This Saturday at the new Havemeyer Park in Williamsburg, the third annual Kickstarter Film Fest promises good food, cheap beer, and a night of Kickstarter-funded films. So lay down a blanket for Bill Plympton’s animated feature “Cheatin’” and “Mr. Grillo: The Thereminist,” about a musical genius whose instrument of choice is the theremin.
With even the likes of Spike Lee getting in on the phenomenon, more and more films are being crowd-funded these days — from a Veronica Mars movie to “Sun Come Up” and “Incident in New Baghdad,” two short docs that were nominated for Academy Awards. Among the documentaries currently on crowdsourcing websites are “Iranian Legend” (about wrestling legend The Iron Sheik, who was once the Shah’s bodyguard and is now a social media genius) and “Suburban Steps To Rockland” (about the Ealing Jazz Club, the British rock venue where acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Who and Eric Clapton got their start). Sadly “Bushwick the Musical the Movie” did not get funded.
While we wait for those projects to materialize, here are the film festivals, docs and Lindsay Lohan flicks we’re reel psyched about this week.
“American Made Movie”
This documentary explores the decline of American manufacturing, the negative effects of shipping jobs overseas and the amazing things some innovative Americans have done to keep jobs and manufacturing in the US.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; 7 p.m.; Tickets: $13.50
The 23rd film in the Bond series sees Daniel Craig return as 007 for the third time. MI6 is under attack and Bond (who is presumed dead after a mission gone wrong) must find and destroy the threat at all costs.
East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave, Williamsburg; 6 p.m.; Free
Lit Kids is a new monthly series featuring screenings of book-to-film faves. First up is everyone’s favorite Winona Ryder/Angelina Jolie flick, based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir about her time spent at a mental institution in the 1960s.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg; 8 p.m.; free
Written by novelist Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho), directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) and starring Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls… klepto, jailbird…) this is guaranteed to be a crazy ride. So many troublemakers involved in this film about trust-fund kids entangled in twisted affairs and their violent aftermath (an Ellis formula that always seems to work for him).
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village
“A Summer’s Tale”
An outdoor screening of Eric Rohmer’s ’96 romance. Gaspard’s on holiday at a resort hoping his “sort of” girlfriend Lena shows up. While there he befriends a girl named Margot who introduces him to another girl Solene, with whom Gespard gets a little involved. By the time Lena arrives Gespard finds himself torn between the three girls and having to choose who he wants to be with.
Transmitter Park, Greenpoint Ave and West St, Greenpoint: 8:30 p.m.; free
FRIDAY (through AUGUST 8)
“Breakup at a Wedding” + Q&A w/ Zachary Quinto (at selected screenings)
The night before Allison and Phil are to get married Allison has second thoughts and decides to call the wedding off. But instead of actually cancelling they go ahead with a sham wedding to save themselves embarrassment. Phil secretly hopes a gift he has for Allison will change her mind but once the guests arrive an array of unimaginable problems arise.
indieScreen, 285 Kent Ave, Williamsburg; 7 p.m.; tickets: $12
The first six people through the door with a movie in hand have a chance to show 5 minutes of that movie and explain why it should be the screening for the night. After everyone votes a movie will be picked. Any kind of movie, any language, any genre.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd St, Williamsburg; midnight; $5
MoRus Film Festival kicks off: 25th Annual Tompkins Square Riot Reunion Films!
Featuring “Your House is Mine,” “Squat or Rot,” and a Paper Tiger TV special on the demolition of the 5th Street squat. It’s been 25 years since the Tompkins Square riots when cops attempting to enforce a curfew violently forced out those living in the park. A lot has changed since then and as part of the 25th Annual Tompkins Square Riot Reunion MoRus will be showing films about squats, hangouts and “reclaimed space.”
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Ave. C, East Village; 7:30 p.m.; All-Access Pass: $20/ $5 suggested donation
MoRus Film Festival 25th Annual Tompkins Square Riot Reunion Films! (Day 2): “Tompkins Square Park: Operation Class War on the Lower East Side” and others TBA
More films about squats hangouts and “reclaimed space.”
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Ave. C, East Village; 7:30 p.m.; All-Access Pass: $20/ $5 suggested donation; more info here and here.