Greenpoint Gazette

Greenpoint Film Fest Returns, Raising Environmental Awareness in the Nabe

BY Tanay Warerkar

The Wythe Hotel will once again play host to the Greenpoint Film Festival, which this year highlights the best-in themes of renewal and reclamation and how to creatively address the needs of a neighborhood considered one of the most polluted in the country.

For four days next week, the festival will showcase films shortlisted by a panel of six judges who chose from over 200 entries to this year’s festival.

Films were submitted in four categories namely Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, and Animation.

The festival kicks-off with the winner of the Narrative Feature Film category, Brooklyn Umemployed, directed by James Arrabito, about a struggling comic writer balancing his career while trying to hold on to his relationship.

The following day will commence with the winner of the Documentary Short category, My Toxic Backyard, directed by Katie Damien, about a rural community’s struggle to get clean, safe water for their community.

That screening will be followed by a showing of a series of films both current and from the past showcasing aspects of Greenpoint, Newtown Creek, and the North Brooklyn community as a whole.

The weekend will feature films from across the world including England, Australia, Japan, and France, and an entire set of films curated by the David Lynch Foundation.

The festival’s other winners include Magnus Lilleburg, who won in the Best Documentary Short category for the film, Magnus: A Spring Day, which chronicles the everyday life of a heroin addict living in Oslo, Norway; Antoine Blanchet walked away with the Best Narrative Short prize for the French film, Les Papillions Noir, about a 20-year-old’s unexpected journey after meeting a spiritual healer; and the Experimental category was won by Noah Shulman’s imaginative exploration of extreme close-ups of magnetic, chemical and heat reactions.

The Greenpoint Film Festival was created four years ago by Woven Spaces Inc., a nearly 20 year old Greenpoint-based arts organization that has worked on urban community art projects, education, and meditation programs. The festival has continued to grow in popularity and attracts film buffs, environmentalists and community members alike.

Greenpoint Film Festival, September 18-21, Wythe Hotel Screening Room, 80 Wythe Avenue, for the full schedule visit http://greenpointfilmfestival.org/schedule-2014, and for tickets visit http://greenpointfilmfestival.org.

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