|8:30pm||Live music by Ami Dang|
Many of the most innovative films and filmmakers in the world are coming out of Brooklyn. Kicking off our series in Downtown BK, we present daring shorts by local filmmakers.
This collection of films includes many that play with form, showing radical new methods of storytelling. Others are astonishingly compact classic narratives. Fittingly for a group of emerging filmmakers, these films focus on coming-of-age, transitory times and places, and finding your place in a bustling world. And while this program offers a trip around the world (and under the sea), it all comes back to the creative vibrancy of New York.
- Mark Elijah Rosenberg
All the screenings at Metrotech Commons are presented in partnership with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Forest City Ratner.
Aaron Burr, Part 2 (Dana O’Keefe | USA | 8 min.)
An American revolutionary updates his place in history in this radically inventive and modern bio-pic.
A Chjàna (Jonas Carpignano | Italy, USA | 21 min.)
An intimate epic of race riots and liberation.
BOY (Topaz Adizes | 9 min.)
In this gentle but stark narrative, a child’s enthusiasm for father-son bonding has brutal and haunting consequences.
BELLY (Julia Pott | USA | 7 min.)
Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.
The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting (Emily Carmichael | Brooklyn, NY | 8 min.)
A mythical romance forged in fantasy comes apart under the scrutiny of a Brooklyn dinner party.
Wounded Man (Zachary Volker | New York, NY | 6 min.)
“(Indecipherable.) (Indecipherable.) Check his left pocket.” Two career criminals debate the merits of letting an associate bleed to death in a motel bathroom. zacharyvolker.com
The Strange Ones (Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein | New York, NY | 15 min.)
A man and a boy, traveling to an unknown destination, find respite in a motel swimming pool. But an unseen tension begins to mount, exposing a complicated, dangerous, and secret world lurking beneath the surface. thestrangeones.com
Henley (Craig Macneill | New York, NY | 11 min.)
Ted Henley lives with his father in their run down motel on a desolate stretch of road. He earns his tiny allowance by collecting the roadkill that litters the highway. But when the motel cash register starts to run dry, Ted decides to turn his attention to bigger game. northlakefilms.com
Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a vocalist, sitarist, and composer/producer from Baltimore, MD and New Delhi, India. Her sound ranges from North Indian classical fused with noise/ambient electronics to experimental dancepop that comes together to create a new genre she calls “Bollywave.”
Dang began studying music at a young age and picked up the sitar when she was twelve years old. After years of North Indian classical music training, she studied Technology in Music and Related Arts at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Her current sound references her musical education as well as the grit of the urban landscapes of both Baltimore and New Delhi. Released in February 2011, her debut album “Hukam” was heralded as
#7 among top albums of 2011 by Chapel Hill’s WXYC 89.3 FM and one of the best 30 albums of 2011 by Small World Music.
Upon the completion of her debut album, Dang’s live set expanded to include drummer and producer K8 Levitt. A Brooklyn, NY native, Levitt began frequenting DIY shows as a young adolescent and, inspired by the movement, took up the drums at age 13. In the recent past, Levitt has performed with the Dan Deacon Ensemble, playing shows such as Bonoroo and Lollapalooza, and was a founding member of the band Teeth Mountain. She is also a current member of the Baltimore-based arts collective Wham City, and continues to be inspired by the interplay between sound and visuals.
Since 2009, Dang has been working with Schwarz, one of Baltimore’s most prolific DJs and producers. Schwarz has been writing songs and making tapes since kindergarten and is one-third of the DJ crew that throws the dance party Deep in the Game, lauded by Baltimore’s City Paper as “Best Dance Night” in 2011. He has also produced tracks for Rye Rye, Juiceboxx, Lil Ugly Mane, Sewn Leather, Wish, DDM, DJ Dog Dick, Kevin Jz Prodigy, BBU, and Issue.
Currently, the trio is working on their next full-length album “Sun on Our Skins,” to be released in the fall of 2012.