12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Red Carpet Opening Night: Featuring The Ghost Who Walks
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Red Carpet Opening Night: Featuring The Ghost Who Walks

12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Red Carpet Opening Night: Featuring The Ghost Who Walks

6:00 PM: Red Carpet Reception

7:30 PM: Program and Film Begins

10:00 PM: After Party @ Lot 45

The Bushwick Film Festival is back for its 12th orbit around the sun! From October 2-6, the festival will be exploring and celebrating stories through ‘space’ and ‘time’, literally and metaphorically. 

This opening night red carpet is going to be LIT! Followed by a screening of the short film DISPEL directed by Kylie Eaton and Feature Film THE GHOST WHO WALKS directed by Cody Stokes both films exploring the vast, sometimes endless space between individuals and the ones they love most.  

THE GHOST WHO WALKS is a crime thriller about an imprisoned man who rats out his former boss for one last chance to reunite his family and become the father he never was. It’s a “Carlito’s Way” meets “It’s a Wonderful Life”. At the heart of it all, it is a story about fatherhood and time lost. 

* Starring Garland Scott (The Infiltrators), Frank Mosley (Thunder Road, Upstream Color, Person to Person), Alexia Rasmussen (Proxy, The Missing Girl), Gil Darnell (MacGyver, Lethal Weapon, NCIS: New Orleans, Reign) 

DISPEL is a fantasy short film that tells the story of a mother’s addiction through the imaginative eyes of her 12 year old daughter.

*Starring Eris Baker (This Is Us),  Gina Torres  (Suits, West World, The Matrix). 



After the show, It’s the after party! Join us at Lot 45 for our opening night after party sponsored by Brugal 1888. Mingle with filmmakers and cast and enjoy a night of good music, specialty cocktails, and positive vibes. Feel free to dance until the Astronomical Twilight because it’s the kick-off to a 5-day celebration of Film, Food, Music, Innovation and ‘SPACE’! 

*Tickets will include access to the red carpet reception, the film screening, and the opening night party @ Lot45

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Opening Night After Party
Oct
2
to Oct 3

Opening Night After Party

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Opening Night After Party

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The Infamous Future
Oct
3
4:00 PM16:00

The Infamous Future

The Infamous Future / Richard Butterworth / 40 min / Doc / USA

About this Event

Description :

After a famous article revealed that seventy-five percent of New York state inmates came from seven specific neighborhoods in New York City, one civic organization decided to make a change. By creating New York City’s first all-boys public school in over thirty years, David C. Banks and his Eagle Academy defy an entrenched American mindset, insisting that young black and brown men are not one of America’s problems, but instead one of its greatest successes.

Director Biography - Richard Butterworth

Rich Butterworth is a British filmmaker with a portfolio of award winning work which spans branded content, TV and documentary. In 2014 Rich moved to New York where his work has been commissioned by Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and CNN.

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Not in My Neighborhood
Oct
3
5:45 PM17:45

Not in My Neighborhood

Not in My Neighborhood / Directed by Kurt Orderson / 86 min / Doc / Brazil, South Africa, US

As cities around the world catapult themselves into ‘World Class’, Global City status, we have to ask ourselves, “at what cost”? Not in my Neigborhood gives the account of citizens on the frontline of the struggle against the intersectional nature of Gentrification from three seemingly World Class Cities.

Director Biography - Kurt Orderson

Kurt Orderson is an award-winning filmmaker from Cape Town, South Africa.

He has worked for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, producing, shooting and directing magazine shows and numerous documentaries for television.

He is the founder and director of Azania Rizing, a production company that aims to inspire young people through creative storytelling about Africa and African Diasporas. The company has aims at mapping the influence of African legacies around the world to facilitate international dialogue by linking local and global stories.

Kurt has directed and produced multiple documentaries and narrative films that have screened at international film festivals and on various broadcasts outlets.

At present Kurt is currently in the final script stage with his latest feature narrative film “ApeTown”.

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Industry Night @ The Rookery
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Industry Night @ The Rookery

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Don’t miss this special opportunity to network with Top NYC Industry professionals and BFF Filmmakers! Enjoy a happy hour of speciality cocktails by Brugal 1888 and Partida Tequila cocktails and good craft beer by Circa Brewing Co.

 
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So Pretty
Oct
3
8:15 PM20:15

So Pretty

So Pretty / Directed by Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli / 83 min / Super 16mm / USA, France

About this Event

Four young queers in New York City struggle to maintain their proto-utopian community against the outside world as their lives curiously merge with the 1980s German novel so schön by Ronald M. Schernikau.

Directors Bio - Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli

Born in 1988, Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli works as a film director, editor, colourist and critic living in New York. She has directed two feature films, So Pretty, (2019, Berlinale) a literary translation/transposition focusing on gender and the utopian imagination, and Empathy (2016, FID Marseille), a performative documentary following a heroin-addicted escort across the USA.

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Karaoke
Oct
3
to Oct 4

Karaoke

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Karaoke

About this Event

Join us for a night of singing and screlting at RL Hotel. Don’t be shy, you can ask your favorite director to do a duet!

