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.
(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.”
Brooklyn On Demand, the only video streaming service created to showcase Brooklyn-centric indie film and media, took home the "Artist/Creative Group of the Year" trophy at the first annual Brooklyn Innovation Awards.
The award was given "For the most unique and inspiring use of software or other digital or technical tools." BKOD streams both Free and Premium titles online and on their Roku channel, which was built by NYC-based video content pros Zype.
"We're honored to be recognized by Brooklyn's tech community for pushing the boundaries of what a film festival can do by developing our own streaming channel Brooklyn On Demand," said Joseph Shahadi, Executive Director of the Art of Brooklyn.
Voting took place from Dec. 8-23 on Technical.ly Brooklyn and the winners were announced Thursday, Jan. 28 at the beautiful new WeWork space in Dumbo Heights.
Congratulations to all the talented nominees and winners and thank you to everyone who voted for us!
Listen to Brooklyn Beat with Scott Einhorn, Featuring The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and Brooklyn On Demand
The hilarious and true story of the "lucky" few with the job everyone would die for... that's slowly killing them is now streaming on Brooklyn On Demand.
Labeled is a new comedy series that follows the motley crew of employees working in the PR department at Mirello, a prestigious Italian fashion brand. While most of their time is spent catering to A-list New York society, this tight knit family of misfits finds that the image they are selling at work is far more glamorous than the bizarre realities of their own lives.
Lindsey Goodman and Brooklyn-based Jessie Katz have written and directed the new original series Labeled through their recently launched production company Piano Factory Pictures. The sitcom stems from the ladies' own experience in working together for Prada in 2007.
Watch episodes 1-3 on Brooklyn On Demand, online and on Roku.