Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New York United Film Festival

From a media release about a film festival with some very interesting and quirky offerings - I'll be taking a closer look at two of the films in separate posts:

New York United Film Festival
October 22nd - 28th, 2010
Cobble Hill Cinemas, 265 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

With a string of successful screenings in the past  months in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tulsa and most recently in Chicago to sold out audiences and terrific reviews, and the United Film Festival returns to New York for its fourth year. The festival's focus is to bring together talented filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, thus creating a "United" showcase of creative energy and talent. With an eclectic mix of narrative an feature films and a special emphasis on celebrating New York filmmakers, organizers  have put together a lineup of movies to draw in cinema lovers from every walk of life, and we want to get the word out to as many of them as possible.  This festival will bring with it the rich tradition of showcasing humorous, touching and provoking films.

This year's lineup includes some great New York stories, such as our opening night film, Colin Hearts Kay, in which a Brooklyn cartoonist tries desperately to win back his girlfriend by dragging her into the illustrated world of his cartoons, and Gabi on the Roof in July, which follows a young woman who moves to New York to live with her older brother for the summer, only to find she's in over her head when she gets involved with his roommate.

Monday’s screenings take us “Behind the Scenes” with Cleanflix, chronicling of the battle between Hollywood filmmakers and video stores in Utah who elected to “sanitize” their films without permission, and Official Rejection which documents the pitfalls and triumphs of a group of filmmakers on the film festival circuit.

We're also excited to present Midnight screenings of the classic films Ghostbusters and Escape from New York. We're also showing FREE SHORT FILM BLOCKS at 5:15 pm every weekday.

On Thursday, October 28th winners of our Jury Award and Audience Award will be honored during Closing Night encore screenings, giving you a second chance to catch some favorite films you might have missed during the festival.

With a collection of New York premieres accompanied by amazing short films, this is one New York United not to be missed!

**Most film showings include Q&A with the filmmakers.**

Colin Hearts Kay
Friday, October 22nd - 7:00pm
When Brooklyn-based cartoonist Colin Jensen breaks up with longtime girlfriend Kay Ho, he pulls out all stops to win her back including dragging her into the illustrated world of his cartoons.
Cast: Noah Starr, Emily Chang, Mellini Kantayya, Abraham De Funes, Nitin Madan, Kyle Walters

The Minutemen
Friday, October 22nd - 9:30pm
The story of the men who take it upon themselves to patrol the 700 mile perforated barrier along our southern border.

Midnight Screening - $5
Friday, October 22nd - Midnight
Who ya gonna call?
Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts

A Long Haul
Saturday, October 23rd - 2:00pm
A struggling captain sets out on a high pressure three day offshore trip to net squid in an attempt to climb out of debt.

NY Premiere
Seeking Happily Ever After
Saturday, October 23rd - 4:30pm
A documentary that examines how millions of 30-something single women are busting cultural norms and redefining what "happily ever after" looks like.

Gabi On The Roof In July
Saturday, October 23rd - 7:00pm
A portrait of young New York and the misguided hopefuls who can't afford to live there but do anyway.
Cast: Lawrence Michael Levine, Sophia Takal, Brooke Bloom, Louis Cancelmi, Kate Lyrn Sheil, Amy Seimetz

The Prospects
Saturday, October 23rd - 9:30pm
Two young Park Slope residents plan a robbery to fund their dreams of a banjo-music recording studio, but things become complicated when one of these awkward would-be-thieves falls for the victim's Jamaican nurse.

Midnight Screening - $5
Escape From New York
The world's greatest leader is a hostage in the most dangerous place on Earth. Now only the deadliest man alive can save him.
Cast: Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Lee Van Cleef, Harry Dean Stanton

NY Premiere
I Do, I Don't
Sunday, October 24th - 1:00pm
One couple’s story of love, marriage, divorce, and what happens when the realities of modern day life collide with biblical ideals.

The Elephant in the Living Room
Sunday, October 24th - 3:00pm
A documentary film about the controversial world of raising the deadliest and most exotic animals on earth as common household pets.

NY Premiere
Facing The Fat
Sunday, October 24th - 5:30pm
At 315 pounds and 53% body fat, director Kenny Saylors embarks on a record breaking 55 day, doctor supervised water only fast.

Special When Lit
Sunday, October 24th - 8:00pm
The definitive story of the rise and fall of pinball as told by the fans, collectors, designers and champion players from across the globe.

NY Premiere
Monday, October 25th - 7:00pm
When a small Utah-based edited movie company is caught sanitizing Hollywood's copyrighted material for Mormon audiences, the film industry strikes back with a devastating blow.

NY Premiere
Official Rejection
Monday, October 25th - 9:30pm
An enjoyable, informative and humorous documentary that takes us inside the film festival world.

NY Premiere
Jeffie Was Here
Tuesday, October 26th - 7:00pm
One couple’s life takes an unpredictable turn when an apparent stranger accompanies them on a road trip.
Cast: Peter Bedgood, Alexis Raben, Todd Edwards, Christine Rose, and Ken Marino

NY Premiere
The Rock'n'Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher
Tuesday, October 26th - 9:30pm
The awkward son of a rock star works through his famous father's suicide by navigating the brutal underground world of karaoke.
Cast: Jack Roberts, Marshall Bell, Peter Bedgood, Heather Roberts, and Lizz Carter

NY Premiere
Eat The Sun
Wednesday, October 27th - 7:00pm
Is it possible to stare into the sun and not eat?

Biker Fox
Wednesday, October 27th - 9:30pm
The story of Frank P. DeLarzelere III aka Biker Fox, Tulsa, Oklahoma's misunderstood motivational bicyclist, nature conservationist and muscle car guru.

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