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.
Woven Spaces, Inc. Presents the
Sixth Annual Greenpoint Film Festival
May 4-7, 2017
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.
Coleen Fitzgibbon, 5 Min
Sunday May 7th, 3:00 pm
In a neighborhood starving for open space, where rezoning triggered luxury development and a population boom into an area primarily dominated by artists and working-class people, local North Brooklyn activists erupt into a vibrant but arduous campaign, taking on City Hall with the ultimate goal of getting an unfulfilled 11-year old promise; the creation of a large, public waterfront park.
*Requested documentary series by GFF (since 2016 and on-going)
Artist Short Shorts, 19 min 20 sec
Curated by Lili White, Program notes
Sunday, May 7th, 4:10PM
Judy Rifka, 1 min 22 sec
New World is a photomontage of numerous favorite clips. The showstopper, the brand intro to 1930’s Worldwide Production…Continuing the global theme with Spheres from Space Series sequences from collaborations with D. Dibble. I juxtaposed outtakes from the various sequences, by lining them up and screen shooting , superimposed onto a Photoshopped digital 3D effect image.
Denise Iris, 45 sec
From the MINIMENTALS project of ultra short films. Through intense observation and unexpected connections, these cinematic haikus transform ordinary moments into reveries that blur the line between inner and outer, real and imagined worlds. In the process, they invite us to rediscover a layer of experience which is often overlooked in the frantic pace of contemporary life. Ongoing project of over 60 films to date, presented as live improvised event curated in collaboration with the audience, gallery installation, and mobile app (upcoming).
Pigeons in Stuyvesant Park
Amy Hill, 1 min 18 sec
Foot traffic of birds in Stuyvesant Park.
Lucia Maria Minervini, 1 minute 13 sec
Part of an ongoing project in diverse mediums, spanning 15 years, musing on and documenting my movements in place, through space and over time.
Evelin Stermitz, 2 min 56 sec
Sound: Elise Kermani; Special credits to Maria João Salema
A woman positions herself at a rooftop space within a ghostlike paradox situation. The open functional architecture provides a surface for experiments with a person in a usually abandoned area. As a platform, it is theatre space for uncanny moments in an urban context.
Irina Danilova, 1 min
59 Notes is an impromptu performance during the short visit in Kharkov, Ukraine, after Irina Danilova’s lecture at the Kharkov Karazin University, co-performed with head of department of media and communication, Lidia Starodubtseva, on her heirloom piano with a rich history. 59 Notes are part of experimental Project 59, series of artworks where random number is used as an excuse for exploration.
Fred Hatt 2 min 12 sec
Shot with a smartphone, visual artist and filmmaker Fred Hatt’s Watercolor shows light and color blended through lenses of raindrops on a car’s windshield.
Lucia Maria Minervini, 50 sec
One of a series focusing on common and everyday experiences; preserved, accentuated and embellished.
Lili White 1 min 47 sec
REDSHIFT is the displacement of spectral lines toward longer wavelengths (the red end of the spectrum) in radiation from distant galaxies and celestial objects. This is interpreted as a Doppler shift that is proportional to the velocity of recession and thus to distance.
Andrea Callard, 1 min 19 sec
Short work documenting a fireworks display, shot from the roof of a restaurant called Alma on Columbia Street in Brooklyn, an hour or so after the Belmont Stakes.
medidas del arte (diccionario)
Rrose Present 1 min 47 sec
This video addresses the impossibility of finding some objective rules or criteria for judging works in contemporary art from Art. The postmodern era imposed a rupture of the canons of aesthetic judgment that previously have been aimed at art. With relativsm, every person with “authority” creates her/his own rules. It is the action of measuring art that creates “stars” (estrellas) or “those who crash” (estrellados).
Denise Iris, 40 sec
From the ongoing MINIMENTALS series, ultra short films for personal screens. Through intense observation and unexpected connections, these cinematic haikus transform ordinary moments into whimsical reveries that blur the line between inner and outer, real and imagined worlds. In the process, they invite us to rediscover a layer of experience which is often overlooked in the frantic pace of contemporary life.
Andrea Callard, 9 sec
A playful experiment by Callard on her twice-daily commute.
Cinzia Sarto 2 min 2 sec
Paolo Buggiani performance with his sculpture in Pantelleria.
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.
Robert DiMaio, 21 min
Curated Environmental Program
Thursday may 4th, 7:00 pm
This film presentation focuses on individuals and groups involved in environmental projects along the Newtown creek in New York City.
