The Fates

The Fates

Wagner Depintor, 2015, 1 hour 10 minutes
*Winner Narrative Feature
Friday May 5th, 7:00 pm

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An American girl travels to Brazil and falls in love with a drug dealer from the favelas, in the pulsing city of Rio de Janeiro.

Artists Short Shorts

Artist Short Shorts, 19 min 20 sec
Curated by Lili WhiteProgram notes
Sunday, May 7th, 4:10PM

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New World

New World
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.

 

Hold

Hold
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).

 

Birds in Stuyvesant Park

Pigeons in Stuyvesant Park
Amy Hill, 1 min 18 sec

Foot traffic of birds in Stuyvesant Park.

 

Sonica Walking

Sonica Walking
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.

 

Rooftop Short

Rooftop Short
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.

 

59 Notes

59 Notes
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. 

 

Watercolor

Watercolor
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.

 

My Bath

My Bath
Lucia Maria Minervini, 50 sec

One of a series focusing on common and everyday experiences; preserved, accentuated and embellished.

 

Redshift

REDSHIFT
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.

 

Fireworks

Fireworks
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

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).

 

Dragonfly Glasses

Dragonfly Glasses
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.

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Harbor View

Harbor View
Andrea Callard, 9 sec

A playful experiment by Callard on her twice-daily commute.

 

Fire Ladder

FIRE LADDER
Cinzia Sarto 2 min 2 sec

Paolo Buggiani performance with his sculpture in Pantelleria.

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Bushwick Inlet Park

Bushwick Inlet Park

Coleen Fitzgibbon, 5 Min
Sunday May 7th, 3:00 pm

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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)

Good Morning

Good Morning

Michael Marantz, 2017, 2 min 46 sec
*Experimental, Avant-Garde Short  *Official Selection
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 pm   

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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.”

Gummer Moyers Swoon

Don Gummer

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.

Don gummer
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 10 min 6 sec
Curated experimental Program

SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM  

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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.

 

Gummer Moyers Swoon

Moyers
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 2 min 16 sec
Curated experimental Program

SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM  

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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.

 

Swoon

Swoon
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 13 min 24 sec
Curated experimental Program

SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM  

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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.

 

Greenpoint 2017

Greenpoint 2017

Coleen Fitzgibbon, 31 min
Environmental Program
Thursday May 4th, 7pm  

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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.

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I Am Her

I Am Her

Sasha Pezenik, 2016, 35 min
*Winner Documentary Short
Friday May 5th, 7:00 pm  

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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.

Jonathan Silver: Infidel in the Studio

Jonathan Silver: Infidel in the Studio

Coleen Fitzgibbon
Curated Programs:  Artists on Artists
Sunday May 7th, 4:10 PM  

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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.

 

Madagascar’s Scars

Madagascar’s Scars

Camille Wainer, 2015, 5 min
*Official Selection: Documentary/Animation Short
Sunday May 7th, 3:00 PM  

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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.

 

New York City Sketchbook

New York City Sketchbook

Willy Hartland, 2016, 13 min 1 sec
*Winner Animation Short
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 PM  

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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.”

 

Once Hamoun

Once Hamoun

Mohammad Ehsani, 2016, 35 min  (Iran; English subtitles)
Documentary Short  *Official Selection
Sunday May 7th, 3:00 pm  

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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.

 

Panic Attack!

Panic Attack!

Eileen O’Meara, 2016, 3 min 20 sec
Animated Short *Official Selection
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 pm  

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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.

 

Rebel Rossa

Rebel Rossa

Williams Rossa Cole, 2016, 88 min
Documentary
Saturday May 6th, 2pm  

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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.

*Community Spotlight

Save Our Snowmen

Save Our Snowmen

Shawn Z, 2016, 3 min 20 sec
*Official Selection: Environmental
Sunday May 7th, 3:00PM  

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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

 

Soft Voice

Soft Voice

Afshin Hashemi, 2015, 60 Min
*Winner Experimental Feature
Saturday May 6th, 6:30pm  

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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.

 

There’s More Than One Way To Skin A Man

There’s More Than One Way To Skin A Man

Emma Penaz Eisner, 2017, 7 min 9 sec
Experimental/avant-garde Short *Official Selection
Saturday May 6th, 6:30pm  

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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.

 

Two Worlds

Two Worlds

Maciej Adamek, 2016, 51 min  (Polish with English subtitles)
*Winner Documentary Feature
Saturday May 6th, 4:30 pm  

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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.

 

Waterways of Hope

Waterways of Hope

Robert DiMaio, 21 min
Curated Environmental Program
Thursday may 4th, 7:00 pm  

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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.