About Greenpoint 2016

Filmmaker Coleen Fitzgibbon and Artist Peter Fend, being asked to think of what’s going on in Greenpoint, took a boat ride in February on one of the most polluted bodies of water in the US. This is Newtown Creek, on the border of Greenpoint and Queens—and a Superfund site. Two boats were used, one paddled by artist Patterson Beckwith with of the North Brooklyn Boat Club, and the other run with an electric motor by artist Willis Elkins, Program Manager of Newtown Creek Alliance.

Fend had met Beckwith with at the American Fine Arts Company in the 90’s, which represented Fend and his company for art/science production, Ocean Earth Development Corporation. Fend, Beckwith and Elkins had also met through Momenta Art, through shows there relating to Newtown Creek and all of NY Harbor. Work through Ocean Earth with oceans, especially in seaweed-fish cycles, started in earnest in southwest France in 1993; it continued in the UK, NZ and Germany.

Fitzgibbon, with Betsy Sussler and Chris Burden, assisted Gordon Matta-Clark with his NYC water systems in 1974-75, which covered New York’s aqueducts, steam pipes and sewage systems. Fitzgibbon met Fend in 1979 at 5 Bleecker Store’s Manifesto Show, organized by her and Jenny Holzer, an early Colab show. All three artists subsequently were co-founders of Colab, and in 1979 of The Offices of Fend, Fitzgibbon, Holzer, Nadin, Prince & Winters. An incorporated successor to The Offices ensued, now called Ocean Earth Development Corporation. Fitzgibbon and Fend worked collaboratively through Ocean Earth in early 80’s, producing satellite surveys with NASA data for NBC, CBS, the BBC and the Cousteau Society. Ocean Earth went on to produce news coverage of Iran-Iraq, Chernobyl and Nicaragua, with UN press conferences and a commissioned report for the US Congress. Efforts continue: in 2013, Fitzgibbon made the film “Emissions,” on methane gas leaks in NYC, in conjunction with Gas Safety Inc, Damascus Citizens, and artists Ruth Hardinger and Becca Smith. As part of what could be a debate, Ocean Earth was producing methane gas from Otago Harbor and Lake Karapiro in New Zealand—thinking that, well, we could make electricity to stay clean.

Rosa Valado of the Greenpoint Film Festival suggested to Fitzgibbon that a new film could be made regarding environmental questions in Greenpoint; Fitzgibbon asked Fend to bring his broad, at-sea experience, developed with Ocean Earth stake holders in four countries. But, as this film showed, both of them were just now learning about what are the daunting problems in Newtown Creek. From its experience, Ocean Earth could propose an “organic dredging” of the contaminants with brown seaweed. But many questions must be answered.

A first reconnoiter by Fend, Beckwith with and Elkins is recorded here by Fitzgibbon, followed by a reality check(legalities..) from Sean Dixon of Riverkeeper, and a complementary ocean-site quest, just below the inlet of Newtown Creek, by two members of Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park. It’s learned that Greenpoint has huge potential for benefiting from its salt waters, not just in fuel production but also in removal of contaminants through growth and harvesting of marine plants.

Greenpoint 2016 is screening Sunday March 20th at 5:30pm.

Recommended Screenings for the Greenpoint Film Festival (3/17 – 3/20)


Recommended Screenings for the Greenpoint Film Festival (3/17 – 3/20)
Posted by Peter Y. | March 16, 2016

Can Video Bring Us Our (Missing) Park?The Greenpoint Film Festivalstarts tomorrow, and here is our shortlist of recommended movies for you.

The promise of a park in Bushwick Inlet has intrigued Greenpoint residents for a long time. So it is appropriate that festivities begin on Thursday (3/17) at 8 pm with Can Video Bring Us Our (Missing) Park, a presentation of  video footage with a live discussion about our ongoing struggle.

Moving to another property-related topic, do you think the housing market in Greenpoint is getting outlandish? Keep in mind that one of the nice things about our neighborhood is it still has a ton of houses where the owner rents out an entire ground floor. So you can still be young and fun and not paid very well, and as long as you are willing to live with other people, you can have a nice backyard and the spiritual warmth of a real house.

For the opposite circumstance, watch Superjednostka on Friday night (3/18). This documentary reveals life inside a “SuperUnit,” a housing complex that can hold 3,000 people on its 15 floors. The elevators only stop every three floors so residents have to navigate a maze of hallways and stairs to get to their apartments. Here’s the trailer.

