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The 18th annual Brooklyn Film Festival will screen 108 films from 26 countries, kicking off May 29th at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg.  What sets Brooklyn Film Festival apart from others in New York is its focus on a diverse range of independent, out-of-the-box directors without much previous exposure. Submissions are vetted through an international competition, which means “anyone can participate,” as Marco Ursino, director of Brooklyn Film Festival, says in a phone interview. “The smallest...
The common understanding of the annual cinema calendar holds that summer is for blockbusters, for kicking back at the multiplex and switching off every part of your brain not required to remember which characters appeared in the previous iteration of whatever multimillion dollar franchise's latest offering you're now submitting yourself to. It's fun! And this summer is shaping up to be the most blockbustery yet: Furious 7 is already the fourth highest-grossing film of all-time, Avengers: Age...
I challenge you to find something you've heard of screening at Light Industry, the Greenpoint-based non-profit film program dreamed up by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter. Starting out back in 2008 inside former light industry space in Industry City (hence the organization's name), Light Industry has since moved up to Greenpoint, but their commitment to the obscure, the rare, the weird has remained. Absolutely every film screened through their reel booth (something that looks more...

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