Brooklyn 48 Film Fest – OPEN CALL!

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Brooklyn Artillery, Castle Braid Co., and Get Ahead are now accepting applications from independent filmmakers for the first official Brooklyn-48 Film Fest. Compete to win a free 6-month stay in a luxury 1-bedroom apartment at the new Castle Braid building (114 Troutman) in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The competition will require filmmakers to create a short film of no longer than 7 minutes within 48 hours, starting at 9PM on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, 2009 within Castle Braid. All public areas (the roof, courtyard, gym, lobby, parking area, game rooms, empty apartments and the model room etc) will be made available to teams of aspiring and established filmmakers. Teams will have 48 hours to shoot and edit a film on the Castle Braid Premises and are responsible for providing all of their own equipment. While participants can leave Castle Braid to edit their work, all visual and audio included in the final project must be recorded within the Castle Braid building, courtyard, and immediate surrounding neighborhood between 9PM Friday and 9PM Sunday the 25h of October.

Application Process
Participants are invited to submit themselves for consideration at www.brooklynartillery.org or by bringing a printed application to the front desk at Castle Braid (114 Troutman). Space in the event is limited and to aid the selection process applicants are encouraged to provide samples of their work in the form of earlier short films, photos etc. At the same time, prior work is not a requisite for application and first time film makers are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline for application is 5pm on Saturday, October 17th, 2009.

The Film Making
Accepted film making teams will be notified five days in advance to the start of the event. Film making teams should consist of no more than four individuals, including talent. Check-in will begin at 6PM on Friday, October 23rd, concurrently with a meet-and-greet reception. The theme of the contest will be revealed upon check in. Filmmakers are encouraged to participate in each other’s projects and, with that goal in mind, each film must feature an individual from another team in some onscreen capacity. This can mean a part as an actor, a role on the soundtrack, an unknowing stolen shot, or any other possibility.

Starting at 9PM, teams will have 48 hours to shoot and edit a film of no longer than seven minutes. Teams are responsible for providing all of their own equipment. While participants can leave Castle Braid to edit their work, all visual and audio included in the final project must be recorded within the Castle Braid building, courtyard, or rooftop between 9PM Friday and 9PM Sunday, the 25th. Filmmakers must turn in a finalized copy of their film in DVD format or Mini DV by 9pm on Sunday, the 25th. Straying from any of these requirements will result in immediate disqualification.

Screening and Winner Selection
All of the completed films will be screened at a special reception at Castle Braid on Thursday, the 29th of October. The Grand Prize winner of the competition will be awarded a free 6-month lease on a deluxe one-bedroom apartment at the Castle Braid Building (114 Troutman, Bushwick). Second and third best films will be awarded a free pass for access to Castle Braid’s digital lab and screening room, for a limited period of time. Winners will be chosen by a preselected panel of judges. Films will be judged on creativity, overall quality, and adherence to / interpretation of theme.

Rules and Requirements
Dates & Deadlines
•Deadline for Application – 5pm Saturday, October 17th, 2009.
•Check-in and Welcome Reception – 6pm Friday, October 23rd
•Contest Hours – 9pm Friday, October 23rd – 9pm Sunday, October 25th
•Final film deadline – 9pm Sunday, October 25th
•Screening and Winner Announcement – 7:00pm Thursday, October 29th

Requirements for Entry
•Fully completed application listing each team member
•Signed contestant contract / release form (turned in at check in)
•Must meet all requirements for Grand Prize (see “Prize Stipulations” below)

Prize stipulations
In order to be eligible for the grand prize, each team must designate which representative(s) will sign as “tenant” on the lease. While the winner will not be responsible for any rent or security deposit for occupancy of the space, at least one chosen representative must be willing to submit to a credit
check and winners agree to assume responsibility for utilities (gas and electric).
The prize apartment is equipped with free cable and high-speed internet, and includes access to all facilities and amenities at Castle Braid including gym, screening room, media lab, recording studio, etc.

