Who Am I to Tell This Story?: On Race and the Making of Welcome to Pine Hill in the Huffington Post

26-km_annarobertson_2Keith MillerJan 17, 2012

Huffington Post Exclusive: Who Am I to Tell This Story?: On Race and the Making of Welcome to Pine Hill

Director Keith Millers talks about the nuances and challenges of race in his film, Welcome to Pine Hill.



The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective is looking for new members for its three-month Winter/Spring season. We will be meeting Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at The Commons in Boerum Hill starting in early February. If you are interested, please send the following info to info@brooklynfilmmakerscollective.com by January 20. Keep in mind our open spaces are limited so if we can't accommodate you now, don't hate us, we may have space for you in the future. Oh, and short answers are good!

1. Please send a link to your work.
2. What project(s) are you currently working on and what kind of feedback would be most useful?
3. Although we all work on our separate films, the more we put into the group, the more we all get out of it. What else can you contribute to the BFC? We need people to step in and help out with our website, blog, organizing screenings, press outreach, etc.


The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective is tight-knit community of professional filmmakers in Brooklyn, NY who are dedicated to innovative approaches to filmmaking. The collective comes together through weekly peer workshops to provide sustained feedback and critiques throughout the life of its members' projects. It is the mission of the BFC to inspire groundbreaking films and maximize exposure of the best work from Brooklyn-based filmmakers. Our collective resume includes awards from Sundance, the Independent Spirit Awards, and IFP.


Welcome to Pine Hill to Premiere at SLAMDANCE 2012!

26-km_annarobertson_2Keith MillerDec 15, 2011

The Feature film, WELCOME TO PINE HILL was selected from over 5000 submissions to be one of ten feature narrative films in competition at SLAMDANCE 2012. Shot with many members of the BFC and selected for the IFP Narrative Lab, this will be the movie's WORLD PREMIERE.

Check out the kickstarter campaign:

And the website:

About the movie:
A recently reformed drug dealer working as a claims adjuster by day and bouncer by night, Shannon Harper receives earth-shattering news that compels him to make peace with his past and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York. With a cinema verité style rooted in very real life, WELCOME TO PINE HILL features an extraordinarily intimate performance by Harper playing himself, supported by an eclectic mix of real people and improvised performers. Traveling from the backyards of Brooklyn crack houses to the lush Catskill Mountains, the film is a meditative journey about how we choose to live our lives.


"LA ROCA", Best European Documentary at SEFF'11

36-raul_santos_directorRaul SantosNov 21, 2011

"LA ROCA" (THE ROCK), produced by 700G FILMS and directed by BFC member Raúl Santos, has been awarded with the Golden Giraldillo for Best European Documentary at the Seville European Film Festival.

The film is an epic Romeo & Juliet-type love story between the massive Rock of Gibraltar (UK) and its neighboring Spanish city of La Linea. Despite being declared enemies by their countries, the people of both cities depended on each other, got married and lived happily with their bilingual children. However, as any classic love story, it had to end in tragedy. In 1969, the only fascist dictator who survived WWII, Francisco Franco of Spain, closed the entrance to Gibraltar, isolating 30,000 people without food, water or telephone lines, and forcing the separation of hundreds of mixed families. Over 13 years people met at the border every Sunday to look through binoculars at their estranged lovers, brothers, parents and babies – screaming, “Daddy loves you” from a distance.

"LA ROCA" premiered in NYC on September 18, 2011 as part of the School of Visual Arts' Thesis Showcase and had to wait 2 months before opening in Spain. The director, Raúl Santos, tells us about the experience: "We are very surprised by the reception that the film got in Seville. We are very thankful to the audience for their warm support and spreading the word about the film. For a small company like us, that help is priceless." "LA ROCA" was the first film to sell out for all screenings before the festival had even started. More than 900 people bought tickets to watch the film and the word of mouth attracted the attention of the press in more than 70 articles, TV and radio specials. One critic reviewed the film with these words: "The lucky viewers of La Roca enjoyed filmmaking in bold letters thanks to this magnificent documentary..." (ABC).

