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Meet the King of All Media Hoaxes at the LES Film Festival

‘Tis the season for festivals, apparently, and the Lower East Side is not one to be left in the dust. Along with an art festival in Bushwick, music festivals in Brooklyn, and more coming up in the next weeks, the Lower East Side Film Festival is coming to the nabe from June 9-16. It’ll hit the Sunshine Cinema, natch, as well as Hotel Indigo, the new Ludlow House and The Standard, East Village.

The headliner for opening night is the premier of The Art of the Prank, about a mischievous LES artist who loves nothing more than exposing the media’s hunger for sensational story with outrageous tall tales that sound just (barely) plausible enough to swallow. Lambasting the media has certainly been in fashion this election season, but no one has been doing it longer and in better style than Joey Skaggs (sorry, “Settle for Hillary” guys).

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Lizzie Velasquez Fights a Rare Disease With a Winning Attitude

The director of 'A Brave Heart' (left) and Lizzie Velasquez (middle) at LES Film Fest. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

The director of ‘A Brave Heart’ (left) and Lizzie Velasquez (middle) at LES Film Fest. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

There was a flood of tears and a surge of inspiration at the New York premiere of A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story. This past weekend at the Lower East Side Film Festival, the documentary took home Audience Award — to be shelved with numerous others. When we spoke to the film’s subject yesterday, she said she was “still smiling.”

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Sights and Scenes From the LES Film Festival’s Kinky Awards Party

Lady Circus performs at LESFF. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Lady Circus performs at LESFF. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

We didn’t see Mike Love of the Beach Boys or any of the Lower East Side Film Festival’s judges at last night’s awards party, but Drom was filled with plenty of fantastic humans with golden wings and furry tails. Not to mention, filmmakers who traveled from across the country to hear who took home awards.

While the platinum blonde sisters who make up the duo Chaos Chaos rocked out on drums and synthesizer, we chatted up attendees like Eleanor Wilson. The co-producer of Blunderbus, which screened at the festival’s Secret Biergarten, said she enjoyed tracking down clues to an ice cream truck — much like one stolen in the film — where she found her entrance ticket.

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Mike Love of Beach Boys On Love & Mercy: ‘Poor Brian, He’s Had a Rough, Rough Time’

(Photo: David McClister)

(Photo: David McClister)

When the Lower East Side Film Festival starts Thursday, Mike Love of the Beach Boys will be one of six judges. Love, who co-wrote and sang lead vocals on hits like “California Girls,” “I Get Around,” and “Fun, Fun, Fun,” tells us he’s watched over a dozen films in preparation for the 10-day fest, but one film he says he hasn’t yet had a chance to see is Love & Mercythe newly released biopic about his cousin and former bandmate Brian Wilson. Still, when we spoke to him Monday, Love addressed some of the band drama (or lack thereof?) depicted in the film. And before he raced off to create “excitations” in his audience (50 years later, the Beach Boys continue to spread good vibes on tour, with Love as MC), he also filled us in on a book that will tell his own story.

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Reel Psyched: Our Northside and L.E.S* Film Festival Picks

Introducing “Reel Psyched,” wherein we tell you what we’re really excited to see in the theaters this week.
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With the Lower East Side Film Festival in full swing in Manhattan and the Northside Festival’s film program popping off tonight in Brooklyn, it’s a good time to be a film buff.

At the L.E.S* Film Festival, which kicked off Thursday and continues through the weekend, offerings from up-and-coming directors are judged by a panel of guests including celebrities like Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”) and Dan Janvey (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”). The audience favorite gets a $2,000 check from Vimeo (ahem, Bedford + Bowery’s video player of choice).
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