By Indiewire | Indiewire June 10, 2011 at 8:06AM
Brooklyn's Northside Festival, a four-day extravaganza of "music, film, food, ideas and art" will open its film event with a selection of shorts from New York filmmakers along with the indieWIRE-programmed New York premiere of David Robert Mitchell's coming-of-age drama, "The Myth of the American Sleepover," which premiered last year at Cannes to ecstatic reviews. The film will be released in theaters and On Demand July 22nd by IFC Films.
Other highlights include a screening of "Tabloid," Errol Morris' examination of a 1977 Wyoming sex scandal, to be released by IFC as well as "Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation," a much-discussed but almost unseen shot-for-shot remake of the Spielberg classic filmed over seven years by a group of Mississippi children.
The festival will close with the New York premiere of "Echotone," a documentary on the evolving role of the indie rock scene of Austin, TX, with filmmaker Nathan Christ in attendance.
The Northside Festival takes place June 16-19 in Brooklyn, NY.
Below is the full festival release, along with synopses of select films, courtesy of the Northside Festival.
In keeping with the collaborative nature of the festival, Northside Film will again include a screening series at Williamsburg's indieScreen, curated by some of the most respected voices in indie filmmaking today: IFC, Rooftop Films, indieWIRE, Animation Block Party, Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), BAM, NewFest and FilmBuff.
New this year is the Do-It-Yourself Film Festival, a competitive showcase for shorts and features, bringing upstart movie makers to UnionDocs to be screened before a mash-up jury of DIY pioneers, Brooklyn celebrities and established directors: Rajendra Roy, Pat Kaufman, Rosie Perez, Ted Hope and Todd P. DIY Film Festival winners will win an exclusive Northside Rooftop Films screening, and camera rental packages at DCTV and IFP conference passes.
Full schedule below:
Curated presentations at indieScreen, 285 Kent Ave at S 2nd St.
Thursday, June 16th
Rooftop Films Presents: This Point in Time (short films)
A collection of New York shorts about people and places, time and forgetting, plus a special presentation of Welcome To Pine Point, an interactive video scrapbook about a town that disappeared.
Broad Channel (Sarah J. Christman, 13:40)
Train (Darius Clarke Munroe, 07:04)
The Voyagers (Penny Lane, 16:30)
Block (Chadd Harbold, 11:48)
Door Man (Andrew Goldman and Andrew Blackwell, 5:00)
Love Lockdown (Nadia Hallgren, 19:00)
Welcome to Pine Point (Paul Shoebridge, 14:00)
Q&A with all filmmakers follows screening.
IndieWIRE Presents: The Myth of the American Sleepover (David Robert Mitchell, 93min)
Set against the backdrop of mile roads, neighborhood blocks, abandoned factories and lakes which make up Metro-Detroit, this story follows four young people as they search for love and adventure on the last night of summer.
Friday, June 17th
Animation Block Party Presents: Short Films
Switch Today (Arjun Rihan, 1 min) The "green" public service announcement that opened the 2010 ABP festival.
Orderly Confusion (Rob Bohn, 4:19) A documentary about uncertainty.
Zombie (Garrett Koeppicus, 1) Part one of a black and white zombie rampage.
Ledo and Ix Goes to Town (Emily Carmichael, 7:47) What do video game characters do when we're not around?
Zombie Too (Jacob Ospa, 1) Part two of zombie rampage turned coming of age.
T-Shirt Movie (Dane Smith, 45 sec) The filmmaker shows off his clothing collection in stop-mo style.
Book Girl (Jane Wu, 3:42) The adventures of Book Girl.
WASP (Mari Jaye Blanchard, 2:11) A dour little girl innocently traps a potential threat with ethical consequences.
Pukebug (Jeremie Duval, 1:30) The adorable pukebug tries to steal a penny and vomit its way to justice.
In the Beginning (Choom, 3:48) A fable about the beginning of time.
Vincent the Security Guard (Ashley Holzwasser, 2 min) The new guy gets a disturbing tour of the office via his security supervisor.
Mustache Contest (Mike Hollingsworth, 3:47) Four underwater pals enter into a mustache contest with deadly consequences.
Pinhead (Matt Lee, 5:11) Office enemies go to war with their voodoo dolls.
SEED (Ben Richardson and Daniel Bird, 11:41) An egg and an apple build competing broadcast towers.
Progress as Promised (Ben Meinhardt, 3 min ) A busy city is built over the beautiful forest of Perfectland.
The Poet (theAMIGOunit, 6 min) A surreal music video featuring the music of Ila Cantor.
Post-screening Q&A with animator/muralist Mari Jaye Blanchard, Matt Lee of Midsummer Night Toons, Rob Bohn of media collective theAMIGOunit, Josh Hetzler of Kid Can Drive, and many more.
The L Magazine Presents: Nothing Yet (James Benson and Bernardo Britto, 78 min)
James and Rob formed a band in high school. After graduating, James went off to college, while Rob stayed behind to work in a box factory. When a popular independent music label based out of New York City expresses interest in putting out their first album, they plan a short tour to the Big Apple to meet face-to-face.
The duo is forced to ask their ex-drummer, Sam, who Rob kicked out months earlier, to rejoin the group for the tour. He agrees, under the condition that his high school-aged sister who he's supposed to be watching comes along too.
Q&A with filmmakers and cast follows screening; attendees will also receive a soundtrack CD featuring music from Julian Lynch, Real Estate, Frat Dad and more.
Saturday, June 18th
IFP Presents: Cigarette Candy (Lauren Wolkstein, 13 min) A traumatized teenage marine forms an unlikely bond with a rebellious young girl at his homecoming party.
Sahkanaga (John Henry Summerour, 80 min) A teenager in rural Georgia stumbles upon a gruesome discovery in the woods, and the fabric of his life unravels as he suffers the secret.
IFC Presents: Tabloid (Errol Morris, 87 min) In 1977, former Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney was accused of kidnapping a Mormon man and allegedly forcing him to have sex against his will in what the tabloids deemed the "Case of the Manacled Mormon." Here, iconic filmmaker Errol Morris tells her side of the story.
Sunday, June 19th
NewFest Presents: Red Red Red (David Oscar Harvey, 25 min) An essay film concerning the criminalization of HIV in the state of Iowa.
In Their Room: Berlin (Travis Matthews, 61 min) A day in the lives of Berlin men who find sexual escapades on the internet.
Filmmaker David Oscar Harvey in attendance.
BAM Presents: Dirty Pictures (Étienne Sauret, 90 min) A documentary about Dr. Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin, the rogue chemist who discovered the effects of MDMA (aka Ecstasy) and over 200 other mind-altering drugs. Shulgin's alchemy has earned him the title "The Godfather of Psychedelics," and a reputation as one of the great chemists of the 20th century.
An encore presentation of BamCinemaFest 2010. Director Q&A follows screening.
Film Buff Presents: PressPausePlay (David Dworsky, Victor Köhler, 88 min) The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities.
But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?
The DIY Film Festival, at UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave at Maujer St
Thursday, June 16th
Shorts Block #1:
Unstrung (Meerkat Media, 5:30)
You Have the Right to an Attorney (Matt Bockelman, 12:49)
Kitty Kitty (Michael Medaglia, 10 min)
Lullaby for Ray (Marina Shron, 18 min)
For the Children (Roxanne Kraft, 24 min)
Jeannie (Olivia Jampot, 14 min)
Not Too Thin (Brian Paul Butnick, 2:17)
Hello I Like You (Mixtape Club, 2 min)
Mermaids of New York (Mica Scalin and Ilise Carter, 15 min)
Filmmakers in attendance for Q&A.
Three Envelopes (James Gannon and Joseph K. Gannon, 14:47) Concerned about the inevitable death of their parents, filmmakers Joseph and James Gannon sit down with their parents for an intimate conversation about death.
Funeral Season (ou La Saison des funérailles) (Matthew Lancit, 87 min) In this comedic ghost story, a Canadian Jew wanders through an African culture where "the dead are not dead." Embarking on a road trip across Cameroon's most joyous funeral celebrations, the foreigner befriends his guides and becomes increasingly haunted by memories of his own ancestors.
Filmmakers James Gannon and Joseph K. Gannon in attendance.
Friday, June 17th
8pm and 10:30pm
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
After seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, three 12 year old friends, Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb, began filming their own shot-by-shot adaptation in the backyards of their Mississippi homes. Seven years later their film was in the can.
Filmmakers Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos will be in attendance to present both screenings.
Saturday, June 18th
Celluloid (Ethan Knecht, 2:48) A short film about the effect of the present on memory and love.
Incredibly Small (Dean Peterson, 82 min) Anne and Amir are an unlikely pair. Against the odds they decide to move into a shabby 300 square foot apartment and try to start a life together, but things don't exactly go as planned.
Filmmakers Ethan Knecht and Dean Peterson will be in attendance.
Shorts Block #2:
Young Bird Season (Nellie Kluz, 18:30)
Pow Pow Pow (Dianne Bellino, 17:45)
The Virgin Herod (Xander Robin, 7:51)
Daud (Joel Fendelman, 13:00)
Sun in my mouth (Jessica Yatrofsky, 35 min)
Doppleganger (Micheline Durocher, 4:13)
Prologue to a Cyclops (Nathan Punway, 4:45)
Sister Fight (Jen and Crystal Camobell, 2:33)
Filmmakers in attendance.
Cochran (James Gannon, 8:07) Jim Cochran hates his job. One fateful day while walking alone in the woods he finds something on the ground, his decision to pick it up will change his life forever.
Bad Fever (Dustin Guy Defa, 77 min) A humorless loner (filmmaker Kentucker Audley) attempts to win the admiration of a drifter (Eleonore Hendricks) with his debut performance at the local comedy club.
Filmmakers Dustin Guy Defa and James Gannon in attendance.
Sunday, June 19th
In Kind (Cameron Bruce Nelson, 15 min) A man, drowned in debt and struggling with unemployment, receives the greatest gift.
Heart of Now (Zak Forsman, 89 min) Abandoned at every turn, Amber willfully seeks a safe haven in Gabe, the father figure that left her and her dying mother a decade ago.
Mumford Farms: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Soybeans (Anna Mumford, 10 min) Building a local food economy isn't as simple as growing heirloom tomatoes.
Echotone (Nathan Christ, 88 min) Internationally known as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin's music culture has led it to become one of the world's most sought-after destinations. As nearly two dozen high-rises pop up throughout the city amidst economic downfall, how does the working musician get along?
Filmmakers Anna Mumford and Nathan Christ in attendance.
Following Crickets (Iva Radivojevic, 5 min) Every new experience tends to be interpreted through a past one.
La Faute Des Fleurs: a portrait of Kazuki Tomokawa (Vincent Moon, 69:15) An artist who miraculously embodies the romance of the vagabond poet, a rarity in an age where our very freedom means we have forgotten how to live.
Filmmaker Iva Radivojevic in attendance.