In the closing ceremony, Raúl dedicated the award to the people of La Linea and Gibraltar: "In 1982 the frontier of Gibraltar was reopened. 30 years are more than enough to heal wounds and stop hating each other. Let's go back to that initial love. This award is to the people on both sides. Never again."

Raúl Santos is now back in New York, working in new projects but also dedicated to the distribution of "LA ROCA". The award, priced in 15,000€ for the distributors in Spain, will surely help the film get closer to a theatrical release and reach its goal of spreading this universal story to more people around the world.

Trailer and more info about the project: http://www.larocamovie.com


Anthology Film Archives screens Lessons for the Living

29-lilyprofileLily HendersonNov 21, 2011

ThinPlace | Pictures is pleased to announce that Lessons for the Living, recently endorsed by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, will be screening at Anthology Film Archives on November 29th at 7pm.
Q&A with the director and producer and reception afterwards

Thanks to NYWIFT for making this event possible!

Hope to see you there.

More info:
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave (between 1st St. and 2nd St.)

F to second ave
BDM to Broadway Lafayette
6 to Bleeker

More info on NYWIFT website: http://www.nywift.org/article.aspx?ID=3395

About the film: www.lessonsforthelivingfilm.com
Lessons for the Living reveals a unique subculture of Hospice volunteers as they reflect on their experiences and philosophies of life and death. Among them, a teenager escapes from the drama of high school by sitting bed side with a man whispering wisdom to him only to bring his corpse to the morgue one day later. A hard-edged corporate lawyer searches for meaning and finds his experience with the dying worth more than his riches. A shaman passes through the heavy hospice door and communicates with people's nearly dead souls. A young woman cherishes seeing the very moment of passing and the song sung directly after. A terminally ill but vivacious woman talks about the dying people she's met with unexpected humor and grace - and is amused over her own, fast approaching, death. However small or great these moments spent with the dying are, these volunteer's lives have been change forever.


BFC in Collaboratively Made NYC Short Docs – Sunday, December 4

Collaboratively Made NYC Short Docs
Sunday, December 4 at 7:30pm, $9 suggested donation.
Union Docs: http://www.uniondocs.org/december-4-2011-collaboratively-made-nyc-short-...

New York City has a history of an abundance of artist groups working together in a variety of fashions. Exploring local issues along side universal themes, these partnerships, collectives, and collaboratives utilize unique structures of organization and production.

We will showcase short docs from a variety of local groups: Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, Round Robbin Artist Collective, Internets Celebrities, and Meerkat Media. While their subject matters, tones, and approaches may differ, they all presenting something exciting and unique on our rich local landscape of group production.

Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective is a tight-knit community of professional filmmakers in Brooklyn, NY who are dedicated to innovative approaches to filmmaking. The collective comes together through weekly peer workshops to provide sustained feedback and critiques throughout the life of its members’ projects. It is the mission of the BFC to inspire groundbreaking films and maximize exposure of the best work from Brooklyn-based filmmakers.

Meerkat Media is a self-organized community of makers committed to creating innovative and thought-provoking film and new media. Inspired by the communal nature of meerkats, we value shared authorship and consensus process in our day-to-day operations as well as in our artistic endeavors. Under a cooperative model, our members give creative and administrative time to the collective in exchange for material and non-material support. We share skills, equipment and ideas with a firm belief that a healthy, inclusive process is as important as crafting quality work.

Round Robin Artist Collective is a group of thirteen Brooklyn-based artists. The Round Robin Artist Collective interacts regularly, creating a discourse that exists apart from commercial galleries.

Internets Celebrities make videos exposing injustice of all sorts— economic, political and culinary. Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam—two accomplished bloggers who bring their bold style to the visual realm—along with director Casimir Nozkowski uncover truths and celebrate urban culture. Bending and breaking the fine line between non-fiction and satire, Dallas, Rafi and Casimir shoot exclusively on-location, uncovering the hard-to-reach but no less fascinating corners of our society. The ICs will stop at nothing to speak truth to power in videos that employ their unique, accessible, dramatic, and cost-effective aesthetic.


