Thanksgiving
$13 online or at the door
Thursday Jul 3, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30 PMLive Performance by Reggie Watts
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:30PMQ&A with filmmaker Adam Newport-Berra
11:30PMAfter Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.

Please note that roof seating will be first come, first served. Please arrive with your guests to guarantee seating in the same area.

VENUE
Industry City
Roof and Courtyard
Sunset Park
220 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
Take the D, N, or R trains to 36th Street

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Industry City
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World Premiere. Alex & Amy are the perfect Brooklyn couple. They have a cat, a Thanksgiving table of bohemian friends, and a glowing future together. Yet the sudden holiday appearance of Amy’s mysterious brother Will quickly disrupts their idyllic lifestyle and calls into question what we’re truly “thankful” for.

Live performance from Reggie Watts prior to the screening.


THE FILMS

Thanksgiving (Adam Newport-Berra | 72 min.)
Passing a joint around a Thanksgiving feast each guest recites what they are most thankful for; success, friendship, beginnings, endings, and, most importantly, love. Amy--a young, flailing Brooklynite--is most thankful for the unexpected presence of her brother Will, but this sentiment is not shared by her devoted partner Alex.

Alex is the antithesis of Will. Alex has a day job, while Will makes ends meet. Alex dresses with precision, while Will’s beard hangs in defiance. Will’s brooding manner at the party suggests a predator stalking prey; circling, taunting, quietly calling into question the lives the guests have chosen to lead as they indulge on this traditional day of American gluttony. With nowhere else to go, Will spends the night, adding to the simmering tension between Alex & Amy.

A post-holiday hiking tradition sends Alex and Will into the wilds of upstate New York, the chasm between the two widening with each exchange. While in the woods they seem to lose their way among the intersecting paths – they search, looking for something to guide them - a waterfall, a birdwatcher, mutual understanding. Following a heated exchange atop a small mountain, Will reveals his true nature.

In this film, New York based director Adam Newport-Berra creates a lush, sullen mood of a claustrophobic urban landscape. Soft, welcoming apartment interiors, the charge of wobbly drunken nights, and the inherent closeness of the city are placed in opposition to the sweeping, stark beauty of an opposing natural world. The film deftly portrays a new generation of conflicted Millennials balancing their insatiable desire for immediate excitement with the inherent need for a calm lasting shelter. Do you prefer to make house or do you prefer to make experiences?

-Donna K.

Manicure (Stephanie Ahn | New York, NY | 10 min.)
A young man is paid an unexpected visit on the morning of his mother’s funeral.

MUSIC

Reggie Watts
Reggie Watts, internationally renowned vocalist/ beatboxer/ musician/ comedian/ improvisor, amazes audiences with his unpredictable performances, which are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and looping pedals. Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, LA Weekly calls Reggie ”the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years.” Reggie was handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open nightly on Conan’s sold out North American “Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour in 2010; was invited to join LCD Soundsystem as guest onstage at the final NY shows in 2011; and currently stars as house band leader on the IFC original series Comedy Bang Bang with Scott Aukerman.

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