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LES Film Festival Brings Google Glass, Pool Parties and BYOB to the Cinema

"My Name Is Jonah" makes its NYC premiere at the fest.

“My Name Is Jonah” makes its NYC premiere at the fest.

Deep pockets don’t impress Shannon Walker and Tony Castle, two of the directors of the upcoming LES Film Festival (and co-workers at Noho production company BFD Productions). “We like to showcase people who innovate with things other than money,” says Castle. “You know, there’s something endearing about watching a film where you can understand how they put it all together, in a really imaginative way.” Music to the ears of struggling filmmakers everywhere.
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7 Local and Not-So-Local Ones to Catch at the Brooklyn Film Festival

Still from Tonitas, courtesy of Brooklyn Film Festival.

Still from Tonitas, courtesy of Brooklyn Film Festival.

“Brooklyn is exploding right now,” says Nathan Kensinger, and he should know. For months, the documentary filmmaker and photographer has been working hard on the lineup for the 17th annual Brooklyn Film Festival, which kicks off this Friday.
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SXSW Winner Fort Tilden Will Show at Northside and LES Film Fest Next Month

From left: stars Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott with directors Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers.

From left: stars Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott with directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.

While many spent their glorious Saturday afternoons rolling out to the Rockaways, we spent it in a darkened movie theater, watching a film about a pair of friends trying to get to the hip strip of sand. Fort Tilden, coming off of a Grand Jury Award at SXSW, screened at the inaugural Vulture Festival, but don’t sweat it if you missed it — during a q&a with New York critic David Edelstein, directors Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss revealed that the film would also show at the Lower East Side Film Festival and Northside, both of which start June 12.
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Adam Rapp’s New Film Features Fellow Villagers Sam Rockwell, Natasha Lyonne and Some Atomic Passion

Adam Rapp’s new film – featuring the playwright, novelist and screenwriter’s East Village neighbors Sam Rockwell and Natasha Lyonne – had its Tribeca Film Festival premiere in (where else?) the East Village last night.
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Onur Tukel On His Bushwick Vampire Comedy Featuring Alex Karpovsky of Girls

One of the buzzed about movies at the Tribeca Film Festival this season is Bushwick filmmaker Onur Tukel’s Summer of Blood, a vampire mumblecore rom com that Vulture describes as “what might happen if Woody Allen and Lena Dunham found themselves collaborating on a Roger Corman movie.” The Dunham comparison is apt: Tukel co-starred in Alex Karpovsky’s Red Flag and now Karpovksy (Ray from Girls) appears in Tukel’s movie, as an office drone who watches his neurotic, lazy manchild of a co-worker descend into insatiable blood lust.
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In Five Star, Keith Miller’s Leading Man Is a General in the East New York Bloods

Left to right: Primo (James 'Primo' Grant) and John (John Diaz) talk business on the court. (Photo: Nathan Fitch)

Left to right: Primo (James ‘Primo’ Grant) and John (John Diaz) talk business on the court. (Photo: Nathan Fitch)

Keith Miller’s latest film grew out of his 2011 short, “Gang Bangin’ 101.” In that two-minute doc, James “Primo” Grant – a burly, bearded Brooklyn native who works as a bouncer at a Bed-Stuy nightclub – spoke frankly about joining the East New York Bloods when he was 12 and eventually becoming a five-star general in what he calls the “brotherhood.”
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Our Favorite Faux Drive-In Theater Is Relaunching With a Horror Film Series

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

After an eight-month intermission, reRun Theater reopens tomorrow night.

Located inside reBar gastropub, reRun debuted in July 2009 as Dumbo’s take on a drive-in (more duck fat popcorn, less exhaust fumes). The audience watches a 12-foot screen from 47 minivan seats from a Staten Island junkyard. Open to a 21-and-over crowd, reRun sells draft beer, wine, liquor, and cinema-themed cocktails. Drinks start at $5, and each person’s first drink is half-price.
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42 Kooky, Kinky Films to See in Theaters While You Wait For Nymphomaniac


Part one of Lars Von Trier’s much ballyhooed NC-17 tour de force, Nymphomaniac (NSFW trailer above), will finally make its NYC debut at Nitehawk Cinema on March 28 (we’re going to assume “LaBeouf in the Buff” will be one of the special Nympho-themed cocktails). Yes, that’s a whole month from now, but there are plenty of ways to stimulate your appreciation for strange, sex-crazed cinema in the meantime.
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This Week: Come Out and Play at Warriorfest, Rock Out With The Fabulous Stains

No movie depicts gritty, late ’70s NYC better than The Warriors. Celebrate its 35th anniversary this Saturday at Warriorfest — presented by Rocks Off and hosted by New York City punk rocker John Joseph of the Cro-Mags. Show up to (le) poisson rouge dressed as your favorite gang and get ready for a wild party. DJ $mall Change will be spinning vinyl, and a new remastered, extended version of The Warriors soundtrack will blast over the speakers, too. There’ll be a meet and greet, and Q&A with Cochise of the Warriors, Apache Ramos of the Orphans and members of other gangs. No matter which one your allied to, do yourself a favor: come out and play-yay! It’s $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

From satanic samurais to ghost bustin’, here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
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