Open Call For New Members!

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisJul 14, 2015

Our 2015 new members application is live and we want YOU to apply. Tell us about yourself. Show us some of your best work.

The only stipulation is that you have creative control over the work and you make passion projects. (Sorry, no ads or commercial work)

Please note that we meet weekly at UnionDocs in Williamsburg. We expect most members to attend most meetings. If you're out of the city or travel a ton, the group may not be right for you.

--> The 2015 application: http://bit.ly/1HXxckx

We are a tight-knit community of professional filmmakers in who are dedicated to mutual support. The collective comes together through weekly peer workshops to provide sustained feedback and critiques throughout the life of its members' projects. You can learn more here: http://brooklynfilmmakerscollective.com

We believe that collective should represent diverse voices. And we believe films should be made by people with different backgrounds and perspectives, too. The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective welcomes women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and others who identify with underrepresented groups. We strive to have a diverse, comfortable creative environment for everyone!


FREE screening Monday May 4 - Activism in Film and Harlan County USA

21-jeremy_squarephoto_bfcJeremy S. LevineMay 3, 2015

Come to a screening and discussion at the Brooklyn Historical Society Monday to explore depictions of activism in film. The night will start with two BFC documentary shorts: Right Here All Over by Lily Henderson and Alex Mallis about Occupy Wall Street and Am I Next? by Jeremy Levine and Nicholas Weissman following a teenager during the early Ferguson protests. The shorts will be followed by the Academy Award-winning feature documentary Harlan County USA. This landmark 1976 film by Barbara Kopple provides a compelling and unflinching look at a 1974 coal miners’ strike in Kentucky. Documentary filmmaker Alice Elliott (The Collector of Bedford Street, Body and Soul: Diana and Kathy) moderates a discussion with filmmakers Lily Henderson, Nicholas Weissman, and Jeremy Levine. Making Waves in Film connects Brooklyn filmmakers today with innovators of the past in collaboration with the Criterion Collection.

Movie Mondays: Making Waves in Film, Then and Now with Harlan County USA
Mon, May 4, 6:30pm
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201-2711

Reserve your free tickets here.


Five Star to be distributed in North America by XLrator Media!

XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to Keith Miller’s inner-city drama Five Star, which played at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival in the World Narrative competition. A summer release is planned on the indie distributor’s PACE label. The pic stars James “Primo” Grant and John Diaz. The East New York-set plot centers on a member of the notorious Bloods — both in the film and in real life — Primo takes John, the son of his slain mentor, under his wing, versing him in the code of the streets.



FREE SCREENING: The 400 Blows with Mosquito on April 6th

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisApr 1, 2015

"Making Waves in Film, Then and Now"

François Truffau's THE 400 BLOWS

Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective has partnered with Brooklyn Historical Society to pair recent work from BFC filmmakers with landmark films from the The Criterion Collection and Janus Films that inspired them.

This month, François Truffau's classic New Wave film will be screened with BFCer Jeremy Engle's MOSQUITO. The screenings will be presented for FREE as part of the Brooklyn Historical Society's Movie Mondays.

Filmmaker Magazine's Sarah Salovaara will introduce the films and lead a discussion with Jeremy after the screening.

April 6th at 6:30pm
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Free Screening: Chronicle of a Summer with After Trayvon & Prince/William on March 2nd

56-chrisChris CaseyMar 1, 2015

FREE EVENT! March 2nd at 6:30pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St in Brooklyn)

Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective has partnered with Brooklyn Historical Society to pair recent work from BFC filmmakers with landmark films from the The Criterion Collection and Janus Films that inspired them.

This month, Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin's verite classic Chronicle of a Summer will be screened with Keith Miller and Alex Mallis' After Trayvon and Keith Miller's Prince/William. The screenings will be presented for FREE as part of the Brooklyn Historical Society's Movie Mondays.


BFC films with live scores on Brooklyn Independent Media

85-nick_kickstarterNicholas SantosFeb 19, 2015

Check out a couple films from BFC members with live scores from the Screen/Sounds event on 12/5/14, presented by Destination Moon and featured on Brooklyn Independent Media.

"Worlds We Created" by Nicholas Payne Santos, with a score by Star Rover


"I Remember" by Avi Zev Weider, with a score by Carson Moody & Anthony Vine



BFC Screens At Videology on Feb 23rd 2015

56-chrisChris CaseyFeb 18, 2015

Monday, February 23rd @9PM - Admission is Free!

Videology is the place to see the freshest homegrown cinema the city has to offer. Every Monday night, local filmmakers present their shorts, features, web series, and much more. Join us following the screening for the filmmaker after-party! This week, the Local Filmmaker Showcase teams up with the the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective to present a series of short narratives, documentaries, and music videos by BFC members!

Dir. Paul Trillo. 3 min.
Music video for Sarh featuring a man and woman tempting
and multiplying through time and space.

Dir. Nathan Fitch. 2 min.
A celebration.

