11th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Announces Full Program: Set To Take Place October 10 - 14


Jury to include:

Catherine Curtin (Insecure, Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things)

Dana Gills (Lionsgate)

Bilge Ebiri (Film Critic)

Aijah Keith (IFC Films / Sundance Selects)

+ more

“The Bushwick Film Festival shines a light on indie filmmakers and diversity in the film industry.”


“What started out as a small community event in Brooklyn, is now an established film festival.”

– Huffington Post

“Get to know NYC’s next filmmaking generation at the Bushwick Film Festival.”

– Tribeca Film

New York, NY – September 13, 2018The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) has announced the full program for their 11th annual run. This year’s Opening Night will be sponsored by Spectrum and kicks off on Wednesday, October 10th with a Red Carpet Reception and screening at House of Yes. The festivities will continue through Sunday, October 14th, with 40+ events ranging from feature and short film screenings to special events, parties and panels. The festival will also premiere 5 short documentaries created by 15 young storytellers from Bushwick who participated in Bushwick Stories; BFF’s free summer filmmaking workshop sponsored by community partner B&H Photo and Canon. See below for the full program. For tickets and passes, please visit: www.bushwickfilmfestival.com.

Located in Bushwick, the bustling center of Brooklyn’s artistic and cultural community, Bushwick Film Festival prides itself for being a home for film lovers. Over the last decade, BFF has screened the works of nearly 500 independent filmmakers from Brooklyn and over 40 different countries, proudly shining a spotlight on women and diverse filmmakers. The BFF has grown into one of the most anticipated events in Brooklyn and is recognized for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth.

After receiving over a record-breaking 1,300 submissions in 2018, BFF is excited to continue building community, supporting filmmakers and creating spaces where people from all backgrounds can be inspired by their stories! Festival Founder and CEO Kweighbaye Kotee explains: “After 11 years, I still get so excited when the festival arrives. It’s been a true privilege serving storytellers and my community through the BFF and we have an incredible lineup of films and a weekend of fun in store!”

The Jury for BFF 2018 includes:

Feature Narrative

  • Bilge Ebiri, Film Critic

  • Catherine Curtin, Actress

  • Dana Gills, Production & Development, Lionsgate

  • Graham Fine, The Film Sales Company

Feature Documentary

  • Kristen Fitzpatrick, Women Make Movies

  • 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

  • Sponsors for BFF 2018 include:
    B&H Photo & Video (Community Partner)

  • Canon

  • Chemistry Creative

  • 100 Bogart

  • Spectrum

  • 1888 Brugal

  • Partida Tequila

  • City Fresh Market

  • Liman Video Rental

  • Node Living

  • Brooklyn Fire Proof

  • Fine & Raw Chocolate

  • BOE

  • Syndicated

  • LightSpace Studio

  • Of

  • No Muse No Art

  • House of Yes

  • The Rookery

  • Lot 45

  • UpNorth

  • Bogart House

  • Bushwick Daily

  • MixMag

  • Essentia



Feature Program

SEAMAN AND 207 | Dir. Sophia Tewa, 78 min, Documentary, USA

Oct 11, 2018, 5:30 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

Yacahudah Harrison and his wife Danetia Harrison have chosen to abandon their lives as working people with steady jobs to live on a street corner in upper Manhattan. As gentrification brings in new people, they are sent on a journey of discovery, living and loving out of their van on Seaman Avenue and 207th Street.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2OhxXKf

THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS  (Die Beste Aller Welten) | Dir. Adrian Goiginger, 103 min, Narrative, Austria

Oct 11, 2018, 7:40 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

A kid´s true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2xanhWN

SAVAGE YOUTH - New York Premiere | Dir. Michael Curtis Johnson, 98 min, Narrative, USA

Oct 11, 2018, 10:05 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

Six young lives collide in the most horrific and twisted of ways. Based on true events.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2Mpfry5


Oct 12, 2018, 5:30 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

Wiki | dir. Veronica Andersson, 30 min, Narrative, Poland, New York Premiere

Wiki is an autistic, and curious young girl, who has to face the really harsh reality of living with an alcoholic mother after her grandmother dies. Luckily amongst all this chaos, she meets Mateusz - a huge fan of Warsaw city busses - who brings back real sunshine to her life.

