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.

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?

Breath

Breath

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.

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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

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. 

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’.

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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.

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.

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Juno

Juno

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.

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.

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Simon

Simon

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.

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Superjednostka (Super-Unit)

Superjednostka

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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