directed by Michael Tyburski, 11min
After a difficult breakup, a quiet young man moves off the grid and onto a sailboat on New York’s East River in search of what can not be found within the confines of the city.
Director: Ryan Balas
Running Time: 72 min
Lines get blurred in this erotic thriller testing the nature of
Opening our ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM at the Newtown Creek Visitors’ Center location is David Leitner’s NEWTOWN CREEK DIGESTOR EGGS: THE ART OF HUMAN WASTE.
The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, epitomizes wha
GFF12 : Bill Morrison Selection curated by Paul Dallas
Bill Morrison’s re-workings of rare archival footage often paired with rich soundtracks have earned him international recognition as “one of the most adventurous American filmmakers.”
Paul Dallas will be presenting a selection of short and feature films spanning over 10 years of Morrison’s career.
In Michael Wolfe’s NARRATIVE FEATURE drama MAYBE TOMORROW three men are haunted by a crime that severs their friendships but connects them to each other for life. After fifteen years of denial, they revisit the one night that changed their lives.
The 2nd Annual Greenpoint Film Festival opens Thursday, Sept. 20 with the winner of the Documentary Features competition, Judy Lieff’s Deaf Jam, a mind-opening look into the world of American Sign Language (ASL) Slam Poetry!
6:00pm Opening Reception
7:00pm Screening of Deaf Jam
8:15pm Q & A with director Judy Lieff, main character Aneta Brodski with ASL interpreter Veronica Staehle.
8:30pm After Party
Location: 186 Huron Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Between Manhattan Ave & McGuinness Blvd.
Subway: G line to Greenpoint Ave station.
Bus: B62 or B43 to Manhattan Av/India Street.
East River Ferry: to Greenpoint/India Street.
by Jessica Yu, 105 min
Screening as part of the curated environmental section at the Newton Creek Visitor Center.
Cinematic journalism at its best, Jessica Yu’s startling documentary, is a call to action regarding the current water crisis. The film exposes the consequences of human and corporate decisions made affecting our water on a local and global scale.
by Daniel Phelps, Megan Sperry and Brian Paul, 50min
The Domino Effect is a documentary which explores the Domino Sugar Factory development project in Williamsburg and its projected impact on the neighborhood. Told through the voices of longtime residents, the film conveys the personal impact of gentrification while also shedding light on the controversial process of real estate development in New York City.
Stay tuned for program details.
Directed by Susan Streitfeld – Produced by Mindy Affrime, 86 min
Golf in the Kingdom, is adapted from Michael Murphy’s 1972 classic novel. A blend of sport and mysticism, it tells the story of Michael, who in 1956 is bound for an ashram in India when he stops over in Scotland to play one last game on a renowned course named Burningbush. There he encounters Shivas Irons, a pro with a philosophical and metaphysical bent, who profoundly alters the young man’s perceptions of golf and life.
Stay tuned for program details.
Shot in the environs of St. Louis in five weeks with a $20,000 budget and a Canon 5D Mark II, filmmakers Brian Bowls MacLean and Matt “Mugs” Glasson crafted together a witty and semi-gritty “un-romantic comedy” feature. Love Stalker is the highlight of GFF12’s Micro-Budget category. Q & A with the filmmakers will follow. Stay tuned for program details.
Director Denis Côté Canada/France, 2011, 72 min, color
Bestiaire is an elegant meditation on the nature of sentience and the boundaries between nature and “civilization”. We observe animals, they also observe us and one another; the mutual beholding initiates a shift in consciousness. We are left with an awareness of the constraints of captivity and of some liberation of mental constraint.
Folks, thanks so much for your contributions. As you see we are almost there, but we still have a gap to bridge. Please spread the word to as many others as possible. Below are a few still previews of coming attractions to this year’s festival.
Cheers & much gratitude,
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Sunset Cruise & After Party Fundraiser 2012, a set on Flickr.
Thanks so much to our sponsors, especially the East River Ferry, our amazing volunteers, and all who came out to support the Festival.
