Greenpoint Film Festival to focus on artists and the environment
by Jennifer Khedaroo
May 02, 2017 | 3623 views | 0 0 comments | 328 328 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Waterways of Hope (Courtesy of Greenpoint Film Festival)
Waterways of Hope (Courtesy of Greenpoint Film Festival)
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Film fans, the sixth annual Greenpoint Film Festival returns on Thursday, May 4.

The four-day festival will feature an array of shorts and feature-length films broken up into the four categories of narrative, documentary, experimental and animation.

Kicking the festival off is the neighborhood centric film “Greenpoint 2017.” Directed by Coleen Fitzgibbon, chronicles the toxic remediation of Brooklyn’s waterfront areas over the past year. The film shows how a community of activists from all different professions work hard to clean up toxic residue leftover from an era of a very different consciousness.

Last year, “Greenpoint 2016” was screened at the festival, showcasing the Newtown Creek heart of darkness and superfund contamination.

“Greenpoint 2017” is a part of the Greenpoint Film Festival’s Environmental Program. “Waterways of Hope,” directed by Robert DiMaio, is also featured in the Environmental Program, as it focuses on the individuals involved in environmental projects along Newtown Creek. Environmental shorts will be screened on Sunday and will include “Madagascar’s Scars,”

“Save Our Snowmen,” “Once Hamoun,” and “Bushwick Inlet Park.”

Experimental film feature “Soft Voice,” directed by Afshin Hashemi, is a powerful story of a transgender female who leaves the city and locks herself in a house in the woods. As people from her life comes to visit her, many times with their own agenda, she must strive to find her own voice before she can return home. It is certainly one of the standouts for the festival.

Another highlight is Willy Hartland’s “New York CIty Sketchbook,” where sketchbook drawings about New York comes to life. The short explores animation in a fresh and unique way examining the life of New Yorkers in daily exchanges such as the commute, social life and relationships. It may have taken about three years to make, but it is certainly worth it.

The curated program Artists on Artists will be screened on May 7. Featuring films such as “Jonathan Silver: Infidel in the Studio,” which explores the Brooklyn born sculptor known for emotionally charged operatic sculpture installations, and “Gummer Moyers Swoon,” which discusses the ability of public art to bring individuals and communities together.

This aligns with the Greenpoint Film Festival’s ongoing mission to show the imperative ties between art and the public, film organizers said.

For the full schedule, visit greenpointfilmfestival.com. The screenings will take place at the Wythe Hotel Screening Room, at 80 Wythe Avenue.

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