Actually, that makes living there look kind of fun, like being in The Shining. And since it’s filmed in Poland, it will give you something to chat about with our local community.

Becoming BulletproofFor Saturday (3/19), I like the thematic promise of Becoming Bulletproof, a documentary about a troupe of differently abled kids who put on a costume Western.

My uncle’s friend runs a similar program, where he uses theater to help struggling kids focus and work as a team, and also to spur their imagination. It is really heartening to see the joy it brings them.

And many famous actors say that what pulled them into acting was being able to escape from cruelties faced in the real world by getting to “be” someone else for a while. Historically, one way this functioned was to provide an escape from mid-century anti-gay prejudice.
JunoFor Sunday (3/20) I recommend a series of Brooklyn-related shorts starting at 5:30 pm. It includes Juno, about the beautiful winter storm we had that brought Greenpoint to a standstill. Filmmaker Jeffrey Enkler assembles a three-minute tour of eerily empty streets set to original music from composer Jamin Winans.

Another short in Sunday’s program, Greenpoint 2016, delves into the history of Greenpoint and Newton Creek environmental problems and remediation proposals.

Tickets for the festival are quite reasonably priced at $10 a show. Day passes are $18, and a full festival pass is $56. Tickets and passes can be purchased here.

Click on the movie links above for specific show times and locations.

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About Coleen Fitzgibbon Co-Director of Greenpoint 2016

Greenpoint Rivers Map

I am an experimental and documentary filmmaker/artist since 1972 and often work in collaboration with other artists. I have been interested in the urban environment since the early seventies, and worked with artist Gorden Matta-Clark on his 1974 (unfinished) film on New York’s water systems and also my film LES on urban ghetto conditions.

Recently I collaborated with artists Ruth Hardinger and Becca Smith and made the film “Emmissions” on gas emmissions exuding from the gas pipelines in Manhattan.

I asked Peter Fend (who I worked with on several other projects with NBC, OECD and the Offices of Fend Fitzgibbon Holzer Nadin Prince and Winters) to collaborate with me on the Greenpoint Newton Creek environment as it’s a site of one of New York’s superfunds, as well as the Gowanus Canal.

We took a boatride up Newtown Creek with Willis Elkins of the Greenpoint Newtown Creek Alliance and Patterson Beckwith of the North Community Boathouse and photographer Jake Sigal to get an overview of the contamination and solutions that were in progress as to the creek’s clean up.

Peter Fend proposed an experimental seaweed growing lab on Newtown Creek and other NYC waterways to try to reduce pollution and at the same time generate gas to drive electricity.

I’ve interviewed several other organizations associated with the Greepoint area and will include them in the film, such as Riverkeeper and the Bushwick Inlet Park Organization.

“The Cycle” Wins at Greenpoint Film Festival

March 10, 2016

Congrats to Sound Designer/Mixer Steve Perski and Graphics and VFX Director Stephen C. Walsh for their contributions to “The Cycle,” winner for Best Narrative Short in the Greenpoint Film Festival. Directed by Michael Marantz, the 11-minute dramatic short explores the gut-wrenching ramifications of gun violence and the bottomless emotional abyss between sense and senseless, defense and defenseless.


Winners: Steve Perski and Stephen C. Walsh

“The goal of the film,” according to producers at Already Alive, “is to tell an emotionally powerful story to instigate genuine conversation around the issue of fear and how it contributes to violence in our communities.” Watch the trailer below. To request a copy of the film or to contact the filmmakers for help organizing a screening, visit the film’s website, The Cycle Film.

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Activism and the Environment Spotlighted at Greenpoint Film Festival

March 7, 2016

By Gwynne Hogan | March 7, 2016 4:36pm



GREENPOINT — Coming up next week, the fifth annual Greenpoint Film Festival will tackle pollution in local waterways and community activism, alongside international works.

Narrative, documentary, environmental and experimental shorts and features will screen at the Wythe Hotel from March 17 to 20 along with panel discussions.

Local activists with Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park who are pushing the city to fulfill its promise of a 27-acre waterfront park will be featured on the festival’s opening night March 17 in a series of shorts documenting their activism over the past year, followed by a panel discussion.

Other shorts like “Greenpoint 2016” screening on March 20, will highlight environmental issues in Greenpoint and Newtown Creek and explore possible remedies.

