A six-second “film” isn’t going to stand up against classics like Goodfellas or Vertigo, but with the ADD generation upon us, maybe this is the future of film? The Vine Film Festival is awarding prizes for the best Vine movies this Saturday at Bushwick’s Bat Haus coworking space. To enter your film use the hashtag #tinylittlevideos on Vine and look for your work at the festival. Booze and prizes — awarded in all genres, so be creative — will be provided by the event’s sponsors: The Bronx Brewery, Kave Café, Northeast Kingdom and Mile’s Wine Bar. And there’s an after-party at The Rookery.
Catch these six-second masterpieces and other films about drugs, music and adoption we’re Reel Psyched about.
Kids Like You & Me: A Middle East Tour Film + Director Bill Cody and The Black Lips in person
Follow Atlanta’s number one garage-punk band as they tour and party through some of the most unexplored music scenes of the world in the Middle East. The Black Lips are the first American band to play in Egypt since The Grateful Dead in 1978, and one of the only bands to go and document their time hanging out with punks, skaters and locals in such a war-torn part of the world. Also catch the band live later in the night, when they play a set at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; 7:30 p.m.; $15
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
In on of the most unexpected surprises of the last 16 years the Stone Roses called a press conference in October of 2011 and announced they were reuniting. Watch as the band prepares for their first tour in over a decade and a half, and revel in some never-before-seen footage of the band from back in the day.
IndieScreen, 89 Kent Ave., Williamsburg; 9 p.m.; $12
Village East Cinema, 189 Second Ave., East Village; 7 p.m.; $14
Birth of the Living Dead
Back when George Romero was a college dropout, people didn’t think his idea for a little movie called Night of the Living Dead was so great. But the ’60s were a special decade full of turmoil, change, horror, losses and victories and no one really knew what was going work or how art, music and film were going to shape American culture for the coming decades. See how Romero and an unlikely crew of Pittsburgh’s police, ironworkers, teachers etc. made a pivotal movie in filmmaking history.
IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, West Village; $13.50
Music Docs: Tropicalia + DJ Cleary spinning Brazilian Vinyl, Caipirinha drink specials and a vinyl raffle at the end of the screening.
Brazil’s Tropicalia movement of the 1960s was art that blended avant-garde ideas with traditional Brazilian concepts. Musically it merged traditional Brazilian and African rhythms with rock ‘n’ roll. This documentary explores the movement and many of the artists who were struggling to be heard.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 8 p.m.; Free
The Armstrong Lie w/ Director Alex Gibney in person
When Alex Gibney set out to make this film, it was about the rise of a star who had defeated cancer, returned to biking, and against all odds won the Tour De France a record seven times in a row. In early 2013 Lance Armstrong admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs, suddenly flipping the script not only on his own legacy, but also Gibney’s film. This is a unique inside look at the reveal as it happens.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St., Lower East Side; $13.50
More than just a sports story, Medora takes us into a tiny town with a population of around 500 that is plagued with drug problems, poverty and struggle. The Medora Hornets are a varsity basketball team that can’t seem to win a game. This documentary follows the team’s struggles and digs into the lives of their individual players, revealing as much about them as about small town life in Medora itself.
Village East Cinema, 189 Second Ave., East Village; 7 p.m.; $13.50
Approved For Adoption
Jung Henin is a 42-year-old cartoonist who was one of 200,000 Koreans adopted into Europe after the Korean War. This animated autobiographical story follows Jung from the day he was found in Seoul, through his teen years, meeting his wife to his adventuring into Korea in search of his biological mother. He finds solace in drawing, something that started out as just doodles but became his ultimate form of expression.
Angelika Film Center, 18 West Houston St; SoHo; $14
The first and only DEFA film about homosexuality was shot in East Berlin and released on November 9th 1989, the day the Berlin Wall came down. Phillipp has a girlfriend and a child on the way but when he meets Matthias he falls in love again, coming to the realization that he’s gay and has been repressing it for years.
Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, Greenwich Village; 6:30 p.m.; Free
Mean Girls Brunch Screening
Eat your eggs benedict with a side of Regina George and the Plastics — nothing like Josie and the Pussycats, yet way more fun to watch. Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler all star in this classic high school comedy drama about Cady, a new girl who moved from Africa, and her takedown of the most popular clique in school.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; Noon; $11