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The Dance
Oct
3
to Oct 4

The Dance

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The Dance / Directed by Rino Arreaza / 85 min / Drama, Suspence / Venezuela

Ivanna (Irene Esser) returns to Caracas pretending to be a flamenco dancer with three performances scheduled at a nightclub called 'The Place'. There she is supposed to meet Vicente (Gabriel Agüero) and manage to get him emotionally involved with her in order to extract information about his father, the swindler that she has been hired to kill.

Director Biography - Rino Arreaza

Rino Arreaza is a Venezuelan director based in Mexico City. He studied Journalism in Venezuela and then Cinematography in Argentina where he started his career in the film industry doing the cinematography of the independent film Olympia directed by Leo Damario. Later on he was the 1st Assistant Director of PALMERA also directed by Leo Damario and before living Argentina he did the 2nd unit direction of Bohemia the feature film. Then he moved back to Venezuela where he did the cinematography of the most viewed documentary in theaters in Venezuela called Fuera del Aire. Rino Arreaza is now director at the multinational production company Whisky.

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B&H and Canon Studios @ Bushwick
Oct
4
11:00 AM11:00

B&H and Canon Studios @ Bushwick

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Content Creator Sessions

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Audio 101

A course providing information on why audio is important, audio breakdown per application, audio on set and audio in post-production.

*Powerpoint presentation, with audio clips available for examples and product demonstrations.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Art of lighting

Technical insight on understanding the basics of lighting as well as the creative side of lighting: discussing ratios, color modifications and use of light to tell your story.

*Powerpoint presentation with screen grabs, and product demonstrations.

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Ser Grande
Oct
4
4:00 PM16:00

Ser Grande

Ser Grande (When I Grow Up) / Directed by Karen Rossi / 85 min / Doc / Puerto Rico

The daily lives of Juan, Rushian and Ivianyd, three Puerto Rican teenagers, is challenged when they decide to participate in a series of workshops to discover their vocational aspirations and overcome personal limitations. The support of new mentors provokes awareness, but moving forward is not so simple. Social, emotional and sexual identity obstacles are part of this choral portrait set on the margins of Caribbean society.

Directors bio

Karen Rossi (Puerto Rico, 1974) has worked in the film industry since 1998. She’s the producer and director of "Scrap Island" (2007) which was sponsored by the first edition of DocTV Iberoamérica and obtained an Emmy (Suncoast) for Best Cultural Documentary. She directed the short documentary film "Something More" (2009) for the television series Zona Franca (Open Spaces), and is the producer of the series "It’s your right. Defend it.” (2014), also awarded with an Emmy. In 2018 she will premiere her first feature length documentary film "To be Great" with her production company Aurora Docs.

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Industry Night @ Gemelli
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Industry Night @ Gemelli

 
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Don’t miss this special opportunity to network with Top NYC Industry professionals and BFF Filmmakers! Enjoy a happy hour of speciality cocktails by Brugal 1888 and Partida Tequila cocktails and good craft beer by Circa Brewing Co.

 
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Vanilla
Oct
4
8:20 PM20:20

Vanilla

Vanilla / Directed by Will Dennis / 90 min / Comedy / USA

A freewheeling comedian determined to save her family business invites an uptight entrepreneur on a road trip to sell a van with a complicated history. Romance ignites on their three day trip south, but is tested as they discover each other's secrets. When the van sale deteriorates, they must decide if their very new connection is worth more than a very old van.


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Music Event
Oct
4
to Oct 5

Music Event

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Music Event

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Camp Wedding
Oct
4
to Oct 5

Camp Wedding

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Camp Wedding / Dir. by Greg Emetaz / 95 min / Comedy Thriller / USA + One of Those Murder / Dir. Jerry Hadiprojo / Narrative / Indonesia

Event Description: 

This event will consist of a short film, One of those Murder, followed by the feature film, Camp Wedding.

Synopsis of Camp Wedding:

Mia's wedding party is not too keen on transforming a dilapidated summer camp into the wedding venue of her dreams--when people begin disappearing in the night, that doesn't help either...

Director Biography - Greg Emetaz

A filmmaker based in New York City. He is the director of short films Spell Claire, Get the F K Outta Paris!, Bowes Academy, Death by Omelette (SNCF Prix Du Polar Finalist & Hong Kong Mobile Film Awards Silver Medalist) and music videos "Eating 4 Two" and "Butt Drunk" (Friar’s Club Film festival special Jury Award, iTVfest Best Director Award) co-directed with Amanda DeSimone. He has created the behind-scenes documentaries for Julie Taymor's The Tempest, Broadway musical Spider-Man Turn off the Dark and numerous productions at New York City Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. His work as video designer for the stage includes Bel Canto at Chicago Lyric Opera, Dolores Claiborne at San Francisco Opera, An American Soldier, Shalimar the Clown, “27”, Champion, Alice in Wonderland, The Death of Klinghoffer and The Golden Ticket at Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Ajax at American Repertory Theater and Wallace Shawn's The Music Teacher.

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Screenplay Reading
Oct
5
11:00 AM11:00

Screenplay Reading

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Screenplay Reading

About this Event

Come join us at Fine & Raw for the performance of excerpts from two upcoming works: The Bear Play (A Play About Black People), from Donaldo Prescod, and Wild Cry Ha, a vigilante thriller from Catherine Fordham, currently in development. Stay for questions with the filmmakers after the reading.

Catherine Fordham is a New York-based writer, director, and producer. Her short films, Trapped Girl (2014), and Consommé (2015) have screened at festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Tel Aviv, and have been featured in the Huffington Post, The Greek National Herald and The Hollywood Reporter. Catherine’s feature-length screenplay, Wild Cry Ha, made it to the final round of Sundance Screenwriting Labs in 2017. And this Spring, she became the first recipient of Nitehawk Cinema’s The Future of Film is Female grant to develop her short film, KAYA, which is currently in post-production. A member of Cinefemme, a bi-coastal filmmaking collective, Catherine was selected to attend Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School in Munich, Germany in 2016, where she learned to pick locks.

Karina Ortiz is an award nominated Dominican American actress born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is the middle child and only girl among her two brothers. Due to her younger brother being diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, her family moved to New York City when she was 4 years old in order to provide him with better care and opportunities. Upon graduating from college, she performed on Off-Broadway stages in NY and around the country as the leading role, Angelita in "Platanos and Collard Greens." Soon after, she booked her first co-star role playing Mercedes, the sister of Dr. Ruben Marcado (Played by Lin-Manuel Miranda) in NBC's "Do No Harm." She went on to book roles in "Blue Bloods", "Royal Pains," "Turn: Washington's Spies" and more. She is known for her recurring role as Margarita on "Orange Is The New Black" and her supporting role as Lupita Garza in Nat Geo's "The Long Road Home" garnered her a 2018 Imagen Awards nomination

Allison Layman has worked at regional theatres across the country and can be seen as “Shelby” on Hulu’s THE PATH. MFA: The Old Globe/USD.

Donaldo Prescod is the award winning director of "Black People Are Dangerous".


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Short Film Block: Hidden Figures
Oct
5
11:30 AM11:30

Short Film Block: Hidden Figures

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Short Film Block: Hidden Figures / 85 min.

About this Event

Katherine Johnson, the real life 'Hidden Figure'/NASA employee that was pivotal in getting the USA into space, didn't always get the recognition that she deserved. In this block we make space for immigration hotline volunteers, a late night TV auteur, a micro bakery owner, and a transgender woman that heads a religous movement. They all deserved their own films, and if you see them, you'll be better for it.

The Bony Lady, dir. Adriana Barbosa & Thiago Zanato / Doc-Hybrid / Brazil, Mexico, USA

My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It, dir. Lindsey Phillips / Doc / USA

Alchemy, dir. Remington Long / Doc / USA

Mike Osterhout & the Church of the Little Green Man, dir. Roderick Angle / Doc / USA

Enforcement Hours, dir. Paloma Martinez / Doc / USA

Sweetheart Dancers, dir. Ben-Alex Dupris / Doc / USA

Showcase runs approx. 85 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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General Magic
Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

General Magic

General Magic / Directed by Sarah Kerruish, Matt Maude / 1hr 32m / Doc & Tech / USA

About this Event

Description: 

The side of Silicon Valley you never see, General Magic, the multi-award winning documentary, is a tale of how a great vision, a grave betrayal and an epic failure changed the world.

Spun out from Apple in 1990 to create the ‘next big thing’, General Magic shipped the first handheld wireless personal communicator in 1994.

From the first smartphones to social media, e-commerce and even emoji, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic.

But this was before the Web, before 3G, before Google, before everyone had a mobile phone in their pocket. The world was not ready in 1994 to hold the world in its hands. And though General Magic died, those concepts and the people who pioneered them went on to change almost everything.

Combining rare archive footage with contemporary stories of the Magicians today, this documentary tracks the progress of anytime, anywhere communication from a thing of sci-fi fiction in 1994 to a reality in our pockets today. This is the story of one of history’s most talented teams and what happens when those who dream big fail, fail again, fail better and ultimately succeed.

Director Biography - Sarah Kerruish, Matt Maude

Sarah Kerruish - DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & WRITER 

In 1993, Sarah worked with a documentary crew filming the team at General Magic. As a former Magician herself, Sarah’s unparalleled access to the subjects in our film allows her the greatest insight and intimacy to the heart of our story. Her previous films have garnered a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination. In 2017, she made a short film about the last week of the Obama White House.

Matt Maude - DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER, CINEMATOGRAPHER & ADDITIONAL EDITING BY 

Matt is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer. After starring in the UK ITV soap Crossroads during his teenage years, Matt moved to working behind the camera, directing and producing features, commercials and shorts. He is a member of a UK’s regional screen agencies ‘Super 8’ - one of eight young filmmakers to watch. In 2017, he joined Sarah in creating a film about the last week of the Obama White House. ‘General Magic’ is his first documentary feature film.

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Short Film Block: Strangers, Transformers and Outliers
Oct
5
1:45 PM13:45

Short Film Block: Strangers, Transformers and Outliers

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Short Film Block: Title TBA / 85 min.

About this Event

If you've ever asked the question "where (*or: how) do I belong?" then this just might be the block for you. We aren't promising any answers, but thru the power of Story, we absolutely guarantee that you'll feel closer to your felllow humans by the time you're finished with this collection of films.

Shell, dir. Stella Rosen / Animation / USA

Pozole, dir. Jessica Mendez Siqueiros / Narrative / USA

Passing: A Family in Black & White, dir. Robin Cloud / Doc / USA

Blood & Teeth, dir. Daniel Fethke / Doc / USA

Strangers Reunion, dir. Liz Sargent / Narrative / Hong Kong

Angela, dir. Juan Pablo Daranas Molina / Doc / USA

Shadow Cut, dir. Lucy Suess / Narrative / New Zealand

Showcase runs approx. 85 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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Buckjumping
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Buckjumping

Buckjumping / Directed by Lily Keber / 70 min / Doc / USA, New Orleans

About this Event

Buckjumping takes the pulse of present day New Orleans by turning to its dancers, the men and women who embody the rhythm of the city and prove it on the streets every chance they get. 

This 70 minute documentary film follows six different New Orleans communities as they exalt in their distinct form of dance. Nine Times Social Aid & Pleasure Club guide us through preparations for their annual second line. Golden Sioux Gang guides us through their Mardi Gras Indian practice at Handa Wanda. Mourners grieve a family member at a funeral, followed by celebrations for the deceased in the street. Edna Karr High School’s dance troupe hits St Charles Avenue for Muses Parade. Hasizzle The Voice emcees a bounce night. Hustler introduces us to the world of drag in backstreet clubs. Prominent local culture bearers and musicians introduce each section, including DJ Jubilee, Ausettua AmorAmenkum, Mia X, Mannie Fresh, and Nicholas Payton.

Directors Bio - Lily Keber

Lily is a filmmaker and educator based in New Orleans. Her directorial debut, Bayou Maharajah, premiered at SXSW in 2013 and has since won many awards including the Oxford American Award for Best Southern Film and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ Documentary Of The Year. She has produced music videos for Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, Preservation Hall and PJ Morton. Her work has appeared on Democracy Now!, ARTE, HBO, Time, Sundance DocClub, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Electronic Intifada and PBS. Lily is a member of the Grammys, WIFT-Louisiana and Film Fatales New Orleans.

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Industry Panels Presented by B&H and Canon
Oct
5
2:30 PM14:30

Industry Panels Presented by B&H and Canon

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Industry Panels presented by B&H and Canon

The Creative Future - Arts, Entertainment and Tech

What does the modern-day creative need to know about tomorrow? New technologies such as blockchain, AI and virtual reality are reshaping the world rapidly and giving creators more ownership and options.

PANELISTS

  • G. Thomas Esmay: Director of Corporate Strategy at Breaker, a global distribution platform for artists without barriers

  • Alan Weissman: Founder, Superrare crypto art platform

The Sound of Story

From pop songs, podcasts, soundtracks and beyond—music professionals write, produce and perform sonic narratives for film, tv, stage and the dance floor that capture our hearts, minds, and imaginations.

  • Robert Hann: Mix engineer, songwriter, producer of podcasts and serials

  • Gloria Pitagorsky: Partner/Producer and managing director at Heard City

  • Ken Anthony (DJ Kaos): DJ / A&R rep and music producer

  • Robert Mack: Opera singer, founder of Opera Noire

Conversation With Tribeca Film Institute

We hear from several individuals at the Tribeca Film Institute and gain some insight on funding films and documentaries. Where does one start? What's the best strategy? And how does one ultimately find success?

Conversation with Vice

We talk with several producers from VICE about their experience, from producing at a digitally-oriented company like VICE to working with creatives and seeing ideas come to fruition. We learn how they found themselves at VICE, what that future might look like, and what advice they have for filmmakers.

  • Maria Chiu: VICE Producer

  • Will Tilghman: VICE (Producer)

  • Lara Heintz: VICE (Producer)

Conversation with Nova PBS

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Short Film Block: Black Cinema: Existentialism and Identity Explored
Oct
5
4:00 PM16:00

Short Film Block: Black Cinema: Existentialism and Identity Explored

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Short Film Block: Black Cinema: Existentialism and Identity Explored / 80 min

Pick, dir. Alicia Harris / Narrative / Canada

Street Flame, dir. Katherine Propper / Narrative / USA

Catch a Girl, dir. LeRon Lee / Narrative / USA

Feathers, dir. A.V. Rockwell / Narrative / USA

Bam & Rawls Grab a Slice, dir. Horatio Baltz / Doc / USA

Me Time, dir. Iyabo Boyd / Narrative / USA

Showcase runs approx. 80 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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Feral
Oct
5
4:15 PM16:15

Feral

Feral / Directed by Andrew Wonder / 75 min / Narrative / United States

About this Event

A homeless woman living in the tunnels below New York City survives on her own terms in the days leading up to a blizzard.

Director Biography - Andrew Wonder

Enlisted by MTV at age 17, Andrew Wonder was primed in under-the-gun filmmaking. Working along filmmakers like Paul Schrader & Harris Savides ASC, he’s developed new tools to bring film closer to humanity. His work has won an Emmy, Lion, Pencil and has been featured in the NY Times, CNN and NBC’s TODAY show.

His underground adventures with Steve Duncan, exploring subway tunnels, sewers and bridges lead to his viral short documentary, Undercity garnered over 3 million views, was an early Vimeo staff pick and has been internationally praised for its unique way of capturing these overlooked pieces of New York City’s history.

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Industry Panels presented by Partida Tequila
Oct
5
5:00 PM17:00

Industry Panels presented by Partida Tequila

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Industry Panels presented by Partida Tequila

Women Who are Changing The Game

Who are the women in the film/tv/media industry who are changing the game? Who are forging new paths and breaking new ground? Hear from several female professionals in the industry about their experience, their pursuits, and how they decided to change the status quo.

Queer Vision: An LGBTQ+ Inclusive Industry

We hear from several LGBTQ+ creators in the industry, from their accomplishments to their challenges to their future goals. We also ask the question, what does LGBTQ+ film and tv and media look like? How does one make entertainment while also maintaining their identity?

Leading Latino Filmmakers & Actors

Let's celebrate the leading latino filmmakers and actors in our community by learning about their passions and hearing about their experiences in the industry. It's an open discussion about what it has been like to find a voice as artists and filmmakers, and what the future may look like.

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Short Film Block: Back To The Future
Oct
5
6:15 PM18:15

Short Film Block: Back To The Future

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Short Film Block: Back To The Future / 90 min.

About this Event

We're holding a parking space for you to pull your DeLorean into. With these films, all by BFF alumni, we'll first go back in time to revisit an early moment in their filmography, then travel back to present day to experience their 2019 offering. #FilmmakerEvolution

Rehearsal, dir. Courtney Hope Therond / Narrative / USA

Fragmentación, dir. Domenica Garcia / Experimental / Mexico

Mariposa, dir. Kristian Mercado Figueroa / Experimental / USA

My Mother Resents Me, dir. Victoria Linares Villegas / Doc / Dominican Republic

Twist, dir. Aly Migliori / Narrative / USA

Showcase runs approx. 90 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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Unarmed Man
Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

Unarmed Man

Unarmed Man / Directed by Harold Jackson III / 72 min / Narrative / Drama / USA

Description : 

Civil unrest erupts after Police Officer Greg Yelich shoots and kills an unarmed man during a routine traffic stop. Forced to give a statement, the Officer recounts his version of events in a scathing examination of racial profiling, fear, prejudice and violence as the case statement interviewer (Aaron Williamson) unravels the incident one murky layer at a time. 

Director Biography - Harold Jackson III

Harold is a EMMY Nominated Producer. Also, a recent winner of the EMERGING FILMMAKER award at NCBFF and Winner of BEST SCREENPLAY and AUDIENCE CHOICE at ABFF for the film LAST NIGHT. Harold is a former United States Marine and currently based in Washington DC.

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Brewmaster presented by Circa Brewing Co.
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Brewmaster presented by Circa Brewing Co.

Brewmaster Directed by Douglas Tirola / 90 min / Doc / USA

The story of craft beer as told through a young New York lawyer who dreams of opening his own brewery and a Milwaukee based beer educator trying to pass the Master Cicerone exam.

Directors bio

Douglas Tirola, also known as Doug Tirola, is an American filmmaker and writer who has worked as a director, executive producer and a producer. He is the owner and president of 4th Row Films, a movie and television production company. Tirola's work includes A Reason to Believe (1995), Hey Bartender (2013) and National Lampoon: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (2015).

*Screening Followed by Q&A with Director Douglas Tirola and Drew Kostic, Head Brewer at Circa Brewing Co.

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Short Film Block: When Stars Collide
Oct
5
8:30 PM20:30

Short Film Block: When Stars Collide

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Short Film Block: When Stars Collide / 90 min.

About this Event

Yes, the world is gonna end ... but not before the 12th annual BFF happens! Tonight, we wanna celebrate all those amazing connections in life that we never even expected to happen. We wanna bask in the spaces we share and even the spaces inbetween the spaces that we share. It's just you and me. The here and the now. Can't wait to see you there.

Bird of Paradise, dir. Alexander Zorn / Narrative / USA

Kindred Spirit, dir. Caroline Lindy / Narrative / USA

Rubber Dolphin, dir. Ori Aharon / Narrative / Israel

Come Be Creepy With Us, dir. Beth Fletcher / Narrative / USA

Long Time Listener, First Time Caller, dir. Nora Kirkpatrick / Narrative / USA

Showcase runs approx. 90 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow

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Postal
Oct
5
8:45 PM20:45

Postal

Postal / Directed by Tyler Falbo / 86 min / Narrative / United States

Description:

A dark comedy based on true events, Postal reimagines the emotional meltdown of Philip Tress, a Jacksonville millennial described by local media as “unable to break from a psychotic, unrequited love affair." Phil's downfall gained notoriety as his breakdown was documented by multiple recordings of calls Phillip made to a customer service agent at an international shipping company. Bronco brings us into the heart and mind of Phillip Tress on the morning his downward spiral began.

Director Biography - Tyler Falbo

Postal is the feature-length debut of writer/director Tyler Falbo. He recently completed production on The Florida Files, three shorts for an upcoming FXX comedy anthology. Thanks to the overwhelming support from Reddit, his YouTube channel has garnered attention from critically acclaimed companies such as Lamborghini and ACE Hardware, where has received the coveted "cease and desist letter" awards for "trademark dilution by tarnishment". He received a film degree from the Univ. of Central Florida, home of the 2017 College Football National Champions.

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A Trip to the...Arthouse
Oct
5
10:00 PM22:00

A Trip to the...Arthouse

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Short Film Block: A Trip to the...Arthouse / 80 min.

About this Event

BFF has always given filmmakers a space to experiment, and nowhere is that more clearly expressed then in an Arthouse style block. Come hang hang out with us at midnight, watching these films will be like a trip to the ... moon!

The Watering Room, dir. Katya Yakubov / Narrative / USA

Practice, dir. Iyabo Kwayana / Documentary / China

Dadli, dir. Shabier Kirchner / Documentary / Antigua

I'm Working On It (I Promise I'm Really Trying), dir. Mayer Chalom / Narrative / USA

Shalva (Tranquility), dir. Danna Windsor / Animation / USA

Saw/Ate Sad Bird, dir. Lauren Flinner / Animation / USA

Sunset Park, Warehouse, dir. Dazhi Huang / Narrative / USA

Showcase runs approx. 80 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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Short Film Block: The Space Program
Oct
5
10:45 PM22:45

Short Film Block: The Space Program

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Short Film Block: The Space Program / 70 min.

About this Event

Yes, with this block of films, we'll literally being going to space. Ya know, that place that Lance Bass really wants to go. Of course, this is Bushwick Film Festival, so expect some detours here and there.

Bavure, dir. Donato Sansone / Animation / France

Two Balloons, dir. Mark C. Smith / Animation / USA

M52, dir. Yves Paradis / Animation / Germany

The Terrestrials, dir. Kit Zauhar / Narrative / USA

Dominant Species, dir. Joseph Sackett / Narrative / USA

Apollo 11's Small Step, dir. Clara Ritger & Denise Chow / Web / Doc / USA

Showcase runs approx. 70 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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The House Invictus
Oct
5
to Oct 6

The House Invictus

The House of Invictus / Uche Aguh / Psychological Thriller / 100 min / USA

A psychological thriller set in a very alternate Universe in which the reincarnated soul of a Former Master Slave-owner finds disguise in the body of a Black Butler, who oversees a Fraternity House. In the house, the Butler pits several young Black men against each other as they journey through a series of macabre initiation challenges, mirroring the forgone days of slavery. This perpetual enslavement of these young men in this archaic yet modern world, reflects the continued psychological trauma that black men and black people at large face in real life every day.

Director Biography - Uche Aguh

Born and raised in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, Uche is the middle child of five. It was in Nigeria he developed his affinity for performance, and his love for film. His parents from an early age saw in him, an intelligence that could only match a career in Medicine. At the age of ten, Uche moved to Texas, where he lived with an uncle and aunt in pursuit of a career in medicine.

After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Uche obtained a Masters from Mississippi College, both degrees in Biology. Subsequently thereafter, He attended Howard University College of Medicine but decided not to practice Medicine after four years of Medical School. He instead, moved to Europe, where he shot his first short film "I STILL DO" and enrolled in the Identity School of Drama, in London. With several shorts under his belt, and his first feature film 'THE HOUSE INVICTUS' nearing the end of post-production, Uche Aguh, is ready to take the Film industry by storm.

As an actor, writer, and a director, Uche pays close mind in the execution of every minute detail of story telling. His writing informs the directing, which in hand, informs the performances. No one branch is more important than the other.

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B&H and Canon Studios @ Bushwick
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

B&H and Canon Studios @ Bushwick

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Content Creator Sessions

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Camera Angles and building a versatile lens kit.

An educational breakdown of camera angles and how it visually explains (carries) the film beyond dialogue. From camera angles to the lenses used to achieve the shot.

*Powerpoint presentation, movie clip/still image examples and lens display.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Art of Cinematography: Movements and angles

Within this course, instructor and filmmaker will provide a visual breakdown of what happens after you dream up an amazing shot and what it takes to happen in real life. This educational course will provide a breakdown of the equipment needed to take make your scene possible, along with insight on camera and lens required for artistic imagery.

*Powerpoint presentation with movie clips inserted. Support gear demonstration.


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Cat Sticks
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Cat Sticks

Cat Sticks / Directed by Ronny Sen / 1hr 34 min/ Drama / India

On a rainy night in Calcutta a group of desperate addicts chase brown sugar, but the permanent intoxication they seek proves elusive. Cat Sticks weaves their stories into a chiaroscuro, traverses with them through states high and low, spaces real and unreal. A relentless downpour plays backdrop to lives balanced on a precarious high. Some of them seek a release, while others do not seem to want the night to end.

Director Biography - Ronny Sen

Ronny Sen (b. 1986, Silchar) is a film director, writer and photographer based in Calcutta.

His debut feature film Cat Sticks world premiered in the competition section at Slamdance Film Festival, 2019 where it won the jury honorable mention. He has previously directed television documentaries for BBC. He started his career as a photographer and has made two artist books, Khmer Din (2013) and End of Time (2016). He was invited to be an artist in residence in Japan by The Japan Foundation in 2013 and in Poland by the Polish Institute in 2016. He received the Getty Images Instagram Grant in 2016 for his work in Jharia coal mines which were shown in his debut solo exhibition in 2018 titled, Fire Continuum at gallery Tarq in Mumbai.

His works are included in the permanent collection of the Alkazi Collection of Photography.

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Short Film Block: Netscape
Oct
6
12:45 PM12:45

Short Film Block: Netscape

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Short Film Block: Netscape / 70 min.

About this Event

The landscape of New Media in 2019 knows no bounds. Just like Netscape once did, we offer you a chance to discover all that the internet has to offer: web series', anthologies, and even a talk show. The future of television is happening now, come be a part of it!

Other Colors, dir. Remoy Philip / Web Series / USA

The Next Right Thing, dir. Dionna McMillian / Web Series / USA

Neurotica, dir. Laura Moss / Anthology Series / USA

Third Space, dir. Jil Antener / Docu-series / South Africa

Queering, dir. Leticia De Bortoli / Web Series / USA

Before We Wrap, Liz Charles / Talk Show / USA

Showcase runs approx. 70 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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Happy Face
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Happy Face

Happy Face / Directed by Alexandre Franchi / 100 min / Feature Narrative / Canada

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Estranged from his manipulative cancer-stricken mother, a handsome teenage boy deforms his face with bandages and joins a therapy workshop for disfigured patients in a misguided attempt to reconnect with her.

Director Biography - Alexandre Franchi

Alexandre Franchi left a banking career to pursue his passion for film. THE WILD HUNT, which he co-wrote and directed, was his first feature. The film won Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF 2009 and the Slamdance 2010 Audience Award. Franchi’s films often feature characters who escape an unbearable reality and take refuge in imaginary worlds - HAPPY FACE is the first part of his Cancer Trilogy.

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The Ugly Model
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

The Ugly Model

The Ugly Model / Directed by Doris Yeung / 92 min / Doc / USA

From the outside, Philly based Korean American adoptee and fitness model Kevin Tae-jin Kreider seems to have it all, Looks, Muscles, Chutzpah, Confidence and Charisma. He has a popular Instagram and vlog and has modeled around the world for the likes of Men’s Health, Gillette, Reebok and Abercrombie & Fitch. Yet since childhood, he has always felt ugly and second best as an Asian male in America. THE UGLY MODEL examines the paradox of this handsome male model who feels unattractive, ashamed and emasculated because of his Asian ethnicity. Why does Kevin still choose to be a male model where validation is based on physical appearance and his ethnicity defines his marketability? Is he a masochist who continues beating against the glass ceiling or is Beauty truly in the eye of the Beholder?

Director Biography - Doris Yeung

Doris Yeung is an Asian American filmmaker from San Francisco, Bay Area. She has written and directed films in the US, Asia and Europe and has studied at UCLA, American Film Institute and Beijing Film Academy. She directed her first feature film, MOTHERLAND (2009) set in San Francisco, starring renowned Chinese and Canadian actors, Francoise Yip and Kenneth Tsang . It was named one of the 10 best Asian American Films of 2009 by Asian Pacific Arts Magazine and her a “filmmaker to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter. Her second feature film TAXI STORIES (2017) has screened in over 30 festivals around the world and will be released in 2018. She founded CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam

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Short Film Block: After The Gold Rush
Oct
6
3:00 PM15:00

Short Film Block: After The Gold Rush

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Short Film Block: After The Gold Rush / 85 min.

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Inherit the Earth, dir. Christian Schultz / Doc / USA

We Can Do It, dir. Emil Benjamin / Narrative / USA

24-Hour Workday, dir. Zishun Ning / Doc / USA

Please and Thank You, dir. Jake Oleson / Narrative / USA

Hierophany, dir. Kevin Contento / Narrative / USA

Soul Man, dir. Kyle Taubken / Narrative / USA

Forgotten, dir. Daniel Soares / Doc / USA

Showcase runs approx. 85 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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Warrior Women
Oct
6
3:30 PM15:30

Warrior Women

Warrior Women / Directed by Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle / 1h 7m / Doc / USA

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In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation and survival as a community of extended families. 

Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who shaped a kindred group of activists' children - including her daughter Marcy - into the "We Will Remember" Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for Indigenous cultural values. 

Through a circular Indigenous style of storytelling, this film explores what it means to navigate a movement and motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down and transformed from generation to generation in the context of colonizing government that meets Native resistance with violence.

Director bio

An enrolled member of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma, Christina D. King’s work spans broadcast news, commercials, documentary, film, and television with a focus on human rights issues, civic engagement through storytelling, and democratizing filmmaking opportunities for marginalized voices.