While the surrounding neighborhood plays a role in some of the films on the screen, others hail from different parts of the country and the world.

Take “Becoming Bulletproof,” a feature-length documentary that captures a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of a Western flick which stars many actors with disabilities.

While “Roman Citizen,” an Italian feature, blends thriller and mystery.

The festival takes place at the Wythe Hotel at 80 Wythe Ave. Individual screenings cost $10, day passes are $18 and full festival passes for four days of films cost $56. Visit the website for more information.

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Get movie-ing! Activists hope new film will force city to act on Bushwick Inlet Park

Occupy the Inlet

Brooklyn Paper
March 7, 2016


Lights, camera, activism!

A group of Greenpoint protesters who have been badgering the city to build a waterfront park it promised a decade ago will screen the greatest hits of their open-space activism at a local film festival — and the activists believe the creative display is the best way to reel in the mayor’s attention.

“I think video is the best way to get the mayor to act,” said Dewey Thompson of the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, which will air its protest videos at the Greenpoint Film Festival on March 17. “It’s a way of creatively, persistently, pursuing the issue.”

The screening at Williamsburg’s snazzy Wythe Hotel will feature 10 short protest videos the group made throughout the last year in an effort to get the city to snatch up the remaining waterfront lot and turn it into community green space.

The short films will scroll chronologically through the group’s past year of activism — one clip includes an aerial shot of local athletes and prospective park-goers form a huge question mark on the existing turf, while another shows protestors paddling into the inlet in a swarm of kayaks for a water-born demonstration.

Several of the movies use drone footage to capture the sadly un-purchased land from a bird’s-eye view — giving the disgruntled community its first and only look at the hostage plot of land, said Thompson.

“It’s all behind fences, privately owned and cut off from the community,” he said. “The drone footage was a revelation to us.”

The city promised to build a 28-acre park between the East River and Kent Avenue, stretching from N. Ninth Street and Meserole Avenue, to sweeten a massive 2005 rezoning that has allowed developers to build high-rise residences along the waterfront.

Since then luxury sky-scrapers have popped up, packing in thousands of new residents along the overcrowded coast, but the city has so far only purchased 17 acres of the pledged land, and has turned only seven acres of that space into parkland.

The group will show all the protest videos in one go to demonstrate the power of filmmaking as an activist tool — and while the year’s worth of footage has yet to convince Mayor DeBlasio to make a move, Thompson remains optimistic that the camera-carting antics are essential to remaining a thorn in the mayor’s side.

“Is it going to be enough to push DeBlasio to make the enormous commitment to acquire the park?” It hasn’t happened yet,” said Thompson. “But this raises community awareness and lets DeBlasio know we are not going away.” “Can Video Bring Us Our Missing Park?” at the Greenpoint Film Festival at the Wythe Hotel [80 Wythe Avenue between N. 11th and N. 12th Streets, (718) 460–8000, www.greenpointfilmfestival.org]. March 17 at 8 pm. $10.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Newtown Creek Revival

Greenpoint Fart Factory

By Peter Fend for the program Art & Activism Part II by
Coleen Fitzgibbon and Peter Fend

Probably the name was De Nieuwe Tuin Kreek, in Dutch.

The region was De Nieuwe Tuin, meaning “the new garden.” The rather wide stream was called “Kreek,” with its many “Kills,” or smaller streams. This stream was not a river. The whole basin of Nieuwe Tuin was probably a good source of healthful food for the Dutch settlers. Nothing like this occurs now. The basin is full of contaminants.

Throughout, the Creek has some salinity. The salinity fluctuates. Generally, it’s around 20/000; after heavy rains, as in our trip there yesterday, it falls to 12/000, even less near the ends of the Kills.

To revive the Creek, we use a technique developed under the name of Ocean Earth by Catherine Griffiths, Peter Fend, scientist Stephen Hughes, naval architect Marc Lombard and various colleagues in New Zealand, called “ORGANIC DREDGING.” Like the name of the company, the Creek is an interface between dry land and sea, between “earth” and “ocean.” The first successful test of organic dredging, or uptake of nutrients in seaweed, was in the Exe Estuary, in 2001. We produced methane gas consistently.

