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BFC heads to the New Orleans Film Festival

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisOct 13, 2014

We're bring a posse to NOLA. We're renting a house. We love this city.

Check out our films this at this year's fest:
(All listed credits are BFC members)

After Trayvon (Directed by Alex Mallis)
Elvis Loses His Excess & Other Tales From The World's Longest Yard Sale (Directed by Riley Hooper, Sound and Additional Camera by Bryan Chang)
Evaporating Borders (Directed by Iva Radivojevic)
Five Star (Directed by Keith Miller, Produced by Luisa Conlon + Landon Van Soest, co-DP Alex Mallis, Camera Op Eric Phillips-Horst, AD Lily Henderson)
A Grand Canal (Directed by Johnny Ma)
Stray Dog (Director of Photography Eric Phillips-Horst, Edited by Tory Stewart)

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Bronx Obama on iTunes and Vimeo now. Airing on Showtime Oct. 30

64-ryanblazerRyan MurdockOct 10, 2014

The feature documentary Bronx Obama, directed and produced by BFCer Ryan Murdock, is now available digitally on Vimeo, iTunes and most digital platforms. The film will have it's television debut Oct 30 on Showtime.

3 1/2 years in the making, the film follows the story of Bronx resident Louis Ortiz, a Puerto Rican father whose life turns upside down when he discovers his uncanny resemblance to President Barack Obama. Go see why Stephen Colbert said the film was "So good, it almost made me like Chicago Obama."


More information at www.BronxObamaMovie.com

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter @BronxObamaMovie

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STRAY DOG at NYFF52

42-toryTory StewartOct 7, 2014

STRAY DOG (directed by Debra Granik with cinematography and editing by BFCers Eric Phillips-Horst and Tory Stewart, respectively) is having its New York premiere in the 52nd New York Film Festival's Spotlight on Documentary. After two lively screenings and Q&As, an encore screening has been added in Walter Reade on Sunday, October 12th, at 2:30pm.

A.V. CLUB: "In its quiet, vérité way, Stray Dog ponders some of the major issues in American life: the lasting impact of wars on those who fight them; the government’s treatment of veterans, whose lives remain largely absent from public view; and the difficulties of immigration and assimilation. It’s a film that starts as a character study and builds into something much larger. It seems likely to linger in the mind as the festival wears on.

(see more reactions and future screenings)

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The Estate of Elvis Presley, Artist Book, now on view at 205 Hudson Street Gallery

5-annie_berman_profile_photo_lesAnnie BermanSep 17, 2014

Artist Book 'The Estate of Elvis Presley' (part of The Faithful handmade ephemera) now on display at 205 Hudson Street Gallery as part of the Another Place: The C12 Exhibition


Opening: TONIGHT! 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hunter College MFA Campus
205 Hudson Street Gallery
(Entrance on Canal, between Hudson and Greenwich)

Eight Hunter College MFA alumn come together for a show at Hunter’s new location on Canal. Each have practices that redefine space. Given the number of solid artists Hunter produces each year—and the level of talent that is included in this show—we recommend it.

Artists: Ryan Lauderdale, Rodrigo Lobos Huber, Emmy Catedral, Ryan McNamara, Cybele Lyle, Denise Schatz, Jules de Balincourt, Carolyn Salas

Curated by Lindsay Aveilhé, Sophia Alexandrov, Samantha Best

http://www.arthaps.com/day/Wednesday/September/17/2014

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Five Star to plav at the Venice Bienale as part of Giornate degli Autore

26-km_byivaradKeith MillerAug 10, 2014

After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film and in reality—the streets of Brooklyn are all Primo has ever known. While John questions whether or not to enter into this life, Primo must decide whether to leave it all behind as he vows to become a better husband and father. Set during those New York summer weeks where the stifling heat seems to encase everything, Five Star plunges into gang culture with searing intensity. Director Keith Miller observes the lives of these two men with a quiet yet pointed distance, carefully eschewing worn clichés through its unflinching focus. Distinctions between fiction and real life remain intentionally ambiguous, allowing the story of these two men to resonate beyond the streets, as they face the question of what it means to be a man.

