Recommended Screenings for the Greenpoint Film Festival (3/17 – 3/20)

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Recommended Screenings for the Greenpoint Film Festival (3/17 – 3/20)
Posted by Peter Y. | March 16, 2016

Can Video Bring Us Our (Missing) Park?The Greenpoint Film Festivalstarts tomorrow, and here is our shortlist of recommended movies for you.

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.

Becoming BulletproofFor 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.
JunoFor 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.

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“The Cycle” Wins at Greenpoint Film Festival

Nutmeg
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.

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Winners: Steve Perski and Stephen C. Walsh

 
“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.

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Activism and the Environment Spotlighted at Greenpoint Film Festival

DNAinfo
March 7, 2016

By Gwynne Hogan | March 7, 2016 4:36pm

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GREENPOINT — Coming up next week, the fifth annual Greenpoint Film Festival will tackle pollution in local waterways and community activism, alongside international works.

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.

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Get movie-ing! Activists hope new film will force city to act on Bushwick Inlet Park

Occupy the Inlet

Brooklyn Paper
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.greenpointfilmfestival.org]. March 17 at 8 pm. $10.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini