6/6: “Fit to Print” sneak peek and “Shock Corridor” at Freddy’s

Description: Director Adam Chadwick and Producer Nancy Wolfe will introduce a new trailer and present material from their forthcoming documentary “Fit to Print” about the fading fortunes of the newspaper industry in the U.S. and speak about their fundraising campaign. The in-progress doc is using a new fundraising platform, Passerby: check out the campaign, consider supporting the project, and spread this link

Followed by a showing of Sam Fuller’s B-movie psycho-drama Shock Corridor (US, 1963, 100min) about the limits of journalistic integrity.

“In Shock Corridor, the great American writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller masterfully charts the uneasy terrain between sanity and madness. Seeking a Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) has himself committed to a mental hospital to investigate a murder. As he closes in on the killer, insanity closes in on him. Constance Towers costars as Johnny’s coolheaded stripper girlfriend. With its startling commentary on racism and other hot-button issues in sixties America and its daring photography by Stanley Cortez, Shock Corridor has had far-reaching influence.” -The Criterion Collection

Weds. June 6th 8pm
at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom
627 5th Ave btw/ 17th, 18th St.


6/3: My Perestroika DVD release party with Filmwax!

Description: If you missed the extraordinary doc “My Perestroika” when it screened at New Directors/New Films, Sundance or when it ran theatrically at that theater near you? Now’s your opportunity to own a copy of this award winner by filmmaker Robin Hessman!

Join Filmwax & KCCS to celebrate the arrival of the DVD. We are going to screen special bonus features off the DVD throughout the evening. Good booze, pool table, great friends.

MY PERESTROIKA (2010, 88min)  follows 5 ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times – from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. In Hessman’s portrait, there are no “talking head” historians, no expert witnesses, no omniscient narrator telling viewers how to interpret events. Instead, Borya, Lyuba, Andrei, Olga and Ruslan share their personal stories. They were the last generation of Soviet children brought up behind the Iron Curtain. They take us on a journey through their Soviet childhoods, their youth during the country’s huge changes of Perestroika, and let us into their present-day lives.

The film interweaves their contemporary world with rare home movie footage from the 1970s and ‘80s in the USSR, along with official Soviet propaganda films that surrounded them at the time. Their memories and opinions sometimes complement each other and sometimes contradict each other, but together they paint a complex picture of the challenges, dreams, and disillusionment of this generation in Moscow today.

Details: Sunday June 3rd 5pm
At Halyards, 406 3rd Ave, at 6th St., Gowanus
Tel: 718 532 8787

5/26: Pentecost at The Drink!

Description: Join us and our friends, medieval band Aoi Saturday, May 26th for a full day of medieval-style carousing in our second-annual celebration of the ancient holiday of Pentecost. Expect sword fighting, giant turkey legs, specials on mead and beer, live music, screenings of classic medieval movies and all around raucous peasant partying.
In Arthurian legend, Pentecost was the most important feast day each year: the knights of the round table would gather (unless questing or imprisoned) to feast, celebrate their fellowship, and renew their Pentecostal Oath to King Arthur. In biblical terms, it’s the anniversary of the day when red tongues of flame descended from heaven, possessing the apostles with the Holy Spirit, causing them to preach to the masses in languages they did not know, converting thousands on the spot. Gnarly. In honor of both wild times, free drinks to knaves and wenches who take a crack at reading Le Morte D’Arthur aloud.
Presented with KCCS, Cottrell Brewing Co., and the NYC Longsword Fencing Club

Details: Whitsunday, May 26, 2012, all day
2pm  Ivanhoe (Richard Thorpe, US, 1952,106 min)
4pm  The War Lord (Franklin J. Schaffner, US, 1965, 123 min)
6pm  Knights of the Round Table (Richard Thorpe, US, 1953, 115 min)
9pm  Excalibur (John Boorman, US/UK, 1981, 140 min)

The Drink, 228 Manhattan Ave. L to Graham, Manhattan Ave. between Grand St. and Maujer.

