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February 2013

Brooklyn Reconstructed: ZIPPER

February 27, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, 11215

Brooklyn Reconstructed ends on a high note with Amy Nicholson's new hit documentary, "Zipper". Small-time ride operator Eddie Miranda proudly runs a carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district. Eddie and his ride are driven away when the City of New York and an opportunistic real estate mogul lock horns over the future of the “People’s Playground.” A film about greed, politics, land use and public policy, and the battle over an American…

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NORTHEAST (Theatrical)

February 22, 2013 - February 28, 2013
reRun Theater, 147 Front Street
Brooklyn, 11201 United States
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Filmwax, Tribeca Film & reRun present Gregory Kohn's "Northeast" for a one week theatrical engagement. SYNOPSIS Will (David Call), an unemployed and aimless playboy living in Brooklyn, has spent his 20s skating on easy charm from one casual, distant affair to the next. Noticing his friends’ happiness as they gradually settle into steady jobs and committed relationships, Will decides to trade apathy for effort in order to find someone with whom he can start the next chapter of his life. Shot…

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Docularious!: WHY WE LAUGH

February 9, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Maysles Cinema, 343 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Filmwax's DOCULARIOUS! series continues with Robert Townsend's Sundance Film Festival hit, "Why We Laugh". The screening will be preceded by the funny stylings of comedian Marc Theobald. SYNOPSIS: An off-screen narration, four dozen talking heads, and clips of performances tell a chronological story about Black comedy: who has made us laugh since 1901, what is the nature of their humor, and what social and political contexts inform it. We look at minstrels, Stepin Fetchit, "Amos 'n Andy," "Beulah," Redd Foxx,…

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January 2013

20th Anniversary Screening of BROTHER’S KEEPER

January 31, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
92Y/Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street
New York, 10013
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Before there was a West Memphis 3, there was The Ward Brothers. Filmwax & 92YTribeca are pleased to present a 20th Anniversary screening of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's seminal documentary, "Brother's Keeper". A heartwarming story of alleged fratricide, this much-acclaimed classic tells the story of Delbert, Bill, Lyman, and Roscoe Ward —illiterate bachelor brothers who never ventured beyond their 99 acre dairy farm in central New York State. Known by the neighbors as "The Ward Boys", they've shared a…

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Brooklyn Reconstructed: LAST SUMMER AT CONEY ISLAND

January 23, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, 11215
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The Brooklyn Reconstructed series continues with JL Aronson's documentary, "Last Summer at Coney Island". Documentary, 100 mins, 2010 Special Guests: Filmmaker JL Aronson & Nate Bliss, Interim President of Alliance for Coney Island and Vice President at EDC. Coney Island is known throughout the world as the birthplace of the hot dog, the roller coaster and even popular culture. But Coney Island is not what it used to be and the area has lingered for years as a specter of…

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December 2012

Docularious!: JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK

December 19, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Maysles Cinema, 343 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027 United States
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A standout Sundance award-winner and audience favorite at festivals across the country, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" takes us on a hilarious and candid year-long ride with the legendary Joan Rivers. Peeling away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposing both the struggle and thrill of a fifty year career in stand-up, television, and everything in between "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" reveals the epic career of this incisive, irreverent, and ultimately tireless performer. Don't miss the most hilarious…

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Brooklyn Reconstructed: GUT RENOVATION

December 12, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, 11215
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81 minutes, color, USA, 2012 Special Guest: Filmmaker Su Friedrich, others The screening will be followed by a post-screening discussion and then a birthday party for Su Friedrich! All are welcome. "Gut Renovation" tells the inside story of the rezoning, demolition and repurposing of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Friedrich details the heart-rending loss of a thriving community of working class residents and artists, as well as the loss of many beautiful old industrial buildings that accommodated hundreds of small businesses, manufacturers, and artists’…

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BRAVE NEW YORK & RADIOACTIVE CITY: The Films of Richard Sandler

December 9, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Union Docs, 322 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211 United States
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UnionDocs & Filmwax present an evening with still & moving images of a true experimental artist, Richard Sandler. Sandler will be in attendance for discussion along with filmmaker/curator Peter Buntaine (The Experiment). Shooting daily video from 1992 to 2004, “Brave New York” is a free-form documentary that loosely chronicles 12 years of intense change in the East Village “hood.” From the reopening of the newly curfew-ed Tompkins Square Park, and Wigstock, in ’92, to the destruction and sale of the…

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SAHKANAGA

December 7, 2012 - December 13, 2012
reRun Theater, 147 Front Street
Brooklyn, 11201 United States
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After more than a year of festival screenings worldwide, John Henry Summerour's "Sahkanaga" opens on Dec. 7th at NYC's reRun & Atlanta's historic Plaza Theater. The filmmakers will be in Brooklyn for opening night and then travel to Atlanta for screenings on Saturday and Sunday, returning to New York for special events Monday through Thursday. OPENING NIGHT BROOKLYN BONUS: Arrive early on Dec. 7th (doors at 6:45pm) to receive one of director John Henry Summerour's legendary Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls! The…

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August 2011

MY BROOKLYN (Fundraiser)

August 11, 2011 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Fifth Estate, 506 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, 11215
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Free

Come out this Thursday to Filmwax at Fifth Estate and help My Brooklyn reach our kickstarter goal. Clips from the film, discussion with filmmakers and people in the film, snacks, music, cash bar (maybe some free beer, still working on it!). Food provided by Mazie’s Catering & Events www.mazies.com. Music by DJ SkyBreaks.

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July 2011

TEN STORIES TALL

July 10, 2011 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Fifth Estate, 506 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States
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Free

Director David Garrett will be in attendance for a Q & A. When best friend Anna Hollister dies, Grace Parker confesses to their lifelong affair. The revelation strikes at the core of the friendship of the two families. Starring Ally Sheedy, Josh Hamilton, & Jim Gaffigan.

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June 2011

An Evening of Neon Animation

June 26, 2011 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Fifth Estate, 506 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States
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Free

Jack Feldstein is an award-winning scriptwriter and neon animation filmmaker. Jack's trademark style is the neonizing of a combination of live action video recording and public domain material, particularly cartoons.

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STILL BILL

June 12, 2011 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Fifth Estate, 506 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, 11215
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Free

Filmmakers Damani Baker & Alex Vlack follow Withers and offer a unique and rare look inside the world of this fascinating man. Both will be available for a post-screening Q & A.

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FROM TEXAS TO TEHRAN (a.k.a. THE IRAN JOB)

June 5, 2011 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Fifth Estate, 506 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, 11215
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Free

Filmmaker Till Schauder presents a rough cut of his new documentary, "From Texas to Tehran" (working title). Till and other key members from the film will be available for a post-screening feedback session.

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May 2011

EXCUSE ME, MR. SPEAKER

May 22, 2011 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
The Fifth Estate, 506 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, 11215
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Director Justin Sullivan & Paul Newell to be present for post-screening Q & A. Progressive Paul Newell draws a plan to make his first run for public office: to challenge the most powerful politician in New York State, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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