Materials on land flow into the water, especially after storms. These materials could fill up a channel, or creek, over time. The runoff from a colossal City like NY is huge. So, is much to dredge. The sea rushes in, from the East River tidal-strait, but not enough to wear away accumulations of sediment. Introduce plants that can absorb the accumulation from runoffs. Then harvest those plants, frequently. The sequence achieves the results of dredging—-with plants.

The plants would be a species of Laminaria that can tolerate fluctuations in salinity between 25 and 10 per thousand. If that’s not possible, we find another type of marine algae, perhaps Fucus. Ideally, a variety of species are used.

Short fronds of the species are tied at junctures of on rope nets, probably at 20-30 cm intervals. The nets could be 4 m x 4. They line the shore, the margins of the Creek. They are tethered to the shore, to avoid disturbing the bottom. They are placed especially at CSO outfalls. They can be moved around.

All servicing of the nets of marine algae with brackish-water tolerance is done with muscle-propelled boats. Versions of racing sculls are proposed. If not, versions of canoes. They would be outfitted with cutting blades. For stability, they are bound together with superstructures to become catamaran. These boars, with various equipment added, are used in four ways: to patrol the nets along the margins of the Creek; to cut, possibly with catamaran-mounted blades, any growth of plants extending downward from the nets; to move the nets around, particularly to CSO outfall sites after storms; to haul any harvest in sack-nets. All these technologies have been proven. for example, hauling harvested seaweed in a sack-net in the water is standard practice in western Ireland. Catamarans for dealing with water-clogging plants is standard practice in reservoirs in New Zealand. The cutting of plants, and the moving of nets holding plants, has been tested in Teesport, UK. We would set up such a growth and harvest practice throughout the Creek. We could start with a small bay, such as the No-Name Inlet near the NYC DEP sewage treatment plant.

All hauled plants are brought promptly to a shoreline site for maceration and fermentation. The maceration can be done with mallets by people. The fermentation can be done in brewery-sized fermentation tanks, with cowdung and some land-plant roughage added to facilitate the two stages in gas production; acidification, methanization. In the trip yesterday, Feb 27, we learned of a site next to the current NYC DEP waste treatment, which is still owned by the DEP, or some NYC agency, and could house the equipment for this work. Another host site could be National Grid, or even one of the hydrocarbon companies, as they have the space and much of the know-how. Electricity may be easier to produce, as the biogas is mixed.

Prior to the trip of Feb 27, it had been supposed, based on common news reports, that the oil seeping from the tank farm sites, owned by oil companies, was a serious problem today in Newtown Creek. Accordingly, we thought of ways to allow microorganisms to feed on the oil, converting it into what the oil-industry itself (BP, ENI) has pioneered as “single-cell protein,” or unicellular organisms grown on hydrocarbons. We learned, however, that the oil companies are working hard to prevent any leakage from reaching Newtown Creek. They are recovering leaking oil and doing what they deem best with it, with may well be its being refined again into marketable fossil fuel. They likely will not want to grow “single-cell proteins” on the oil; we can propose that as an option they already know. This proposal can be offered this week to entities with whom we, either Ocean Earth or TVGOV (a 60%-owned adjunct to Ocean Earth), are already talking, or have published.

Buckminster Fuller Institute dMASSS, their advisor on our eco-tax proposal Greenwaves, the BFI prizewinner to whom we are referred, in the Northeast Natural Resources Defense Council, which published a proposal based on our Exe-mouth work

Given what’s on deck with dMASS and BFI, we could expand any Newtown Creek project to include a satellite-based survey of property in the entire watershed, towards identifying who pays a charge according to pollution at site, particularly as it affects the one thing comment to the basin, the Creek.

For Ocean Earth Development Corporation, stakeholders of which are Peter Fend (NY), Kevin Gannon (Pittsburgh), Catherine Griffiths (LA, with in-water experience in UK and China), Heidi Mardon (NZ) and Eve Vaterlaus (NY, with much in-water experience in NZ). The eco-tax proposal, for assessing charges for basin management, was given to BFI, with interest now from dMASS, by TELEVISION GOVERNMENT, or TVGOV, 60% held by Ocean Earth, and including Sofia Bastidas, Nicole Doran, Peter Fend, Guillermo Leon Gomez and Agustina Woodgate. The group is based in Miami.

Peter Fend, working with Coleen Fitzgibbon, a founding shareholder of, and first-project TV-new collaborator with, Ocean Earth.