King most recently debuted the narrative feature film We The Animals at Sundance 2018 to critical success. The film was awarded the NEXT Innovator Award and is nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards. King’s directorial debut about the mothers and daughters of the American Indian Movement, Warrior Women (ITVS), debuted at HotDocs and and was awarded the SkinsFest award for Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking.

King’s other producing credits include This May Be The Last Time (Sundance 2014), which explores the origins of Native Mvskogee worship songs in Oklahoma, as well as the POV documentary Up Heartbreak Hill.

A former Time Warner Native Producing Fellow through the Sundance Institute, King’s producing and directing work has gone on to receive support through the Institute’s Documentary Fund, Edit & Story Lab, and Producing Fellowship. King’s projects have also garnered supported through fellowships with the female film fund, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Stanley Nelson’s Firelight Films.

King is based in un-ceded Lenape land in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Castle brings almost 20 years of experience as a scholar, activist, and media maker working in collaboration with Native Nations and underrepresented communities. Warrior Women is based on the research done for her book “Women were the Backbone, Men were the Jawbone: Native Women’s Activism in the Red Power Movement.”

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In A New York Minute
Oct
6
4:30 PM16:30

In A New York Minute

In A New York Minute / Directed by Ximan Li / 100 min / Narrative Feature / USA / English & Chinese

Description:

Three strangers accidentally discover the solution to their problems lies in a single pregnancy test. Amy is haunted by a past breakup that has manifested into an eating disorder. Angel is caught between a loveless marriage to an American businessman and a passionate affair with a Chinese writer. Nina moonlights as an escort in order to support herself.

Based on a Chinese short story, In A New York Minute takes a slice-of-life look at relationships highlighted by its Asian and Asian American led cast. First time writer/director Ximan Li leads a female driven production crew to create an intimate character study that interprets love from three different points of view. The film stars Celia Au, Amy Chang, Yi Liu, with Ludi Lin and Cheng Pei Pei.

Director Biography - Ximan Li

Ximan “Mandy” Li was born in Shenyang, China before moving to Beijing at a young age. Hailing from a film family background, Ximan, whose father is a producer, naturally adopted a passion for filmmaking. She attended China's prestigious Central Academy of Drama with a focus on directing. Afterwards, she traveled to the United Stated to enroll in Pasadena's ArtCenter College of Design, earning a Masters of Fine Art degree in film production. Upon graduating, Ximan journeyed to New York to film her first feature “In A New York Minute.”

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Short Film Block: F***, It's Biology
Oct
6
5:30 PM17:30

Short Film Block: F***, It's Biology

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Short Film Block: F***, It's Biology / 95 min.

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Do you like sex? Do you like science? Well we've got just the short film block for you. Come on over and hang. Let's talk about biology, baby. Let's talk about you and me.

Nettles, dir. Raven Jackson / Narrative / USA

Carnal Symbiosis, dir. Rocío Álvarez / Animation / Belgium

Fuck, It’s Biology, dir. Veronica Andersson / Doc / Poland

Bug Bite, dir. Emily Ann Hoffman / Animation / USA

Debbie Does Dilators, dir. Savannah Magruder / USA

Fuck The Boxes, dir. Abel Rubinstein / United Kingdom

Showcase runs approx. 95 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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Short Film Block: Missions
Oct
6
5:45 PM17:45

Short Film Block: Missions

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Short Film Bock: Missions / 90 min.

About this Event

We can't make it any more self-explanatory than this: these are characters on a mission. From serious to casual, from novice to expert. Come find out the choices they make, we all have to live with them.

Pioneers, dir. Charlotte Fassler & Dani Girdwood / Narrative / USA

Come & Take It, dir. PJ Raval & Ellen Spiro / Doc / USA

Kaya, dir. Catherine Fordham / Narrative / USA

Saint Catherine of Bensonhurst, dir. Dominica Eriksen / Narrative / USA

Suicide By Sunlight, dir. Nikyatu Jusu / Narrative / USA

Lockdown, dir. Celine Held & Logan George / Narrative / USA

Showcase runs approx. 90 minutes with a filmmaker Q&A to follow.

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Award Ceremony
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Award Ceremony

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Award Ceremony

About this Event

Another year of Bushwick comes to a close, and the filmmakers and creators behind the work you have seen this weekend deserve a standing ovation and a proper send off. Join us as for a lovely send off with live music by Meridian Lights, followed by the announcements of award winners and a small reception.

The BFF 2018 Jury:

Feature Narrative

Bilge Ebiri, Film Critic

Catherine Curtin, Actress

Dana Gills, Production & Development, Lionsgate

Graham Fine, The Film Sales Company

Rotimi Paul, Actor

Feature Documentary

Kristen Fitzpatrick, Women Make Movies

Sola Fasehun, United Talent Agency

Mat Levy, Passion River

Daniel Cantagallo, Cargo Film & Releasing

Short Film / Web Series

Gabrielle Nadig, Beachside

Aijah Keith, IFC Films / Sundance Selects

Jeff Seelbach, TOPIC

Elaine Del Valle, Actress

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