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Brooklyn Film Festival 2019: The Gathering

Brooklyn Film Festival (May 31–June 9)


Connect with Brooklyn’s collaborative ecosystem of filmmakers at the Brooklyn Film Festival (May 31–June 9). True to this year’s festival theme, “The Gathering,” international filmmakers and the festival audience will assemble in Brooklyn over 10 days to watch 133 features and shorts from over 30 countries including Latin American countries.


Experience the films at the borough’s unique screening venues (Wythe Hotel, Windmill Studios, Uniondocs, Made in NY Media Center, Syndicated, Alamo Draft House). Wythe Hotel, a former factory, is an upscale hotel with a vaulted brick cellar screening room. Windmill Studios in Greenpoint is a full production studio and set/prop shop. Uniondocs is a well-regarded non-profit for independent documentary filmmakers. Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo is a powerhouse co-working, educational, and gallery space for developing cross-media storytelling. Syndicated and Alamo Draft House are restaurants, and you may order upscale comfort food and beer brought directly to your screening seat.



The festival’s Executive Director Marco Ursino, explains that The Gathering is “a call to all those people who are searching for clarity and intelligent exchanges. We wanted to empower all those filmmakers who are thinking and working in critical systems, outside of the box, and against all odds… Inspired by the acceleration of the women’s movements, in 2019 BFF will feature the largest presence of female directors within a single festival edition up to date.”


On opening night at the Wythe Hotel, director Claudia Myer’s supernatural tale, Above the Shadows (Audience Award for Feature Narrative), grounds the feminine spirit of the festival. In her Q&P panel for the film, she explains that the film is akin to a fairytale in the transformation of the characters. Bushwick Beats’ director A. Syeeda Morena offers another perspective on unconditional love as a lesbian woman of color. #Like by Sarah Pirozek is a dark cyber tale of revenge by a teenage female for her sister's suicide. Half of the documentaries in the festival are directed by women. Mariah Wilson’s Silent Forests (Spirit Award for Best Documentary), is a passionate outcry against elephant poaching in the Congo. Sanctuary (Grand Chameleon Award and Best Documentary Award) by Mexican filmmaker Andrea Cordoba follows a Guatemalan immigrant woman and her family for a year as she claims sanctuary in a church from ICE deportation. Luisita Photo Studio by Sol Miraglia and Hugo Manso is a poignant documentary of lost Buenos Aries' theatre of the '60s/'70s as photographed by a now elderly Luisita.


Out of the record number of submissions, only one of twenty were accepted in six categories: Feature Narrative, Feature Doc, Short Narrative, Short Doc, Experimental and Animation. Each film runs twice throughout the 10 days of the festival. Full passes are now $150, or you can buy single program tickets at $15/12.

Check out the full diversity of international films at BFF:

Kickstarter in Greenpoint is sponsoring the 2019 BFF Exchange on Saturday, June 8 starting at noon. These practical sessions are relevant to filmmakers: Lunching with Lawyers (rsvp This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ); a fundraiser how-to through the Kickstarter platform; a Documentary Pitch Session with feedback from a panel of experts; and a party on Kickstarter’s rooftop follows. This day is free.


A side festival to BFF is the 15th KidsFilmFest held at Made in NY Media Center in Dumbo. On Saturday, June 1, from 1-3pm, screenings of animations and live action films made for children or by children will be screened. Free for children 12 and under; adults tickets are $15.

The social networking continues late night throughout the run of the festival with local Brooklyn filmmaker’s organizations at Williamsburg area clubs. Do RSVP for the parties sponsored by Heineken. The ambiance of Williamsburg in warm summer nights is neighborly and safe to walk from screening venue to clubs late at night, but be aware of the L train subway slowdown.


