Jun 30, 2010

Best Place for Underground Movies Outdoors

From the good folks over at Rooftop Films

This weekend at Rooftop we have two great short film programs at the historic Old American Can Factory. Built as a canning factory in 1886 on the Gowanus Canal, it was redeveloped in 2003 as an industrial haven for a curated community of more than 200 people working in the creative industries, including us!

On Friday, we’ll be screening “Industriance,” a striking program of short films where self-constructing buildings battle for fidelity, makers of mold-o-form plastic deer muddle their love, and Werner Herzog plays a discarded plastic bag desperately seeking the meaning of existence. On Saturday, we’re presenting a collection of films from the Umami Festival, whose goal is to use art to increase awareness of the power food has to influence and shape both diners and cooks.

Friday, July 2nd - INDUSTRIANCE
Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, philosophers have railed against dehumanization, as machines replaced people in the workplace and technology came to dominate our daily lives. Giant factories churned out poisonous products while chewing up and spitting out replaceable workers. Urban landscapes became increasingly alienating as automobiles and skyscrapers secluded and dwarfed individuals. But who would've thought that we'd move so quickly to a post-industrial world dominated by virtual products and cyber-realities? A world with no use for the physical objects of the recent past, and no place for the makers and consumers of formerly quaint and useful materials. We now live in age where we must sentimentalize our trash in order to save ourselves from annihilation by way of abstraction. Amidst the changing landscape in industry, architecture and manufacturing, this dynamic program of short films is about people (and objects) searching for meaning, connection and love.

On the roof of The Old American Can Factory
232 3rd St at 3rd Ave. (Gowanus/Park Slope)
Brooklyn, NY 11215 F/G to Carroll St. or M/R to Union

8:00 Doors Open
8:30 Live Music by Bow Ribbons
9:00 Films Begin
11:30 Reception in Courtyard

Saturday, July 3rd
Umami is the fifth taste sensed by the human tongue (in addition to sweet, salty, bitter and sour). It’s a Japanese word meaning "savory" or "meaty" and applies to a sensation common in meats, cheese and other protein-rich foods or to "earthy" foods such as mushrooms and soy sauce. Umami's screening of international artist's short food films is pure umami: earthy sensations transcending the expected. Hotdogs become ritual objects, tortillas offer language lessons and gefilte fish is deconstructed. This showing is nothing like Food Network -- its sensibility expands into a fifth sense.

Umami: Food and Art Festival is a non-profit, biennale event created in 2008. The festival works in partnership with other organizations in New York City to foster collaborations between artists and food professionals. By approaching food through art, Umami frames it as stimulating and inspiring, a positive approach leading to innovative solutions to some of the national challenges we face today. Umami encourages art based in everyday life and materials, illustrating that art can be found anywhere and can be produced at any time with the simplest means. The festival's key objectives are to use food as a common thread to look at and integrate art into daily life and to broaden the horizon of food as an artistic medium.


On the roof of The Old American Can Factory
232 3rd St at 3rd Ave. (Gowanus/Park Slope) Brooklyn, NY 11215 F/G to Carroll St. or M/R to Union

8:00 Doors Open
8:30 Live Music by Railbird
9:00 Films Begin
11:30 Reception in Courtyard

Posted from Jon Cronin's Stream Of Consciousness

Jun 3, 2010

Best Flea Market in New York - Brooklyn Flea

We love vintage here in Brooklyn! Especially when it is reasonably priced and not to junky. The Brooklyn Flea is a not to be missed experience. "One of the great urban experiences in New York." —The New York Times and One of the Best Antiques Shows in the U.S. —Country Living. The Brooklyn Flea happens in two locations every weekend: Saturdays in Fort Greene, which is 100% outdoors and features about 150 vendors; and Sundays at One Hanson in the landmark Williamsburgh Savings Bank, which features 100 vendors inside the bank on three floors, including food on the lower/vault level. Both markets are open 10am to 5pm, rain or shine, through November. You will find hundreds of top vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as new jewelry, art and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food.

Go! Go! Go! and bring cash.

Jun 2, 2010

Brooklyn International Film Festival Starts This Friday - June 4

Do you like to watch movies? Of course you do! This Friday make your way over to The Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival.

The competitive event will run from June 4-13 at indieScreen and Brooklyn Heights Cinema. The festival has received over 2,400 films from 92 countries and will present over 100 film premieres. 2010 film lineup.

7:30pm: Film Screening at Brooklyn Heights Cinema
10pm: Party at The powerHouse Arena
Saturdays & Sundays:
Brooklyn Heights Cinema: 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 pm
indieScreen: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 pm
Monday through Friday:
Brooklyn Heights Cinema: 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 pm
indieScreen: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 pm

The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), is an International, competitive festival for and by independent film makers. BFF mission is to discover, expose, and promote independent film makers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn.

Jun 1, 2010

Best Place in Brooklyn to Watch a Film - Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films makes it way to the roof of Brooklyn Technical High School (29 Fort Greene Pl., Fort Greene) this Thursday for a not to be missed New York Experience.

FULL FRAME (SHORT FILMS) (full schedule and details)
One of the world's leading documentary festivals presents short films from this year's edition, including Cambodian karaoke with a social message, Taiwanese mountain watchers, and the search for an elusive photograph of Jesus. Rooftop Films is proud to partner with The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, two organizations that share a similar ethos and mission. This program includes stunning selections from the 2010 festival.

Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.