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BFC 10 Year Screening Series

THE BFC IS TURNING 10!

To celebrate, we’ve partnered with some of New York City’s top programmers, curators, and cinemas to create a showcase of our members’ work and celebrate the ethos of collaborative filmmaking. Hope to see your fine butts in theater seats throughout the city this summer!

Tickets are more info here: bfc10.com

SCHEDULE

People Are Strange and Wonderful
Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 pm @ Nitehawk
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Boundless
Thursday, July 19 at 7:20pm @ Alamo Drafthouse
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Threading the Needle
Thursday, July 26 at 7pm @ Film Society Lincoln Center
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Reconciliation in Four Shorts
Tuesday, July 31 at 7pm @ BAM
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City Living + After Party
Saturday, August 4 at 7 pm @ Syndicated BK
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Call For New Members 2018!

3-alex_landon3Alexander MallisJun 19, 2018

The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective (BFC) is currently open for new members! We want you! To apply please fill out our application by July 23rd

2018 NEW MEMBER APPLICATION
Extended DEADLINE: August 1st, 2018
FEE: $10

BFC is a tight knit community of filmmakers dedicated to mutual support through weekly peer workshops and sustained feedback for its members projects. Beginning in September, we will resume our weekly meetings every Wednesday evening in Brooklyn, NY to screen and discuss new work. Please note that we expect members to attend most meetings.

Our mission is to be a supportive network of filmmakers and we are actively seeking new members who can add unique perspectives and approaches to our existing community. We believe that diverse voices makes for stronger work. 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!

Please help spread the word and we're excited to see your work!

Click Here!

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Brooklynification is L I V E!

26-km_annarobertson_2Keith MillerMay 25, 2018

Written by Christopher Poindexter (72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?) and directed by Keith Miller (Five Star, Welcome to Pine Hill), who also serve as co-creators, the second season of Brooklynification is both a wildly funny and eye-opening take on rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in the county of Kings. Among the cast of characters are Love Parker (Lizan Mitchell: Detroit, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), a senior citizen displaced by the sale of her longtime home and forced to interview for a room with a group of socially conscious youngsters; Dalton (Lamar Cheston) and Dawn (Felecia Harrelson), a couple forced to confront the awkwardness of cultural differences with their son’s teacher, Miss Amy (Tallie Medel: Snowy Bing Bongs, Stinking Heaven); and Colby Dunne (Tom O’Keefe), a new homeowner who has to reckon with an unexpected guest. For fans of Portlandia, High Maintenance and Broad City, this hilarious and diverse cast of characters take on the good, the bad and the awkward as transforming neighborhoods face the unexpected encounters of Brooklyn’s rapidly changing streets. The show is co-executive produced by Joyce Mishaan (Chopped, Climate Reality Project). The series is executive produced by BRIC's Aziz Isham and Kuye Youngblood.

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North American premiere of "The Image You Missed" at Lincoln Center's Art of the Real

11-donal_foreman_2012_picDonal ForemanApr 28, 2018

After well-received festival screenings at Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, Cinéma du Réel and BAFICI, Donal Foreman's feature documentary The Image You Missed will have its North American premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Art of the Real" festival on Friday, May 4th at 9pm. Tickets are on sale now.

The film was recently awarded the Grand Prize of the Avant-Garde Competition at BAFICI in Buenos Aires, as well as picking up two prizes at Cinéma du Réel in Paris: a Special Mention in the French Competition and the Prize for Best Original Music.


| Recent press |


“Premiering in a sidebar at Rotterdam, this elliptical compendium of archival and newly shot footage quickly became a ‘buzz’ picture among the event's more ardently cinephile attendees … [An] engaging and quietly rewarding affair … An impressionistic primer on tumultuous Ulster affairs during and after the Troubles.”

—Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A moving and thoughtful first-person essay film … No longer beholden to his elder’s legacy, Foreman seems poised to carve out one of his own.”
—Jordan Cronk, Film Comment

“[An] exquisite, elliptical autobiographical essay film … one of the most charged and beautifully weighted essay films of recent times.”
—Kieran Corliss, Sight & Sound

“A genuinely thrilling piece of familial investigative journalism ... as captivating as it is stylistically inspired.”
—Joshua Brunsting, CriterionCast.com

“Foreman has … plumbed his own unique circumstance to explore deep, delicate questions of national socio-political soul-searching … In seeking to locate an individual through his art, Foreman has demonstrated above all his own profound prowess as a maker and interrogator of images.”
—Ronan Doyle, Scannain.com

“A meticulous and challenging comparison of two different ways of being a man, a citizen, and a filmmaker.”
—Chloé-Galibert-Laîné, DesistFilm.com

“A film full of vulnerability and bravery”
—Síomha McQuinn, Film Ireland

“A wonderful Oedipal essay”
—Tara Brady, The Irish Times

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"The Image You Missed" premieres at Rotterdam International Film Festival

11-donal_foreman_2012_picDonal ForemanJan 21, 2018

BFC member Donal Foreman's second feature, a documentary essay film entitled The Image You Missed, will have its world premiere next week at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR). Tickets are on sale here. It will also have its Irish premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival on March 1st.

In the film, Foreman grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late American documentarian Arthur MacCaig, through MacCaig's decade-spanning archive of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The film has already been highlighted in the Netherland's leading newspaper, NRC Handelsblad, as a "captivating essay film" and one of their top picks at IFFR.

Check out The Image You Missed on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more updates, and see the trailer for the film here:

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For Ahkeem Opening in NYC October 13!

21-imag1629Jeremy S. LevineOct 3, 2017

We are super excited to announce that BFC-helmed feature documentary For Ahkeem is opening in New York City at BAM on October 13! A coming-of-age story of a Black teenage girl in North St. Louis fighting for a better future against the backdrop of the Ferguson uprising, For Ahkeem is an official selection of over 45 film festivals, including the Berlinale, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Sheffield, AFI Docs, and IFF Boston, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Please help us spread the word and pack the house!

Brooklyn, NY – Opening Oct. 13 – BAM Rose Cinemas Tickets Invite Friends
NYC, NY – Opening Oct. 12 – Village East Cinema – Tickets Invite Friends
St. Louis, MO – Opening Oct. 12 – 24:1 Cinema – Tickets Invite Friends
LA, CA – Opening Oct. 20 – Laemmle Monica Film Center – Tickets Invite Friends
Washington, DC – Opening Oct. 20 – Angelika Pop-Up Tickets Invite Friends

| Synopsis |

After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she's determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Through Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story, illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

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“Masterful...shows us the undeniable power of cinema."
– Huffington Post

“One of the most powerful documentaries ever crafted about the current nature of race relations in America.”
– Toronto Film Scene

“Up-close, slice-of-life documentary."
– New York Times

“For Ahkeem is THE millennial documentary on Black girlhood"
– Jet

“This verite doc about a St. Louis teen offers compellingly humane proof of the fact that Black lives matter”
– IndieWire

“A quietly impactful documentary with the texture of a narrative feature.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“A poignant look at Black girlhood”
– Essence

“The deeply personal tale of one young student as she experiences loss, love and dreams that never fade.”
– People Magazine

“We see and feel what Boonie is experiencing and it changes how we see life...Truly amazing”
- Unseen Films

“Intimate and touching”
– The Playlist

“Incredibly moving"
– Paste Magazine

“A remarkable experience”
– The Knockturnal

“This cinematically stunning and powerful film will leave you breathless and should be considered required viewing”
– Picture Motion

Directed by BFCers Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest of Transient Pictures, produced by BFCer Nicholas Weissman alongside Iyabo Boyd, edited by BFCer Lily Henderson, and executive produced by Jeff Truesdell.

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BFC Member Applications Are Now Open!

The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective (BFC) is currently open for new members! We want you! To apply please fill out our ONLINE FORM by August 1st.

