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BUFF – A Festival Grows in Brooklyn

BUFF - A Festival Grows in Brooklyn

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With all the madness of the Tribeca Film Festival fully upon us, I’ve neglected to provide a bit of a mini wrapup of another festival that took place recently in New York, (or Brooklyn, to be exact.) In its fourth year and with a cool venue at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope, the Brooklyn Underground impressed with a lean, eclectic group of features, docs, shorts and a really happening Saturday night party with free vodka and classic dance tunes spun by J Yamin. Some of Jeff’s favorites were Dena DeCola and Karin Wandner’s film, “Five More Minutes“, which he describes as “captivating, incredibly moving short about grief,” and Heather Courtney ‘s “Letters From The Other Side,” a “moving documentary about families torn apart by US/Mexico immigration policy.” I also (as did a sold out audience) really enjoy Jeremy Mack ‘s documentary, “High Score,” which follows Portlander Bill Carlton as he attempts to break the 80 million world record on the arcade classic Missle Command by attempting to play the game for fifty-six hours straight.

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“Five More Minutes” filmmakers Dena DeCola and Karin Wandner at the Meet the Filmmakers Dance Party.

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BUFF Public Relations Director Cathy Erway with Back and Forth Films’ Jeff Israel.

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Original artist’s work adorns the walls of the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope, the BUFF’s home.

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At the Meet the Filmmakers Dance Party folks lined up to play video game Street Fighter 2 on the Lyceum’s gigantic screen.

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A scene from Dena DeCola and Karin Wandner’s short film, “Five More Minutes.”

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From ” Jeremy Mack ‘s documentary, “High Score.”

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