A Day with Martha | dir. Josh Ethan Johnson, 40 min, Doc, USA, Brooklyn Premiere

Martha is a mother of twelve and makes her living driving for Uber and Lyft. In this 40 minute documentary, we get a front row seat perspective into a day in the life of Martha. She gives us unprecedented access to some of the most intimate and troubling aspects of her past and present life.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2OkeHMw

ARE YOU GLAD I'M HERE | Dir. Noor Gharzeddine, 85 min, Narrative, Lebanon (Arabic, English)

Oct 12, 2018, 7:30 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

A millennial American girl befriends a Lebanese housewife and disrupts her ordered life; one night they become accidental partners-in-crime.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2MtoJZI

LOST IN APOCALYPSE (末世人间道) | Dir. Sky Wang, 89 min, Narrative, China (Chinese with subtitles)

Oct 12, 2018, 9:45 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

A group of seemingly unrelated individuals fight their way out of a virus-infested hotel, only to find themselves at a worse place than before.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2NDm84d

ONE BEDROOM | Dir. Darien Sills-Evans, 83 min, Narrative, USA

Oct 13, 2018, 3:30 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

Breaking up is easy. Moving out is hard. After five years of ups and downs, an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spends their final afternoon together arguing and remember better days, as one of them moves out and hopefully on with her life.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2QmLrGl

VICTORIOUS | Dir. Robert Mac, 103 minutes, Documentary, USA

Oct 13, 2018, 5:45 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

Victorious is a documentary that trails the DC DIVAS—one of the top women’s football teams in America—during their 2015 season. Robert Mac embedded himself with the Divas as they hit the road to tear up some serious gridiron, capturing their camaraderie, sisterhood, and spirit along the way. It takes great courage for each Diva to step onto the field.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2xa5HTm

DON'T BE NICE | Dir. Max Powers, 96 min, Documentary, USA

Oct 13, 2018, 8:05 PM, Chemistry Creative

A team of young New York City Slam Poets finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016. An emotional and inspiring documentary that gives insightful commentary on race, gender, identity and sexual politics in America today.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2x2y4D5

BUSHWICK BEATS | Dir. A. Sayeeda Moreno, Chloe Sarbib, Brian Shoaf, Sonejuhi Sinha, James Sweeney, Anu Valia, 84 min, Narrative, USA

Oct 13, 2018, 8:20 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen | Oct 14, 2018, 7:35 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen  [*this film has two screenings]  

Six stories, six directors, six unique short films, all under the backdrop of Bushwick, Brooklyn, each a different look into the theme of unconditional love.

Ticket Info:

http://bit.ly/2x9AYoD (Sat. Screening)

http://bit.ly/2p1OMOs (Sun. Screening)

SONGS IN THE SUN  - East Coast Premiere | Dir. Kristian Sejrbo Lidegaard, Narrative, 70 min, Denmark

Oct 13, 2018, 10:35 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

In one single hot summer day an ancient Danish myth changes the life of three women. An art house thriller set in the dramatic landscape of an island of chalk about lost friendship and the need of spirituality to cope with grief.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2MqyojJ

THE ORGANIZER | Dir. Nick Taylor, 105 min, Documentary, USA

Oct 14, 2018, 12 PM, Chemistry Creative

The Organizer is a portrait of Wade Rathke, the controversial founder of ACORN, as well as an exploration of the much maligned and misunderstood occupation of community organizing.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2p64rfK

MY NAME IS MYEISHA | Dir. Gus Krieger, 82 min, Narrative, USA

Oct 14, 2018, 2:30 PM, Chemistry Creative  

A beloved teenager crosses over into a hip-hop-musical dreamscape at the moment of her tragic death and contemplates her life; what it was and what it could have been.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2Ohfb5P

BUSHWICK HOMECOMINGS - THE RECORD | Dir. Stefanie Joshua, 96 min, Documentary, USA

Oct 14, 2018 3:30 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

Bushwick Homecomings - The Record is a documentary film that examines the NYC neighborhood of Bushwick Brooklyn in a twenty-year overview of changes and rapid development in the nabe.

