3/31: THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS at littlefield

Description: KCCS hosts a special screening of the hilarious, suspenseful, and surprisingly poignant look at Donkey Kong masters, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007, 80min).  Joining us will be Ross Tuttle, a contributing producer and camera operator on the film, who will talk about the production’s crazy back story and present extended clips and competitors who didn’t make the final cut.

This screening will be followed immediately by a Wii Donkey Kong battle royale, projected up on the big screen. Gamers and newbies alike are welcome. Free.

Update: We’re Time Out NY’s top Great Date tonight! Curiously, the video game feature beat Vintage Erotica at Freddy’s for our first hit in the Sex & Dating section.

Details: Wednesday 3/31, 8pm screening

Littlefield in the performance space. Doors at 7, Film at 8, Kong at 9:30

622 Degraw between 3rd and 4th Ave. Gowanus


3/24: short film slam @ LaunchPad!

Description: KCCS is proud to host a night of narrative shorts and docs, as well as music videos, essay films, and who knows what else, at Launchpad, a brand spankin’ new art space in Crown Heights. LaunchPad is a “a creative gathering place in Brooklyn focusing on community programs, the arts, technology, and anything else that captures the imagination”

Preliminary program order:

  • “Sixteen and Cutting” by Karim Lopez [truth2powerfilms.org - karimlopez.org]
  • “What’s in Alaska?” by James Arrabito
  • “How To Ride a Train” by Katie Dillon [Beautiful Lady Productions, bladyp.com]
  • “Losing Clive” by Teresa Toews
  • “Poor Ellen Smith” & “You’ve Been Warned” music videos, and “Speak for Darfur” PSA by Tiffany Frances [tiffanyfrances.com - vimeo.com/tiffanyfrances]
  • “Happy Birthday” & “Manzano” shorts and “Be On Welfare” music video by Rik Burns
  • “Bondage” by Wayne Bolton
  • “Silent Heart” by Robert Moore [Alive in 85 Productions, alivein85.com]
  • “Hair Is Alive” by Shawn Wen [uniondocs.org]
  • “The Big Apple” by Andrew Valentim Almeida and William Martin [uniondocs.org]
  • “Ignition” by Chombo; “Sewn” and “Tiger Tiger” by Sara Kinney

Details: Wednesday, 3/24, 8pm, free screening, free popcorn. Come meet filmmakers and film lovers at an awesome new spot. And thanks to all the filmmakers who volunteered to show their stuff!

Brooklyn Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave. @ Park Pl. 2/3/4/5 train to Franklin Ave, or shuttle to Park Pl.


3/17: The Quiet Man at Vox Pop

Description: For St. Paddy’s Day, we present a screening of the John Ford/ John Wayne back-to-Ireland classic, The Quiet Man (1952, 129min).

Wayne stars as Sean Thornton, a retired American boxing champion trying to put tragedy behind him by returning to Innisfree, the bucolic Irish village of his birth. He purchases his birthplace from its owner, where he finds Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara in one of her best roles… and at her most erotic). Thornton’s courtship of the ravishing Mary forms the core of Ford’s Oscar-winning comedy-drama, one of the legendary directors most personal films – a passion project he waited two decades to make. The Duke gives a surprisingly nuanced performance as the American fish out of water, and is matched by the rambunctious O’Hara. The Quiet Man is a glorious dose of Irish stout and a beautifully shot dream of a film. An almost Shakespearean comedy, best seen with a crowd… and with drinks. “I think I’ll go to the pub, and talk a little treason.” original 1952 review from AH Weiler of the NY Times

Details: Vox Pop Cafe, 1022 Cortelyou Rd. @ Stratford Rd. Q to Cortelyou. voxpopcafe.com

Wednesday March 17th, 8pm

Drinking party to follow, with (more) beer and corned beef sandwiches.


3/14: War Against the Weak @ UnionDocs

Description: War Against the Weak, based on the book “War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race,” traces the dark and forgotten history of eugenics and the pursuit of racial purification, from its beginnings in US institutions to its end, in the death camps of the Third Reich. Director Justin Strawhand and producer Pete Demas will be with us following the lively, often terrifying film, for what will be a fascinating talk about a deeply unsettling subject overlooked by history textbooks.

website and trailer here

Details: Sunday, March 14, 7:30pm, $7 suggested donation. We recommend buying tickets in advance as the screening room fills up fast.

UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave, Williamsburg

venue and ticket information here


3/10: Locally-made docs at Freddy's

Description: Join us Wednesday March 10th for three homemade docs from Brooklyn filmmakers:

Michael Galinsky will be on hand with interview footage and clips from a rough cut of their investigation into the politics of the massive Atlantic Yards/ Barclays Center development, Battle of Brooklyn

Filmmaker Adam Chadwick and producer Bill Loerch will be on hand to introduce a rough cut of their in-progress doc Fit To Print, about the decline of the newspaper industry in America

Lastly, a screening of A Hole in a Fence (2007, 46min) about a peculiar abandoned lot in Red Hook, BK.

“Chronicling the changing fortunes of a unique abandoned lot in Red Hook, Brooklyn, A Hole in a Fence explores the complicated issues of development, class and identity facing the city’s most populous borough. It’s the story of a vanished homeless community and the young architect who documented it; of a real urban farm run by local kids amidst a landscape of industrial decay; of young graffiti writers losing their stomping grounds; of the arrival of a controversial Ikea megastore; of a photographer’s vision of nature’s renewal; of the doomed struggle to save a rare part of the neighborhood’s working waterfront; and of a filmmaker’s discovery of a fleeting, hidden world on the other side of a rusty old fence.”

Director D.W. Young will be on hand to introduce.

Details: Wed. 3/10, 8:30pm SHARP. Total program totals under 90 minutes

Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, 485 Dean St. @ 6th Ave, 2/3 to Bergen, any train to Atlantic Pacific. freddysbackroom.com

Links:

Battle of Brooklyn trailer

Fit to Print blog

A Hole in a Fence trailer and site