About Us

BROOKLYN ARTILLERY is our answer to the art fairs of Basel and Armory, but more than that – the name
covers a cache of ongoing creative events and happenings that will take place throughout the
building and neighborhood in general. The galleries of the Williamsburg Gallery Association,
Greenpoint Open Studios, Chez Bushwick, and independent curations will populate the open
apartments and chic garden duplexes of Castle Braid with works by up-and-coming and established
artists.Yoga and dance workshops, film festivals in Castle Braid’s new mini-theater, screen-printing
parties and figure drawing sessions are just a few of the treats in store in the year to come.
www.brooklynartillery.org
The Get Ahead Festival is an ongoing film series that encourages established and first time filmmakers to
create new work without direct economic incentive. The Festival takes place on the last Sunday of the
month, each time with a different venue and theme. The “End Times” event (9/27) at St. Cecilia’s Convent
in Greenpoint marked the end of the first cycle, which included the themes “Will Power” and “Cities”.
Currently, Get Ahead is planning the second progression of events, to start November the 22nd, as well
as a DVD release of the first wave’s greatest hits. For more information about attending or submitting
work, email getaheadfest@gmail.com

Castle Braid Co., at 114 Troutman in Bushwick, isn’t just an apartment building – it’s a vision of a
seamless interplay between the individual and the vibrant collective they’ve helped to create. In a
world custom-built to enable the artist, you may finally be free to inhabit the role you’ve always known
was yours to play. Castle Braid Co. grows as you grow, reaching far beyond locality by allowing its well
of creative energy to constantly regenerate and expand – living proof of the unimaginable power of
our collective aspirations. www.castlebraid.com

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This week’s special events at Artillery!

Brooklyn Artillery @ Castle Braid
114 Troutman Street (between Central and Evergreen) Bushwick, Brooklyn
Six weeks of special events at the Castle Braid building in the heart of Bushwick!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 24th, 8:30 pm – 10:30pm
Drawing under the Influence
$5 – You bring your drawing supplies and your artistic prowess, we provide the model, beer, snacks and music!


Saturday, September 26th, 11am-8pm
All events FREE and open to the public

11 am: Saturday Morning Cartoons
Lounge on pillows in the screening room  at Castle Braid with neighborhood kids and have fun watching all your favorites! Thundercats, Jem and the Holograms, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more! Free cereal and oj!

12 noon to 8pm
Brooklyn Artillery open to the public

Galleries from the Williamsburg Gallery Association, Greenpoint Open Studios, and Chez Bushwick present 30 rooms of special art exhibitions alongside independent curations and featured artists.

Screenings
Lobby Screen, all Day

The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition presents How The Mural Got Made

The new-painted India Street Mural will literally come alive when six local filmmakers Lam Thuy Vo, Joshua Carrero, Sarah Pirozek, Vanara Taing, Nathan Punwar, Hiram Becker, and Chris King present the movies they created to capture the artists—Ali Aschman, Eve Biddle & Josh Frankel, Chris Soria, Joshua Abram Howard, Robert Seng, and Skewville—as they spent the month of June turning a common white wall into a master work of public art.

Screening Room

1pm – 5pm : Selected Shorts

5pm : A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Go back into Bushwick’s past, with a special screening of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”. The film is based on an American novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith first published in 1943. It relates the coming-of-age story of its main character, Francie Nolan, against a backdrop of tenement life in Brooklyn, New York, at the turn of the 20th century. Characters work at the Castle Braid Factory, located on this very spot at the turn of the century.

Library

3pm: Storytime
Bring the kids for a special reading of some of our childhood favorites

Workshops

4pm – Free Jiu Jitsu workshop, led by Roger Mamedov.
Roger Mamedov
has been training in Martial Arts since the age of 8. He is a Brown belt in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as a third degree Black belt in Shotokan karate and has extensive training in Muay Thai and Boxing. Mamedov feels an obligation to guide his students in their quest to achieve all their endeavors, on and off the mat.

SUNDAY, September 27th
11am-8pm
All events FREE and open to the public

12 noon to 8pm
Brooklyn Artillery open to the public

Special exhibitions fill 30 rooms with Gallery art and independent curations.

Screenings
Lobby Screen, all Day

The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition presents How The Mural Got Made

The new-painted India Street Mural will literally come alive when six local filmmakers Lam Thuy Vo, Joshua Carrero, Sarah Pirozek, Vanara Taing, Nathan Punwar, Hiram Becker, and Chris King present the movies they created to capture the artists—Ali Aschman, Eve Biddle & Josh Frankel, Chris Soria, Joshua Abram Howard, Robert Seng, and Skewville—as they spent the month of June turning a common white wall into a master work of public art.

Screening Room

1pm – 5pm : Selected Shorts

5pm – NOT!!! A collection of false expectations inherited from the 90’s
Starship Troopers, Dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1997, 129 min. Rated R
Wag the Dog, Dir. Barry Levinson, 1997, 97 min. Rated R

Curated by Sofía Gallisá

“Would you like to know more?” “This is nothing!”

In light of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, we look back at two justified, neatly fought and popularly supported wars from the movies; one that takes place in the future, against an unobjectionable foe, and one that takes place in recording studios, all for the sake of a Presidential candidate and patriotism.

