Bushwick Film Festival Names Circa Brewing Co. Its Official Beer Sponsor

Circa creates specially brewed Lunar Eclipse to be released at launch party on September 18 and only available at the 12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival

BROOKLYN, New York, August 27, 2019 (Newswire.com) - The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is proud to announce that Brooklyn’s own Circa Brewing Co. will be the Official Beer Sponsor of the 12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival. From October 2 through October 6, festival attendees will have the opportunity to not only enjoy Circa’s rotating supply of expertly made Belgian, German and American-style beers (including the ever-popular hoppy, hazy IPAs), but also taste Circa’s brand new release, Lunar Eclipse, brewed specially for the 2019 Bushwick Film Festival. BFF and Circa are pushing the envelope by merging the arts of filmmaking and beer brewing, providing festival-goers with a one-of-a-kind experience. Lunar Eclipse will make its debut at the BFF Launch Party and Official Beer Release on September 18, at Circa Brewing Co.’s beautiful downtown Brooklyn location. After the official launch of BFF, Lunar Eclipse will only be available for a limited time during the run of this year’s festival.   

Working off of BFF’S 2019 ‘SPACE’ theme, Circa’s head brewer Drew Kostic has conjured up a blueberry-infused wheat beer that will be dosed with “Element X,” a secret ingredient that audiences will be invited to identify during the five-day festival week. The beer will carry a slight pinkish-blue hue from the addition of blueberries, which is reminiscent of the colors generated during the event it’s named after.

“Space exploration has always played a pivotal role in my life,” says Kostic. “From the tender age of 9, I was saving all my money to attend space camp—which I did twice—and reading and re-reading my favorite space travel books until their covers wore off. Since I still tell people daily that my life goal is to be the first person to brew beer in outer space, I consider this collaboration to be an extremely exciting chance to continue building my astronaut resume!” Kostic starred in the documentary Brewmaster, which will have a special screening during BFF, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. 

Circa’s Brand Director, Myriam Lopez, and BFF’s Creative Director, Rah Crawford, teamed up on the vision for Lunar Eclipse’s label, which features the image of a mesmerizing pink lunar eclipse. 

“At Circa, every beer tells a story and finding the right partner to collaborate with is essential to keep growing. When the opportunity came up to sponsor an international film festival with such a presence in the Brooklyn community we are proud to be a part of, it was a no-brainer. I’m so incredibly thrilled for this partnership between Circa and BFF. I hope it’ll mark the beginning of many brewing stories,” says Lopez.

BFF Founder and CEO Kweighbaye Kotee comments, “Creating an independent brewing company, film festival, or film is a moonshot that requires visionary thinking and courage to keep going. That’s why we are so excited to partner with Circa this year to celebrate this ethos and foster a community of dreamers and doers.” In addition to its traditional program of screenings, panels and networking events, festival attendees can also expect a variety of food, art, and tech events.  

Select passes to the 12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival are now on sale, and individual tickets will go on sale September 1. For notifications about ticket sales and/or to receive 2019 festival updates, please visit: https://www.bushwickfilmfestival.com/tickets-on-sale-sept-1]

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About Circa Brewing Co.

Circa Brewing Co. is an independent brewery, event space and pizzeria in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. Circa has adopted a novel approach to brewing and fermentation by brewing dynamic and innovative beer that is rooted in traditional practices and a no-holds-barred approach to Neapolitan-style pizza.

About Bushwick Film Festival

The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is an MWBE-certified independent film, media and event production company in Brooklyn, New York. Its annual festival attracts over 3,500 attendees, as well as more than 1,500 film submissions from 60 countries around the world, contributing to the Borough's cultural and economic growth. The festival is committed to community building, empowering storytellers, and increasing diversity in film and other forms of media through year-round programming. Its programming includes free public screenings and events, hands-on film production workshops, and career training for young adults so that they have the tools to enter a successful career in the media industry.

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