PRESS Press 2019

Greenpoint Film Festival 2019 Announcement

8th Annual Greenpoint Film Festival  

Announcing the 8th Annual 2019 Greenpoint Film Festival, from May 2nd through May 5th, with four days of competitive submissions and curated programs. Screenings will be held at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe Ave, and Film Noir, 122 Meserole Ave.

For its 8th year, the Greenpoint Film Festival presents an exciting schedule of carefully selected short and feature-length films, chosen by a panel of judges from hundreds of submissions in three categories: Narrative, Documentary, and Experimental. Additional curated programs include: New York Culture Icons; Pratt Student Films; Spotlight on Greenpoint.

This year’s festival kicks off on May 2nd with our Art program. The program begins with 100/100 The Itinerant Portraitist by Laure Sullivan and Brenda Zlamany, which follows Zlamany as she paints portraits for 100 residents of the Hebrew Home for the Aged, engaging them as participants of her artistic process. Immediately following will be a screening of RODNEY DICKSON…along the edge… by Bill Page, a documentary on the titular artist who lives to push the boundaries of how art can and should be experienced. Noah Becker of Whitehot Magazine will be in attendance to moderate a panel discussion afterwards, followed shortly by our Opening Night Afterparty!

Friday night will feature a program of experimental short films. Proliferation 2018 by David Brody, an animated “synesthetic drama”; Blue Reverie by Siting Yang, a lyrical drama about a young woman’s self-reflection in her search for artistic and romantic fulfillment; Lynne Sachs and Lizzie Olesker’s The Washing Society, a sociohistorical portrait of the urban laundromat crafted from interviews with and performances by the people who have worked there for decades.

Saturday presents more narratives and documentaries, starting with Lynsey Miller’s Doing Money, an abrasive drama based on a true story about a Romanian woman who was snatched off the streets of London and trafficked around the UK as a sex slave for a year. A narrative shorts program will follow with Justin Andrew Davis’s You Look Great, a black comedy-drama about a man’s struggle with an eating disorder, and Kristen Buckels’ #womensmarch, a mockumentary take on millennial white feminism through the lives of three New York women. After that comes Sandy Gotham Meehan and Williams Cole’s Barney’s Wall, a biodoc about the great American publisher and iconoclast Barney Rosset, which will feature a panel afterwards sponsored by The Brooklyn Rail. The evening will end with Jon Stahl’s Jacob, a portrait of an eccentric and accomplished, yet humble polymath with 10 college degrees to his name.

At our second location, Film Noir Cinema, at 122 Meserole Avenue, we will be screening a Saturday evening program of films from students of the Expanded Cinema course at Pratt Institute, followed by a panel discussion with the students as well as Professor Sasha Sumner.

Sunday will be our farewell and also our most personal day, as our lineup looks inward at the Greenpoint community. We’ll be taking a look at community efforts like The Kingsland Wildflowers Project, which seeks to reinvigorate the urban landscape, creating the first of many green roofs in the area. Our final film of the festival will be Los Sures, a documentary which captures the struggles and vitality of Williamsburg’s Southside as it existed in the late 70s and early 80s. Both programs will be followed by lively discussions with the various groups involved.

Check out our website for more information on scheduling, Q&As/panel discussions, festival parties, and ticket sales.