We are very proud to announce the Official Selections for the 6th Annual AoBFF (June 4-12, 2016.) We are the only festival in the world that exclusively features films created and catalyzed within Brooklyn's independent film scene, which has members living and working independently in multiple countries.
In order to qualify for the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival filmmakers have to make a case for how they participate in Brooklyn’s indie film scene either in the borough itself or around the world.
Congratulations to all our 2016 filmmakers!
Beat Generation – Directed by Patrick DeVita-Dillon – World Premiere
Think Ink – Directed by Wally Chung – NYC Premiere
CAGE – Directed by Pengpeng Du – Brooklyn Premiere
THE DARK SIDE
Chateau Sauvignon: terroir – Directed by David E. Munz-Maire – Brooklyn Premiere
Diverge – Directed by James Morrison - World Premiere
It Has To Be You – Directed by Conrad Rothbaum – Brooklyn Premiere
Photo Op – Directed by Dave Solomon
Seclusion – Directed by Joe Bandelli – World Premiere
Creedmoria – Directed by Alicia Slimmer
Life of Significant Soil – Directed by Michael Irish
Star – Directed by Marc Aurele Vecchione – US Premiere
Cabras Where Fables are Born – Directed by Raffaello Fusaro – East Coast Premiere
In Our Backyard – Directed by Danielle Rose – Brooklyn Premiere
The F Word – Directed by Robert Adanto – Brooklyn Premiere
OXD – Directed by Craig Lowy – Brooklyn Premiere
FILM AS ART (Experimental/Non-Linear)
Carved in Mayhem – Directed by Dan DiFelice – No Premiere
Circle – Directed by Alexander Heringer – NYC Premiere
Late Light – Directed by Matt Whitman – Brooklyn Premiere
Laundromat Superhero – Directed by Minki Hong – NYC Premiere
Pollo Cante – Directed by Valerie Brooks – World Premiere
Super Fun Show, With Learning! – Directed by Lexie Kahanovitz and Jim Tozzi– World Premiere
A Chick Called Wanda – Directed by Arielle Apfel – Brooklyn Premiere
Alchemy – Directed by Brandon Polanco – Brooklyn Premiere
Behind the Wall – Directed by Bat-Sheva Guez – Brooklyn Premiere
Burning Child – Directed by Kelsey S Brewer – East Coast Premiere
Cap’n Flapjack: The Curse of the Sticky Anchor – Directed by Josh Steinbaur – US Premiere
Enduro – Directed by Christopher Dillon – NYC Premiere
Lucky and the Long Walk Home – Directed by Evan Savitt – World Premiere
Marceline Blurr – Directed by Nadia Mata Portillo – Brooklyn Premiere
Pitter Patter Goes My Heart – Directed by Christoph Rainer – Brooklyn Premiere
Sisters – Directed by Sophia de Baun – World Premiere
Sticky Fingers – Directed by Gabriella Moses – NYC Premiere
Sugar – Directed by Kimi Lee – Brooklyn Premiere
The Night Owl – Directed by Anthony Nicolau – Brooklyn Premiere
Day of the Dead – Directed by Zack Baddorf – Brooklyn Premiere
Lucas Blalock’s Digital Toolkit – Directed by Rafael Salazar and Ava Wiland – Brooklyn Premiere
NYChapters Presents: “Jerry” – Directed by Alexander Hankoff – Brooklyn Premiere
The Champion – Directed by Patrick McGowan – Brooklyn Premiere
NARRATIVE SUPER SHORT
Anxiety #5 – Directed by Jesse Foster – Brooklyn Premiere
First Night Out – Directed by Will Mayo – Brooklyn Premiere
Under the Heavens – Directed by Tyrik Washington – Brooklyn Premiere
The importance of being unique, staying relevant and why every part of Brooklyn matters: an interview with AoBFF Exec Director Joseph Shahadi
Matthew Toffolo of FestivalReviews.org conducted an in-depth interview with Art of Brooklyn Executive Director Joseph Shahadi, where they talked about what makes AoBFF different, why they created Brooklyn On Demand and their vision for the future.