For seventeen years, filmmaker Robert DiMaio has been documenting efforts by local citizens to minimize abuse of this beautiful waterway, and seek approval for recreational use.
Maciej Adamek, 2016, 51 min (Polish with English subtitles)
*Winner Documentary Feature
Saturday May 6th, 4:30 pm
In Two Worlds, 12-year-old Laura is our guide through life with her deaf parents, which is unusual, challenging, and surprisingly ordinary. Laura serves as a vessel of emotion and communication for her mother and father, playing the roles of mouth and ears, helping them with practical activities. In the film, she functions as a window into the habitual, everyday trials of the differently-abled, revealing the seamless rhythm created between her and her parents. We become witness to Laura’s adult-like sensibility towards her parents as it coincides with her youthful adolescence.
This documentary feature is a genuine capture of the intersection of two worlds; the converging of multiple perceptions and means of expression, the complications of which are diluted by the family solidarity.
Emma Penaz Eisner, 2017, 7 min 9 sec
Experimental/avant-garde Short *Official Selection
Saturday May 6th, 6:30pm
Up is down, and inside turns out. Who are these men that embody and fuel our collective existential upheaval? What are they to you: heroes, anti-heroes, villains? Or something else altogether? Created by award-winning filmmaker Emma Penaz Eisner, this experimental work intermixes original cinematography and archival film along with contemporary found footage to draw viewers into these questions.
Afshin Hashemi, 2015, 60 Min
*Winner Experimental Feature
Saturday May 6th, 6:30pm
A transgender female leaves her life in the city and locks herself in a house in the middle of the woods, contemplating her life. Various people come to visit her, challenging her with their different agendas, as she seeks peace and a new voice – a soft voice – to return to her life and her people.
Shawn Z, 2016, 3 min 20 sec
*Official Selection: Environmental
Sunday May 7th, 3:00PM
More than 4,000 species of snowmen are threatened every year by climate change. In 2016 alone, large Avalanches of snowmen have been seen migrating thousands of miles away from their yards of origin to colder climates. With safe havens like The Global Snowman Sanctuary few and far between, we need your help to provide a cold shelter from the excruciating warmth. The planet can’t wait and neither can they. Learn how you can provide a cold and helping hand by visiting: www.SaveOurSnowmen.org
Williams Rossa Cole, 2016, 88 min
Saturday May 6th, 2pm
Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was one of the most controversial figures in Irish history. A committed Republican, he created the concept of bombing campaigns against England in the 1800’s. His funeral in 1915 lit the fuse to revolution resulting in the rebellion of Easter 1916. Today he is still revered in Republican circles. Banished as an exile to the United States he continued to relentlessly campaign for Irish independence becoming an influential figure in Irish America.
One hundred years after his death his great grandsons investigate Rossa’s legacy and their relationship to their infamous relative. Directed by Williams Rossa Cole, this journey explores Irish American identity as descendents of one of the most notorious and revered figures in Irish history. Filmed in the centenary year of O’Donovan Rossa’s death, the grandsons find themselves not only observers of their relative’s commemorations, but actual participants.
With original music composed by James Fearnley of the Pogues.
Eileen O’Meara, 2016, 3 min 20 sec
Animated Short *Official Selection
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 pm
Inspired by nagging thoughts that may start with “did I leave the coffee on?” and end up turning into “what if I give birth to Satan’s baby?”, this hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.
Mohammad Ehsani, 2016, 35 min (Iran; English subtitles)
Documentary Short *Official Selection
Sunday May 7th, 3:00 pm
Since Lake Hamoon has gone dry, numerous environmental and social problems have appeared in Sistan region. Poverty, emigration, and the extinction of traditional and local jobs have been the result of the drying of Lake Hamoon in the southeast of Iran in Sistan and Baluchistan Province on Iran Afghanistan border.
This documentary depicts the present situation of Lake Hamoon and the problems of the people around it.
Willy Hartland, 2016, 13 min 1 sec
*Winner Animation Short
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 PM
Sketchbook drawings come to life in this dreamy vision of New York City.
From director Willy Hartland: “In my art, most specifically my newest animation “New York City Sketchbook,” I explore the urban experience unfiltered, with all it’s beauty and it’s blemishes. Working from my sketchbooks, in a form of visual journalism, the film attempts to document the challenges that New Yorkers face with their hopes and desires as they negotiate the urban matrix of the city itself.
