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This World Premiere Will Take You On a Rollercoaster Ride (Literally) at the Brooklyn Film Fest

The Brooklyn Film Festival premieres this Friday at Wythe Hotel, with the U.S. premiere of Canadian director Sean Garrity’s Borealis, the award-winning tale of an unemployed gambler who takes his estranged, pot-smoking teenage daughter on a dangerous road trip to Manitoba to show her the Northern Lights. That film screening and Q&A is just one of 107 features and shorts from 31 countries that will show at venues Wythe Hotel, Windmill Studios, Syndicated, Made in New York Media Center by IFP and BRIC House between Friday and June 12.

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Week in Film: Big Al, Reverend Badass and a Cameroonian Vampire Satire

Big Al: a Week in the Life of the Reverend Al Sharpton
Wednesday February 17, 7 pm at the Wythe Hotel: $11.50

Hey, it’s Black History Month which means we should be celebrating all kinds of incredible achievements from major badasses throughout American history. And, hey nothing against penis peanuts, but why don’t we give someone other than George Washington Carver a go for once? I’ll never, ever forget the look on my middle school teacher’s face when I told her, after reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, I was considering converting to Islam– but what about some black icons who are part of our living history?

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Week in Film: OG Midnight Pulp and a Number of Noir Nights Coming Your Way

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We’re a lucky, lucky bunch to live in a city where we’re at the wellspring of new film and the source of cinematic reconsideration, where grind-house becomes art-house and a dum-dum boy can be made into a bandana-wearing teddy bear genius. See all that and more this week and beyond.

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A Closer Look at Level Hotel, a Gentle Giant Due to Hit Williamsburg By Year’s End

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When the 21-floor Level Hotel opens in Williamsburg, on the corner of Wythe Avenue and North 13th Street, it’ll have a look that’s closer to The Standard, High Line than to the neighboring Wythe Hotel. The owners, Yoel Goldman and Zelig Weiss (Weiss also owns the Condor Hotel in Williamsburg) considered going the red-brick route, but decided against creating “this big giant building and pretending that it was always there” in part because “that’s not what the neighborhood is about,” said Mordy Steinfeld, director of operations and development with Riverside Developers. “It’s about authenticity and creating the space you need for the area you serve.”

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Broad City, Michael Che and Other Stand-Ups Sit Down For Some Conversation

Michael Che (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Michael Che (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Some of your fave comedians are taking part in some scintillating convos. No, seriously.
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J Franks Is At It Again, East German Westerns, And ’60s Afronauts

Check out the flicks we’re Reel Psyched to see this week.


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Oh boy, get ready for this one: Franco combines his passion for porn and documentary as the producer of Kink– which takes us behind the scenes at Kink.com, “the Internet’s largest producer of BDSM content.” Apparently the film does a good deal of cheerleading for Kink.com, which is a relatively open and “normal” operation compared to the rest of the fetish industry. J Franks himself will be on site and ready for an audience Q+A  after Friday’s 9:55 pm screening. Friday August 22nd through Tuesday August 26 at IFC Center, 323 6th avenue; tickets, $14
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Innovation at Northside, or Maybe Not So Much

Innovation at the Brooklyn Brewery, photo: Nicole Disser.

Innovation at the Brooklyn Brewery, photo: Nicole Disser.

Northside 2014 broke ground yesterday with the start of its official programming, but the three Innovation talks we attended failed to do the same. It’s not totally weird the annual music and arts festival is broadly defined to include business innovators. We get it, these entrepreneurs have come come up with some new business models and original (though sometimes confounding) means of accumulating cash. And, after all, getting people to buy your products requires some semblance of creative thinking.
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The Men’s Mags Are All Up On Brooklyn’s Jock

Vogue might have mixed feelings about Brooklyn, but the men’s magazines seem to be embracing it wholeheartedly.
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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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Penn Badgley Will DJ at iO Tillett Wright’s Portrait Party

Funny we were just talking about iO Tillett Wright and the East Village memoir she just sold: Sunday afternoon at the Wythe Hotel, she’ll be at a party for “Self-Evident Truths,” her quest to photograph 10,000 LGBTQ people around the country so their portraits can be installed on the National Mall.
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A Guide to North Brooklyn For Aspiring Twentysomething Female Memoirists

Now that you’ve read the with Ashley Cardiff, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m in my 20s and all about North Brooklyn, too! How can I write a memoir. Ashley’s here to show you how.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

Note: those kittens are more than just cute.

So you’ve just graduated from a small liberal arts college — English major, art history minor — and the only way you can realize your ambitions of being a successful writer is paying some outlandish Brooklyn rents. Granted, you’re all of 22, have lived in no discernibly interesting way and haven’t even gained enough distance from your adult relationships to analyze them with any clarity. Most offensive of all, you’re a lady (people don’t really get outraged at dudes for writing about themselves).

…Lucky for you, though, you’re young, look great in selfies, and you’re more than willing to churn out 3,000 words about your first threesome. For those ladies who relish confessional writing as much as they love spending $12 on a jar of pickles — here’s a helpful guide from one twentysomething female writer to another.
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Pride Guide: Open Bars, Rooftop Pool Parties, and a Madonnathon

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Chalkboard outside Exit 9

The East Village and the Lower East Side, both rich in LGBTQ and drag history, are essential neighborhoods to party in this Gay Pride weekend (and oh, what a week it’s been), and Williamsburg has recovered enough from Brooklyn’s own celebration earlier this month to be ready for round two. Read on for our lineup of Pride picks, including a Madonna dance party, a camp-themed rave, and not one but two rooftop pool parties at the Thompson LES Hotel.
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