5/24: Player Hating: A Love Story at LaunchPad

Description: As part of the 2nd Annual Arts to End Violence Festival created by Save Our Streets Crown Heights, KCCS will present a special screening of director Maggie Hadleigh-West’s recent doc PLAYER HATING: A LOVE STORY (2010, 95min)

Player Hating: A Love Story follows Half-a-Mill and his Brooklyn crew, The Godfia Criminals, as they struggle to launch Milion, in an effort to attain money, success and recognition through music. Player Hating delves intimately into the lives of young “thugs”, and takes the viewer into an underground world of poverty, alienation, gangs, violence and music that most audience members have an inkling of, but few rarely see—unless they’ve lived it. Filmed in the Albany Projects in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Volatile! Intimate and never condescending, Ms. Hadleigh-West’s on-the-fly shooting style opens a portal to an alien land, a corner of America where many whites fear to tread.” – Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times

“Player Hating is one of the more intimate and revealing looks at American projects ever made… Hadleigh-West clearly has the guts, not to mention the wiliness, of a potentially major filmmaker: She went to an everyday kind of purgatory and came out with a picture of cleansing humanity.” – Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

The 8pm screening will be preceded by a selection of locally-produced music videos, docs and youth media, curated by the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, beginning at 7pm

Details: Thursday May 24th 2012. 7pm youth media, 8pm feature film

At Brooklyn LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave btw/ Park & Sterling. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin

Free, free popcorn, BYOB

5/2: The Inheritance at Freddy’s

Description: Movie Mike presents the landmark doc chronicling the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, THE INHERITANCE (dir. Harold Mayer, 1964, 58min) on his own 16mm print
“Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, the film traces the growth of the American labor movement from immigrant arrival at Ellis Island through union participation in the civil rights struggle of the sixties. Focusing on the garment industry, the documentary exposes conditions in the sweatshops and ghettos of New York, Chicago, and Rochester, and depicts the police brutality accompanying protest. Plus more clips from Mike’s archives on the labor movement in the US. More on this timely screening at our sit
Details: Wednesday May 2, 8pm, FREE
Freddy’s Bar and Backroom – 627 5th Ave btw 17th and 18th St.
Read more about the general strike and May Day actions in NYC 

4/26: “Medora” kickstarter party and October Country

Description: Kickstarter party for Davy Rothbart and Andrew Cohn’s doc MEDORA, now in production.
Learn more about the kickstarter campaign and check out an extended preview. Director Andrew Cohn will also present a quick short short, “Little Helper” shot next door to Launchpad at J’s Wong restaurant on Franklin Ave.“Years ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive parts factory, a brick plant, and a thriving middle class. The factories have since closed, crippling Medora’s economy and its pride. The population has slowly dwindled to around 500 people. Drug use is common, the school faces consolidation, and as one resident put it, “This town’s on the ropes.”  … Medora follows the down-but-not-out Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2010 – 2011 season, capturing the players’ stories both on and off the court. The Hornets were riding a 44-game losing streak when we arrived, often playing schools ten to twenty times its size. The team’s struggle to compete bears eerie resonances with the town’s fight for survival in a country whose economy has shifted away from farming and manufacturing. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them — we like to think of it as a real-life, modern-day Hoosiers. On a grander scale, it’s a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight.
Followed by: recent award-winning, underseen doc October Country (dir. Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher, 2009, 80min) a verite look at an American family haunted by the ghosts of war and abuse. “Shot over a year from one Halloween to the next, the film uses rich visual metaphors and floats through multiple storylines to paint a portrait of a family who are unique but also sadly representative of the struggles of Americaʼs working class. Winner of the 2009 SILVERDOCS Grand Jury Prize for best US Documentary Feature.” Filmed in upstate NY.