Library

3pm: Storytime
Bring the kids for a special reading of childhood favorites!

Brooklyn Artillery on Flavorpill!

The night before Brooklyn Artillery officially opened to the public, we had a visit from Laura Feinstein of Flavorpill.com – and today her article came out! Here’s an excerpt:

“We recently ventured to Bushwick to catch a glimpse of the Brooklyn Artillery Art Fair, which promised to be “our answer to the art fairs of Basel and Armory, but more than that… a cache of ongoing creative events and happenings that will take place throughout the building and neighborhood.” We expected the multi-gallery show to be similar to many of the Bushwick art fairs and open showings we’d been to in the past — disorganized and housed in a dingy space, with nary a curator to be seen. However, when we arrived at Castle Braid, we found a group of bright young creatives all working towards a goal of forming a true artists collective in Bushwick, something rare if not extinct in this modern age.”

Cool, right? Read the rest, plus a looong interview with your friendly fair organizers at Utopia or Gimmick? Meet the Creative Team Behind Williamsburg’s Latest Artist Housing Space by Laura Feinstein

Film Screening Tonight! 5pm – Blank Check vs. Jerry McGuire

NOT!!! A collection of false expectations inherited from the 90’s
Curated by Sofía Gallisá

Film lies, and in its lying, film reveals. That is the central theme of this selection of post-Reagan, pre-9/11 mainstream Hollywood films. When we look at the cinematic discourse of the 90’s, it’s plagued with blind optimism and the promise of a future that never came to be. The transformation of the American self-image after Bush, Iraq and the economic crisis has rendered useless the lessons we learned from these movies. Still, it’s important to look back at them, and understand why we were so unprepared for our present circumstance. These double features are an exploration into the self-esteem of a country before it came to question itself, and at the same time the ominous signs that pointed to more complicated times ahead.

Sunday September 20th @ 5:00pm – WEALTH
“Mo money, mo problems” “Show me the money!”

Last September, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the economic crisis marked “the end of a world that was built on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War – a big dream of liberty and prosperity”. We examine that guiltless dream and its consequences.

Blank Check, Dir. Rupert Wainwright, 1994, 93 min. Rated PG
Jerry Maguire, Dir. Cameron Crowe, 1996, 139 min. Rated R

Sunday September 27th @ 5:00pm – WAR
“Would you like to know more?” “This is nothing!”

In light of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, we look back at two justified, neatly fought and popularly supported wars from the movies; one that takes place in the future, against an unobjectionable foe, and one that takes place in recording studios, all for the sake of a Presidential candidate and patriotism.

Starship Troopers, Dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1997, 129 min. Rated R
Wag the Dog, Dir. Barry Levinson, 1997, 97 min. Rated R

Sunday October 4th @ 6:30pm – SEX & FAMILY
“I hope that someday you’ll know the indescribable joy of having children, and of paying someone else to raise them”

Romantic comedies takes their cues from the headlines and defines the complexities of love in the 90’s. Here is a children’s film that mixes puppy love with serial killers and one of the first family films to discuss homosexuality with sensibility and humor, while still provoking debate.

Addams Family Values, Dir. Barry Sonnenfeld, 1993, 94 min. Rated PG-13
In & Out, Dir. Frank Oz, 1997, 90 min. Rated PG-13

Sunday October 11th @ 5:00pm – DIVORCE
“Home is where the hostages are”

Family films respond to the issues of their time. Here is Hollywood’s take on the rising number of divorces and the restructuring of ideas about family, love and female empowerment.

House Arrest, Dir. Harry Winer, 1996, 108 min. Rated PG
The First Wives Club, Dir. Hugh Wilson, 1996, 103 min. Rated PG

Sunday October 18th @ 5:00pm – APOCALYPSIS
“It’s closer than you think”

Considering the cataclysm that the following ten years would turn out to be, there’s an ominous feeling to the surge in natural disaster, alien invasion and end-of-the-world movies in the later part of the 90’s. We present what could be seen as the first movie to predict our present battle with nature (literally) and the classic blockbuster that sold us the idea that the end of the world could unite us.

Jumanji, Dir. Joe Johnston, 1995, 104 min. Rated PG
Armageddon, Dir. Michael Bay, 1998, 150 min. Rated PG-13

Sunday October 25th @ 5:00pm – SUBURBIA
“We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented”
“Cue the sun!”

Before reality television had turned into what it is now, and before we developed an obsession with sexy housewives, suburbia was already being looked at as the place where things happen hidden under the surface. Here we look at probably the best study on our obsession with watching others live their life on TV and the story of an uncommon man altering life in a community that is all the same.

