The Greenpoint Film Festival just passed, but there’s still more North BK festing to be had.
The Motorcycle Film Festival
Sept. 24 to 27 at The Gutter, 200 N 14th; $60 for all-access ticket, $10 for individual screenings
Now in its second year, this moto-minded fest was founded by Jack Drury, co-founder of the Rockaway Beach Food and Craft Beer Festival, and Corinna Mantlo, a custom seat designer who screens motorcycle movies every Wednesday at Lady Jay’s in Williamsburg. This year’s flicks take you into the motorcycle shops of India, the custom garages of France, and the leather workshops of Sweden. You’ll ride along on (off-)road trips from northern England to London, Berlin to the Isle of Man, and, in one case, across five continents and 35 countries in the 1950s. And of course there are your stuntmen, motocross racers, and outlaw motorcycle clubs. Yes, there are judges involved, but this is really just an excuse to kick back to some flicks and then rock out to live acts like rider Julia Haltigan (Friday) and the Daddy Long Legs (Saturday).
Bushwick Film Festival
Oct. 2 to 5, various locations
The seventh installment of this annual fest is as multicultural as you’d expect from a neighborhood like Bushwick, featuring dramas and docs about Mexican gang initiates, trailblazing South African artists, and Peruvian families gaining access to the net for the first time (“Web” features NYU Journalism’s own Clay Shirky). There are also some movies that hit closer to home — like “Toñita’s,” a short doc, last seen at the Brooklyn Film Festival, about a Puerto Rican sports club in Williamsburg, and David & Me, about a Bushwick man who may have served 25 years for a murder he didn’t commit (we spoke to director Ray Klonksy when it premiered at the Manhattan Film Festival). In addition to the films, there are workshops and panel discussions on distribution, crowdfunding, hand-painted filmmaking (should you want to be the next Harry Smith), and female filmmakers, a subject close to festival founder Kweighbaye Kotee’s heart.
And coming up, in Manhattan…
The Food Film Festival comes to the East Village’s AMC Village 7 from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. A dozen food-related flicks will make their world premiere; after the screenings, you can sample food and bevvies created by some distinguished out-of-town chefs with the movies in mind. Peep this year’s lineup here.