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Five Film Festivals, a Cartoon Carnival, and Some Bloodsucking Freaks

The 51st New York Film Festival is going on right now, but why go above 14th Streetwhen we have four film festivals right here in our hood?

The Manhattan Short Film Festival

From September 27 through October 6 the Manhattan Short Film Festival will be screening in over 300 cities on six continents to over 100,000 people. The actual Manhattan screening will be on Thursday at Sunshine Cinema in the LES. Feel the rumble of the subway beneath you as you watch and prepare to vote for your favorite of the ten shorts.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; 4 & 7 p.m.; $12.50
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Bittersweet Thursdays and Captured at the B + B Newsroom


During this week’s A Thirsty Thursday at Videology, you’re going to party like it’s 1999 with a NYC classic of sorts, Cruel Intentions. No, you can’t just sit and watch the movie and sip at your own leisure: this is a Cruel Intentions drinking game, and you’re going to play by the rules, which means drinking Long Island Iced Teas out of a complimentary Krazy Straw.
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Coney Island Film Fest and The Legacy and Lessons of Bleecker Bob’s

This Friday through Sunday, the Coney Island Film Festival celebrates its 13th year with 88 films, some food, some wine, and, of course, some burlesque. Programs include “Coney Island Films,” which are films based in or about Coney Island; “The Jules Verne Project,” a story about a shipwreck and survival; and of course “The Warriors,” which needs no explanation.
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Public Access TV at New Museum, Beach Flix Finale, and a Bourdeaux Doc


Call it nostalgia but the idea of attending a live taping being recorded directly to VHS for screening on public access television sounds like a damn good time. Especially if it’s free! This Thursday at the New Museum catch special guest Diamond Terrifier (Sam Hillmer’s electronic, saxophone solo project) performing with live green-screen manipulation, while interviews, a how-to demonstration and other activities occur simultaneously.
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Pretty Sweet: Movies, Munchies, Music and Beer by the Domino Sugar Factory

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(Photo: Dima James)

Starting Tuesday, everyone’s favorite place to get shmasty in the dark is adding live music to its magic formula of movies, munchies and booze — and taking the party outdoors, for free.

Nitehawk Cinema is hosting a series of “screenings under the stars” at Havemeyer Park, an old lot turned grassy knoll across the street from Domino Sugar factory.
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Get Hot with Burning Man, The Montagues and Capulets, and Debbie Harry


Every year thousands of people swarm the sweltering deserts of Nevada to indulge in hippiesque camaraderie, the building and destruction of a short-lived city, partying and the literal burning and exploding of things. While we don’t know what the ratio of drug overdoses is, compared to the Gathering of the Juggalos, we do know that Burning Man attendees tend to have their own costumes, aka “playa style,” that don’t involve face paint (well, not clown face paint anyway).

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Crackup at the Riots: 10 Laughs From the ’88 Tompkins Square Park Riot

clayton(1)A slew of East Villagers — including poet Bob Holman and Times writer Colin Moynihan — shuffled into Anthology Film Archives last night to watch Clayton Patterson’s 3.5 hours of footage of the Tompkins Square Police riot, on its 25th anniversary.
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