The 2016 Art of Bklyn Film Festival kicked off our 6th annual edition with an amazing opening night party on the beautiful roof deck of BKLYN Commons, a co-working space in the old Bond Bakery building where Kings County’s artists, entrepreneurs and non-profits are thriving. Bklyn Commons is the brainchild of Jack Srour, a Brooklyn-born-and-raised real estate developer who wants the space to be a hub for the borough’s emerging creative class, while respecting the neighborhood’s history and adding value to the community.
SLIDESHOW: #AoBFF16 Opening Night Party at Bklyn Commons
“Brooklyn is a powerhouse for talent and has always supported independent thinking,” said Srour. “When Bklyn Commons was being built we put a lot of emphasis on design and community so that we could attract that talent and be a magnet for Brooklyn's amazing cultural scene. Hosting the opening night party of the Art of Bklyn Film Festival was a perfect example. As Brooklyn’s premiere indie film festival, AoBFF embodies the indie spirit, and like us, they bring the whole borough together to create and inspire each other.”
Filmmakers, press and VIPs partied beneath the iconic clock tower while enjoying food and drink from Create & Plate, Baba’s Pierogies, Epicurious Safari, Choux Fly Bakery, Chef Jo Anne Joseph, Jae NYC Eats, Sixpoint Brewery and Martin Scott Wines. Filmmakers also went home with shirts from new local fashion brand Brooklyn Celebrity. Brookyn’s own DJ SugarfreeBK spun a set under the stars as guests posed for photos and celebrated Brooklyn indie film.
Srour and co. have big plans for the future: 50,000 additional square feet will soon be developed to include a 20K square foot event space and more room for pop-ups and working spaces. And a second location – Bklyn Commons Bushwick — is set to open in 2017.
While the beautiful, high-tech space is impressive, it’s the people who make it work. Filmmaker Matt Nusbaum, musician Daniel Kidd, financial planner Kristen Euretig and TrendyTripping’s Johanne Brierre are just some of the professionals using Bklyn Commons to work and grow their businesses.
Prices to rent space are very competitive and the B, Q and S trains are right across the street at Prospect Park. Amenities include 24 Hour Access, Printing & Scanning Services, Reception, Kitchen, Outdoor Space, Conference Room and more. The rooftop can be rented out for private events, so you can party under the clock tower like we did!
The Art of Bklyn had an amazing time at Bkyln Commons and we look forward to working with them again as they expand and grow.
#AoBFF16 Festival Director Eric Trenkamp (right) becomes a #pirate for the day at @Prattinstitute on June 11. Photo: billydevine.com #Brooklyn #SupportIndieFilm