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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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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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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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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