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Bushwick Film Fest 2015 Gets Underway


Advance tickets are now on sale for the 8th annual Bushwick Film Festival set to take place at various locations throughout North Brooklyn.

27 films will be screened over the course of the four-day festival, including 10 documentaries, 13 narrative feature films, 2 short films, a web series and an art house film selection.

Films and filmmakers represent countries like Israel, Belgium, Liberia, New Zealand, Germany, France, and Bulgaria, in addition to the United States.

“This year is incredibly exciting,” said Kweighbaye Kotee, the founder of the festival and its current director. “In addition to having Bushwick as our home base, we will also expand to Williamsburg, Dumbo and the Lower East Side for screenings.”

Some of the films the organizers are excited about include the horror film “Old 37,” starring Miley Cyrus’ younger sister, Brandi Cyrus who will be present at the film festival along with the director and co-stars for a Q n A session. The film is about two brothers who intercept 911 calls in a beat up ambulance in order to torture and kill helpless people.

Another highlight is a Bushwick-centric film, “Bizarre,” about a French teenager who moves to Bushwick and begins working at an underground cabaret club titled, Bizarre.

And “Out of My Hands,” is a film about a youngster trying to navigate a workers’ strike in the Liberian countryside. The film is from Kotee’s country of birth, Liberia.

In addition to the movies, the festival also features panels, workshops, and networking events. This year’s panels include discussions on women in film and television, differences between the European and American film market, acting in independent films, and women in technology. Workshop topics include making films on a tiny budget, screenwriting for short films, creating interactive narratives and a session about live streaming.

According to the organizers, attendance at the festival’s 2014 iteration doubled from the one held in 2013, and even more people are expected to attend this year’s event.

Bushwick Film Festival, Oct 1-4. For details on event venues and films, visit For tickets, visit

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