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Duplass Brothers’ ‘Manson Family Vacation’ To Open 18th Annual Brooklyn Film Fest

Duplass Brothers' 'Manson Family Vacation' To Open 18th Annual Brooklyn Film Fest

This year’s BFF will include 108 films, a mix of shorts and features, from 26 countries spread over five continents. Of these, 17 are world premieres and 30 US premieres. Ryan Carmichael’s “But Not For Me” is the only narrative feature world premiere. This New York City film stars Marcus Carl Franklin and Elena Urioste.

“The 2015 fest has a number of fantastic films from local filmmakers that shows the diverse creative visions of our city’s filmmakers,” said Director of Programming Bryce J. Renninger. “Work from across the country and the world round out the lineup, exploring and exemplifying this year’s theme of ‘Illuminate’ with their intelligence and ingenuity.”

Other special events during the fest include the 11th annual KidsFilmFest 2015 on Saturday, May 30; the Filmmakers Party on June 3; the BFF Exchange series of panels and a pitch session on June 6; “The Illuminate Party,” also on June 6, and the June 7 Awards Ceremony.

The complete Feature lineup is as follows, synopses courtesy of the Brooklyn Film Festival:

Opening Night
“Manson Family Vacation” Director: J. Davis
Two brothers (Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips) reunite when the more free-spirited brother shows up at the other’s door with nothing but a backpack. Together, they get to know each other again while touring the sites of Charles Manson’s exploits and exploring Manson’s contemporary life.

Narrative Features
“Abby Singer/Songwriter” Director: Onur Tukel
Divorced stockbroker Jamie Block was once an indie-rock star. Going through a life crisis, he teams up with a filmmaker to make a series of music videos in this trippy, funny film. 

“But Not for Me” Director: Ryan Carmichael
Will is a young writer working at an ad agency as a copywriter. Like many others his age, he is hiding his true passion for philosophy and music and holding back his true thoughts, until a relationship with a young woman inspires him. World Premiere.

“Devil Town” Director: Harvey Mitkas
 young woman enlists a shady detective to help her find her missing sister in this neo-noir with a cast of indie film favorites.

“Eadweard” Director: Kyle Rideout
A psychological biopic that explores the mind of Eadweard Muybridge, the godfather of cinema, who was also the last American to receive a justifiable homicide verdict after killing his wife’s lover. 

“Funny Bunny” Director: Alison Bagnall
A young canvasser and a loner teenager who is estranged from his parents go on a journey to meet Ginger, the animal activist with whom the teen has developed an online relationship. 

“God Bless the Child” Directors: Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
In this beautifully realized observational narrative, Harper, the oldest of five siblings, must take care of her siblings. 

“Inferno” Director: Vinko Moderndorfer
In this Slovenian realist drama, young working class family must deal with the struggles of unemployment while the global economy crumbles and local labor rebels. 

“Sweaty Betty” Directors: Joe Frank and Zachary Reed
Two stories come out of the row houses on the border of Washington, D.C. — a pig, Ms. Charlotte, is carted around, vying for a chance to be a team mascot for the Washington Redskins; and two teenage best friends come into ownership of a dog that they attempt to sell.

“Valedictorian” Director: Matthew Yeager
Ben feels less and less in touch with his life in New York City, and over a year, he must confront the connections — or lack thereof — he feels with those he considers close.

“Wildlike” Director: Frank Hall Green
When teenage Mackenzie is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska, she knows it’s not right for her. Shortly after arriving, she embarks on a journey headed south to find her mother.

Documentary Features
“20 Years of Madness” Director: Jeremy Royce
The founder of a mid-90’s Public Access TV show in Detroit reunites the cast twenty years later to make a new episode and discovers that his friends and former collaborators are struggling with the hard realities of adulthood.

“Chameleon” Director: Ryan Mullins
The elusive undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas is one of Ghana’s most popular figures. Though the charismatic investigator has named and shamed various high profile malfeasants, his identity remains hidden.

“Deep Web” Director: Alex Winter
Thirty-year-old entrepreneur Ross William Ulbricht has been convicted for operating the online black market Silk Road. This comprehensive documentary tracks the history of the site and the vigorously pursued case against Ulbricht.

“Frame by Frame” Directors: Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli
Photography was outlawed in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan; however, with the fall of the Taliban, photographers have been key documenters of the changing nation.

“Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi” Director: Neal Broffman
Four weeks after disappearing from his apartment as a student at Brown University, Sunil Tripathi was accused of being Suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon bombings. The false accusations disrupted his family, steadfastly working with his friends to find him.

“I Am Thor” Director: Ryan Wise
Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilder, steel gender, and rock star in the 70’s and 80’s who led the theatrical band THOR. Today, he seeks to reclaim his mantle as a high-energy rock star.

“Paradiso” Director: Omar A. Razzak
Projectionist Rafael works hard to tidy up and maintain Madrid’s last remaining adult movie theater, Duque de Alba.

“Placebo” Director: Abhay Kumar
One of the most competitive medical schools, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has an acceptance rate of less than 0.1%. The high academic standards leave a harsh toll on the students.

“We Were Rebels” Directors: Katharina von Schroeder and Florian Schewe
Agel took up arms when he was ten to participate in the fight for an independent South Sudan. After leaving the conflict, Agel has returned to an independent South Sudan, where he is the captain of the national basketball team and worries over the young nation’s fragile democracy.

“Wild Home” Directors: Jack Schurman and Robert Schurman
Deep in the woods of Maine, Bob Miner, a Vietnam Veteran rehabilitates abused and abandoned animals. He and his wife have built a kingdom for lions, tigers, hyenas, kangaroos, black bears, and over 200 other species of animals that attracts a diverse set of visitors.

For more info about the festival please visit www.brooklynfilmfestival.org.

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