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Street Art Goes to the Beach via Two Rockaway Exhibits

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse.

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" by Katharina Grosse

"Resurrection" by See One.

"God's Gift to Man" (the bee) by Rockaways artist John Hedderson.

"Camouflage" by Federico Massa aka iena cruz. A scramble jet morphs into a green heron in the midst of Jamaica Bay sassafras.

"Lt. Col. Alfred A. Cunningham, Father of Marine Aviation" by Rockaway artist Carlos A. Game, aka See TF.

"Robert Moses and 11 Migratory Birds" by Brooklyn- and Baltimore-based artist Gaia, who shows her subjects against the rubble of Moses's Urban Renewal Era.

"Geometry in Pollination" by Heidi Unkefer

"The Golden Venture" by comic and mural artist Christopher Cardinale. The legend reads: "On Jun 6, 1993, around 2am, the Golden Venture, a cargo ship carrying 286 refugees from the Fujian province of China, ran aground on the beach at Fort Tilden. They had been at sea for 112 days on the boat operated by smugglers known as snakeheads. Ten people drowned in their attempt to get to shore. For the survivors this was just the beginning of their efforts to seek asylum in the USA."

"Abundance" by Fefa Romanova.

"Seed Posture" by Cern One.

"Rockaway!" By Katharina Grosse

"Rockaway!" By Katharina Grosse

"The Forest Within Me" by Magda Love.

Rockaway Brewing Co.'s Mini Cooper delivering product to

Rockaway Brewing Co.'s Mini Cooper delivering product to "Rockaway!"

The backyard at Rockaway Artists Alliance.

The backyard at Rockaway Artists Alliance.

Last week, we caught a glimpse of Katharine Grosse’s installation at Fort Tilden– part of PS1’s “Rockaway!” series– while it was in progress. The German artist had spent the past days spray-painting the skeleton of a building on the former army base with colors that call to mind either the sunset or David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane makeup. The piece, which had been roped off and guarded by security as if Nike missiles had returned to Tilden, opened to the public Sunday with an outdoor reception that was really more of an Insta pose-fest.

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Watch an Exclusive Clip From Delusions of Guinevere, From Folks Behind Fort Tilden

If you dug Fort Tilden as much as we did, you’ll be psyched to hear that a couple of its creators are involved in a new film opening locally at Cinema Village today. Co-produced, co-written, and starring Tilden‘s executive producer Ariana Bernstein and edited by its writer-director Sarah-Violet Bliss, Delusions of Guinevere lacks some of the earlier film’s satirical edge, but it has a similarly dark take on the New York dating scene and the staring-at-their-reflection-in-the-iPhone-screen narcissism of kids these days.
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Watch It: James Franco, Michael Stipe and Patti Smith Kick Off ‘Rockaway!’

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

Outrage over the weekend shutdown of Rockaway’s city beaches made the cover of the Daily News (excuse to put a bikinied hardbody on the front page, much?), but fans of Patti Smith and James Franco found more welcoming sands over at Fort Tilden during the kickoff of the “Rockaway!” art festival.
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Soaking Up Rays (and Frozen Margs) With Bridey Elliott of Fort Tilden

Fort Tildenscreening tomorrow at Northside Festival, depicts a pair of naive, privileged, and self-obsessed friends journeying to the Rockaways. It’s a sunny, snarky quest to some very funny places.
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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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The Directors of Fort Tilden Traveled From Williamsburg to Rockaway to SXSW

(Photo courtesy of "Fort Tilden")

(Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott in Fort Tilden.

It’s hard to get accepted by the South by Southwest film festival — especially if you’re not from New York. This year’s festival features eight films, chosen from 1,324 submissions, and more than half of them have roots here: The Heart Machine, directed by Village Voice film critic Zachary Wigon; Wild Canaries, Lawrence Levine’s Brooklyn-based film; The Mend, set in Harlem and directed by John Magary, who attended Columbia University’s graduate film program; Brooklyn resident Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns; and the world premier of Fort Tilden, about two girls’ “needlessly complicated” bike ride from Williamsburg to Rockaway’s Fort Tilden beach, co-directed by two NYU MFA film candidates.
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