We intend to exhibit this project in a videotape during the Armory Show and the Greenpoint Film Festival, both in NY.

Any exhibition is aimed at raising the money to DO THE WORK.

This compels hiring teams of collaborating and innovating rowers, net-makers, cutters, macerators, fermenters and even electricity producers, many of them people with no profession yet.

Feb 28, 2016 Fend

Greenpoint 2016

Greenpoint aerial shot

Coleen Fitzgibbon and Peter Fend, 2016, 30 min
*Official Selection: Experimental / Documentary
Sunday 3/20 5:30PM

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A brief survey of problems and possible solutions for positive environmental changes in the Greenpoint and Newton Creek area of Brooklyn, NY. Artists/filmmakers Coleen Fitzgibbon and Peter Fend will cover a short history of the area, now destined for superfund cleanup, interview residents and environmentalists dealing with this complex situation and examine the options for change.

More on Greenpoint 2016.


East River

East River

Judy Rifka, 2015, 2.8 min
*Official Selection: Experimental
Sunday 3/20 5:30PM

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I live on the East River. Between two Bridges: The Brooklyn, and the Manhattan. I cross them to go to my Studio in Gowanus. When I see the East River I see people swimming in it, maybe 90 years ago. I see Washington’s view of Brooklyn, from Cherry Street, a couple of hundred years back. That day, I walked home from the Paper Art Fair on the pier at Montgomery Street, walked down the waterfront filming the whole strip to Market Slip, where I live. It was hot. My head was spinning. When I got home I overlapped the strip and ran one forward and one in reverse. No changes except transparency. The sound too. That’s mostly bridge traffic and trains. The result kind of felt like that whole day, for me.

Can Video Bring Us Our (Missing) Park?

Where's Our Park

Videos and a Panel Discussion Presented by Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park, 25:49 MIN
Thursday 3/17 8:00PM

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Citizens Speak

Citizens Speak for Parks 1 & 2

Interviews with random people on the streets of Greenpoint and Williamsburg reveal the variety and passion of opinions about the value of parks and open space in the neighborhood.

Produced, Directed and Edited by Amy Grumbling
Camera, Dewey Thompson


City Hall Rally

Where’s Our Park? : City Hall Rally

On a chilly Thursday in March, 2015, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park organized a rally on the steps of City Hall that (according to NYPD) was the biggest midweek rally ever. More than 500 people chanted for the missing park and cheered speakers who demanded that the City act on its promise of a 27acre park.

Produced by Dewey Thompson & Pickerel Pie Entertainment
Edited by Philip Ceconi
Cameras, Suni Shah


Illuminator Graffiti Project

THIS RIGHT HERE : The Illuminator Graffiti Project

What better way to assert the community’s rightful claim to the property promised by the City 11 years ago as a park than by projecting that claim on the commercial buildings that remain on the site? Over a series of freezing nights last winter, the legendary Illuminator projector turned the sides of the buildings into giant screens of protest, ephemeral graffiti.

Projector, Leif Percifield
Graphics/Edit, Philip Ceconi
Cameras, Matthew Caton, Dewey Thompson
Production, Pickerel Pie Entertainment


Onsite Rally

This Is a (Missing) Park: On-Site Rally

Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park rallied the community on the site of the park, promised by the City more than a decade ago and still not delivered. Almost every single elected official and other community leaders spoke passionately and pointedly about the injustice of a City that turns its back on its own agreements and undermines quality of life for residents.

Produced by Dewey Thompson & Pickerel Pie Entertainment
Edited by Suni Shah
Cameras, Amy Grumbling, Dewey Thompson, John Saponara


Flash Mob

The Big Question: Flash Mob

Combining the joy of kids and their parents in a massive spontaneous choreographed expression with spectacular aerial videography, this video communicates both the urgent need for the missing park and the creative energy that makes the neighborhood so distinctive.

Produced & Choreographed by Katherine Thompson, Maggie Baker
With Sarah Porter & Mike Arnot, Greenpoint Williamsburg Youth Soccer League
Edited by Suni Shah
Cameras, Matthew Emmi, Matthew Caton
Drone Cameras, Cooper Naitove


CTA Occupy

Call to Action: Occupy the Inlet

Like a visual haiku with percussive natural sound this video powerfully and poetically speaks to the vital need for the missing 27 acre Bushwick Inlet Park.

