The 6th Annual Bushwick Film Festival will kick off its four-day festival Thursday, October 3rd at 7pm at Light Space Studios.
October 3rd – October 6th, patrons and members of the Bushwick community will experience films from Lithuania, India, Trinidad, and local New York filmmakers. In addition to screenings we will have an array of panels, filmmaker Q & A’s, guest speakers, live music events, and our very first New Media Interactive Day.
The festival begins Thursday, October 3rd with Press & Industry Night. This event is limited to press, filmmakers, and festival participants. In this intimate setting, the Founder & Director of Programming Kweighbaye Kotee will give a glimpse into the 2013 film festival program and highlight what we’ve accomplished over the past 6 years. We see this event as an opportunity for members of the press and film community to connect with the festival and our participants. The evening will also include a guest speaker and a panel discussion on the topic of the future of independent filmmaking.
The festival officially opens the Friday October 4th with the US premiere of Romas Zabarauskas’ ‘WE WILL RIOT‘. Filmed in Bushwick and Lithuania, ‘We Will Riot‘ is a candid look at the complexity of love, art, neighborhood gentrification and the effects it has on the community. Following the screening, the cast & crew will join the audience for a Q&A. The night will end with an Opening Night Party . Complete with live music and a projected art installation entitled Montegnes by Laurent Pernot.
Saturday, October 5th the day begins with the BUILDING A BETTER BUSHWICK panel. This year, the Bushwick Film Festival will focus on leaving a lasting impact on the Bushwick community. Not only do we value the visions and voices of our local artists, but the input of all residents play an integral role in our mission. We have reached out to various artists, business owners and politicians in the Bushwick community in order to start an open conversation with Bushwick residence. Whether they be matters of education, gentrification, economics, and the environment, we want all local residents to have the opportunity to share their concerns so that they can make a difference. This year’s panelists include: Jose Lopez, Meryl Miesler, Daryl-Ann Saunders, Thomas Burr Dodd, and the Bushwick Film Festival Founder, Kweighbaye Kotee, will act as moderator.
Following the Building A Better Bushwick panel, we will launch our first NEW MEDIA INTERACTIVE DAY. The vision for BFF New Media is to support, nurture, and present creators and their audience, who expand story telling by forging connections between cultural production and technology. This year’s program includes panels, interactive & immersive projects, web series, and select documentary and fiction narratives that use technology to enable user-generated content and create participatory experiences. The core ideas embedded in these projects have a strong focus on a social, political or environmental issue. This year’s panelists include: Frank Rose (author of The Art of Immersion), Ingrid Kopp of Tribeca Interactive, Joseph Jorgensen of Code & Theory, Ari Kuschnir of Mssng Peces, and Hal Siegal of Murmur Co.
Saturday evening we will screen our second feature ‘ROXIE‘. Roxie tells the story of two 60-year-old marriage and family therapists going down the rabbit hole of recklessness, seduction and sex. Saturday’s program will end with a dance party.
Sunday, October 6th sees the short film program featuring Trinidadian director Ian Harnarines’ ‘DOUBLES WITH SLIGHT PEPPER‘. This short film tells the story of a young man struggling to support his mother by selling doubles, a traditional Trinidadian quintessential street food. When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.
The third feature film ‘ELEMENTAL’, directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature, confronting the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The night will close with an award ceremony, where awards for best feature and short film will be presented. The films will be selected by a prestigious jury which includes: Lucy Mulloy (Director of Una Noche), Shaun Jefford (Producer), Diarra Kilpatrick (Award Winning Actress), Miles Orion Feld (Writer/Director), and Billy Gerard Frank (Filmmaker).
Find Tickets to the 2013 Bushwick Film Festival – HERE