To find out more:


May 31– June 9

Wythe Hotel

80 Wythe Avenue at N 11th St Brooklyn, NY 11249

Windmill Studios

300 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

99% Genius at the World Science Festival 2019

World Science Festival 2019

"Awaken your inner genius" at the World Science Festival 2019, for us starstruck mortals who perspire 99% of the time more than inspire. From May 22 through June 2, New York University in Manhattan will be host to some of the greatest minds in science. From the micro of DNA engineering to the macro of black holes, dark matter and string theory in the cosmos, scientists will discuss The Big Ideas and present their mind-bending research to a lay audience.

Experience Mars in full 3D imagery (We Will Be Martians, May 29); watch the world premiere of film, The Bit Player, about Claude Shannon, the binary “bit” father of the Information Age (May 29 at the Museum of Moving Image); enjoy David Pogue hosting a panel about wearable and implantable computers (The Technology that Transforms Us May 30).

A week before the stage talks commence, the festival opened with a Lincoln Center performance of “Light Falls: Space, Time and an Obsession of Einstein.” This was a tribute to the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and will be broadcast on nationwide on May 29 at 10/9C.

Astronaut of Apollo 11, Michael Collins, will appear on May 31 for Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, and also for a special sold-out children’s book presentation for children 10-14 on June 1. STEM programming for children plays a large role in this festival, with free events centered around the City of Science hub (June 1-2 weekend) and paid events such as Cool Jobs and the Apprentice series.

Not to worry, adults can enjoy free public events such as counting local fish, or Science and Story Cafe book signings. The Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park event promises to have a professional telescope available, meet Astronaut Yvonne Cagle, and watch a film about the Hubble Telescope on Saturday night, June 1 (RSVPs still open).

To learn more, go to:



238 Thompson St

New York, NY 10012



566 LaGuardia Place

New York, NY 10012

The Museum of Arts & Design Celebrates Punks on Screen & Screenprinting

From stapled zines, to xeroxed flyers, and 45 single sleeves, the aesthetics of the punk movement had an aesthetic of its own, with reverberations felt to this day in the world of art, media, and music. Running April 9 to August 18, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976 - 1986, at the Museum of Arts and Design (2 Columbus Circle, NY, NY) collects hundreds of texts, images, DIY zines, and more from the era that gave us The Ramones, Bad Brains, Patti Smith, and more.

Running alongside the exhibit is a film series of punk movies from around the world. Global Punk, running April 25 to July 11, is comprised of 7 films from countries including Mexico (Nadie es Innocente), Japan (Wild Zero), Hungary (The Dog’s Night Song), and the U.K. (Jubilee).

To learn more, go to:

Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976 - 1986
April 9 - August 18, 2019

Global Punk
April 25 - July 11, 2019

The Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

AIPAD Photography Show: Interior Spaces & Worldwide Galleries

One of New York and America’s biggest exhibitions of photographers and their work, the Photography Show Presented by AIPAD returns to New York's Pier 94 (711 12th Ave.). Running April 4 to the 7th, this is the 39th edition of the show and will feature nearly 100 photography galleries with work including contemporary, modern, and 19th century photographs, photo-based art, video, and new media.

Exhibitors include:

  • Alan Klotz Gallery
  • Arnika Dawkins Gallery Photographic Fine Art
  • Atlas Gallery
  • Augusta Edwards Fine Art
  • Barry Singer Gallery
  • baudoin lebon
  • Bruce Silverstein Gallery
  • Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
  • Candela Gallery
  • Catherine Courturier Gallery
  • Catherine Edelman Gallery
  • Charles Isaacs Photographs Inc.
  • ClampArt

And many more.

The AIPAD Talks segment of the show features lectures and panel discussions that include subjects such as queer photography after Stonewall, art and representation, US/Mexico relations expressed through photography, and a series of discussions with artists. AIPAD will have a special exhibition called A Room For Solace: An Exhibition of Domestic Interiors, presented by Alec Sloth and will feature domestic interiors that speak to the possibility of finding refuge during turbulent times.

To learn more, go to:

The Photography Show Presented by AIPAD
April 4 - 7, 2019

Pier 94
711 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10019


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