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Follow These Ladies to the LES Film Festival’s Secret Beer Garden

BiergartenIt’s hard to keep all these summer film festivals straight (among others, the Brooklyn Film Festival and Rooftop Films Summer Series are currently underway, with Nitehawk’s Summer Series coming soon). But this should help: only one of these promises a secret beer garden, and that’s the Lower East Side Film Festival.

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LES Film Fest: “You’ll Be a Man”

You’ll Be a Man is an indie French movie. “I know what you’re thinking!” says LES Film Fest director Tony Castle. “But it’s truly amazing—just a really captivating film about a 20-year-old boy. He becomes a live-in maid. The mother and son love him. The father hates him. Super weird and sexy!” It’s one of the hardest to market, Castle laments, but a brilliant film nonetheless.

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“The Perfect 46” at Sunshine Cinema

LES Film Festival director Shannon Walker describes The Perfect 46 as “a sci-fi film about this guy who creates a test to see if your genetics are a good match with your partners.” Directed by Brett Bonowicz, the film is a fictional exploration of the burgeoning genome start-up culture represented in the real world by companies like 23andMe. “The trailer has quotes from scientists saying, ‘Hey, this isn’t all that out of the realm of possibility’,” says co-director Tony Castle. Creepy. And, adds Walker, the acting and cinematography are spectacular.

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LES Film Fest: Google Glass Shorts

The LES film festival is all about the newest filmmaking tools, hence the Glass Shorts soiree, hosted by (you guessed it) Google Glass in (gasp) Chelsea. “Glass could be a really cool tool for filmmakers,” says fest director Tony Castle—likening it to the now-ubiquitous use of GoPro. “We’re trying to be on the cutting edge of that trend.” Short films made with Google Glass will be shown. Guests will also get a chance to demo the ultimate in geek chic for themselves, during the cocktail hour.

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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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