Indie film-lovers needn’t panic; the Greenpoint Film Festival will return for its 9th year, and will run from August 1st to 9th.
The festival is divided into two parts: the first will take place in the parking lot at Meserole and Jewel Avenues in Greenpoint, and the second will take place at Long Island City event space The Foundry. To adapt to coronavirus restrictions, the festival’s organizers have turned the entire festival into a drive-in movie experience, allowing attendees to safely watch films and panel discussions from their cars, from a row of repurposed movie cars, or one of several socially distanced seat clusters, which can be purchased for groups. The festival is sponsored in part by New York production company Broadway Stages.
The line-up features 27 different short films and 8 feature films from both established and up-and-coming filmmakers, with a mix of experimental, documentary, narrative, feature, and short films. Kicking off the festival will be two films about influential Black musicians: the documentary Chuck Berry about the eponymous rock and roll legend, directed by British documentary filmmaker Jon Brewer, followed by the short film Last Fair Deal about the blues artist Robert Johnson, who died tragically young. A screening of the short film American Marriage co-written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and producer James Ivory, who wrote the screenplay for the wildly popular 2017 film Call Me By Your Name will take place on August 8th.
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