Cruise tickets $120 (includes after party)
(Cruise tickets are will call & after purchased online can be picked up at the event.
SPACE IS LIMITED)
After party tickets $25 can be purchased at the door
Mar 20, 2012
Rosa Valado moved to Richmond Hill from a small town in Northwest Spain with her parents when she was 11 years old.
She went back to Europe several years later to study art in Madrid, finishing with a specialized degree in Fine Arts and Art History from CUNY Queens College.
As the years went on, Valado moved to Brooklyn, where she’s lived in Williamsburg and Greenpoint since.
“I love the community,” she said of Greenpoint. “I think geographically it’s just really beautiful.”
The Greenpoint Film Festival is gearing up for its second year, taking submissions from the public, in addition to curated programs, for the first time.
Categories for the festival, hosted by Brooklyn’s Woven Spaces arts organization, include experimental/avant-garde, narrative, documentary, and animation. The festival is also accepting features, shorts and some student works.
A jury of roughly 10 people will vote on films to select for the festival, according to Director Rosa Valado.
“Everything will be seen, everything will be looked at,” she said of the submissions.
Application and guidelines available on the submissions page.
Curated film programs and events for 2012 will be announced early Spring.
Last night, just a couple dozen people braved the rain and cold to help kick off the first Greenpoint Film Festival with the premiere of Jonas Mekas’s new documentary, “My Mars Bar Movie.” The film, which Mr. Mekas, 88, said he had recorded during trips to Mars Bar over the course of fifteen years at Anthology Film Archives across the street, begins with a close-up of the archivist and filmmaker’s first name carved in the bar, followed by admiring shots of an insect-ridden fly strip and then the first of countless clinking tequila glasses.
Yesterday evening marked the beginning of what appears to be a promising new presence on the New York film scene: the opening night of the first annual Greenpoint Film Festival, launched by Brooklyn based arts organization Woven Spaces.
Films screened for the rest of the weekend will be a promising melange of documentaries, features and shorts with experimental tendencies, as well a good helping of repertory programming. The festival takes places at the Broadway Stages studio this weekend at 222 West St, which offers views of Manhattan and the East River in a loft-style screening space. The venue also happens to be beneath one of Brooklyn’s first rooftop farms, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm (and you know how we feel about Rooftops). Festival programmer and photographer Scott Nyerges spent 2010 documenting the farm’s growing season, so it comes as little surprise that they have chosen regeneration as the program’s organizing theme.
On October 27th, the Greenpoint Film Festival will make its debut. Inside Broadway Stages, movies from avant-garde, indie filmmakers will be screened, as will the work of cult favorite David Lynch. Throughout the four-day event, a wide variety of films with diverse themes covering environmental issues, local happenings, and social commentary are going to be shown.
Legendary filmmaker and Gotham flaneur Jonas Mekas is set to kick off the first-ever Greenpoint Film Festival with the premiere of a full-length documentary about boozing it up at the infamous Mars Bar in Manhattan.
The 88-year-old, Lithuanian-born and Brooklyn-based filmmaker nicknamed “the Godfather of avant-garde cinema,” will screen five of his films at the Greenpoint Film Festival — Oct. 27–30 at Broadway Stages in Greenpoint — including his brand new “My Mars Bar Movie,” an homage — and love letter — to the iconic Manhattan dive that recently closed.
Well-known for his contribution to the avant-garde film world, Jonas Mekas has been called the godfather of it all, but the humble 89-year-old doesn’t want that label.
“I don’t like it because there is a big misunderstanding,” he said as he spoke to this paper in his Clinton Hill studio in August before Hurricane Irene was set to hit. “It all began long before I was born.”
Did you know that the Little Rascals was set in Greenpoint? It’s one of the screenings for the upcoming Greenpoint Film Festival, the first of what will become an annual affair organized by Woven Spaces, a local nonprofit public arts group. Taking place October 27 – 30 at Broadway Stages in Greenpoint, the line-up includes favorites and lesser-known experimental, avant-garde shorts and feature-length films.