Produced by Julia Weissman
Directed & edited by Nicholas Weissman


Occupy the Inlet

Occupy the Inlet

Dozens of kayaks, canoes, a Whitehall rowing gig and a sailboat “occupy” the historic and virtually no-mans land of the Bushwick Inlet to protest the City’s failure to deliver the Inlet and its surrounding shores as part of the park promised in the 2005 Waterfront Rezoning Agreement that has sparked unparalleled development in North Brooklyn.
Some claim that this may be the first boat fleet protest in the history of New York Waterways!

Produced by Dewey Thompson & Pickerel Pie Entertainment
With North Brooklyn Boat Club, Long Island City Community Boathouse & Village Community Boathouse
Edited by Philip Ceconi
Cameras, Maggie Baker, Dewey Thompson, Ariana Bernstein, John Saponara
Drone Cameras, Erica Matson, Jerry Holleran
Drone 2nd Unit Director, Scott Fraser
Camera Boat Captain, Ilan Averbuch


Funeral for a Deal

Funeral for a Deal

When word reached the Friends of Bushwick Inlet that the property that the City had promised to the community as a park was under contract for development by a Manhattan-based real-estate company, the creative and fearless group staged a funeral for the proposed transaction at the 5th Avenue offices of the developer. The deal fell apart a few weeks later.

Produced by Dewey Thompson & Pickerel Pie Entertainment
Edited by Suni Shah
Props by Katherine Thompson
Cameras, Dewey Thompson, John Saponara


It's A Wonderful Park

It’s A Wonderful Park

Working with young dramaturgs in a graduate drama program, local children act out the impact of both not having access to parks and open space and the glorious future when the promised 27 acre park is finally delivered by the City.

Produced by Scott Fraser
Dramaturgy by Casey Hayes-Deats and Karron Karr
Edited by Ryan Fritzsche
Cameras, Dewey Thompson, John Saponara


Year of the Fire Press Conference

The Year of Fire Press Conference

A year to the day from the spectacular fire that completely destroyed a half-block long storage facility that happened to be on land promised by the City to the community as a park as part of the 2005 Waterfront Rezoning Agreement, every local elected official came to the site to restate their commitment to make the City honor its promise.

Produced by Dewey Thompson & Pickerel Pie Entertainment
Edited by Phil Ceconi
Camera, Dewey Thompson

Superjednostka (Super-Unit)


Teresa Czepiec, 2014, 20 min
*Official Selection: Documentary Short
Friday 3/18 9:00PM

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Superjednostka (Polish for Superunit) is a huge block of flats designed as a ‘housing machine’. Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of the building. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. The main characters of the documentary are people living in Superjednostka and going through important moments of their lives there. This is where their emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true… or not. 762 flat doors and 762 stories. We are opening only a few of them.


The Twelve-Foot-Tall Rabbits Of Rokeby Farm

The Twelve-Foot-Tall Rabbits Of Rokeby Farm

Samuel Crow and Rubi Rose, 2014, 22 min 3 sec
*Winner: Best Documentary Short
Saturday 3/19 7:30PM

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Every Year, novice and expert puppet makers alike converge on a farm in New York’s Hudson Valley to build giant-scale puppets for the New York City Village Halloween Parade.  Under the direction of Alex and Sophia, the performance and it’s twelve-foot-tall puppets take a full month to create as their team of volunteers struggles against deadlines, creative chaos and the oncoming threat of Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic storm ever recorded.


The Last Storm

The Last Storm

Jeanne Wilkinson, 2014, 3 min 41 sec
*Official Selection: Experimental Short
Sunday 3/20 5:30PM

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The Last Storm is the latest in a series of adventures of the Painted People, a Paleo-Postmodern migratory clan. Each character enters Jeanne Wilkinson’s studio as a Barbie, Ken or GI Joe before being assimilated via the transformational magic of paint. In “Last Storm” they mysteriously appear in an emptied-out version of da Vinci’s iconic painting. Just as the “Last Supper” was a symbolic and culminating event, “Last Storm” evokes feelings of a coming storm that will mark an ending of life as we know it.

The Exchange

The Exchange

Cam Be, 2014, 58 minutes
*Winner: Best Documentary Feature
Saturday 3/19 7:30PM

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What is a Passport? How does its acquisition affect the traveler? And can it act as a metaphor to transport and expand one’s perspective? Five students from Chicago’s south side travel to Germany, for an art exhibition, that forever changes their perspective on life and their part in the world.


