Welcome to Pine Hill at the IFP Narrative Lab!

26-km_annarobertson_2Keith MillerJun 15, 2011

Welcome to Pine Hill has been selected for IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs. Directed by Keith Miller, it was made with the collaboration of at least eight BFC members. According to the IFP website:

IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs supports first-time feature directors in post-production to complete, market and distribute their films. This program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films. IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences.

71% of alumni projects have premiered at major U.S. and International film festivals; 60% have had distribution outside of festival play, including theatrical release, television broadcast and DVD.


Free passes to 9th Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil NY!

Cine Fest Petrobras has offered free passes to fans of the BFC! The first 30 people who contact member@inffinito.com with the subject line Member Pass BFC will get a pass that gives access to all movies and after parties.

More info about the festival: Now entering its ninth year, the Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil - NY, an official event of Inffinito Festival Circuit, has proven itself as valuable resource for introducing Brazil’s finest new films to US audiences. The festival is comprised of the competitive screening of fourteen feature films, each accompanied by a select celebrated short film, showing two at a time between the dates of June 12 and June 18. All films are shown with English subtitles and celebrate their New York debut. The lineup represents the best of the most recent slate of Brazilian produced films and is intended for all audiences.
For the most recently updated program and ticket information check www.inffinito.com or contact www.ticketweb.com

Tribeca Cinemas

54 Varick Street (at Laight Street, one block below Canal Street)
New York, NY 10013


Support Reel Works

2-323651_10150293783063634_739878633_8101680_1203472642_oAdele Free PhamJun 5, 2011

Help support our friends at Reel Works keep their Summer Labs open and free for NYC teens and support the next generation of Brooklyn filmmakers!


REEL WORKS is a family, a home away from home. It’s a safe place where we learned how to express ourselves and achieve our goals. It’s a place of mentoring and caring where we found our voices and became filmmakers.

Please help us give that gift to other teens by supporting our campaign to help keep the Reel Works Summer Lab open and free for NYC teens.

With your help, Reel Works will recruit 12 teens from schools across NYC for an intensive, four week writing and filmmaking workshop this summer. Students work with a writing mentor to create original spoken-word poetry and then turn their poems into original short films. Along the way, they will learn literacy, teamwork, self-expression and be transformed from film watchers into filmmakers. Their films will then be seen by thousands of New Yorkers on our own TV show, Reel Works with Byron Hurt on NYCLife (Channel 25).

We are 15 graduates of Reel Works who decided to give back by creating the Junior Advisory Board because Reel Works changed our lives – and hundreds more each year through their free after school and in-school programs. Please join us and help teens find their voice this summer.

Founded in 2001, Reel Works is a nationally recognized nonprofit that partners with educators to transform the lives of over 200 NYC teens each year. We're the only youth media program in the world that matches each student one-on-one with a professional filmmaker mentor. It's a powerful combination that unlocks young talents, unleashes young voices and changes young lives. To learn more about our programs, watch some great movies or find out how to get involved, visit www.reelworks.org.


BFC Members make 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival Trailer

33-nicholas_weissmanbNicholas WeissmanMay 19, 2011

Producer/Editor Nicholas Weissman with the support of BFC members Keith Miller, John Kersten,and Ezra Peace just completed the trailer for the 2011 Brooklyn International Film Festival. Check it out:


Good Fortune wins the OPC Carl Spielvogel Award

21-jeremy_squarephoto_bfcJeremy S. LevineMay 12, 2011

Landon Van Soest and Jeremy S. Levine's feature doc Good Fortune recently won the Overseas Press Club's Carl Spielvogel Award for "best international reporting in the broadcast media showing concern for the human condition."

The film, about two Kenyans fighting back against massive development projects that are destroying their homes, was also one of four films selected to kick off the Economist Film Project, an initiative launched through a partnership between The Economist Magazine and PBS Newshour. In the coming months a short excerpt from Good Fortune will air on PBS Newshour, stay tuned for the air date!

Good Fortune is produced by Transient Pictures


Matthew 24:14 wins International Doc Challenge at Hot Docs

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisMay 2, 2011

Matthew 24:14 won Best Film and Best Directing at the 2011 International Doc Challenge at Hot Docs. Team EYEspeak (with BFCers Alex Mallis & Iva Radivojevic) was presented the award in Toronto on Sunday. The short will be broadcast nationally on the Documentary Channel tba.

All the finalists are currently being screened online for an additional online audience award. Vote for Matthew 24:14! http://www.docchallenge.org/2011-Finalists/matthew-2414.html


Spoils on Kickstarter

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisApr 14, 2011

BFCer Alex Mallis' short documentary about dumpster diving, Spoils: Extraordinary Harvest, is up on kickstarter. Support it! And spread the word. This film is gonna be mega.

Check it OUT: http://kck.st/hR4x51


Join the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective crew on Friday, April 29 at the Brooklyn Winery as they present BFC ON THE STREETS, a collection of short films. Also featuring the best DJs from the streets: Kev Sugar Shand & Watakula, White Chocolate, and Shadow Lover. The $10 admission tickets comes with one free beer and helps support the ongoing work of the BFC. Doors open at 8 pm.
APRIL 29, 2011 • 8 pm
BROOKLYN WINERY 213 North 8th Street (between Driggs and Roebling) Brooklyn, NY 11211, near the Bedford L train


* The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective is tight-knit community of professional filmmakers centered on 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


"Matthew 24:12" selected for HOT DOCS in Toronto.

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisApr 4, 2011

BFC members Iva and Alex teamed up with two fellow Hunter College MFAers to compete in the 5-day International Documentary Challenge. The team had 5 days to conceive, shoot, and edit a 5-7 minute documentary with parameters defined by the challenge organizers. The team was given the theme "movement" and "character portrait". They made a piece about Matthew, a believer in Judgement Day, May 21st, 2011. The piece explores Matthew's, and many others' beliefs that the world will come to a violent end (by massive earthquake) next month. The judges selected the piece as a finalist to compete for top prize among 12 others at Hot Docs in Toronto this spring.


Scene : Brooklyn

BFC members Desiree Akhavan and Iva Radivojevic will be showing their films at
Scene : Brooklyn : www.brooklynartscouncil.org/documents/44
Desiree's "Nose Job" and Iva's "Nelson" are part of the short film series
screening on May 12th at Gallapagos Art Space in Dumbo.