OCCUPY THE MEDIA | Thursday October 20th

Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective presents
The Role of Independent Media at Occupy Wall Street

October 20th, 7:30pm
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn
$8 suggested donation (nobody turned away)
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/30503793


In just under three weeks over 10,000 videos about OccupyWallStreet have been created and uploaded online. These videos - revealing police excess, marches, general assemblies and more formal documentaries covering the nature and processes of the movement - are helping to activate and proliferate the movement worldwide.

The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective will host a discussion and screening looking at the practice and theory of covering a social movement through video. Four of the most viewed videos from #OccupyWallStreet (with over 600,500 views to date) will be presented by the Brooklyn filmmakers who created them.

Guest moderator Martin Lucas, director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College and a senior fellow at the Center for Health Media Policy, will lead a discussion on the role of video in social movements, the coverage of Occupy Wall Street, and the potential challenges of the overwhelming amount of media coming out of Occupy Wall Street today.
An informal reception to follow. Oh, and cheap beers.

Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution by Iva Radivojevic and Martyna Starosta, 8 min
Right Here All Over by Alex Mallis, Lily Henderson & Ed David, 7 min

@OccupyTheHood, Occupy Wall Street by Adele Pham, 3 min
Consensus by Meerkat Media Collective, 8 min

The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
‪Hoyt - Schermerhorn A, C, G / Bergen F, G / Nevins St. 2, 3, 4, 5

Join our event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160341454058560


THE SLOPE Kickstarter Campaign

BFC member Desiree Akhavan's web series, "The Slope," has launched a kickstarter campaign to fund a second season.

“The Slope” is a comedy that follows the lives of a lesbian couple navigating their way through modern-day Park Slope, Brooklyn. One year into their relationship, Ingrid and Desiree continue to hash out a power dynamic that ends up making them look homophobic, superficial and ultimately, perfect for one another.

You can watch season one one here: http://theslopeshow.wordpress.com/

And check out their Kickstarter page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1958269917/the-slope-superficial-hom...


This is what democracy looks like, Opening at The Gallatin Galleries

26-km_annarobertson_2Keith MillerOct 24, 2011

Gallatin Galleries
1 Washington Place @ Broadway
New York 10003
October 28 – November 18, 2011

Opening reception October 28, 2011 5:00-7 p.m.

Closing event November 18, 2011 7:30 p.m.

Featuring artists, designers and filmmakers of the 99%, including:

Melanie Baker, The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, Melanie Cervantes, Molly Crabapple, Rainer Ganahl, Joy Garnett, Meerkat Media, Tom Otterness, Michael Rippens, Dread Scott, and many, many more.

If the Occupy Wall Street movement was initially criticized for being inchoate, it is because the protesters are speaking a language that is new and therefore not well understood. The generational shift at the heart of this burgeoning movement, seen in its vocabulary and medium, seems to be central to the way it is being misunderstood. As the autonomous and disparate OWS media efforts bypass mainstream channels again and again, whether they be print, Web or televised media, or corporate, police or government spokespeople, it is clear that this disparate group speaks in a vernacular that can only be understood as of the Internet age, and does so horizontally instead of the traditional print-based verticality of the past. While even new media sources try to report on the movement, the OWS media campaigns have shown that the challenge is to speak more clearly, more quickly and more broadly without regard to being understood in the old sense. Although the movement lacks what many critics say it must have (a single message, a leader, a platform, demands), its messages have gotten out clearly, spread widely and been discussed globally.

This is what democracy looks like considers this historical moment and the transformation of its communicative gestures from a twentieth to twenty-first century model of communication. In this exhibit, we ask, What exactly is the Occupy Wall Street movement? What is the language it speaks? And we look at the promise it offers in its ability to communicate in new ways and to open up new channels of democratic dialogue and participation.

- Keith Miller, Curator