We are a 21st century film festival; we’ve maximized our value to filmmakers and audiences by expanding the idea of what a film festival can — and should— do.
"I don't think anyone could do Minshall justice without televising him live for a few decades, but the film comes close. I loved it!" — Trinidad Guardian
Filmmaker Dalton Narine's latest film, Mas Man (The Complete Work) is now available to stream worldwide exclusively on Brooklyn On Demand. The film was an Official Selection of the 2012 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and has won awards at festivals in Trinidad & Tobago, New York City, Las Vegas, Ohio, Los Angeles, Switzerland, Indonesia and South Africa. It has been screened on six continents – USA, Canada, Argentina, England, Wales, Ireland, Holland, Poland, Greece, India, China, Thailand, Africa, Australia.
Mas Man is a portrait of Trinidadian artist and designer Peter Minshall, who received Prince Claus and Emmy awards for a body of work that includes three decades of thought-provoking Caribbean Carnival presentations, as well as his artistic direction of Opening Ceremonies at Olympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta and Salt Lake City.
The feature-length documentary can be rented and viewed online and on Roku.
Nico Tortorella visits NBC's New York Live to talk Younger, Hunter&Game AoBFF and Brooklyn On Demand
Actor Nico Tortorella stopped by New York Live on NBC to talk about his hit show Younger and his 2015 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival Best Feature 'Hunter&Game' now streaming Free on Brooklyn On Demand.
The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is looking for independent salespeople to join our Corporate Sales Team. We pay industry-standard commission to motivated individuals who can bring new business/corporate partners on board for 2016.
Ideal candidates are locally based (Brooklyn/NYC) and have contacts with brands and businesses open to supporting a unique cultural event that reaches desirable demographics. We support salespeople with statistics, demographic info and professionally designed sales materials. We have some leads but are interested in candidates with existing professional networks.
The Art of Brooklyn produces three properties with multiple advertising opportunities:
(Brooklyn, 2/16/2016)— The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (AoBFF) is proud to welcome award-winning, Brooklyn film maker Eric Trenkamp as Guest Festival Director for its 6th Annual edition (June 8-12, 2016.) Eric is an award-winning writer/director whose short films and documentaries have been featured on IFC and Current TV, as well as in festivals in New York and Los Angeles. His feature film American Bomber, which is currently distributed by IndiePix Films, won awards at numerous film festivals, including "Best Director" at the 2013 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and "Best Feature" at the Manhattan and Mississippi International Film Festivals. He is on the faculty of the Film/Video Department at the Pratt Institute.
“When we parted company with our former Festival Director Jason Cusato in 2015 we talked about replacing him with one of the great Brooklyn film makers in our network,” said Executive Director Joseph Shahadi. “We put together a short list of accomplished candidates and quickly realized that we’d be lucky to work with any of them… so we rethought the position and decided to invite a different Brooklyn film maker to helm the festival each year. We are thrilled that Eric is the first.”
AoBFF is the only international, independent film festival focused on the Brooklyn indie film scene and since 2011 has become a platform for the Brooklyn-centric independent filmmaking community all over the world. The Art of Brooklyn launched Brooklyn On Demand — the only streaming platform focused on Brooklyn-centric indie film and media — in Fall 2014. BKOD can be seen online and on Roku, with over 90,000 views and counting.
Trenkamp said, “The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival has always done a phenomenal job of bringing together films, filmmakers and film lovers from around the world in a way that celebrates the creativity and unique spirit of our borough. I am honored to be a part of this year’s festival and am looking forward to further promoting Brooklyn as a hub of global culture that encompasses a variety of perspectives, all of which are filtered through the unique experience of living in one of the greatest cities on Earth.”
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