The Cycle

The Cycle

Michael Marantz, 2015, 11 min 13 sec
*Winner: Best Narrative Short
Friday 3/18 7:30PM

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A NYPD Officer wrongfully shoots a kid and is cleared of any wrongdoing. While seeking redemption, he is forced to confront the personal and societal burden of his actions. He must choose to either continue the cycle of violence, or end it.




Camille de Galbert, 2015, 11 min 58 sec
*Official Selection: Experimental / Avant-garde Short
Sunday 3/20 5:30PM

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A man prepares for his final entry onto the grand stage, only to be confronted by his inner self.  No one is more alone than the actor who enters the stage. No one is more alone than the child whose about to join adulthood. And when the imaginary joins reality, the figure of childhood explodes.


Roman Citizen

Roman Citizen

Luca Elmi, 2015, 40 min
*Winner: Best Narrative Feature
Friday 3/18 7:30PM

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Reality is not always as it appears. Criminal intent is not always as simple as we perceive it. One summer morning, a morning like many others in a city like any other, suddenly the sound of gunshots echoes through the buildings. A bank is under attack. Hostages are taken.

Trying to solve a situation whose cruelty is as unusual as unexplained, two policemen – one approaching the end of her career, and the other consumed by a passion for ancient Rome – will face what seems to be an imposible answer.




Jeffrey Enkler, 2015, 3 min 5 sec
*Official Selection: Environmental / Documentary
Sunday 3/20 5:30PM

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The impending potentially catastrophic storm, Juno, turned New York City into a virtual ghost town.  This short film portrays the quiet and empty streets of Brooklyn accompanied by original music by composer Jamin Winans.

Czech Film Avant-Garde

Czech Film Avant-Garde

Libor Nemeškal, 2015, 1 hour 30 sec
*Official Selection: Experimental / Documentary
Sunday 3/20 3:45PM

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The Czech film avant-garde. A unique artistic direction of the 1920s and 1930s with great persons of Czech culture like Vitezslav Nezval, Jaroslav Seifert, Alexander Hackenschmied, Jan Kucera and many others being mentioned. However, is it really a forgotten landmark of the Czech cinematography or an artificial construct, created subsequently by film history? A one-hour science documentary by Libor Nemeskal about the films that ‘perish and die when exposed to the daylight’.


Characters of Times Square

Characters of Times Square

Maria del Mar Rosario, 2015, 6 min 17 sec
*Official Selection: Documentary Short
Saturday 3/19 7:30PM

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This short documentary explores the lives of immigrants from Peru who earn their livelihood working long hours in New York’s Times Square, dressed as iconic American cartoon characters, soliciting tips for photos from the many people who frequent this major tourist hub. 



Eva Bakkeslett, 2015, 20 min
*Official Selection: Environmental / Documentary
Thursday 3/17 8:00pm

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A poetic story of the ethereal journey of the air we breath, a part of you for a fleeting moment before it is shared with fellow humans, sung by birds, rustled through leaves, billowed through pipes or travelled through oceans and clouds.


Becoming Bulletproof

Becoming Bulletproof

Michael Barnett, 2014, 1 hour 20 minutes
*Official Selection: Documentary Feature
Saturday 3/19 5:30PM

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A diverse group of differently abled people from across the U.S. take on leading roles in a magical rip roaring costume drama Western, filmed on vintage Hollywood locations. This riveting film within a film immerses us in a dynamic, inclusive world of discipline and play, raising questions about why we so rarely see real differently abled actors on the big screen?

A Journey to Namie

A Journey to Namie

Sulfikar Amir, 2015, 14 min 41 sec
*Official Selection: Environmental / Documentary
Friday 3/18 9:00PM

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Namie, a fishermen town surrounded by a river and mountains, was severely damaged by earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi when the 3.11 disaster struck the area.  Four years later, Namie remains an empty town abandoned by its residents. Reconstructions are underway to decontaminate the area. However, whether and when Namie residents are able to return to their hometown remain to be seen.

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

GFF 2014 in the Greenpoint Gazette
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


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.

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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GFF 2012 Thank You Collage










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Greenpoint Gazette: Greenpoint Film Festival Closes with a Positive Sign

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Douglas Ridloff by Jeff Mann


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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