brunzema engaged local citizens to tour the tank.
Although the proposal was endorsed by many North Brooklyn community organizations and individuals—as well as the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, which commissioned a feasibility study—the short-sightedness of the Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee (NCMC) prevailed, and due to its strenuous opposition to the concept, the obsolete tank was finally demolished in the spring of this year, having been “traded” to the developers for a lot-sized park.”  -Keith Rodan

Article in Greenpointers about the recent demolition of the Sludge Tank

Escape from Garden Grove

Escape From Garden GroveMathilde Dratwa, 2014, 15 min

Saturday 9/20
Program III starts: 8:15pm

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When 16-year old Sophie makes a disturbing discovery, she turns to the one person who knows how to make things better: Grandma. The plan is simple: break out of the nursing home and escape to Belgium. If only the bus would come. Faced with a series of revelations shaking up comfortable illusions about those closest to her, Sophie is forced to come to terms with hard intergenerational truths about her family.

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Confluence

ConfluenceNoah Shulman, 2014, 6 min

Thursday 9/18
Opening Night Program starts: 7:30pm

*Winner: Best Experimental Short

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There is always movement, even in stillness. Things around us are constantly changing in tiny ways that we don’t notice, eventually building up to growth and death. In “Confluence,” a new film by director Noah Shulman, viewers look beyond what the human eye is capable of seeing to experience those moments in between the transformations that we perceive.

Noah Shulman shot an array of processes both natural and mechanical at incredibly close range and in a controlled environment, allowing the isolation of the micro-movements that constantly occur around us in a nearly balletic way. The film includes extreme close-ups of everything from magnetic to chemical and heat reactions, but it’s up to the viewer to extrapolate out from what they can see to imagine the larger view that they can’t.

Created with specialty macro lenses and microscopes and shot in 4K resolution, the film reveals hauntingly beautiful movement at the microscopic level and reminds viewers that everything around them is in flux, even when the surface is calm. Tiny movements compound upon each other to create perceptible change.

The film is part of Mental Fabrications, an installation by architect Ion Popian that aims to map the mind’s mental landscape through electroencephalogram (EEG) and 3D printing. To do that, “Confluence” seeks to stimulate particular brain activities and reactions.

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Compensation

CompensationTim Gehling, 2013, 13 min

Saturday 9/20
Program III starts: 8:15pm

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Compensation is about the end of young love and a minor heist. When Patrick’s car breaks down, no one returns his call for help – except his bitter-hearted ex, Sara. She agrees to get him a mechanic – in exchange for a favor. As the two drive north, their tensions thaw, until she asks him to be her accomplice in a way he never expected.

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Brooklyn Unemployed

Brooklyn UnemployedJames Arrabito, 2013, 77 min

Thursday 9/18
Opening Night Program starts: 7:30pm

*Winner: Best Narrative Feature

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Brooklyn Unemployed is a feature film about a down on his luck comic writer trying to get his work published and keep his relationship afloat. One bad decision after the next causes this middle aged man-child to reassess his life and build the courage to move forward after losing everything. The filmmakers and producers describe themselves as “a bunch of unemployed/underemployed filmmakers having a blast working together”. We are reminded of the large numbers of creative talent that have moved to Brooklyn over the last decades from other parts of the country.  Brooklyn Unemployed captures some of the depressive feelings that come along the way.

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Birthday Girl

Birthday GirlAnjan Chakravarti, 2014, 8 min

Friday 9/19
Program II starts: 10:30pm

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It is Ankita’s birthday. We will see her day unfold through her interactions with her family members, her strict dance teacher and, tragically, through the actions of a group of youths out to have a good time. We will see her as a sister, a daughter, aunt, pupil and a sex object. However, the audio of a major portion of the sequence will be reversed.

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Baykeepers

BaykeepersMichael Lutman, 2014, 26 min

Saturday 9/20
Program II starts: 7:20pm

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Baykeepers chronicles efforts to clean up the shores of local beaches in Port Phillip, Australia, an area whose rich ecology and natural beauty is put in jeopardy by plastic waste. Spearheaded by Neil Blake, the port’s baykeeper, the project unites the community through an array of programs and perspectives.

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An Honorable Man

An Honorable ManHarrison P. Crown and William G. Utley, 2014, 15 min

Saturday 9/20
Program III starts: 8:15pm

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Father McCully, an old priest who resents his position in the Catholic Church, arrives at a funeral to give a eulogy to find nobody is present. While giving the eulogy, he examines the man’s possible life and discovers he has met this man before. An Honorable Man builds to reveal the bitter frustrations with the church to which McCully has devoted himself.

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A2-B-C

A2-B-CIan Thomas Ash, 2013, 70 min

Saturday 9/20
Program I starts: 6:00pm

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Eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown, children in Fukushima who were not evacuated are found to have low white blood cell counts and thyroid cysts and nodules. A collection of perspectives from the community, A2-B-C chronicles the tensions of a citizenry fighting against ignorance on all fronts. Outsiders don’t want to get involved, locals can’t escape, and the poison spills down to further generations.

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57 Degrees North

57 Degrees NorthNick Jones, 2014, 14 min

Saturday 9/20
Program II starts: 7:20pm

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57 Degrees North was inspired by a trip to the Isle of Skye. I was blown away by the sheer scale of the landscape and the attitudes and lifestyles of the people that lived there. The Islanders embodied a quality very different from that found in residents of cities. In contrast to life in large cities, where people are often close in proximity but quite isolated, the islanders were geographically isolated but very well connected to each other and their environments. With this in mind, I set out to explore one of the most remote areas of the United Kingdom: The Outer Hebrides. I was in search of people that had a real connection to nature, often relying on the land and sea for food and fuel.

Issues such as global warming, climate change and overfishing are modern symptoms of an over expanding population. The industrialization of food supplies was a humanistic approach to meet the demands of the expanding population; this however has had a dramatic effect on the natural world.
The fight against overfishing in particular is a cause I feel very passionate about. Despite the fact that fish is the daily source of protein for 1.2 billion people, it is predicted that in less than 50 years, there will be a total collapse of all types of fishing, and this does not look likely to change.

We, in the city, are some of the worst offenders in the overfishing devastation and since we are almost completely disconnected from the sources of our food, we are generally ignorant to the scale of the problem The city consumer demands cheaper produce which places a heavy burden on fish stocks. Poor legislation and corrupt or poor advised fishing policies such as bi-catch have resulted in a completely unsustainable industry. This is not simply problematic as a source of food but as a much more harrowing ecological disaster for the entire planet.

Living in a city, I wanted to explore the impact of of our demands in order to gauge a true estimation of the situation and explore an alternative way of life – where people live much closer to the source of their own survival, and in turn have a different respect for it.” -Nick Jones

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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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 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.

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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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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A BIG THANK YOU

TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN MAKING GFF 12
INTO AN EXCITING AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR !!!

GFF 2012 Thank You Collage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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GFF12: Narrative Feature Louise and Her Lover

Director: Ryan Balas
Running Time: 72 min

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”.
 
Louise and Her Lover

Opening our ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM at the Newtown Creek Visitors’ Center

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.
 
Newtown Treatment Plant - Diggester Eggs

GFF12 : Bill Morrison Selection curated by Paul Dallas

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.”

His work addresses collective mythologies and forgotten narratives, both real and imagined.

Paul Dallas will be presenting a selection of short and feature films spanning over 10 years of Morrison’s career.

 

Bill Morrison