8/6: New York(er) Shorts

New York(er) Shorts Series 4

Family Night! Work by the curators on a Roof

Friends of KCCS New York(er) Shorts will be hosting a program of work by Peter Buntaine and Lorenzo Gattorna.
“Usually held at Maysles Cinema in Harlem, we have secured a unique venue for a special summer event. Films will be projected on a rooftop with free beer provided by our sponsor Broooklyn Brewery.
Please come enjoy some drinks, music, and art and show your support for these emerging NY filmmakers.”

Doors at 7, show at sunset.
Suggested Donation $10
15 Lawton Street
Take the JMZ to Myrtle Ave
East on Broadway five blocks, left on Lawton. Near B’way @ Malcolm X Blvd.

8/4: Sabrina

Description: The ageless original Cinderella-inspired piece of barbed social commentary from maestro Billy Wilder, with a dream trio: Long Island socialites Humphrey Bogart and William Holden battling for the affections of the lowly chauffeur’s daughter Audrey Hepburn.

1954 trailer

Details: backyard at Ortine Cafe, 622 Washington Ave. btw Dean/Pacific. Starts at sunset.

8/3: Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series

Description: A monthly screening series dedicated to the art of independent filmmaking and the exhibition of contemporary independent films. This month’s showcase: short films by Nicholas Engel, Lawrence Weiner, Kiki Allgeier, and Paul Natale. Curated by Danielle DiGiacomo.
Details: Program begins at 7pm.
376 9th St (at Sixth Ave)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Subway: F to Seventh Ave
Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series, first monday of every month
visit brooklynindependent.com

7/28 The Princess Bride

By popular demand, KCCS presents the witty, endlessly quotable Hollywood fairy tale from the days of yore, when Rob Reiner still made good movies. (1987, 98min)

For your perusal – one of these such quotable scenes.

Details: backyard at Ortine Cafe, 622 Washington Ave. btw Dean/Pacific. Film begins at sunset (~8:30) weather permitting.


Description: Wednesday 7/22 Kings County Cinema presents a program of “BLOOD ON FILM” at Vox Pop, a program of radical, underappreciated, blood-stained works of the first half of the 20th century.

First: Jean Cocteau’s The Blood of a Poet (Le sang d’un poète, 1930, 55min) a dazzling, stream-of-concsciousness look at the artist’s creative process. Cocteau, a celebrated artist, poet, novelist, playwright, illustrator and surrealist, saw the limitless potential for capturing dreamscapes and dadaist ideals on celluloid. “Cocteau plunges his artistic protagonist (Enrique Rivero) into a dream world filled with talking statues and other oddities to illustrate—through Cocteau’s combination of striking visuals, autobiographical details, coy (and queer) sexuality, and an underrated sense of humor—the perils of creation.” -Keith Phillips, The Onion.
Second: Blood of Jesus (1941, 57min) an important early all-black film from director Spencer Williams (who later went on to play Andy of “Amos ‘n Andy”). This spiritual parable concerns an unchurched man (Williams) who accidentally shoots his pious wife in an unnamed rural southern town. The good woman Martha is whisked to the crossroads, where the forces of Heaven and Hell fight for her soul, while traditional gospel drives the soundtrack. A landmark African-American production and the first “race film” (the wave of all-black films created for segregated theaters) to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Some words on Blood of Jesus, from Phil Hall at Film Threat.
Third: Blood of the Beasts (
Le sang des bêtes, 1949, 20min), a striking French documentary by Georges Franju which contrasts the idyllic outskirts of post-war Paris with the grim setting of nearby slaughterhouses and the casual brutality that takes place within the walls of a series of abbatoirs. Warning: this film, while only 20 minutes, contains intensely graphic depictions of cattle, horses and sheep being butchered. We are screening this film last.

7/21: Sleeper

Description: Woody Allen’s slapstick classic about a nerdy New Yorker (“I’m even beaten up by Quakers”) who runs the Happy Carrot Health Food store in the Village until he’s transported to a strange, sinister, sex-obsessed future. A breakneck screwball comedy with plenty of nods to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, and a very obvious influence on the antics of Fry and Bender in Futurama. 1973, 90 min  1973 trailer

Details: backyard at Ortine Cafe, 622 Washington Ave. btw Dean/Pacific. Film begins at sunset (~8:30) weather permitting.

7/19: Hip-hop doc blowout @ littlefield

Description: Free screenings of recent lauded hip-hop documentaries: Beastie Boys in AWESOME; I FUCKIN’ SHOT THAT!

and Wu-Tang Clan in ROCK THE BELLS

Details: A free double-bill at a brand new Brooklyn performance and art space, Littlefield, in Gowanus. 622 Degraw St. btw 3rd/4th Ave. Doors at 5. Awesome @ 6; Bells @ 8:30. DJ empanadamn spinning cuts from both groups betweeen/after the films. No cover. Happy hour prices all night. Food and flavored popcorn from the kitchen.

**UPDATE** Jaime Lowe, author of “Digging For Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB” will be on hand to discuss the man behind the persona, and the events behind the film, following Rock The Bells

littlefield site

On October 9, 2004, the Beastie Boys played a sold-out homecoming show at Madison Square Garden, and in celebration, the Beasties’ Adam Yauch distributed 50 Hi-8 and digital video cameras among fans.  Awesome; I F*ckin Shot That! is the result; a raucous fan-made concert doc, set to cleanly recorded thumping sound, it’s equal parts exhilarating concert film, stylistic experiment, and commentary on the Youtube generation. Awesome is directed by Yauch, under his nom de film Nathaniel Hornblower.
Rock The Bells is an unblinking, sometimes terrifyingly up-close look at what it took to reunite the famed Wu-Tang Clan for the Rock The Bells hip-hop festival in the summer of 2004. The NY-based supergroup, infamous for its no-shows on tour, was brought together despite near-constant chaos and mismanagement. The RZA, the GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, and Method Man all show up… eventually… in what turns out to be a surprisingly lucid peek at concert promotions and tour meltdowns.  Also featuring M.C. Supernatural and Dilated Peoples, Rock The Bells is directed by Casey Suchan and Denis Hennelly.

7/14: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Description: The charming and luminous French New Wave musical from Jacques Demy that launched the career of Catherine Deneuve. All songs all the time!

Details: Tuesday 7/14, sunset, back patio at Ortine Cafe. 622 Washington Ave. btw Dean/Pacific. Ortine.com for a map

7/8: The Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival

Description: A treasure chest of ancient cartoons featuring some characters you love and some you’ve never heard of. hopefully a few that are horribly dated and offensive. projected on 16mm. the true filmic experience.

Details: Wednesday, 8pm. Freddy’s backroom, 485 dean St. @ 6th Ave. $5 donation.

cartoonsonfilm.blogspot.com – freddysbackroom.com


Description: A Hitchcock classic

Details: 8:30pm, backyard at Ortine Cafe, 622 Washington Ave. btw Dean & Pacific. ortine.com

Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman as spies and lovers seeking former Nazis in Rio de Janeiro. Those looking for a biopic about a certain Brooklyn-born rapper will be disappointed, but only a little disappointed, because this one is a balls-out masterpiece of romance and intruige, and set the stage for Hitch’s unprecedented string of masterpieces in the ’50s.

1946 trailer