BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL

June 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

History has shown that bad times make for great art. This month, the Brooklyn Film Festival will bring that theme to life. We have a preview.

Aired May 31, 2018. 

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FROM THE GREAT IMPRESSION OF
THE 1930s THAT INSPIRED WORKS AS
THE GRAPES OF WRATH AND LET US
NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN TO THE NEW
YORK FISCAL CRISIS OF THE '70s
THAT GAVE US THE BEST GRAFFITI
IN THE WORLD.
HISTORY HAS STHOEN THAT BAD
TIMES MADE FOR GREAT ART.
AND THIS MONTH THE BROOKLYN FILM
FESTIVAL BRINGS IT TO LIFE AS
PARTS OF THE 21st ANNIVERSARY
EDITION.
WITH KPLKS 125 FEATURES AND
SHORTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD,
THE FESTIVAL AMPLIFIED THE
VOICES OF FILM MAKERS WHO FOUND
INSPIRATION FROM TODAY'S
CHALLENGES.
HERE IS A LOOK.
>>> AND JOINING US NOW IS THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
BROOKLYN FEM FEST.
MARC OF URSINO.
MARCO WELL TO THE PROGRAM.
>> THAUMG FOR HAVING ME.
>> THE THEME OF THIS YEAR AS I
SAID AND AS WE SAW IT HARD TIMES
MAKE FOR GREAT ART.
>> YES.
>> I THINK I KNOW WHY.
BUT WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS
THEME FOR THIS YEAR?
>> WE HAVE BEEN COLLABORATING
WITH TPWA A NON-ADVERTISING
AGENCY FOR SEVEN YEARS NOW.
WHEN WE MET IN SEPTEMBER IT WAS
THE VERY FIRST THING THAT CAME
UP.
>> UM-HUM.
>> WE FIGURED WE LIVE IN VERY
BAD SITUATION.
AND TIMES ARE DIFFICULT.
AND EVERYBODY IS COMPLAINING.
BUT ARTS ALWAYS GROW WHEN THOSE
TIMES ARE BAD.
>> UM-HUM.
>> YOU KNOW, AND HISTORY TAUGHT
US THIS.
SO FROM THAT POINT WE JUST
DEVELOPED THE CONCEPT AND WE
STARTED FOCUSING ON THEMES,
ALTHOUGH WE RECEIVED 2554 THIS
YEAR WE RECEIVED LAST MINUTE
FILMS BUT WE FOCUSED MOSTLY ON
CURRENT EVENTS AND THINGS THAT
PEOPLE CAN RELATE NOW TODAY.
>> THERE IS 125 FILMS AS I SAID
LONG AND SHORT.
I WON'T HAVE YOU GO INTO THE
DETAILS OF ALL OF THEM.
BUT IS THERE ONE OR TWO THAT
STICK OUT IN YOUR MIND.
>> FOR EXAMPLE, THERE IS A GREAT
FILM CALLED TOMMY BOTTLES, THE
SILVER SEA DRAGON.
AND IT'S AN AMERICAN FILM AND
IT'S A MUSICAL.
IT'S AN EXPERIMENTAL MUSICAL.
IT WILL PLAY THIS SATURDAY AT
THE WHITE HOTEL AT SUNDAY AT
WINDMILL STUDIOS.
ANOTHER FILM THAT STICKS TO MIND
IS ASK GUN CYCLES.
IT'S ABOUT WOMEN CYCLISTS IN
AFGHANISTAN.
>> YOU GOT A COUPLE OF IRANIANS.
THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL FILM
FESTIVAL I SHOULD TELL THE HAVE
YOUER.
YOU SAID 21 YEARS WHEN YOU
STARTED YOU WERE THE ONLY GAME
IN TOWN AS FAR AS THE
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WERE
CONCERNED.
NOW THERE IS THE TRIBECA NOW THE
HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM
FESTIVAL.
HOW HAS THE FESTIVAL EVOLVED
OVER 21 YEARS?
WHAT'S STRIKING -- WHAT'S MOST
STRIKING ABOUT THE CHANGES?
I.
>>> I WILL SAY AGAIN WE CHANGED
NAMES THREE TIMES.
EVERY YEAR IS A BATTLE.
IT'S NOT EASY TO DO FUND
RAISING.
IT'S NOT EASY TO FINE THE
VENUES.
EVERYTHING IS DIFFICULT.
BUT ONE THING IS SURE, THE
FESTIVAL IS ALWAYS THE SAME IN
TERMS OF THE MISSION, YOU KNOW.
>> WHICH IS --
>>> WHICH IS BASICALLY DISCOVER,
EXPOSE AND PROMOTE INDEPENDENT
FILM MAKERS AND DRAW ATTENTION
TO BROOKLYN AS A CENTER FOR
CINEMA.
>> YEAH.
>> AND THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN
DOING 21 YEARS.
AND PLUS THERE ARE VERY SIMPLE
CRITERIA THAT DEFINE THE
FESTIVAL AND THOSE ARE ALWAYS
THE SAME.
>> AND THEY ARE.
>> THE FILM MAKERS ARE THE FIRST
OR SECOND FILM.
THE FILM CAN'T BE OLDER THAN TWO
YEARS.
THE SMALLEST FILM CAN WIN THE
TOP PRIZE.
THAT'S REALLY IT.
>> YEAH.
SO TO WRP UP WHAT KIND OF
CONVERSATION DO YOU HOPE THAT
THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL WILL
INITIATE?
WILL INSPIRE?
>> THE THEME -- THE WORD THAT WE
USE IS THRESHOLD.
>> YEAH.
>> AND BECAUSE WE FEEL THAT WE
LIVE IN VERY -- VERY WERD TIMES
WHERE WE ARE NOT IN THE PAST AND
WE ARE NOT IN THE FUTURE YET.
AND OUT THERE THERE IS A LOT OF
NOISE.
>> YEAH.
>> SO I FEEL THAT THE FESTIVAL
THIS YEAR SHOULD TRY TO BE SOME
SORT OF A SANCTUARY, A PLACE
WHERE WE LEAVE THE NOISE OUTSIDE
AND WE CAN HAVE AN HONEST, NICE
CONVERSATION WITH THE FILM
MAKERS AND THE AUDIENCE AND THE
PRESS AND THE MEDIA AND WHO EVER
COMES AS A GUEST.
>> ALL RIGHT MARCO THANK YOU
VETSCH SO MUCH.
AS A FELLOW BROOKLYNITE I'M LEST
YOU HAVE HAVING THE FESTIVAL
THANK.
>> THANK YOU.
>> IT WILL RUN FROM JUNE 1st TO
JUNE 10th.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE LOG
ONTO THE WEBSITE AT
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