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The Lower East Side Film Festival: Crazy, Smart, & Cool Films in Downtown NYC


Heartfelt romances, oddball dystopias, and hard hitting documentaries will be screened at the Lower East Side Film Festival. Running May 2 to 6 at various venues of NYC’s lower east side, the LESFF features up-and-coming filmmakers and beloved classics with ties to downtown NYC.

Opening night kicks-off with Your Monster, director Caroline Lindy’s debut feature, starring Melissa Barrera (In The Heights, Scream). Your Monster is the musically inclined tale of Laura Franco, a soft-spoken actress who finds her voice again when she meets a terrifying, yet weirdly charming Monster living in her closet. The MindF*ck Shorts block features a selection of the strangest short films you’ve seen. Nathan-ism looks at the life and art of Nathan Hilu. The son of Syrian Jewish immigrants to New York, he received a life-changing assignment from the U.S. Army at the end of WWII: to guard the top Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials. Nathan spent the next 70 years obsessively creating a visual narrative from his memories. Set in a polarized world where having a job is illegal, Love and Work follows the budding romance of Diane and Fox, two people who love to work. Directed by Pete Ohs and starring actress and writer Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights, Californication) and Will Madden (The Wolf of Snow Hollow). This charming, absurd comedy with an Orwellian bent asks us to imagine what would make us love the things we loathe a little more. The closing night film is the New York premiere of  Puddysticks, which follows anxious videogame designer Liz and her therapeutic odyssey into a secret society of adults who play like little kids.

The festival also includes a special curated selection of classics. On May 3 is a special 25th anniversary of Cruel Intentions with Director Roger Kumble in attendance for a Q&A ahead of the screening. The cult documentary American Movie from Chris Smith will be screened on May 4th as well as the queer comedy classic, But I’m A Cheerleader on May 5th.

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The Lower East Side Film Festival
May 2 - 6, 2024

Various venues in NYC

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