There are layers and layers of people and places in the film, some opaque, while others we see right through. Most of the characters in the film were sketched from life, often in public places, but sometimes they are friends or lovers observed privately during moments of intimacy. In this regard the film is personal and has as many layers of interpretation as there are layers of drawings within the film’s structural compositions.
Structurally and thematically I am fascinated with the pulse of the urban beat. As I move the viewer through the city’s vast spaces, I look for rhythmic patterns and shapes in the city’s architecture, with it’s majestic skyscrapers, bridges and endless avenues. I look for patterns of movement in the subway trains, ferries, taxis and pedestrians as they overlap and crisscross each other in an endless looping cacophony of shape and sound.
I regard my art as a hybrid of social realism and theatrical nonfiction, where I combine animation based on observation, found sound, and visual diary forms into one seamless work.
Influential artists and thinkers of mine in no particular order are: Yuri Norstein, George Grosz, John Hubley, Flannery O’Connor, David Lynch, Diane Arbus, Joseph Mitchell, Alfred Hitchcock, Saul Steinberg, Picasso, Herge, and David Hockney.”
Camille Wainer, 2015, 5 min
*Official Selection: Documentary/Animation Short
Sunday May 7th, 3:00 PM
Madagascar’s Scars is a poignant five minute flash animation created by Camille Wainer in collaboration with the Lemur Conservation Foundation that captures the urgent environmental and social issues that threaten the future of wildlife and humans on the island of Madagascar.
Curated Programs: Artists on Artists
Sunday May 7th, 4:10 PM
Jonathan Silver, Brooklyn born artist, gained recognition for his emotionally charged large hallucinogenic sculpture installations in the late ‘80’s. Silver, a Columbia University scholar under art historian Meyer Shapiro, shifted gears and began creating genre bending artworks influenced by Hellenistic thought, Rodin, Giacometti, and Freudian psychoanalysis. During Silver’s meteoric rise, his work was acquired by the Walker Art Center, the MET, the City of Baltimore/John Hopkins, and the Weatherspoon Museum, and was shown at the Queens Museum, SculptureCenter, and numerous galleries before his early death in 1992. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America and Art News, among others. In 1986 NYTimes art critic Michael Brenson wrote: “Silver’s aim is syncretic…He takes one chunk from here, another from there, and then struggles to assemble works that that can suggest both the crushing gravity of the fragmentation and the possibility of clawing and climbing towards a new whole.”
Filmmaker Coleen Fitzgibbon first filmed Jonathan Silver four months before his death, with art writer Michael Brenson, then-Director of the Weatherspoon Museum, Bert Carpenter, and sculptor Tom Otterness.
Fitzgibbon has screened her documentaries and experimental films internationally as a filmmaker and artist at the Greenpoint Film Festival, Viennale in Austria, Toronto International Film Festival, MOMA, Rotterndam IFF, Salon 94 Gallery, LA MOCA, Anthology Film Archives and others.
Co-producer Michael Grenadier has produced and edited many documentaries, including High Wide and Handsome with Loudon Wainwright III and The Ultimate Wish.
Sasha Pezenik, 2016, 35 min
*Winner Documentary Short
Friday May 5th, 7:00 pm
Out of the limelight, under the streetlight, enter the world of NYC’s transgender underclass. One church opens its doors to provide meals, clothing and sometimes, a little drag show magic.
Two transgender women struggle to beat the odds. Sacha, abandoned and abused from birth, finds empowerment and beauty in her performances. Kenyatta, an HIV+ rapper, rejects drag as disrespectful to her idea of womanhood. Both women face a steep climb to stability, often taking more backward steps than forward march.
Disease, abuse, and homelessness cast long shadows. One friar, Brother Peter, makes it his mission to help build not just their self confidence – but also, build them badly needed housing within the church. This is personal: his work with this transgender population has made him accept painful secrets of his own. Though in the midst of a battle with cancer, he wins $1.8 million from the city for a housing program, only to get turned down, and out, by a fellow church leader. Peter prepares to leave the church, but without his linchpin support, the community is left in tenuous balance. Kenyatta turns to prostitution; it’s not the first time. Peter presses on to find a place to build his housing. Sacha strives to find her own voice – but will they make it?
A story of deep pain, and the stunning resilience needed to overcome it. Voices brimming with pathos, honesty, and eloquent grit, whose stories uniquely show: fly with one wing if you must, but never be afraid to fall.
