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ADULTS, a new original series, goes live!

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Silent Dog Pictures has released the first, three episode, season of ADULTS; a new, online, original series from creators Jef Taylor, Chris Casey and Garrett Neergaard. All three episodes are available to view now, for free, at AdultsTheSeries.com.

In the summer of 2015, filmmaker Jef Taylor and actor Garrett Neergaard got together with some friends to shoot some improvised scenes in Jef’s Brooklyn apartment. Several months later, Jef screened some rough edits of the scenes for the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. Garrett and Jef’s unique on-screen chemistry and improvisational comedy caught the attention of fellow BFC member and producer Chris Casey, and he approached Jef about expanding the concept into an episodic series.

In the coming months, Jef, Chris and Garrett developed the initial rough concept into what would eventually become ADULTS. Jef and Garrett would play two 40-year old friends struggling with the unique challenges and expectations that adulthood presents. In order to maintain the organic feel of the initial concept, the episodes would all be improvised from character sketches and story outlines that were largely based on real-life experiences.

After a successful crowd funding campaign, the team began casting and crewing up for production. Jef and Garrett reprised their roles as the principal characters, Chris joined the cast as an eccentric millennial real estate mogul, and Garrett’s real-life wife – Jennifer Bowen – came on to play his TV wife. Rounding out the cast was Megan Hill as Jef’s would-be blind date and Lucy DeVito as an unexpected brunch guest.

Jef directed all three episodes of ADULTS and tapped his long-time collaborator Ryan Dickie to serve as director of photography. Ryan and his team approached the challenges of an improvised shoot with a naturalistic and minimalist shooting style that makes the audience feel like a fly on the wall of the character’s lives, and brings a uniquely organic feel to the show.

The first three episodes of ADULTS were produced, in part, as a proof-of-concept for a full length second season, which is currently being written by Jef, Chris and Garrett. The critical response to the first season has been overwhelmingly positive, with most viewers asking to see more episodes. The team is excited to take ADULTS to the next level and give the people what they want.

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For Ahkeem heading to the Berlin Film Festival

21-imag1629Jeremy LevineFeb 7, 2017

For Ahkeem, a feature documentary film directed by BFCers Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest, produced by BFCer Nicholas Weissman, and edited by BFCer Lily Henderson, is heading to the Berlin Film Festival for its world premiere. It is one of just 16 films nominated for the inaugural Glashütte Original Documentary Award.

For Ahkeem is the moving portrait of 17-year-old Daje Shelton, a Black girl in North St. Louis, as she navigates the many challenges of growing up in inner city America with one goal: to graduate high school. Filmed over a three year period, we watch as Daje struggles against countless obstacles to obtain her high school diploma, her only hope of a better future, while navigating life as a teenager in America. The camera quietly follows her as she experiences her first love and explores a challenging new role as a teen mother. Despite the daily struggle to maintain focus in school and graduate, Daje and her family show the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

The film was also produced by Iyabo Boyd, executive produced by Jeff Truesdell, and field produced by Brad Rayford.

Berlinale website.
Follow the film on Facebook
Official website

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2016 Application for New Members

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisJun 8, 2016

Our 2016 new members application is live and we want YOU to apply. Tell us about yourself. Show us your best work.

The only stipulation is that you have creative control over the work and you make passion projects. (Sorry, no ads or commercial work)

Please note that we meet weekly at UnionDocs in Williamsburg on Wednesdays. We expect most members to attend most meetings. If you're out of the city or travel a ton, the group may not be right for you.

--> The 2016 application https://goo.gl/AeB6DG
Deadline: July 31

We are a tight-knit community of professional filmmakers in who are dedicated to mutual support. The collective comes together through weekly peer workshops to provide sustained feedback and critiques throughout the life of its members' projects. You can learn more here: http://brooklynfilmmakerscollective.com

We believe that collective should represent diverse voices. And we believe films should be made by people with different backgrounds and perspectives, too. The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective welcomes women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and others who identify with underrepresented groups. We strive to have a diverse, comfortable creative environment for everyone!

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Old Stone scooped up by Asian Shadows

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Variety Berlin Review: Old Stone

65-130216_pk_0047_img_fix_1200x800Johnny MaFeb 12, 2016
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NY Premiere of Utopia 1.0 at The Museum of Modern Art's Doc Fortnight

5-annie_berman_profile_photo_lesAnnie BermanFeb 8, 2016

Utopia 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3D! will have its NYC Premiere at The Museum of Modern Art's Doc Fortnight

Saturday, February 20th at 2:30PM and Sunday, February 21st at 5:30PM.

The film will accompany Time Passes by Ane Hjort Guttu.

Tickets http://www.moma.org/calendar/events/1806

Doc Fortnight 2016

February 19-29, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters)

Doc Fortnight, MoMA’s annual international festival of nonfiction film, celebrates its 15th year with 10 days of important new discoveries in documentary cinema. Featuring the New York premieres of recent films by first-time and established artists—many of whom will introduce their work in person—the festival offers fresh ways of seeing and understanding the world. Combining short and feature-length work, Doc Fortnight highlights the growing ambition and experimentation within the documentary field at a time when documentaries are commanding more popular and critical attention than ever.

This year’s Doc Fortnight underscores the founding principle of the festival: that cross-fertilization among experimental, fiction, and nonfiction films enriches our understanding of the increasingly complex world in which we live.

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Tonight! ANTIMATTER [Media Art] Festival screens UTOPIA 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3D!

5-annie_berman_profile_photo_lesAnnie BermanOct 28, 2015

Wed. October 28th 9PM at the Deluge

Annie Berman's UTOPIA 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3D! screens Antimatter [Media Art] festival in Victoria, B.C.

In the Robert Pavlov Sputnik program.

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UTOPIA 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3D! invited to IMPAKT Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands

5-annie_berman_profile_photo_lesAnnie BermanOct 21, 2015

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Annie Berman's film UTOPIA 1.0: Post-Neo-Futurist-Capitalsim in 3D! which revisits the now largely abandoned world of Second Life in the year 2015 has been invited to screen at this year's IMPAKT Festival in Utrecht on October 30th.

The Impakt Festival 2015: The Future of the Past (in a World Well Documented) will offer reflections and new ideas on the future of ‘history’ and on the future of the ‘future’, including existing and new notions of ‘memory’, the ‘past’, ‘recollection’, ‘prediction’ and ‘free will’, in the framework of the almost unlimited data recording and storage capacities that are (being) developed in the world today.

Historical, poetical, technological and philosophical approaches will be combined to discuss the question how a digitally created and conserved memory will construct our conceptions of the past and the future.

In a world well documented, future and past will not be what they used to be.

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