<<< 2017 NEW MEMBER APPLICATION >>>
DEADLINE: August 1st, 2017
FEE: $5

Show us your best work! The only stipulation is that you have creative control over the work and you make passion projects. (Sorry, we don't workshop ads or commercial work.)

BFC is a tight knit community of filmmakers dedicated to mutual support through weekly peer workshops and sustained feedback for its members projects. Beginning in September, we will resume our weekly meetings every Wednesday evening in Brooklyn, NY to screen and discuss new work. Please note that we expect most members to attend most meetings.

We are actively seeking filmmakers who can add unique perspectives to our community. Filmmakers of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ, low income, and others who identify with underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We strive to have a diverse, comfortable creative environment for everyone!

We also reserve one membership opening for an emerging filmmaker to act as an assistant coordinator for the group. Prior filmmaking experience is not required, but applicants should have a strong desire to pursue filmmaking and be available on a weekly basis to help coordinate meetings, special events, and social media outreach.

Please help spread the word and we're excited to see your work!

<<< APPLY HERE >>>

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BFC Writers Workshop Applications Open!

53-img_0973Hazuki AikawaJun 22, 2017

The BFC Writers Workshop, a subgroup of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, is now seeking applications for the 2017 season. The collective meets on a monthly/bimonthly basis to workshop its members' screenplays. We are a community of filmmakers and writers who strive to improve our work by supporting each other. We are looking for passionate, unique writers who are dedicated to fostering community and creating compelling screenplays in any genre.

To apply, please email the following to writers@brooklynfilmmakerscollective.com:

  • Two writing samples (shorts, features, works-in-progress are accepted). Our selection process comprises reading excerpts from your works, so if you have any particular section you would want us to read, please clarify. We'll be reading only the first 15 pages unless specified otherwise.
  • A one-page document describing a bit about yourself, your background/experience, what you are working on now, what you plan to workshop, and what skills or knowledge beyond writing can you offer to the group (e.g. social media, illustration, public speaking, etc.)

We see diversity as a source of strength, and we especially welcome applicants who are women, of ethnic minorities, and/or of the LGBTQ community.

Applications will close August 1. Notifications will be made August 31. Please note the 2017 season will begin September of this year.

For any questions, please feel free to contact writers@brooklynfilmmakerscollective.com

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ACCOLADES FOR FILL YOUR HEART WITH FRENCH FRIES

56-chrisChris CaseyJun 12, 2017

NEW YORK, June 12th 2017 -- Silent Dog Pictures' original comedy short, Fill Your Heart With French Fries, was released to an overwhelmingly positive response from viewers and critics alike. The film follows Emma (Lindsay Burdge) who, after getting dumped by her girlfriend in a fast food restaurant, is so sad she doesn't leave for a week. Directed by Tamar Glezerman (The Other War, Disregarding Gaza), French Fries was inspired by the real life story of a Chinese woman who spent seven days inside a KFC after getting dumped.

The film was released by the female-founded and run online video network The FRONT as part of their ongoing series The Front Presents. Days after it's launch on Vimeoand Facebook the film has garnered over 15,000 views, as well as hundreds of comments, like and shares. It has also been selected by the prestigious short film curation platforms, Film Shortage, Short of the Week and Vimeo Staff Picks.

"We are extremely grateful but not at all surprised by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to French Fries" said Silent Dog Pictures founder Chris Casey. "Ever since we read Tamar's wonderful script we knew this film was special and unique and we're so proud to share it with the world."

Fill Your Heart with French Fries marks the second collaboration between writer/driector Tamar Glezerman and Silent Dog Pictures. The first was the music video for the song Don't Pull Away by J. Views featuring Milosh. Silent Dog Pictures is currently in development with Glezerman on a feature film project to be announced in the fall.

Fill Your Heart with French Fries was workshopped in and produced with the support of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.

See Also: an interview with writer/director Tamar Glezerman.

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ADULTS, a new original series, goes live!

56-chrisChris CaseyApr 21, 2017

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.