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BFC films at SCREEN/SOUNDS, an evening of cosmic A/V collaborations

85-nickheadshotNicholas SantosNov 19, 2014

The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective is proud to be be presenting work in SCREEN/SOUNDS, an evening of cosmic A/V collaborations. We're collaborating with the art collective Destination Moon to bring you re-imagined live scores to two of our members' short films. See the full program below!

SCREEN/SOUNDS

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 @ 8:00pm at LOT 45
(411 Troutman St.) in Bushwick (steps from the Jefferson L train).

Music by:

Legs!
Modern Rivals!
Star Rover!
Carson Moody
(Tigue) & Anthony Vine!
DJ's Mister Kingdom (Zongo Junction)
& Adam Schatz!

Films by:
Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective's
BullMoose Pictures!
and Avi Zev Weider!
Plus Laura Bartczak!

Projections by:
Jesse Mann!


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OUT OF HERE receives theatrical release at Irish Film Institute

11-donal_foreman_2012_picDonal ForemanNov 19, 2014

BFCer Donal Foreman's debut feature, Out of Here, will receive a theatrical release at the Irish Film Institute (IFI) in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland from November 7th. Tickets for the release are now on sale and a new trailer for the film has just been launched:

<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/109853682" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/109853682">OUT OF HERE - from November 7th at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/donalforeman">Donal Foreman</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

According to the IFI's press release:

Donal Foreman’s brilliant zeitgeisty vision of Dublin’s youth starring Fionn Walton (What Richard Did), Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy) and Annabell Rickerby (Get Up and Go) comes to the IFI for an exclusive theatrical release from the 7th November. There’s been real excitement surrounding OUT OF HERE since it debuted at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2013 with director Donal Foreman winning this year’s CineTALENT award at this year’s JDIFF. Donal Foreman and members of the cast will take part in an Opening Night Q&A after the 18.30 screening on 7th November.

College dropout Ciaran (Fionn Walton) returns from Asia and, over the course of a week, reintroduces himself to friends, family, and the Dublin city he left behind. Uncomfortable living at home with his parents, new flame Melissa (Aoife Duffin) offers excitement, but his true hope is to reconnect with ex-girlfriend Jess (Annabell Rickerby).

The focus is on small, human details: how Ciaran relates to his friends, to his unemployed father, to Dublin’s familiar and unfamiliar landmarks - north-side beaches, city playgrounds, south-side house parties. Already an experienced shorts filmmaker, Foreman’s talent is unmistakable here, as he patiently builds a rare and exceptionally true-to-life portrait of what it is to be young, educated and aimless in Ireland today.
There’s also a chance to see some of Foreman’s accomplished short films that stylistically and thematically foreshadow OUT OF HERE on Monday 10th November 18.30. Foreman will present four short films and discuss them with Michael Ryan of the IFI.

So far the film has received excellent four star reviews from the Irish Times (who called the film "profound, humorous and touching") and Entertainment.ie, who called it as "a startling debut" that "marks one Donal Foreman out as a real talent".

Out of Here will also be receiving its European premiere at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival on November 13th. This festival is "one of the oldest film festivals in the world - and the second oldest in Germany. For 63 years it has been a forum for the art of cinema, for films with a personal signature - the author's film. During the history of the festival, debut features of now famous directors were first introduced to an international public" including Francois Truffaut, RW Fassbinder, Lars Von Trier, Derek Cianfrance and Krzysztof Kieslowski.

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STREET VIEWS Nominated for a Golden Cube Award for Installation, Kassel Dokfest

5-annie_berman_profile_photo_lesAnnie BermanNov 9, 2014

STREET VIEWS, the installation, on view Nov 11-16, Kassel, Germany.

Program Notes:

STREET VIEWS

"I used to walk around taking pictures. I now find myself walking around in pictures" says Annie Berman,as a starting point in her video art work named STREET VIEWS. A stroll through frozen moments captured and conserved in a google street view map of West Village in New York City. Gliding through the map, the viewer gets an impression of everyday life street scenes on a sunday afternoon in this exquisite part of New York City, frozen in a moment.

Bermans stroll is accompanied by side stories, that appear like short excursions from the actual route. The words of a doorman she recently met leads the viewer to the residencial building where he works every night. While the "dérive" - as the artist calls her excursion - continues, the virtual eye walks through the streets using big steps. "Click - click - click" is the rather silent and discrete sound of these massive movements. Most of the people passing by along the way don´t know that in the moment of the capturing they become like a virtual sculpture - immortal as part of the virtual world.

"Is the face really our most identifying feature?" asks the voice starting to imagine how these people are, how they might live and what they might be interested in. Passing through the walls of buildings along the way the artist tries to get closer to the people. She is looking for the video store in this virtual world but gets lost by trying to communicate with the things that appear on her stroll. What she wants to get close to, vanishes. The protagonists and things appear and disappear, as the camera can only catch one moment.

Time by time the camera is accidentally reflected by the environment in a window screen or a mirror. A modern and for the person behind the camera perhaps rather unconscious reference to old paintings where the painter has depicted himself - becoming immortal through his own image. By seeing traces of the camera the illusion of the virtual world suddenly becomes unreal. We begin to understand that we only see through the virtual eyes of a certain perspective.

In her work, Berman is looking for the video store. But actually she is looking for intimacy and emotions, which she can hardly find in the cold virtual world of a google map. In the end, she finds at least a trace of what she is looking for. Commenting it satisfied: I love you, too!

Marta Palacios Anaut

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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).