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Dank Kush & Cinema Converge at NYC Cannabis Film Festival

 

With legalized marijuana hitting New York in the near future, the New York City Cannabis Film Festival has some fortuitous timing. Held at Brooklyn’s House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn NY), the festival runs all day on January 13 with eight shorts, two features, and one web series. According to festival founder, Michael Zaytsev, the festival aims to “reverse the stigmas that have been perpetuated against Cannabis for decades – largely through media – and provide a safe space for filmmakers and enthusiasts to celebrate Cannabis positive art.” This event is produced by High NY, which has been building NYC's Cannabis community through educational and cultural events since 2014.

Films running at the fest include:

  • Bodega - Bodega explores the role of bodegas in NYC communities and how it’s being impacted by gentrification. The film received honorable mention for best documentary short at the most recent IMDB Film Festival.

  • Out of Options - Produced and directed by Edward R. Murrow award winner, Todd Wiseman, this documentary follows two families in Texas exploring Cannabis medicine for children with epilepsy.

  • One Bedroom -  The story of an African American 30-something couple in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood spending their final afternoon together. Winner of Best Feature at the Tallahassee Film Festival, London Film Awards, LA Film Awards, and Best Comedy Feature at the Manhattan Film Festival, One Bedroom was also recently selected for New Voices In Black Cinema.

  • City of Dreams - This breakthrough non-narrative, non-commercial, experimental art film is a visual masterpiece. City of Dreams revives and develops upon concepts that trace their lineage to Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, the CanadianDirect Cinema” movement, Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, and Godfrey Reggio’s genre-defining Koyaanisqatsi. This movie will leave you in awe of NYC’s beauty and might leave you wondering if you’re high on more than just Cannabis.

  • Occupied Heart - This Spanish language stoner adventure comedy from a first-time filmmaker recently won Best Foreign Language Screenplay at the Madrid International Film Festival.

  • The Secret History: How Medical Marijuana Was Re-Legalized in the U.S. - The inspiring true story of a renegade, gay, hippy pot activist, Dennis Peron. Discover how the LGBTQ rights movement gave birth to the medical marijuana movement.

Expect films and an ample supply of popcorn and munchies too.

To learn more, go to: https://www.nyccff.com/

New York City Cannabis Film Festival
January 13, 2019

House of Yes
2 Wyckoff Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11237

 

1st Iranian Film Fest New York Comes to IFC Center

 

Featuring brand new works as well as art-house favorite, the first Iranian Film Festival New York comes to the IFC Center January 10 - 15. New, old, daring, frightening, and funny, these films represent a country’s work that is virtually unseen in the United States. The IrFFNY Opening Night selection will be the NY premiere of Bahman Farmanara’s Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya) on Thursday, Jan 10 at 7pm. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with writer-producer-director-star Farmanara. The veteran producer and director has been active in Iranian cinema since the 1970s, and the festival is proud to have him as its Guest of Honor.

IrFFNY is co-founded and co-programmed by film critic Godfrey Cheshire, who has written extensively about Iranian cinema, and Festival Director Armin Miladi, who distributes Iranian films and runs the annual Iranian Film Festival of Australia. Of the three most prominent directors represented in the first IrFFNY, Farmanara and Abbas Kiarostami have had films banned in Iran, while Jafar Panahi was banned from making films for 20 years, an order he has defied by continuing to make them.

To learn more, go to: http://www.ifccenter.com/series/iranian-film-festival-new-york/

1st Iranian Film Festival New York
January 10 - 15, 2019

IFC Film Center
323 6th Ave.
New York, NY 10014

 

Italy On Screen Today Fest Has Third Edition in NYC

 

Italy has had reverberations on the world of cinema that have been felt for decades. The Italy On Screen Today Festival, running December 8 to 15, celebrates the country’s cinematic heritage while looking at filmmakers of today. Held at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (1871 Broadway, NY, NY)  and at other venues in NYC.

The festival will have a special NY premiere screening of Euforia with special guests actress and director Valeria Golino, the novelist André Aciman and director Julie Taymor. Euforia follows Matteo and Ettore, two brothers that couldn’t be more dissimilar forced to reunite and reconcile in the face of life’s ebb and flow. A special screening of Call Me By Your Name will be followed by a Q&A with author André Aciman at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. The strange Little Tito and the Aliens, about a lonely Professor living in the Nevada desert that is joined by his niece and nephew from his dying brother, set against the backdrop of Area 51 and alien weddings for tourists. The film will be introduced by director Paola Randi in conversation with journalist Silvia Bizio.

To learn more, go to: http://www.italyonscreentoday.it/

Italy On Screen Today
December 8 - 15, 2018

Various Locations

2018 African Diaspora International Film Festival: Docs, Animation, Features, & Voices

Kirkikou and the Sorceress

Focusing on black directors and black experiences, the 2018 African Diaspora International Film Festival (running November 29 to December 9) gives these stories a voice. Held at venues across NYC, the festival has a large slate of features, shorts, documentaries and works of animation for audiences of all ages.

Animated works include The Sky Princess, a CG-animated feature film about an ordinary girl who becomes an African princess with the help of a magical bird. Kirkikou and the Sorceress, directed by Michel Ocelot, is an animated tour de force, animated in a painterly style about a boy freeing his village from a terrible curse.

The Citizen, directed by  Roland Vranik, follows a refuggee of the civil war in Guinea-Bissau as he seeks to gain citizenship in Hungary while working as a mall security guard in Budapest. One of the special screenings is No Shade, directed by Clare Anyiam-Osigwe which explores the hardships of the modern dating world through the dysmorphic presence of colorism as well as the fetishization of black women in a way that is tactful and honest. The festival also includes special slates of film organized for school screenings, films focusing on the lives of women and films realted to The Black Panthers.

To learn more, go to: https://nyadiff.org/ny-2018/

2018 African Diaspora International Film Festival
November 29 - December 9, 2018

Various Locations

 

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