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2NCBoy7

ANISSA 2002 | Dir. Fabienne Facco, 48 min, Narrative, France

Oct 14, 2018, 5:55 PM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen

France, 2002. Anissa is sixteen. Her parents are taking her to Morocco for her a wedding. She doesn't want to go. On the road, she runs away. She meets two english guys who are restoring an old house…

*Screening with the short film, Broken Bunny, dir. Meredith Hama-Brown, 11 min, Narrative, Canada

Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2xasMVr

Short Film Program


Oct 11, 2018, 6:00 PM, Bogart House | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2NG1Dne

Loving art is hard, but making a living on loving it is harder.

Films Include:

To Be Free, dir. Adepero Oduye, Narrative, USA

Boy Genius, dir. Becca Roth & Molly Cahen, Narrative, USA

My Paintbrush Bites, dir. Joel Pincosy & Joe Egender, Doc, USA

The World's Greatest Storyteller, dir. Horatio Baltz, Doc, USA

The Velvet Underground Played My High School, dir. Tony C. Jannelli & Robert Pietri, Doc, USA

Jack Whitten: An Artist's Life, dir. Ian Forster, Doc, USA


Oct 11, 2018, 8:10 PM, Bogart House | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2MpYkvV

Do you like to #party? BFF knows it, and we are ready to #GO #IN #ON #IT.

Films Include:

Strangers at Night, dir. Ian M. Adelson, Narrative, USA

Coronados, dir. Josefina Alen & Abril Lucini, Doc, Argentina

Great Light, dir. Tony Oswald, Narrative, USA

What's Your Number, dir.  David Duque-Estrada & James Tison, Narrative, USA - New York Premiere

Wendy's Shabbat, dir. Rachel Myers, Doc, USA

Alpha Squadron, dir. Michael Litwak, Narrative, USA

For What It's Worth, dir. Brendan Gilliam, Doc, USA


Oct 13, 2018, 12:00 AM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2p3loqY

Good morning! Bring your teddy bears and your courage: get comfortable and prepare to get uncomfortable.

Films Include:

Black Dog, dir. Joshua Tuthill, Narrative, USA

Queen Kong, dir. Monica Stambrini, Narrative, Italy

The Shit! (An Opera), dir. Kevin Rios, Narrative, USA

Mother Fucker, dir. Nicholas Santos, Narrative, USA

Bennifer, dir. Ryan McGlade, Narrative, USA - World Premiere

Sweetie, dir. Miaosi Li, Narrative, USA - Brooklyn Premiere


Oct 13, 2018, 12:00 PM, LightSpace Studios New York | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2CS6i1z

Growing up is an infinite series of almost-invisible moments of minute change.

Films Include:

Red Flower, dir. Stella Rosen, Animation, USA

Take Me Out With The Stars, dir. Tess Harrison, Narrative, USA

Iron Hands (铁手), dir. Johnson Cheng, Narrative, China

Kiko, dir. Jamil Munoz, Narrative, USA

How to Get to the Moon by Subway, dir. Tyler Rabinowitz, Narrative, USA

Cat Days, dir. Jon Frickey, Narrative, Japan


Oct 13, 2018, 2:35 PM, LightSpace Studios New York | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2NCqZm6

This year saw filmmakers and film lovers throwing a welcome stone through the glass ceiling of the Hollywood boys club.

Films Include:

Sweetie, dir. Miaosi Li, Narrative, USA

October, dir. Maegan Mann, Narrative, USA

The Future is Bright, dir. Courtney Powell, Narrative, USA

Caroni, dir. Ian Harnarine, Narrative, Trinidad & USA

Chandler, dir. Julia Kennelly, Narrative, USA

Cross My Heart, dir. Sontenish Myers, Jamaica

Cinematographer, dir. Demi Waldron and Claudia Burgi, Doc, USA

PA'LANTE (Onwards, Forwards)

Oct 13, 2018, 4:55 PM, LightSpace Studios New York | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2Nch47x

Many of the films here follow people looking for dreams: refugees, abandoned children; all of these films courageously refuse to show us the actual dreams, giving us only faces of infant-like discombobulated hope, waiting.