Mon Reve Familier
Dir. Jimmy Ferguson. 13 min.
A circus performer recalls a doomed passion in this stunningly captivating visual piece shot on 35mm. The images and words of the woman he loved haunt him as she eludes him in a sensual dance. The film, like Verlaine’s poem, becomes a subtle study evoking the mystery of love and of loss.

And Lo Guilharmenia
Dir. Maria Dyer. 16 min
Surrealist film that combines live action and animation.

Bruised and Diffused
Dir. Stavit Allweis. 3 min.
Aurelio Valle’s new single, Bruised and Diffused, gets another layer of meaning when coupled with desolate miniature sets from the director’s studio.

Double Happy
Dir. Shahir Daud. 15 min.
Set in 1990′s New Zealand, Double Happy follows Rory, a lonely teenager who’s plans to surprise his best friend for her birthday will take a turn for the worst.

When The Land Turned Black
Dir. Ashley Panzera. 4 min
When The Land Turned Black is a glimpse into the life of a third generation farmer in North Dakota, Donny Nelson, and the changes he’s seen to his land during one of America’s largest oil booms. He’s now surrounded by 25 oil wells, and documented spills, accidents and the release of dangerous gasses on his once-peaceful farm. Donny’s connection and love for his land is a powerful contrast to the oil industry around him.

Am I Next
Dir. Jeremy Levine. 5 min
Looting, chanting, tear gas, rubber bullets – these are the images from Ferguson, Mo. entering American homes. But the vast majority of protesters are armed with little more than chalk and paper signs, hoping to create a memorial for Michael Brown, the teenager killed by a police officer in the St Louis suburb on Aug. 9. We followed teenager Shane Flowers as he weaved through the protests, attempting to let his voice be heard and fight for change with darkness slowly falling on Florissant Avenue. As he moves through the crowds, he hears differing opinions from other protesters on the best ways to fight for change.
Shot as part of the feature documentary School of Last Resort

Between Partners

Chris Casey. 3 min
Story of a relationship through dance on film

Videology’s Local Filmmaker Showcase is a weekly screening series of works by NYC-based filmmakers. We celebrate and promote a media-making community that is as diverse as the make-up of New York City and provide a nurturing space for filmmakers to connect, learn and promote their work. Local Filmmaker Showcase is co-curated by programmer Austin Kim and filmmaker Dylan Stephen Levers.


Tune in Feb 14 2PM EST for Street Views LIVE from BERLIN, Google Glass performance by Annie Berman at Galerie Patrick Ebensperger

5-annie_berman_profile_photo_lesAnnie BermanFeb 14, 2015

Presented during Berlinale in association with Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival and with support from Hardware Hack Lab. Aeon Magazine is now streaming the complete film version. In Twitter use #StreetViewsLive.

In a piece that plays with ideas of presence and live art, video artist Annie Berman will open her installation with a real-time broadcast from her Google Glasses. The broadcast documents her own live performance, as she occupies her installation and invites live and virtual interaction from her audience. She will also distribute special masks for viewers who wish to remain anonymous, or at least obscure their faces.

STREET VIEWS is an 8 minute projected video that explores how virtual mapping alters our experience of space, identity, and one another. Set in New York City’s famed West Village, but ‘shot’ within Google’s street view mapping application, STREET VIEWS attempts to navigate a surreal, disoriented new landscape. With humor and a light touch, Berman wanders through the streets of the big city frozen in timelessness, passing by pixelated faces, looking for something human on the digital display.

In its original conception, this piece utilizes a traditional disembodied voice of the narrator. When invited to install this piece in Germany, the artist decided to experiment with the idea of the disembodied narrator as another form of a virtual presence. Using a second monitor, she screens footage of herself delivering the narration, blurring her face to emphasize the virtual nature of this presence. The monitor also is given its own microphone as if it were a person reading at a conventionally staged live performance.

STREET VIEWS is now one of five featured media installations from Kassel’s Dokfest on exhibit at Galerie Patrick Ebesnperger, Berlin. The theme of the exhibition seeks to re-examine the scopes and realities of our present technological age.

On opening night, Berman will further investigate the reality of embodiment/liveness/the artist’s presence/performance/live film, by performing a live broadcast of the installation, wearing Google Glasses (‘Glass’). Her direct sight and interactions will be broadcast via Google Glass, streaming live via the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday, February 14 at 8pm CET (Berlin) / 7pm GMT (London) / 2pm EST (New York) / 1pm CST (Chicago) / 11am PST (Los Angeles).

About HowlRound TV:
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by HowlRound: A commons by and for people who make performance. The channel is at howlround.tv and is a free and shared resource for live events and performances relevant to the world's performing arts fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Follow and use hashtag #howlround in Twitter to participate in a community of peers revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field. Our community uses the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Become a producer and co-produce with us by contacting @HowlRoundTV on Twitter, emailing tv@howlround.com or by calling Vijay Mathew at +(1) 917.686.3185. Host a watch party and let us know about it. Click here to see past programming.

- See more at: http://howlround.com/livestreaming-google-glass-performance-of-annie-berman-s-street-views-at-galerie-patrick-ebensperger#sthash.C15dSU0V.dpuf