Monday, December 16, 2013

The 2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize Winner is Cherry Lou Sy

  Natelegé Whaley reading her story “Brooklyn Kind of Love”at St. Francis College on December 13th, 2013.

  The winner of the 2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize is Cherry Lou Sy for her story, "A Moveable Stool."

Cherry Lou Sy was also a competitor in the 2012 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize program. 

2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize Finalist Readers at December, 13th Program

Carol Denker - “My Most Joyous Self”

Taylor Sykes - “We Were Witches Once”

Natelegé Whaley - “Brooklyn Kind of Love”

Bee Epstein - “Striking Out”

Hal Stucker - "Unidentified Male, Brooklyn 1983"

Abriana Jette - “The Lost Keys”

Jessica Harman - “Knife”

Shannon Reed – "Our Brooklyn"

William Lannigan - "Prospect Park, Mid-Eighties--
 Memorial Day & Other Adventures"

Dominic Ambrose - "Weeksville Black and White"

Jeanine DeHoney - "Lessons from my Father"

Cherry Lou Sy - "A Moveable Stool"

Jan Bindas-Tenney – "Daybreak"

Daphne Horton - "Innocent"

Daniel Penny - "Greetings From Coney Island"

Judith Washington - "Butterflies in Flatbush"

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival Screening of Brooklyn Documentaries December 13th, 2013

       On Friday, December 13th, 2013 the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival in partnership with the

        Brooklyn Historical Society will present a screening of Brooklyn short documentaries titled,

        "Brooklyn, Realities-Documented."

Project 2 x 1

T       This is first Brooklyn-documentary ever shot on Google Glass which provides an awe-inspiring perspective. Project 2x1 is a short documentary film, exploring the cultures of the Hasidic and West-Indian communities of Crown Heights. The story tests the limits of Google Glass, the world’s newest and most intimate filmmaking device, by developing a truly collaborative narrative told through the eyes of as many community members as possible, capturing each community's rituals and routines, their similarities and unique differences. Project 2 x 1 filmmakers Mendy Seldowitz, Hannah Roodman, Celso White, Ben Millstein, Alexandra Coffey, and Ian Moubayed will be present to discuss their film.

Frank Catalfumo -The Shoemaker

Dustin Cohen's documentary "The Shoemaker" introduces

us to 91 year old cobbler Frank Catalfumo still plying his

trade in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. This extraordinary short film

shows us the beauty of a life embodied in the hands and

mind of an old world Brooklyn artisan as he reflects on time

spent in his neighborhood since 1922. Filmmaker Dustin

Cohen will be join us to discuss his film.


Frankie Fidilio, filmmaker and Brooklyn metal scrap collector

became Brooklyn's first reality- television star when the show

he conceived about his life became a national hit. Excerpts

from Frankie's documentary and the television show

Scrapperswill illuminate the hard scrabble life as Frankie

and his fellow Brooklyn scrap-men cruise the streets of

Brooklyn reflecting on life and scrap metal. Frankie will be

be present to discuss his film, fame and the scrapping life.  

                Location: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. Brooklyn,N.Y. 11201

                Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. This program is FREE & Open to the Public.

                 For information call the Brooklyn Historical Society at (718) 222-4111

Thursday, December 5, 2013

2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize Event at St. Francis College on December 12th, 2013

                                              New York Nocturne by Stow Wengenroth, 1945.

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival in partnership with St. Francis College’s Department of English and the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a two-day celebration of Brooklyn realities through Brooklyn-focused documentaries and Brooklyn non-fiction essays.

Both events will be Free and open to the general public.

The programs will be held on Thursday, December 12th, 2013 and Friday, December 13th, 2013.

Competition finalists for the $500 award from the 2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize
 will read their very real and personal stories about their Brooklyn experiences in an event titled, “Strictly Brooklyn Non-Fiction.”

This program is presented in partnership with St. Francis College’s Department of English .

More than a dozen Brooklyn non-fiction essayists will present their unique experience of Brooklyn in compelling words. The winner of the 2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize will be announced at this event.

This program begins at 6:30 pm Thursday, December 12th, 2013 in the Maroni Theater at St. Francis College located at 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York, 11201.

Admission is Free to the public.

For St. Francis Event information please call (718) 522.2300 or email:

Thursday, August 29, 2013

2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize Call for Submissions - Submission Deadline Extended to November 30th 2013.

                  Brooklyn Terminus, 1903.

2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize Submission Deadline Extended to November 30th, 2013.

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2013 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize.

 The Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize, a cash award of $500, will be awarded to the best Brooklyn-focused non-fiction essay which is set in Brooklyn and is about Brooklyn and/or Brooklyn people/characters.

We are seeking compelling Brooklyn stories from writers with a broad range of backgrounds and ages who can render Brooklyn's rich soul and intangible qualities through the writer's actual experiences in Brooklyn.

From the collection of selected Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize submissions, five authors will be selected to read from their work and discuss their Brooklyn stories with the audience at our December 2013 event.

The exact date/time and venue will be announced later.

These stories and several other submitted stories will be published on the Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival website and made available to the public.

Submission Deadline Extended to November 30th, 2013.

Entry Fee – Free

The award is $500.

Submissions should be between 4 to 10 pages. (Up to 2500 words).

Send your Brooklyn Non-Fiction story as a Word document by email to:

Please include the story title, your name, email and phone number.

The submitted writings will be judged by a panel of Brooklyn writers.

Runners-up will be invited to read from their writing and their entries will be included in the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival’s Brooklyn Non-Fiction Collection of stories in an online anthology.