Because this year’s Rooftop Films Summer Series isn’t bringing nearly enough Karpovsky, the Brooklyn Film Festival is promising still more of the Girls star. Among the 108 features and shorts screening at the 18th edition of the annual fest is Devil Town, featuring not only Alex Karpovsky, but also his fellow Brooklyn director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) and Jennifer Prediger, who’s starring in a couple of other local productions in the fest. Among those are Matthew Yeager’s Valedictorian, the moody trailer for which you can see below.
Prediger, who we just saw at the Tribeca Film Festival in Onur Tukel’s Applesauce, is now starring in another effort from the Summer of Blood director. In this new one, Abby Singer/Songwriter, Tukel plays a “hapless middle-aged filmmaker who has just moved to Brooklyn” (so, not at all autobiographical) who gets an aging former indie-rocker to film a series of ill-advised comeback music videos. One of them involves pig masks, if the below still is any indicator.
Abby Singer/Songwriter also stars Josephine Decker, who is also, in turn, appearing in Alison Bagnall’s Funny Bunny. The new one from the Dish & The Spoon director centers around “Titty, an emotionally-arrested 19-year-old who has successfully sued his own father to win back a large inheritance and gotten himself disowned in the process.” Here’s the teaser.
Other highlights of the festival, which boasts 17 world premieres and 30 US premieres, include The Regulars, a short doc about a waitress’s relationship with her customers at the Manhattan 3 Decker diner in Greenpoint; The Hermit, a documentary from East Village filmmaker Lena Friedrich about a Maine recluse who survived off of food he stole from summer homes; and Deep Web, a doc (and SXSW pick) about the 30-year-old accused of operating the online black market Silk Road. The festival kicks off with a screening of Manson Family Vacation, another SXSW pick starring Jay Duplass as a Los Angeles lawyer who sets off on a Manson-themed road trip with his oddball brother (Jay’s real-life brother Mark Duplass co-produced the film with him).
That’ll screen at the Wythe Hotel on May 29 and the fest continues through June 7 with screenings at Windmill Studios in Greenpoint, Nitehawk in Williamsburg, the Made in New York Media Center By IFP in Dumbo, and BRIC House in Fort Greene. You can see the full lineup and score tickets here.