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

26-km_annarobertson_2Keith 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.


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/


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).


STRAY DOG wins best doc at LAFF

42-bfcTory 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.


STRAY DOG to premiere at LAFF

42-bfcTory 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.


16 BFC films at Northside Festival

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisMay 7, 2014

We're beyond thrilled to be participating in Brooklyn's Northside Film Festival this June (Exact screening dates TBD). We have 4 short films in competition and 12 in a special BFC curated shorts block. That's 16 films, ya'll. Better recognize.

In the DIY competition we have:
A Truncated Story of Infinity by Paul Trillo
Elvis Loses His Excess and Other Tales from the Worlds Longest Yard Sale by Riley Hooper
Street Views by Annie Berman
After Trayvon by Alex mallis

Our BFC shorts block includes:
Danielle Lurie — Intuition
Joshua Weinstein -- Spider Drove a Taxi
Brad DeCecco -- Take My Time
Francesca Coppola -- Flamingos
Veena Rao -- Carla and Cecil
Lam Thuy Vo -- This is Just to Say
Iva Rad — Between Colors of I
Maria Badia — The Last Bread
Hazuki Aikawa -- Upgrade
Alex Mallis -- Watching the Rain
Nathan Fitch -- Cost of Fashion
Kai Beverly-Whittemore -- Hummingbird


BFC at Brooklyn FF

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisMay 7, 2014

Quadruple-excited to have four films in this year's Brooklyn Film Festival (May 30th - June 8th).

1) THE DIAMOND CUTTER by Nicholas Weissman. http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.a...

2) A GRAND CANAL by Johnny Ma http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.a...

3) THE LAST BREAD by Maria Rosa Badia http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.a...

4) THEY CAME AT NIGHT by Alex Mallis + Andrew Ellis http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.a...

And stay tuned for a BFC-led panel on collective filmmaking in NYC.


FIVE STAR, a film by Keith Miller, Premieres at Tribeca Film Festival 2014 and WINS Best Editing in a Narrative Feature Film!

26-km_annarobertson_2Keith MillerApr 29, 2014


“Like John Cassavetes directing an episode of ‘The Wire’…” -Eric Kohn
“…powerfully affecting urban drama that tells a familiar story [...] with such unusual authenticity and dramatic force that it’s as if we’re seeing it for the first time…” -Scott Foundas


BFC Night at Videology –– March 31st

19-img_0203Jef TaylorMar 29, 2014

Eleven BFC members will be screening work at Videology on Monday, March 31st as part of their Local Filmmaker Showcase...

Nicholas Weissman
Dylan Allen
Hazuki Aikawa & Andrey Alistratov
Paul Trillo
Joshua Z. Weinstein
Francesca Coppola
Venna Rao
Jef Taylor
Brad DeCecco
Lam Thuy Vo
Alex Mallis

The screening starts at 8pm, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers afterwards, and admission is free.