Films Include:

Abu Adnan: Adnan's Father, dir. Sylvia Le Fanu, Narrative, Denmark (in Arabic/Danish)

Pa'lante, dir. Kristian Mercado Figueroa, Music/Narrative, Puerto Rico

Gentrification Express: Breaking Down the BQX, dir. Samantha Farinella & Amanda Katz, Doc, USA

For a Better Life, dir. Yasmin Mistry, Animation, USA

Second Assault, dir. Jillian Corsie & Amy Rosner, Doc, USA

Breathe, dir. Aisha Ford, Narrative, USA


Oct 13, 2018, 7:25 PM, LightSpace Studios New York | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2x45ilq

The lines that divide our country have become so crystal concrete that there is no limit on the filmic tools and genres within which artists attack them.

Films Include:

Desert Storm, dir. Joshua Raymond Lee, Narrative, USA

Night Call, dir. Amanda Renee Knox, Narrative, USA

Other, dir. Xavier Burgin, Narrative, USA

Hair Wolf, dir. Mariama Diallo, Narrative, USA

Jitters, dir. Otoja Abit, Narrative, USA

Rooftop Refuge, dir. Andrew Leibman, Narrative, USA

Make Me Wanna Holler, dir. Erica Eng, Narrative, USA


Oct 13, 2018, 9:30 PM, LightSpace Studios New York | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2x5iNRI

16mm or 35mm, any kind, gives a film the wear of a film that has already been lived in, an older wiser expression.

Films Include:

Do More of What Makes You Happy, dir. Dakota Pailes-Friedman, Dylan Pailes-Friedman, Narrative, USA

Lira's Forest, dir. Connor Jessup, Narrative, Canada

Little Bill's Peep Show, dir. Kevin Rios, Narrative, USA

MAMA, MAMA, dir. Jose Fernando Rodriguez, Documentary, Puerto Rico (Spanish)

The Shuttle, dir. Lu Han, Narrative, USA

To Be Free, dir. Adepero Oduye, Narrative, USA

Breathe, dir. Aisha Ford, Narrative, USA


Oct 13, 2018, 10:30 PM, Chemistry Creative | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2Nxu6vN

Though disguised as a new medium, the web series has its roots in the Super 8 feeling, and sits here as an intersection between the ancient, the old, and the new.

Web Series' & New Media Include:

Undone - dir. Lili Lopez, Doc, USA

Weathering the Storm - dir. Clara Ritger, Doc, USA

Barely Adults - dir. Christine Sanders, Narrative, USA

Beam Me Up - dir. Matthew Charof, Doc, USA

Brooklynification - Created by BRIC TV, Narrative, USA

Kynnstlah - dir. Sandra Bertalanffy & Joel Fendelman, Doc, USA

Wear I'm From - dir. Erica Eng, Doc, USA


Oct 14, 2018, 12:15 AM, Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2p26nWn

Get comfortable and prepare to get uncomfortable.

Films Include:

Welcome to Bushwick, dir. Henry Jinings, Narrative, USA

Hair Wolf, dir. Mariama Diallo, Narrative, USA

Queen Kong, dir. Monica Stambrini, Narrative, Italy

The Shit! (An Opera), dir. Kevin Rios, Narrative, USA

Mother Fucker, dir. Nicholas Santos, Narrative, USA

Bennifer, dir. Ryan McGlade, Narrative, USA


Oct 14, 2018, 12:00 PM, LightSpace Studios New York | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2x7O1rD

All of them contribute to cinema’s greatest gift: like magic, both sharpening and expanding our perspective.

Films Include:

Babs, dir. Celine Held & Logan George, Narrative, United Kingdom

Weekend (آخر هفته), dir. Vahid Bemani, Narrative, Iran

Okaasan (Mom), dir. Kana Hatakeyama, Narrative, Japan

Still Water Runs Deep, dir. Abbesi Akhamie, Narrative, Nigeria

Stay Quiet, dir. Victoria Linares Villegas, Narrative, Dominican Republic

Blackjack, dir. Lora Mure-Ravaud, Narrative, Switzerland


Oct 14, 2018, 2:40 PM, LightSpace Studios New York | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2x48iOI

The films in this block deal with some of the scariest human phenomenon imaginable.

