Coming Soon To A Dumbo Near You
we all know that Dumbo is the sworn enemy of Williamsburg,
The feud that had raged between these two ultra hip neighborhoods
for the last century and a half has caused more blood shed
than the civil, revolutionary and Napoleonic wars combined.
The struggle over who has the hippest artists and the coolest
lofts is not one which will be decided in our lifetimes,
that's just how it is.
One small band of artists is calling for a cease fire,
however. The aptly named Brooklyn Underground is tired of
all the war and famine and sieges. "We just want the
hoods of Brooklyn to unite, however briefly," Claims
Gaia Cornwall Artistic Director of the Second Annual Brooklyn
Underground Film Festival. And we peace-loving, draft fearing
citizens can only say "Huzza to that!"
Seriously, though. There's an actual independent film festival
going on this week in your very own borough and it's looking
to be about as slick as shit can get. It runs from the
8th through the 14th (in DUMBO) and will showcase more
than 90 of short and feature length movies.
still from "Spangled"
Some Films of Note:
Bruno S. Estrangement is Death
- A documentary about a chap named Bruno who got his fifteen
minutes in a Werner Herzog film. Bruno apparently tries
to out crazy Herzog's most famous fiend, Klaus Kinskey.
Pepe Villa Body Shop - Which
documents three years in the life of a Cuban family living
in Miami's Little Havana as they try to keep it together
and run a small auto-body shop.
Steady - A brilliant mocumentary
of a Texas shot-gun wedding, replete with everything a country
wedding needs, including the spaghetti buffet.
Additionally there are tons of shorts peppered throughout
Notably: Revelations by Gerald, Interviews, Correcto! Incorrecto!
Not Too Much Remember, Such Is My karma, and tons more.
"It's a really tight list," Josh Koury, the festival's
program director assures me. "Usually a film festival
will stick their crappy movies earlier in the days. But
we don't really have any crap. I feel kind of bad for our
afternoon screenings, because they're all so good. I just
hope people come out to see them."
Aside from movies the underground is busy assembling a
huge bar and a stage in the lobby. Local artists are hanging
their work, or just painting over whatever's on the walls
to begin with. There will be nightly parties culminating
in one massive bash Sunday night. So even if you hate the
movies, you should still come out and get drunk and listen
to music and look at art nice and cheap. The lobby will
be open to everyone from around 3 in the afternoon till
10, after that its $3 or $4. Prices for the movies are only
$6 for each program (try finding something that cheap on
Ticket sales and real information can be found at www.brooklynunderground.org
Seriously guys, enough with the blood shed. Let's all go
to the movies!!!!!