Details: This Thursday April 26, 8pm
LaunchPad: 721 Franklin Ave btw Park and Sterling Pl.
2/3/4/5 to Franklin
FREE, BYOB, free popcorn

4/4: Miike x2 J-Horror Double Feature at Freddy’s

8pm: Gozu (aka Yakuza Horror Theater: Gozu, 2003, 125min)
10:15: Bijita Q (aka Visitor Q, 2001, 84min)
come for one or both | preceded by a local short

Nippon horror from Japan’s legendary grindhouse auteur Miike, who has pounded out over seventy theatrical, video, and TV productions since his debut in 1991. Prolific, provocative, and probably not appropriate for anyone.
Gozu has been called a J-horror version of Mullholland Dr., a twisted conflation of Yakuza mystery, Lynchian comic-horror, Japanese folklore, with lots of lactating. ”…a straight-to-video Japanese release that snuck into Cannes last year and has been leaving a trail of damp, crusty stains on the festival circuit since, it is likely his most cunning and controlled work since the sex-panic Venus flytrap Audition.” -Dennis Lim

In Visitor Q, his indescribably perverse take on the family drama, a deranged dad sets out to make a documentary on the exploits of his seriously damaged family. “The scandalous pinnacle of Miike’s extreme cinema canon.” -Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness

At Freddy’s Bar and Backroom, 627 5th Ave. btw. 17th, 18th St.
R to Prospect Ave.
Free show – get a beer – tip your barkeep – Freddy’s now has a full menu, and it’s bangin’

4/1: CAPOEIRA: FLY AWAY BEETLE at Amarachi Lounge

Breaking news friends: at producer’s last minute request, KCCS will present a special NY Premiere screening of a new feature doc on the history of capoeira, straight from the heart of Salvador, Brazil.
FLY AWAY BEETLE (2011, 71min) tells the story of the oppressive conditions during and after slavery which shaped the unique art form of Capoeira. “Three world renowned masters share radically different views, ranging from the violence of Capoeira’s early days to the modern social benefits of the style for troubled youth…  Weaving between interviews, rare old footage, and modern exhibitions of Capoeira, the film tells the stories of these people.  In so doing, connections to slavery, African Candomble and magic are discovered.”
The screening will be followed by a chat with the film’s Associate Producer, Marcio de Abreu

325 FRANKLIN AVE, near Clifton Pl, Bed-Stuy

3/22: Brownstones to Red Dirt & I Am Big Bird preview at LaunchPad

Description: Very excited for a special screening of the touching and timely Bed-Stuy-shot doc Brownstones to Red Dirt (Copper Pot Pictures, 2010, 85min) and a sneak preview/ kickstarter trailer for the upcoming feature doc I Am Big Bird, a look at the life of Carroll Spinney, the man who has played the big yellow bird in every episode of Sesame Street since 1969. Community screening: free and open to all.

Details: Thursday March 22nd, 7pm. Free & BYOB & popcorn provided

at LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave. btw/ Park Pl and Sterling Pl, 2/3/4/5 to Franklin

3/7: New Shorts from #OWS//Occupy Rallies at Freddy’s

Description: Join KCCS and filmmaker Messiah Rhodes for a presentation of breaking film and media from Occupy Wall Street rallies and documentation of rallies from this people’s movement.

>we’ll also roll some recent work by filmmaker/editor Adele Pham, and a piece shot at Zuccotti for “Sankofa Day 2011″ by Freddy’s mainstay and BCAT-featured program “Freddy’s Brooklyn Roundhouse”

>short docs include recent clips from STOP WAR ON IRAN, STOP STOP AND FRISK rallies in NYC, and the #OccupyMuseums campaign

++ preview of Messiah’s upcoming feature doc #STATE OF REVOLUTION, a chronicle of activism and resistance in New York State in 2011, from budget cut protests in Albany to Bloombergville to Zuccotti Park

+ discussion and drinking to follow, and info on Occupy Brooklyn

Details: Weds. 3/7 in the backroom
~9-11pm, free

Freddy’s Bar, 627 5th Ave btw/ 17th, 18th St. M/R to Prospect Ave.