The Truman Show, Dir. Peter Weir, 1998, 103 min. Rated PG
Edward Scissorhands, Dir. Tim Burton, 1990, 105 min. Rated PG-13

NOT!!! A collection of false expectations inherited from the 90’s
plays every Sunday at 5pm (except October 4th, which is at 6:30) as part of the Brooklyn Artillery @ Castle Braid on 114 Troutman Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Each double screening will conclude with a talk-back session and the creation of a group piece related to the screening series. Popcorn will be provided and viewers are encouraged to bring throw pillows or floor cushions for cozy seating on the carpeted floor.

The location is easily accessible on the JMZ to Myrtle-Broadway or the L to Jefferson St. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.

For more information on all of the events that will be happening as part of Brooklyn Artillery, go to www.brooklynartillery.com

Screening in the Lobby: India Street Mural Movies by NbPac

The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition does amazing work with the community to add beauty to public places in Brooklyn. Their Kickoff project, the India Street Mural, has been a resounding success, and we’re lucky enough to be screening their films about the endeavor on the big screen in the lobby of Castle Braid. Stop by to pick up more of NbPac’s literature and to learn more about the mural!

“Nbpac is presenting series of films about the new-painted mural on India Street that came alive when six local filmmakers Lam Thuy Vo, Joshua Carrero, Sarah Pirozek, Vanara Taing, Nathan Punwar, Hiram Becker, and Chris King created films to capture the artists—Ali Aschman, Eve Biddle & Josh Frankel, Chris Soria, Joshua Abram Howard, Robert Seng, and Skewville—as they spent the month of June turning a common white wall into a master work of public art.”

Opening night : In Pictures

I know we’ve already said it, but Brooklyn Artillery’s opening on Saturday was awesome. Off the hook. Whatever your favorite synonym for utterly freaking fabulous is. Here are the pictures to prove it. Thanks go out to Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com) for the photographs. Emiliano will hopefully be joining Artillery as an exhibitor soon, and we’ll keep you posted when his work goes up!

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)
Photographs by Emiliano Cavicchi (www.emilianocavicchi.jimdo.com)

Artillery rocks hardcore, and the Public Reacts.

It’s now been two days since we launched Brooklyn Artillery, and in between collectively overcoming our hangovers and our creative director getting her butt forcibly dragged to Maryland for a much needed vacation, we haven’t had time to scour the net to find out whether we’re totally famous or kind of snooty and obscure. Good news! The word is out and we can’t thank everyone enough for their interest and enthusiasm.

From Bushwick BK we hear the following – “Proving the theory true that “if you build it, they will come,” the double opening of Brooklyn Artillery and the brand-new Castle Braid complex this Saturday drew a sizeable crowd of all ages. Judging by some quick queries, it was a mix of potential renters, art lovers, and rubber-neckers, with at least one couple having come from the far-flung Upper East Side (!).” The rest of the article can be read here. Thanks so much to writer Mimi Luse for her thoughtful and detailed write-up!

Photo taken by Mimi Luse of BushwickBK

Photo taken by Mimi Luse of BushwickBK

The blogosphere has been particularly supportive, and we’re not just saying that because we don’t want them to sue us for nabbing their pictures (we’ll have our own asap, promise, and until then we’ll link you guys copiously) – yummyphoto.wordpress.com says “If I were an artist and could live in this housing complex, I would do it in a heartbeat. This place was jumpin’- it was pretty much a party in every sweet-ass pad, studio, and work space on the first 2 floors. Free wine, beer, shots, cheese, snacks, screenings, dances, and DJ’s thumpin beats indoors and out. It was the shit.  All signs point to a very cool community to come @ Castle Braid [114 Troutman, Brooklyn].”

Copyright Yummyphoto!

Copyright Yummyphoto!

By the way, here’s a true measure of success. Five days ago, a google search for “Brooklyn Artillery” gave up four pages of results – today we’re at 17. Kick. Ass. And it’s largely thanks to the many artists and galleries who helped get the word out by posting writing, twittering, facebooking, and mail-blasting the bejeezus out of their mailing lists. Check out some of these links to see the work of Brooklyn’s artillerians!

http://everythingisextraordinary.blogspot.com/2009/09/brooklyn-artillery.html

http://www.anandalimaphotography.com/2009/09/photographs-features-on-brooklyn.html

http://nbpac.wordpress.com/2009/09/14/the-india-street-mural-movies-at-brooklyn-artillery/

http://www.allisongrant.com/blog/2009/09/new-york-friends-come-to-brooklyn.html