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Join us! Fall 2014 applications are open

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisJul 29, 2014

The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective is now seeking applications for the Fall 2014 season. The collective meets on a weekly basis to screen, discuss, and workshop its members' work. We are looking for passionate, unique filmmakers who are dedicated to fostering community and creating great films in any genre. We are a community of filmmakers and artists who strive to improve our work by supporting each other. Applications close on August 21 at midnight. Notifications around a week later. $5 suggested application fee.

The BFC Fall 2014 application: http://goo.gl/7QMfCQ

Learn more at: http://brooklynfilmmakerscollective.com/

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BFC Unleashes 3 New Shorts Online!

60-_mg_6595Danielle LurieJul 28, 2014

BFC'ers Riley Hooper, Paul Trillo, and Danielle Lurie (okay - that's me) have let their new short films loose on the world wide web!

I present to you all three uniquely quirky, delightfully fun, and equally enchanting films here. In one place. You are welcome!

1. The Love Box, by Riley Hooper: Let's start you off with a dose of delightfulness by having you get to know Riley's grandparents and family by way of a film that is unequivocably Riley in it's elegance, curiosity, and playfulness. The Love Box is pure joy wrapped in a, well, online Vimeo-encased box:


The Love Box from Riley Hooper on Vimeo.

2. A Truncated Story of Infinity, by Paul Trillo: Next up, prepare to have your minds blown not only by the concept of this perception-altering short, but also by how the hell it was actually made. I'm still trying to understand it's wonderful technical complexities, and am pretty close to thinking it was made by magic. This short film explores all the infinite possibilities of love and, well, anything, in the world, the universe, and beyond, as seen through one ordinary guy (called X) who falls in love in all different ways - some productive, others not - with a woman (called Y). My favorite bit: the nail polish. Can you spot this brilliant detail (of many)??

"A Truncated Story of Infinity" - A Short by Paul Trillo from Paul Trillo on Vimeo.

3. Intuition, by Danielle Lurie: And lastly, take all that you have learned from the first two films and start trusting your intuition, because Riley's grandparents certainly did and it worked out for them, and Subject X did some of the time and it worked for him, some of the time. I hope your intuition will tell you to watch this next short film, which is set in Barcelona about a woman who refuses to listen to herself. If you'd like to learn more about the making of (teaser - I found my actress on Facebook), check out this making-of article as well.

INTUITION from Danielle Lurie on Vimeo.

If you dig these films, please share them far and wide, because stories about true love with each other, the universe, and ourselves are what make the world go round (and infinite amount of times).

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STRAY DOG wins best doc at LAFF

42-toryTory StewartJun 23, 2014

STRAY DOG (editor/co-producer Tory Stewart, cinematographer Eric Phillips-Horst) was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2014. The Jury described the film as:

"...a beautifully crafted observational portrait that addresses, with love, empathy and humor, some of the issues we struggle with as a country today, such as PTSD, immigration and poverty. Never lecturing, but instead revealing an intimate glimpse of a man's family and his compassionate, troubled heart."

Variety: "In an era when many coastal Americans’ ideas of the heartland poor come from hicksploitation TV series, Stray Dog provides a very welcome corrective."
Indiewire: "It’s a remarkable feat of unfolding this story, a remarkable portrait not only of this particular man, but of a culture in a transitioning moment. As we welcome home even more generations of traumatized soldiers, it’s the Vietnam vets that we have to look to to understand how this will affect these men and women down the road."
Nonfics: "Whenever someone asks what I mean when I say that too many docs look and feel the same, I can say, “None of them are like Stray Dog.” This is a film that blows apart your preconceived notions of how a documentary can be put together. It is a perfectly told story with vivid characters, an acute sense of place and many marvelous emotional beats."

See more reactions here.

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STRAY DOG to premiere at LAFF

42-toryTory StewartMay 20, 2014

BFCers Tory Stewart (editor + co-producer) and Eric Philips-Horst (cinematographer) are headed to the Los Angeles Film Festival in June for the world premiere of their feature documentary STRAY DOG (directed by Debra Granik)!

Check out the website and the LAFF schedule for info and screening times.

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3D video OCEANS Premiers at New Media Film Festival

57-screen_shot_2012-04-01_at_8.39.08_pmMaria JuranicMay 14, 2014

BFCer Maria Juranic will be screening her experimental 3D video OCEANS at the 2014 New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles! Full details and screening schedule here http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com