Saturday, October 10, 2009

Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival Screening Friday, December 4th, 2009

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival December 4th, 2009 Screening of Brooklyn-focused Films at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Audience discussion after screening.

"The Boys of Second "Street Park"

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival Screening at the Brooklyn Historical Society will be presented on Friday, December 4th, 2009.

Screening time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

The documentaries screening at the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival will address the theme “Brooklyn; Back in The Day.” The main films selected for the festival’s third year will reflect on the transformations, challenges and turmoil faced by Brooklyn in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

This screening has been curated by Aziz Rahman, director of the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival and is presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society.

The Boys of 2nd Street Park” directed by Dan Klores, and Ron Berger, (2003). This moving documentary tells the story of five young men from Brighton Beach growing up in Brooklyn during the hippie-era 1960’s reflecting on the many exhilarating and challenging turns in their lives.

The Cities; Dilemma in Black and White” produced for CBS News by John Sharnik, Bernard Birnbaum, and Paul Greenberg (1968). Journalistic exploration of the social crisis in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the intervention efforts of local community groups, activists and politicians including Robert Kennedy, Jr.

"The Romeows” – Directed by Robert Sarnoff (2009). Explores the relationships among a group of Brooklyn College friends who have been together for 50 years.
Other Brooklyn short documentaries will also be presented.

The Romeows – Directed by Robert Sarnoff (2009).

Monday, June 22, 2009

Brooklyn Public Library Brooklyn Docs Screening Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 -

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library’s Brooklyn Collection Department will present a series of Brooklyn documentaries for a program titled “Brooklyn Docs at the Brooklyn Public Library.

These remarkably compelling films are drawn from the BPL’s own Brooklyn Collection. The Brooklyn documentaries being screened vividly convey Brooklyn’s uniquely complex and vibrant cultural heritage through several decades, ranging from the 1960’s to 1980’s.

Screening Date & Time: Wednesday, June 24th, 2009, at 7:00pm – 8:45 pm.

The program lineup includes the following Brooklyn films:

Trinidad in Brooklyn - (1985)

Experimental film shot by Sol Rubin in a hypnotic style documents the fervor of the Caribbean Day Parade in Crown Heights interspersing joyous celebrants, enthralled observers, local Hasidim and intermingled communities taking in the festivities.

Who Grows in Brooklyn - (1969) Follows a bookmobile and the dedicated librarians who bring books to the inner city. Shows people of all ages using the bookmobile and becoming knowledgeable about the Brooklyn Public Library system.

Incident on Wilson Street - (1964) A special education teacher, Pegi Gorelick at P.S. 16 in Brooklyn and her fifth-grade students face a crisis when one of the students, a girl, assaults another teacher. The girl, who has a cleft palate, is often hurt by cruel remarks by other children. The story involves parents, teachers, and students as they gain an understanding of the causes of the crisis, and work to improve the situation.

I Remember Barbara
- (1981)

Director Kevin Burns connects with Brooklynites of all stripes as they weigh-in on the legendary Barbra Streisand they once knew. Opinionated hairdressers, former schoolmates, music aficionados, beachgoers, cops, look-alikes, and others analyze and speculate about Barbra, and the influence of her Brooklyn roots on her persona.

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm.

Place: Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. (Flatbush Avenue & Eastern Parkway).

For information please call the Brooklyn Collections at (718) 230-2778.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

“The Streets of Brooklyn in Film” Conference May 30th, 2009

“The Streets of Brooklyn in Film” Conference May 30th, 2009 at Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus.

“The Streets of Brooklyn in Film” - Press coverage

"Little Odessa"

"Last Exit to Brooklyn"

"The Lords of Flatbush"

"On the Waterfront"

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival in partnership with Long Island University’s Media Arts Department will present a conference titled, “The Streets of Brooklyn in Film” on Saturday, May 30th, 2009.

Time: 12:00pm -5:00 pm.

Location: Long Island University’s Spike Lee Screening Room. Humanities Building, Room 106. (Located at Flatbush & Dekalb Avenues. Enter on DeKalb Avenue.)

“The Streets of Brooklyn in Film” conference will illuminate the depiction of Brooklyn street-culture, Brooklyn movie archetypes, and the representation of Brooklyn “street reality” in Hollywood films.

Speakers will include Prof. Larry Banks, Prof. Joe Dorinson, Prof. Dennis Broe, Prof. Michael Hittman, & Prof. Ed Guerrero.

Special guest speaker – Mr. Sol Yurick, author of the novel, “The Warriors.”

Program includes screening of excerpts from more than twenty Brooklyn “street” films.

Admission is Free. Open to the general public.

By subway IRT 4 or 5 train, or 2 or 3 train to Nevins Street Station.
BMT: B, M, Q, or R train to Dekalb Avenue Station.

For Information call – L.I.U Media Arts Dept (718) 488-1052.


This program was made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.