Curated Program: Artists on Artists
Artist Archives documentary film project
Robert DiMaio, 25 min 46 sec
Sunday May 7th, 4:10pm
The Artist Archive was founded in 2002 when filmmaker Robert DiMaio was commissioned by the School Construction Authority to document a public art installation – a project that was funded by the Percent for Art program. Shortly after, DiMaio submitted a proposal to document, using film, all the art installed in public schools. His concept was that on the first day of every school year, students would be taken on a tour of the hallways where art was on public display. Their visit with the art would be followed by a short film about the meaning of the art and the history of the artist. Thereafter, when students would pass the art, they would be reminded of aspects of the artists lives and how creativity, imagination, and inspirations overcame challenges or led to success. TAA continues to create short films to encourage dialogue among teachers, parents/guardians, and younger people regarding the ways in which art contributes to issues of community pride, quality of life, and life-long education.
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 10 min 6 sec
Curated experimental Program
SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM
Don Gummer discusses the ability of public art to bring communities together. Inspired by his childhood fascination with urban structures, he is able to facilitate an unfiltered exchange of ideas between the many viewers that come into contact with his work around the city. This might allow a mother to better understand how her child views the world around them; get people into the habit of forming a greater tolerance to differing perspectives, and expand the mind.
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 2 min 16 sec
Curated experimental Program
SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM
In a visit to painter Burton Silverman’s studio, Bill Moyers discusses artists as the “carriers of the imagination”, and artwork as the vessels of otherwise inaccessible sensations and information. Moyers focuses on the impact that artwork has on the viewer’s perception and future emotional development, bringing light to the way certain works of painting, writing, etc. teach generations of people to feel empathy, learn about their histories, and to become more connected to the world around them.
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 13 min 24 sec
Curated experimental Program
SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM
This short film follows the work of Swoon, who gained notoriety from her street art and her unique use of materials. Highlighted here are her functional raft sculptures, which were created entirely out of salvaged materials from dumpsters and construction sites. The creations are bi-products of the community we live in, and viewers join together to watch their silhouettes on the East River, gathering in fascination and celebration.
Coleen Fitzgibbon, 31 min
Thursday May 4th, 7pm
Greenpoint 2017 covers many voices analyzing the toxic remediation of North Brooklyn’s waterfront areas of Greenpoint and Williamsburg from 2016 to now 2017. Riverkeeper’s Sean Dixon, North Brooklyn Alliance’s Willis Elkins, Friends of Bushwick Park’s Kim Fraser and Maggie Baker, activist Steve Chesler, Habitat Map’s Michael Heimbinder, BioCities’ Kathleen Bakewell, and artists Peter Fend and Rosa Valado speak in depth on the past and current plans for Newtown Creek’s superfund, Greenpoint’s brownfields and Bushwick Inlet Park’s restoration.
Like chapters in a book, the film moves from interview to interview to discover a community of activists from all different professions and activist organizations hard at work to clean up toxic residue leftover from an era of a very different consciousness.
Fitzgibbon’s Greenpoint 2016 was screened at the 2016 Greenpoint International Film Festival, in which Elkins, Beckwith, Fend, and Fitzgibbon explored by boat the Newtown Creek heart of darkness and superfund contamination. Greenpoint 2017 is an extension of that journey.
Michael Grenadier is Associate Producer and co-editor on Greenpoint 2017.
*Requested documentary series by GFF (since 2016 and on-going)
Michael Marantz, 2017, 2 min 46 sec
*Experimental, Avant-Garde Short *Official Selection
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 pm
Created as a response to the turmoil across the US, Good Morning is a film to remind us to stand united and continue to work for a better, more connected world where all are respected as equals.
From director Michael Marantz: “We might not share the same opinions, we may look different, but in the end we are all human beings. We hope this piece conjures up some inspiration to act with strength and compassion in all of our daily interactions. Let us stand together.”
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)
Posted by Peter Y. | March 16, 2016
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.
For 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.
For 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.
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.
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.
“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.
March 7, 2016
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.
March 7, 2016
BY ALLEGRA HOBBS
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.green
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
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.”
Sep 10, 2014 by Tanay Warerkar
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
Woven Spaces, Inc. Presents the
Fourth Annual Greenpoint Film Festival
Sept. 18th-21st, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Sep 19, 2012
Celebrating its second season, the upcoming Greenpoint Film Festival has a new and exciting list of experimental and independent films from contemporary filmmakers. The festival premiered last fall, featuring works from such American filmmakers as David Lynch and Jonas Mekas, among others.
Read more: Greenpoint Star