|8:00PM||Doors Open and Reception courtesy of Red Stripe|
|8:30PM||Live Music by Cavalier|
Between Myrtle and Park Ave, South of the BQE
143 Waverly Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205
G to Clinton/Washington
Brooklyn residents Lyle and Nina blaze away the stress of living in New York City, but what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry.
Newlyweeds (Shaka King | New York, NY | 90 min.)
Winner of the Rooftop Films and Edgeworx Studios Post-Production Grant, Shaka King’s feature film debut is an insightful dark comedy about love and marijuana. Lyle works as a repo man, delivering some of the funniest and most serious scenes in the film. Nina is a free spirit and an occasional baker who decides to work at a children’s museum in order to save money for a trip to the Galapagos. And the only thing that keeps them both sane is smoking pot.
However, the high times start to become low for the couple when Nina’s 420-friendly boss smokes up all their good stuff. Subsequently, their easy-going relationship goes up in smoke. Lyle’s life takes a hit after he blows Nina off to get high with his co-worker. And while pot never seemed to ruin him, Lyle seems to have a drinking problem--after accidentally drinking liquor, he spirals even further out of control. Will their love for each other and Mary Jane survive?
Don’t let the title fool you, Newlyweeds is a sophisticated stoner romantic comedy, a rare film that graciously walks the fine line between the ills and the humor of chemical dependency. The film boasts amazing performances from co-leads Amari Cheatom -- known for his role in Night Catches Us -- and newcomer Trae Harris, plus cameos from The Wire veterans Hassan Johnson and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
Newlyweeds received a great response from this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was quickly picked up for distribution from Phase 4 Films for release later this summer. We are proud to screen Newlyweeds on our new open-air rooftop at the Trilok Community Center in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, not far from where the movie was filmed.
- Alece Oxendine
Cavalier by definition means "gallant, gentlemanly and chivalrous" but also is a adjective for arrogance. Emcees by nature are arrogant, it IS, after all, part of the competitive culture. Add that to the fact that Cavalier is a world traveled emcee, noted for his intricate wordplay and intense lyricism then you'll see plainly put, Cav is nice. More nice than the Chivalrous nature of his name indicates. Rooted in his home base of Brooklyn's hip-hop community, he's taken his music past the North American continent to Japan, Amsterdam, India, The Caribbean and beyond. His style aesthetic as a multi-ethnic Brooklyn native draws strong inspiration from Native American roots as well as his penchant for collecting vintage Polo Ralph Lauren.
His initial project, the self-released album "The Breaking" gained a core NYC following, allowing him to follow-up with a weekly freestyle series to his fans that spanned an ambitious 30 weeks including the well-received "Lost Weeks". After his first trip to Japan, the earthquake occurred, inspiring a multimedia project entitled "The Offering/供え" which included 8 painters contributing 8 different Japan-inspired canvases, a musical project, a video installation as well an adjoining event to raise awareness to raise funds for The Japan Society. Collaborations with Homeboy Sandman (StonesThrow), Fresh Daily and Mickey Factz further solidified his standing as a respected independent international emcee.
Honing more emcee prowess performing on stages for CMJ, SXSW (sharing stages with Nas, DMX, Little Brother, The Beatnuts, Smiff N Wessun) and touring Tokyo (in both 2010-2011) as a featured artist for Japan Music Week and YUME Fest set Cavalier up for becoming a prime participant for the Marlboro (Japan) "One Track One Pack" Campaign. As well as being staunch pillar in Brooklyn's Hip-Hop cultural community events .
Now poised to release a new LP "CHIEF", a powerful, re-introductory album boasting international production from noted beatsmiths and featuring some of Hip-Hop's elite on collaborative verses, Cavalier is aiming his bow high.