The Expanded Cinema course focuses on modes of filmmaking that defy classification. It provides students with the historical and political context for nontraditional uses of the moving image. Students experiment with the visual language of cinema and push the boundaries of their work. Topics may include tactile explorations of the medium, experimental film, video art, fiction/nonfiction hybrid, installation, and new uses of video.
In the late 70s and early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges of its time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored just in time for the 30th anniversary of the premiere at the New York Festival, this documentary is a priceless piece of New York City history.
The Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof & Community Engagement Center at Broadway Stages is the setting for an ambitious environmental project that promises to transform the most industrial part of Greenpoint. Made possible by a partnership between Broadway Stages, NYC Audubon, Alive Structures and the Newtown Creek Alliance, this project aims at providing education and events for people of all ages and creating natural habitats for local flora and fauna. In these interviews, landscape architect Marni Majorelle and project manager Niki Jackson talk about the already visible impact of Kingsland Wildflowers and prospects for the project’s expansion, including plans for several more green roofs.
Kingsland Wildflowers is a 20,000-square-foot green roof and community space constructed in the heart of industrial Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in 2016. Learn how this green infrastructure project is improving the surrounding environment and benefiting the local community. The project is a partnership between New York City Audubon, Alive Structures, Newtown Creek Alliance, and Broadway Stages. Funding for the Kingsland Wildflowers Project was provided by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.
Open Source Stories: The Science of Collective Discovery dives into the world of citizen scientists—ordinary people with varying degrees of training who contribute to scientific research in their spare time. This film explores how two citizen science projects are using open hardware tools to monitor their environment and make impactful policy changes.
On October 20, 2018 environmental artist Stacy Levy led a group of volunteer stream painters as they used chalk paint to imagine & trace the paths of historic Bushwick Inlet & Creek from the Inlet, down N 15th Street in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Research & mapping for the creek & connecting underground streams was created by Eymund Diegel. Co-organized by Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park and NYCH2O. Support provided by the North Brooklyn Boat Club and the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.
Maria el Diablo is a surrealist short-doc on the topic of the devastating Hurricane Maria, which made landfall in Puerto Rico fall last year. The piece is a timely reminder of the long-lasting impacts that environmental disasters have on the people whose lives are forever changed by them, and a testament to human resilience and the perspective that can be gained.
In February 2004, after 30 years of my life in SoHo, I made a decision to leave SoHo and move to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This video is about what it feels like to leave a place in which one has spent more time than any other place, and which was also the place of my family life. I am somewhere else now. It’s about beginning of growing roots in a new place, new home, with new friends, new thoughts, experiences.
In business for over 40 years, Cato’s Army & Navy Store claims that not much has changed since it was founded in 1975. Yet while business has been conducted in the same fashion, much has indeed changed, from the clientele to the neighborhood. Owner and manager Ed Veneziano accounts for the old and the new in this short doc, testifying to the purpose this store has served over the years and his own commitments to the Greenpoint community.
The life and work of Barney Rosset, the late founder of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, is laid bare by family and friends as they enter his home and office to interpret one of his last and most personal works: a giant, abstract mural.