Films Include:

Control, dir. Kimmy Gatewood, Narrative, USA

Allen Anders - Live at the Comedy Castle (circa 1987), dir. Laura Moss, Narrative, USA

Cole, dir. David Call, Narrative, USA

Your Resources, dir. Will Arbery, Narrative, USA

Kudzu, dir. Connor Simpson, Narrative, USA

Willow Creek Road, dir. Francesca Mirabella, Narrative, USA

Jessica, dir. Jessica Kingdon, Narrative, USA


Oct 14, 2018, 4:50 PM | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2MnLs9v

Falling in love is the easiest way to make yourself look like an idiot.

Films Include:

The Dress You Have On, dir. Courtney Hope Therond, Narrative, USA

Funeral, dir. Leah Shore, Narrative, USA

Proxy, dir. Eric Schuman, Narrative, USA

Oleg, dir. Boris Krichevsky & Alexander A. Brodsky, Doc, Russia

Fuck'd Like a Star, dir. Stefani Saintonge & Zuri Obi, Doc, Haiti & USA

LAD, dir. Sasawat Loesrit, Narrative, USA

My Sun My Moon, dir. Shaya Mulcahy, Narrative, USA


Blockchain and the Future of Arts & Entertainment, Sat, October 13, 2018, 12:00 PM I Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2xb1Sg7

Women in Film & TV, Sat, October 13, 2018, 1:15 PM I Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2MmuYyB

3 Arts Entertainment Panel, Sat, October 13, 2018, 2:55 PM I Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2p4Aj4d

Distribution & Sales, Sat, October 13, 2018, 4:15 PM I Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2x9J2WA

Latin Perspectiva Panel & Reception, Sat, October 13, 2018, 5:35 PM I Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2Qul7K6

Special Events

Opening Night Party, Weds, October 10, 2018, 10:00 PM | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2QqtjLz

Industry Mixer, Thurs, October 11, 2018, 6:30 PM | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2xaay6Z

Comedy Night, Thurs, October 11, 2018, 10:00 PM | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2xcNgwy

Filmmaker Happy Hour @ The Rookery, Fri, October 12, 2018, 8:00 PM | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2OhvwYd

Filmmaker Happy Hour @ Braven Brewing Company, Sat, October 13, 2018, 3:00 PM | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2Ndol6O

Dance Party, Sat, October 13, 2018, 10:00 PM | Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2p5jBC3

Screenplay Reading, Sun, October 14, 2018, 12:00 PM I Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2xbvSck

Bushwick Stories - presented by B&H Photo, Sun, October 14, 2018, 5:45 PM I Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2Oj6DLZ

Awards Ceremony & Closing Reception, Sun, October 14, 2018, 7:30 PM I Ticket Info: http://bit.ly/2MsokXB


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About Founder, CEO Kweighbaye Kotee

Kweighbaye Kotee is the founder of the Bushwick Film Festival (BFF). Hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most celebrated events, BFF is recognized for its contribution to the borough’s artistic and economic growth. Dedicated to her community and the arts, Kotee serves on The Bushwick Community Board and is co-chair of its Arts & Culture committee. In addition, in 2016 she founded MCCG, an M/WBE community affairs company that helps developers positively engage with communities to create empowering opportunities for local residents and organizations. To date, her company has helped facilitate the distribution of over $400,000 in grants to local organizations and artists.

Born in Liberia, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. at the brink of the Liberian Civil war. She attended public school in Newark, NJ where she was awarded a scholarship from the Wight Foundation to attend Blair Academy, a private boarding high school. She moved on to receive her B.S in Media, Culture, and Communications from New York University.

She has been featured on NBC, Fox News, Huffington Post, POPSUGAR, Delta Air Lines, Brooklyn Magazine, Indiewire, Tribeca Film and lives in Brooklyn.

About the Bushwick Film Festival

Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. The festival is hailed as one of Brooklyn’s most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough’s artistic, cultural, and economic growth. The festival attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels; and showcases films created by the best and most diverse emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn and worldwide. BFF provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their stories and present opportunities for them to make a living doing what they love. BFF provides spaces for audiences from all backgrounds to connect and discover new independent movies and experience unique cultural events.

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