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Yonkers Film Festival Features Shorts, Fists, & Broken Hearts

Mr. Muay Thai Nation

Having announced it's slate of films at the Empire City Casino earlier this year, the Yonkers Film Festival (or YoFi), which runs from November 3 to the 11th, looks to have a wealth of cinematic delights to share with the Yonkers/Westchester area. With the goal of promoting both filmmakers and production in Yonkers and Westchester, YoFi features local directors, actors, and producers of narrative and documentary films, and is being held at the YoFi Digital Media Art Center (66 Main Street, Yonkers, NY).

Films being shown include:

    Tom Klein returns home after an archeological dig abroad thinking he made a big discovery. However, after losing his keys during a night of passion, everything he finds out might change his life forever.

  • Mr. Muay Thai Nation
    Mr. Muay Thai Nation follows Yonkers native, Greg Melia as he prepares for the toughest fight of his amateur Muay Thai kickboxing career. This film explores the character of a driven man, and how his love of family drives him forward.

  • Danni​
    goes on a journey to explore relationship addiction and seeks to find out at what cost does one become "clean" - or not.

  • The Elysian Field
    An untraditional love story that takes place in segregated middle America in the early 1960's. One man will defy the odds to be with his beloved no matter the cost.

    When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorized by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock.

  • ​Addicted
    A father dealing with his own demons becomes suspicious that his son is hiding something from him.

    With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that ruins tens of thousands of lives and thrusts an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.

    A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.

To learn more, go to:

The Yonkers Film Festival
November 3 - 11, 2017

YoFi Digital Media Art Center
66 Main Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

11th Annual Other Israel FIlm Festival: Zoos, DJs, Bikes. & Borders

In Between

Now in its 11th year, the Other Israel Film Festival returns with a slate of films tackling difficult topics and shining a light on what life is like for young Israelis and Palestinians. The festival runs from November 2nd to 9th at the JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Ave.) and other venues in NYC.  "This year, we focused our mission statement to present the festival as a platform for taking a deeper look and engaging with challenging perspectives surrounding Israel and its neighbors," says Isaac Zablocki, Director of the festival. "These films are the foundation for crucial conversations and inspire the community to grapple with universal themes of diversity and inclusion."

Films include Domino Street, a sort of twist on the Bicycle Thief as a boy goes in search of his stolen bike, A Land Without Borders, which addresses the hard and lengthy battle for a two-state solution for the West Bank, and In Between, about young Palestinian women in Tel Aviv navigating their lives around DJing, finding work, coming out, and living day to day.

To learn more, go to:

The 11th Annual Other Israel Film Festival
November 2 - 9, 2017

JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023

And Various other venues across NYC.

Margaret Mead Film Fest Enlightens at Museum of Natural History


Held at the American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024), the Margaret Mead Film Festival (October 19 - 22, 2017) returns for a spectacular slate of inspirational cinema.

From the Museum of Natural History:

The American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival screens documentaries that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet. The Mead Festival has evolved with the times while maintaining its important history and has grown steadily to reflect the ever-evolving incarnations of storytelling, technology and growing access to communities near and far. The Mead Festival presents the best in documentary, experimental films, animation, hybrid works, and more.

To learn more, go to:

Margaret Mead Film Festival
October 19 - 22, 2017

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th St
New York, NY 10024

Animation, Art, & VR at Animation Nights New York Best of Fest


Combining animation, art installations, virtual reality, professional panels, and industry events, the Animation Nights New York Best of Fest (September 29 - 30, 2017) at 180 Maiden Lane in NYC have something for industry pros and people that want to learn more about animation alike.

At the center of the festival is the ANNY Best of Fest Winners, a screening of 20 animated short films in a wide array of styles, selected by a panel of judges.

For those of you looking for something more immersive, the Virtual Reality Animation showcase on the 29th Floor Showroom at 180 Maiden Lane takes place in a 26,000 sq foot space with 360-degree views from 500 feet above Manhattan with VR experiences from Within, Penrose Studios, Jakob Steensen, Pirahna / Hey Mister!, Midas Touch, Artella / Sketchfab, Third Wish Media, High Fidelity, NYU MAGNET, and more.

There will also be a series of panel presentations featuring industry participants scheduled include Kickstarter, ASIFA East, Penrose Studios, The Mill, Sesame Studios, Artella, SketchFab, SVA, VR Voice, Children’s Media Association, Tommy Stathes, John Dilworth, Stash Media, Max Rothman, Augenblick Studios, Abelana, High Fidelity, and Framestore.

To learn more, go to:

Animation Nights New York Best of Fest

September 29 - 30, 2017

180 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038


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