Mary 2,, 2017
The sixth annual Greenpoint Film Festival will kick off Thursday at the Wythe Hotel screening room and run through the weekend.
GREENPOINT, BROOKLYN — A four-day movie binge-watch is coming to Brooklyn this weekend with the sixth annual Greenpoint Film Festival.
The festival will screen documentaries, experimental shorts, a narrative film with stories that cross the globe, but there will also be a Greenpoint bent. The film Waterways of Hope takes a closer look at the cleanup of Newtown Creek and Greenpoint 2017 focuses on development of the neighborhood’s waterfront.
Three documentaries will be screened that focus on the hearing child of two deaf parents in Poland, the lives of two impoverished transgendered women in New York City, and the legacy of a controversial Irish revolutionary.
There will also be screenings of six experimental films and one narrative film about an American woman who travels to Rio de Janeiro and falls in love with a favelas drug dealer.
The Wythe Hotel Screening Room at 80 Wythe Avenue will be hosting the movie shorts and full-length films from Thursday, May 4 until Sunday, May 7.
Tickets run at $10 for one film, $18 for one day or $56 for a festival pass and are available on the festival’s website.
Stills via Greenpoint Film Festival: New York City Sketchbook by Willy Harland, Two Worlds, by Maciej Adamek, Once Hamoun by Mohammad Ehsani, The Fatesby Wagner Depintor, I Am Her by Sasha Pezenik, and Waterways of Hope by Robert DiMaio.
Mary 3, 2017
Greenpoint is a hub for filmmaking, boasting countless production companies and film facilities, in addition to the oft-maligned and very frequent film shoots that tend to clog our slender sidewalks and historical streets. We would argue that Greenpoint’s been culturally interesting and relevant for many years, but some have said that Girls being filmed here helped put Greenpoint on the map. Our neighborhood’s own Greenpoint Film Festival returns for its sixth year, from this Thursday May 4th through Sunday May 7th, presenting a diverse range of shorts and feature-length films, many with a local slant. A panel of six judges curated the fest after receiving hundreds of submissions in set categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental and Animation. The GFF’s ongoing mission is to show the imperative ties between art and the public. All the screenings will be held at the Wythe HotelScreening Room (80 Wythe Ave).
There’s a local environmental slant to some of the pieces, and the first film in the fest, Greenpoint 2017, chronicles the toxic remediation of Brooklyn’s waterfront areas. Greenpoint 2017 continues the journey started by filmmaker Coleen Fitzgibbon, whose Greenpoint 2016 was screened last year. The film explored Newtown Creek’s contamination via boat. Fitzgibbon also has a short film in this year’s fest, Bushwick Inlet Park, which chronicles the activism required to make the park a reality. Another environmental piece, Waterways of Hope by Robert DiMaio, focuses on the individuals involved in environmental projects along Newtown Creek.
Aside from the environmental pieces, there’s a full range of work being shown throughout the weekend, including animation and narrative features. Tickets ($10-56) can be purchased online and at the door. Check out the schedule for full details and film summaries..
May 2, 2017
Pass the popcorn.
The sixth annual Greenpoint Film Festival will hit the borough this weekend, featuring four days of competitive submissions and curated programs — all right here in Brooklyn.
The screenings of both shorts and feature-length films – to be held at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe Avenue – will take place from Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7 at various times.
Screenings were selected via a panel of six judges, narrowed down from hundreds of submissions in the Narrative, Documentary, Experimental and Animation categories.
The Greenpoint Film Festival is produced by Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization Woven Spaces and is “inspired by the regenerative opportunities in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, once labeled one of the most polluted places in the United States,” according to organizers.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information or a full schedule of screenings, visit, www.greenpointfilmfestival.org.
Bedford + Bowery
May 1, 2017
Tribeca Film Festival just ended, but Greenpoint Film Festival is returning for its sixth year, from May 4 to 7. Just like Tribeca, GFF features documentaries, narrative features, experimental and animated shorts, but it also boasts a category that’s unique to the neighborhood. Among the six environmental films are local pieces like Robert DiMaio’s Waterways of Hope, about cleanup projects along Newtown Creek, and director Coleen Fitzgibbon’s five-minute documentary, Bushwick Inlet Park.
Fitzgibbon’s short highlights the long fight to make the North Brooklyn park happen, which involved a flash mob and a faux funeral. After years of rallying, activists were finally rewarded last November when the city purchased the park’s final 11 acres.
In addition, Fitzgibbon will continue her more general, ongoing series about grassroots organizers around Greenpoint. Her first film was entitled Greenpoint 2016 the screening of this year’s film, Greenpoint 2017, will be accompanied by a panel of activists including some from the Hudson River environmental protection non-profit Riverkeeper.
GFF will also be continuing its “Artists on Artists” series with two events. The first, on May 7, is a conversation, filmed by Fitzgibbon, between artist Jonathan Silver and New York Times art critic Michael Brenson. The second is Gummer, Moyers, Swoon, a screening of three shorts directed by Robert DiMaio about three artists, Don Gummer, Bill Moyers, and Swoon, a street artist.
Greenpoint Film Festival “wants to be a lot bigger than it is,” says Rosa Valado, director of Woven Spaces, which produces the festival. With the film world exploding as the medium becomes cheaper and easier, GFF is expanding, and “trying to keep up with what it wants to be.” At the same time, the festival continues to embrace its community of filmmakers. On May 6, there’ll be a “community spotlight” event for Williams Rossa Cole, whose film Rebel Rossa explores Irish-American identity and Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. The controversial figure, an ancestor of the director, was infamous for being one of the original thinkers behind the bombing campaigns against England.