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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

Independent Filmmaker Project Week Announces Massive Slate of Films


The IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) announced its 2017 IFP Week feature film slate in their latest press release. The festival features over 110 narrative and documentary projects in development from over 15 countries. This follows the earlier announcement of 37 television, digital and web series in development that have also been selected for the annual event. Combined, over 145 projects will be presented in DUMBO, Brooklyn September 17-21, 2017 (final venue TBA).

Under the curatorial leadership of Amy Dotson (Deputy Director/Head of Programming, IFP) and Milton Tabbot (Senior Director of Programming, IFP), the slate showcases original and provocative work, across a broad range of budgets, genres, sensibilities and platforms. Selections ranges from highly commercial indie fare to as well as work that tackles controversial subject matter, introduces wildly engaging and often hilarious worldviews, and challenges traditional form. Selected directors and producers will attend IFP Project Forum during IFP Week, the only International Co-Production Market in the U.S. featuring stories for all platforms.

 IFP has played a vital role in launching the first and second features of now-established directors including Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), Robert Eggers (The Witch), Ciro Guerrra (Embrace of the Serpent), David Lowery (A Ghost Story), Laura Poitras (CitizenFour), Dee Rees (Mudbound), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated), and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

“This year’s feature film program doesn’t shy away from tackling the controversial and key issues of our time. Art often reflects the times we live in, and this slate certainly represents a multitude of points of view and perspectives on America today,” says IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente. “Through the lens of race, religious expression, disability, female empowerment, immigration, truth, political correctness, radical inclusion and disenfranchisement, our artists pull no punches sharing their stories, demanding attention for the visions they share. ”

Highlighted projects include:

  • The directorial debuts of singular actors Franke Potente (Run, Lola, Run), Clea DuVall (Better Call Saul), Colman Domingo (The Scottsboro Boys) as well as a new feature project produced by Elisabeth Moss (Handmaid’s Tale).

  • Second features from Tahir Jetter (How to Tell You’re a Douchebag), Adam Pinney (The Arbalest), Clay Liford (Slash), and Meera Menon (Equity).

  • New talent supported by established producers include Jason Michael Berman (The Birth of a Nation), Marttise Hill & Julius Pryor (Cronies), James M. Johnston (A Ghost Story), Amy Lo (If Not Love), Seith Mann (The Breaks), Billy Mulligan (Yelling to the Sky), Sev Ohanian (Fruitvale Station), Pacho Velez (Manakamana), and Shin Yamaguchi (Enter The Void).

  • International features in development from over 15 countries include new work from producers Eilon Razkovsky (Zero Motivation), Cristina Gallego (Embrace of the Serpent), Gaston Pavlovich (Silence), Alice Braga (City of Gods) Luc Dery & Kim McCraw (Incendies), Sylvain Corbell (It’s Only The End of the World), Martin Katz (Cosmopolis), and Ryan Zacarias (Mediterranea).


To learn more, go to:

IFP Filmmaker Week
September 17 - 21, 2017

Brooklyn, NY

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