Now celebrating its 17th year, the Brooklyn Film Festival, which will run from May 30 through June 8 at indieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC in Williamsburg, now announces its narrative and documentary feature film line-up.
Documentary Features (in alphabetical order):
"Born to Fly" (USA) Dir. Catherine Gund - New York Premiere
"Born to Fly" harnesses the thrill and energy of Elizabeth Streb's Brooklyn-based STREB Extreme Action Company. Inter-cutting archival footage from decades of STREB performances with verité moments between Streb, her partner Laura and their collaborators, the documentary follows Streb over the course of a year as she reflects on her influences, evolution, and inventions, all while preparing for her greatest public performance.
"Boy Saloum" (France) Dir. Audrey Gallet - U.S. Premiere
They are thirty years old. They have fire in their bellies. They have charisma. In 2011, a few young Senegalese rappers created a social movement called Y'en A Marre (Enough Is Enough). Little did they know that their protest against an oppressive regime would bring about an epic encounter with history. Boy Saloum is their story, an intimate portrait of Senegalese culture as a country fights for its rights.
"Glena" (USA) Dir. Alan Luebke - New York Premiere
(Nominated, Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature at Slamdance Film Festival)
Glena was living the American Dream: successful career, two happy children, long-term relationship, and a beautiful family home. Then one day, with no background or training, she decided to give cage fighting a try.
"Hotline" (USA) Dir. Tony Shaff - U.S. Premiere
(Official Selection, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2013 BFF Exchange Pitch Panel alumni)
"Hotline" is a feature-length documentary about the intense connections made between strangers over the telephone, and explores these anonymous conversations that people are often too hesitant to have with those closest to them. From crisis centers to psychics and sex workers, this documentary eavesdrops on the inner-workings of hotlines and puts faces to the voice on the other end of the line.
"Jeepney" (Philippines/USA) Dir. Esy Casey - East Coast Premiere
(Nominated, Jury Award, Best Documentary at San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival)
"Jeepney" visualizes the richly diverse cultural and social climate of the Philippines through its most popular form of mass transportation: vividly decorated ex-WWII military jeeps. The film follows jeepney artists, drivers, and passengers, whose stories take place amidst nationwide protest against oil price hikes that pressure drivers to work overseas to earn a living.
"The Malagasy Way" (Madagascar) Dir. Nantenaina Lova - U.S. Premiere
(Official Selection, Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival)
The Malagasy Way is a poetic, proverb-packed tour of an alternative way of life central to Madagascar's culture and society. Rejecting the waste and overconsumption that plague Western nations, the film examines how the people of Madagascar have embraced a conservationist lifestyle of recycling, repurposing and self-reliance in the midst of a global economic crisis, using ingenuity, not underdevelopment, as their inspiration.
"No Burqas Behind Bars" (Sweden) Dir. Nima Sarvestani - East Coast Premiere
(Nominated, Dragon Award, Best Nordic Documentary, Göteborg Film Festival)
Takhar Prison. 40 women. 34 children. Four cells. No burqas. This documentary takes viewers inside one of the world's most restricted environments: an Afghan women's prison. Through the prisoners' own stories, it explore how 'moral crimes' are used to control women in post-Taliban Afghanistan, a society where women are normally faceless.
"Unplugged [Anplagd]" (Serbia and Montenegro/Finland) Dir. Mladen Kovacevic - East Coast Premiere
"Unplugged" is an existential allegory about music played on tree leaves, humorously rattling between the most primitive of instruments and the most universal escapism of music. Music has rarely been so offbeat.
"Who Took Johnny" (USA) Dir. David Beilinson, Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky - New York Premiere
(Winner, Jury Award at Chicago Underground Film Festival & Special Jury Award at Newport Beach Film Festival. 2011 BFF Alumni, Battle for Brooklyn)
"Who Took Johnny" examines the infamous thirty-year-old cold case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. It traces the heartbreaking story of Johnny's mother, Noreen Gosch, and her relentless quest to find the truth about what happened to her son when he never returned from his morning paper route.
The festival will also be presenting a number of varied and international narrative shorts, documentary shorts, experimental films and animated films. For the third year in a row, the festival will also have its BFF Exchange project aimed ultimately at connecting filmmakers with film distributors. BFF Exchange will be staged at indieScreen on Saturday, June 7, and will feature a pitch session and a "distribution" panel on each side of a working luncheon.
BFF Screening Times:
Friday, May 30
Windmill Studios NYC: 8:00
Saturday, May 31, Saturday, June 7, Sunday, June 1:
Windmill Studios NYC: 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00
indieScreen: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30
Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6:
Windmill Studios NYC: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00
indieScreen: 6:30, 8:30, 10:30
Sunday, June 8:
Windmill Studios NYC: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00
indieScreen: 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00