Greenpoint Film Festival returns for second year
by Kathleen Lees
Sep 19, 2012 | 4333 views | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Celebrating its second season, the upcoming Greenpoint Film Festival has a new and exciting list of experimental and independent films from contemporary filmmakers. The festival premiered last fall, featuring works from such American filmmakers as David Lynch and Jonas Mekas, among others.

From Sept. 20-23, this year's selection will feature 25 films selected by eight judges from competitive fields of over 100 submissions. Main categories include Documentary, Narrative, and Experimental films, with quite a selection for this year's event.

Judy Lieff's Deaf Jam, a critically acclaimed account of deaf teenager Aneta Brodski and her world of American Sign Language (ASL) slam poetry starts off the festival on Thursday, Sept. 20, followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker, Aneta Brodski, and ASL interpreters.

Members of the Millennium Film Workshop, such as Bradley Eros, Stephanie Wertz, Mariana Ellenberg, and Grahame Weinbren, curate a series of programs titled the Millenium Nomadic, including a panel discussion on Friday, Sept. 21.

The festival continues on Saturday, Sept. 22, at noon, with various screenings. At the Greenpoint Garage, visitors can see selections from the Experimental/Art category, including Bestiaire by Denis Cote and Tom Jarmusch's mediation on his hometown of Cleveland, Sometimes City. That evening, Paul Dallas shows a mini-retrospective of the ground-breaking work of Bill Morrison, a New York-based filmmaker.

Other activities on Saturday include a special Environmental Program at the Newtown Creek Visitor's Center. It features environment-focused shorts and features, including David Leitner's Newtown Creek Digestor Eggs and Newtown by Sarah Choi.

These documentaries are followed by Jessica Yu's feature Last Call at the Oasis. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the politically charged documentary The Domino Effect, which will also be shown at the Newtown Creek Visitor's Center.

Sunday, Sept. 23, concludes the festival with the chance to see the winners of the documentary shorts and features competitions, including Ian Kennedy's Lost in America, a poetic portrait of Greenpoint resident Philip Norris. Karen Goodman and Sean Gallagher will also present a special program focusing on social change.

To find out more about the festival, visit their website at or their Facebook page at

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