Opening reception at the Greenpoint Film Festival
by Andrew Shilling
Sep 25, 2013 | 828 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Newtown Creek Alliance director Kate Zidar, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Greenpoint Film Festival founder Rosa Valado.
Newtown Creek Alliance director Kate Zidar, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Greenpoint Film Festival founder Rosa Valado.
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North Brooklyn activists and film enthusiasts filed in for the opening reception for the 2013 Greenpoint Film Festival last Thursday.

This was the third year for the annual festival, and founder Rosa Valado could not have been more excited to see her project come to life once again.

“Right now, I’m so happy, it’s like walking on air,” Valado said. “I have so many people here and so many talented filmmakers, so many activists who I truly respect that I’ve known, some of them for years.”

Valado first dreamed up the idea for a film festival for her home of Greenpoint back in 2011 to simply bring some excitement and awareness to the community.

“I am happy to just be a part of it,” she said.

The festival this year brought in work from dozens of filmmakers with the theme of micro-budget, a genre aimed toward technology and the impact on modern film, as well as environmental themes.

Councilman Stephen Levin provided Valado and the film festival with some discretionary funding to help make it possible for yet another year.

“This is film and it’s really a way to bring some of the avant garde cinema, something you would normally associate with Manhattan, here to Greenpoint,” Levin said.

Levin joined Valado in the opening reception ceremonies at 67 West St., a space donated by neighboring furniture store From The Source.

“I always think it’s really cool and great programming every year,” he said.

Nearly 100 moviegoers packed the house for the debut screening of “The Paddler With the Glass Eye,” a film shot with the new Google Glass by North Brooklyn Boat Club member Jens Rasmussen.

Fellow NBBC steering committee members Serena Handley and Grant Heppes were there to support Rasmussen in his film festival debut.

“It’s really cool to be able to see our fellow community members be able to make films that involve our local community,” Heppes said.

Fornino Pizza, The Garden Food Market, Pauli Gee’s Pizza and Lure Fishbar donated food for the event. Fiona’s Bar and Restaurant and Ryan Maguires donated the alcohol and dessert.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol was also there to show his support for the festival.

“We know that Greenpoint and Williamsburg is already the film capital of the northeast,” Lentol noted. “We have more film production here, to the chagrin of many residents, but the fact of the matter is that film is a staple in Greenpoint.”

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