Greenpoint Film Festival Returns To Brooklyn

The Patch
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 films were selected from hundreds of submissions by a panel of six judges from the Greenpoint Film Festival, a project from the local nonprofit organization, Woven Spaces, Inc.

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.


The Greenpoint Film Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow!

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: Narr​a​tive​, 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).

Waterways of Hope, film still, directed by Robert DiMaio
Waterways of Hope directed by Robert DiMaio

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..

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Greenpoint gears up for sixth annual film fest this weekend


The Fates

Brooklyn Reporter
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,

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Greenpoint Film Festival Returns, With a Focus On Local Greenery

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.

The Greenpoint Film Festival takes place this Thursday to Sunday, May 4 to 7, at the Wythe Hotel.


2017 GFF Press Release


Woven Spaces, Inc. Presents the
Sixth Annual Greenpoint Film Festival
May 4-7, 2017
Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Announcing the 6th Annual 2017 Greenpoint Film Festival, from May 4th through May 7th in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with four days of competitive submissions and curated programs. Screenings willbe held at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room, at 80 Wythe Ave.

For its 6th year, the Greenpoint Film Festival presents an exciting schedule of carefully selected shorts and feature-length films, chosen by a panel of six judges from hundreds of submissions in four categories: Narrative , Documentary, Experimental, and Animation.

The festival kicks off on May 4th with Greenpoint 2017 by Coleen Fitzgibbons, which chronicles thetoxic remediation of Brooklyn’s waterfront areas, along with Waterways of Hope by Robert DiMaio, which focuses on the individuals involved in environmental projects along Newtown Creek in NYC. On view Friday is winning Narrative Feature, The Fates , and I am Her , the winning Documentary Short.

From Willy Hartland’s Animation, NYC Sketchbook, to Afshin Hashemi’s Soft Voice , the festival presents a diversity of work on Saturday that confronts the viewers, while often being incredibly introspective,funny, and emotional. This includes the exciting story of Rebel Rossa by his great-grandson, Williams Cole, and a modern day Polish documentary about a young girl and everyday life with her deaf parents.

On Sunday, a series of local and international environmental shorts will be projected, as well as a curated program of Artists on Artists, encouraging a dialogue about the many ways that art contributes to the community. This aligns with the Greenpoint Film Festival’s ongoing mission to show the imperative ties between art and the public.

Tickets can be purchased online and at the door. Check out the schedule at for detailed information andfilm 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.

‘Once Hamoun’ for New York Festival

Once Hanoun - Financial Tribune

Financial Tribune
First English Iranian Economic Daily
April 18, 2017

The short environmental documentary film ‘Once Hamoun,’ directed by filmmaker Mohammad Ehsani, 44, will be screened at the 6th Greenpoint Film Festival in New York.

The festival is slated for May 4-7 and the 35-minute film on the endangered marshlands of Hamoun, will be shown on the final day of the event, ISNA reported.

Ehsani is a member of the Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Association and environmental issues are among his top priorities. For his latest documentary, he traveled to southeastern Iran where the Hamoun-e-Helmand straddles a large border region in Iran and Afghanistan.

A shallow, marshy, lake (or lagoon) it is located in the Sistan region of eastern Iran and western Afghanistan and fed by the Helmand River, which starts in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. The wetland is part of the seasonal desert lakes and marshlands on the Iranian Plateau and spreads over 50,700 sq km.

The shallow lakes and wetlands of Hamoun form a critical link in the wildlife of the area, aquatic as well as avian and terrestrial.

The documentary depicts the present situation of Hamoun and the challenges people living in the region face.

Since the desiccation of Lake Hamoun due to the construction of dams and reservoirs on both sides of the border, numerous environmental and social problems have emerged in Sistan region. Poverty, migration, and the decline of traditional and local jobs have been some of the problems, although under a three-phase plan by the Department of Environment to save the wetlands, millions of cubic meters of water are being released into the lagoon.

Two other environmental documentaries are to be screened at the 2017 Greenpoint event. Both are by American directors. One is ‘Madagascar’s Scar’ by Camille Wainer and the other ‘Save Our Snowmen’ by Cool Effect.

Ehsani has portrayed several environmental crises of the time in his previous films.

His documentary ‘Lady Urmia’ is well known in Iran and elsewhere. The 30-minute film was made in 2012. It is a poetic documentary about Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran. Located between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, Lake Urmia is the largest lake in the Middle East and the third largest saltwater lake on earth. The documentary is narrated in the voice of the lake itself that demands help and international aid to save it from drying up.

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