Greenpoint Gazette

Eclecticism Highlights the 2nd Annual Greenpoint Film Festival

BY Nick Powell

After a successful inaugural year, the Greenpoint Film Festival makes its return to the neighborhood this week, showcasing talented young filmmakers and actors and providing local cinephiles the opportunity to view interesting and dynamic films in their own backyard.

More than 25 films will be screened at the four-day event, which runs from Thursday, September 20th through Sunday, September 23rd at multiple locations throughout Greenpoint. The films were selected by eight judges from a field of over 100 submissions in categories such as Documentary, Narrative, and Experimental.

Some of each day’s highlights from this year’s Greenpoint Film Festival include:

Thursday: The program begins at 186 Huron Street with an opening reception at 6 p.m., followed by the screening of Deaf Jam, a documentary directed by Judy Lieff about the world of American Sign Language poetry, as told through the eyes of deaf teenager Aneta Brodski. Deaf Jam won the Documentary Feature Competition at the festival. A Q&A with both Lieff and Brodski will follow the film and the evening will conclude with an after party.

Friday: The Millennium Film Workshop, a non-profit media arts center and cinema dedicated to avant-garde and experimental film, will dominate the second day of the festival with a series called Millennium Nomadic. The program will consist of three workshops and a panel, whose purpose is to shed light on various techniques, visions, and performances that help define experimental film. Various experimental filmmakers are curating the workshops, including Grahame Weinbren, a “pioneer” of interactive cinema whose works have been shown at the Berlin Film Festival among other exhibitions, and Bradley Eros, an artist whose works have been exhibited at galleries such as the Whitney and MoMA. The Millennium Film Workshop will also be held at the Huron Street location, with the first workshop beginning at 5 p.m.

Saturday: The highlight at the Huron Street location is a program called Bill Morrison: Light Excavations, a two-part program curated by Paul Dallas that highlights Morrison’s experimental films, often rooted in the use of archival footage and collaborations with musicians and composers. There will be a Q&A with Morrison after the first program. Several blocks away at 329 Greenpoint Avenue, the festival will be hosting its Community Program. This includes a screening of the documentary, The Domino Effect, directed by Megan Sperry, Daniel Phelps, and Brian Paul, that details the controversial plan to transform the old Domino Sugar Factory into luxury condos. Later in the afternoon at the Greenpoint Avenue location there will be an Environmental Program, where five films, ranging from shorts to features, will be screened. All the films are related to the environmental issues surrounding Greenpoint. The screenings will be followed by an environmental panel featuring the filmmakers.

Sunday: The final day of the festival begins at 11:45 a.m. at 607 Manhattan Avenue with the screening of Maybe Tomorrow, a narrative feature directed by Michael Wolfe. Later that day, Golf In The Kingdom, the winner of the festival’s Narrative Feature competition, will be screened as well as Angelfish, which won the Narrative Shorts competition. At Huron Street, the day commences with the screening of the documentary feature, Funeral Season, directed by Matthew Lancit, and described as a “comedic ghost story” about a Canadian Jew traveling through Cameroon who becomes haunted by the memories of his own ancestors. At 3:30, the festival will hold a Social Justice program that will include short films that address issues surrounding LGBTQ, the Occupy Movement, Human Rights/Sexual Exploitation, Immigration and the Urban Environment. The festival will conclude with a closing reception at 7:15 p.m. at the Huron Street location.

For tickets and more information on the Greenpoint Film Festival, visit www.greenpointfilmfestival.org.

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