Jan 31, 2011

The Redemption of General Butt Naked wins Excellence in Cinematography at Sundance

Congratulations goes to our good Brooklyn friends over at Part2
for winning excellence in Cinematography award at the
Sundance Film Festival for The Redemption of General Butt Naked.

THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED tells the story of Joshua Milton
Blahyi - aka General Butt Naked - a brutal warlord who has reinvented
himself as a Christian evangelist. Dubbed "General Butt Naked" for
fighting with nothing more than an AK-47 and a pair of leather shoes,
Blahyi believed he possessed supernatural powers that made him
impervious to bullets. The General and his army of child soldiers are
said to have killed thousands during Liberia's horrific 14-year civil
Following a dramatic conversion to Christianity, the General abruptly
laid down his weapons in 1996, leaving the war at the height of his
Today, the General has renounced his violent past and reinvented
himself as evangelist Joshua Milton Blahyi. In a riveting documentary
portrait that unfolds over the course of five years, the film follows
Joshua's unrelenting crusade to redeem his past. We witness a man on a
quest for his soul: facing those he once terrorized, preaching where
he once murdered, and trying to rebuild the shattered lives of those
he commanded during the war.


Dean Street - Prospect Heights - Brooklyn

Dean Street, Prospect Heights Brooklyn is quickly becoming the hot new spot in this generous and explosive Borough. We all know what is going on on Dean and Flatbush, but up towards Vanderbilt and Underhill is a flurry of activity. In particular the opening of Dean Street Restaurant. Some of you may have heard by now that the former Spotted Pig head chef Nate Smith has opened a new restaurant and bar called Dean Street, along with owners John Longo and WXOU Radio Bar's Rob Gelardi. The space is in the old “Tavern on Dean” location, and was completely renovated and looks beautiful. Relaxed atmosphere - it will be a cafe in the morning with his wife Sophie's fresh baked goods and will open for at night for dinner (late night options) and bar service. This neighborhood is on fire and the proximity to the park, Brooklyn museum, Vanderbilt Street and downtown make it a perfect place to be and grow.
(Photo: Danny Kim)

Read Nate Interview in New York Magazine