11/18: Films and discussion about gun violence

Description: KCCS is curating a night of short films and youth-produced media that address the problem of gun violence in our streets. Followed by a panel discussion with representatives from “Save Our Streets Crown Heights” and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. Presented with SOS, NYAGV, Downtown Community Television, and the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. More info at CHMC blog

Short films include:
- A Harlem Mother (2009, 10min) director Ivana Todorovic’s award-winning documentary
- Playguns, by local filmmakers Michael Pinckney and Taj Lewis
- Holding Up, by Wyatt Maker and Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, based in Park Slope
- Benny Lyde: A Role Model Dies Young, by DCTV Filmworks
- Halt, by DCTV Filmworks
… and more. with introductions by filmmakers and producers

Shorts curated by Nick Shimkin. Big thanks to Beyond Bullets, DCTV’s ongoing media campaign to address gun violence in US cities.
Following this program (45-50min) our partner organizations will host a panel discussion about solutions and responses to recent shootings.
Panelists include Lisa Jones, Save Our Streets coordinator, Shaina Harrison, Youth Director at NYAGV, and more.
Details: Thursday November 18th, 7pm. At LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin.
Free and open to the community. Refreshments will be provided.


10/27: Horror Night at LaunchPad

Description: In time for All Hallow’s Eve, a screening of horror maestro Lucio Fulci’s Zombi II (aka Zombie, aka Zombie Flesh Eaters, 1979, 90min). Shot on a shoestring budget in Brooklyn, Rome, Santo Domingo D.R. and Isla Mujeres, Mexico, the Italian production follows a team of hapless Americans who track an outbreak of the cannibalistic undead from NYC to the Caribbean. Contains bad acting, worse dubbing, hypnotic, surreal imagery, impaled eyeballs, needless T&A, and the most realistic zombie vs. shark battle we’ve ever seen on film. FYI: There never was a Zombi 1: the film opened on the heels of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, titled “Zombi” in Italy… Fulci’s non-sequel is a shameless attempt to capitalize on the success of Romero’s masterpiece. 

Preceded by recent horror shorts:
The Resurrection of Officer Rollins (2009, 20min) a short by Nathan “Karma” Cox, starring Derek Mears (Jason Voorhees) and Rodney Eastman (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3); Mama (2008, 3min) a gothic horror piece from Barcelona by Andres Muschietti; and Aaaagh! A Monster! (2009, 6min) director Gabriel Renfro’s account of a domestic monster massacre.

Short films hand picked by our friend Mr. David Woodard Jr. of the New York City Horror Film Festival running Nov. 10-14 at Tribeca Cinemas. NYCHFF site

Details: 10/27 at LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave btw Park and Sterling. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave.
8pm start time. Total program: 120min. BYOB, snacks, barf bags. Popcorn provided. Couldn’t hurt to wear a costume.


10/15: Cut and Run experimental program at LaunchPad

Description: KCCS is proud to present the Brooklyn leg of the “Cut and Run” experimental film series, currently touring the US. The new program “Evolution and Life of the Mind, Body and Medium,” will screen in Brooklyn for one night only. Curated by Mallary Abel and Brenda Contreras. Cut and Run site

12 ERASED TRAILERS (2010, Spain, 11 min) by Alberto Cabrera Bernal
PEEKS (2009, 3 min) by Jo Dery
ALIKI (2010, Cyprus, USA, 5 min) by Richard Wiebe
BODY (2010, France, 7 min) by Frederic Cousseau
CAT’S CRADLE (2010, USA, 4 min) by Ray Rea
MEMORIES (2004, Germany, 19 min) by Sylvia Schedelbauer
LILLY (2007, USA, 6 min) by Jodie Mack
CUTS IN MOTION (2008, USA, 5.5 min) by Brenda Contreras

Also presenting excerpts of the recent program “Other People,” previously screened only in San Francisco

Details: Friday October 15th, doors at 7:30pm, films at 8.

Digital projection | total program: ~75min.

LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave between Park Pl and Sterling, Brooklyn, 11216. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave. $5 suggested donation, BYOB and snacks.


10/13: John and Mary at 25 Kingsland

Description: One last backyard screening of the year: John and Mary (1969, 92min), the erotically charged relationship drama from director Peter Yates (fresh off Bullitt), featuring up-and-coming stars Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow (fresh off Midnight Cowboy and Rosemary’s Baby, respectively). New Wave-inspired, New York-shot (Riverside Drive; Murray Hill) and a forerunner to recent “morning after movie” Medicine for Meloncholy. Preceded by two great shorts: “Nuit Blanche” by Arev Manoukian, and “The Man Without a Head” (“L’ Homme Sans Tete”) by Juan Solanas.

Details: Wednesday October 13, doors at 7pm, film at 7:30.

Backyard at 25 Kingsland Ave, 11211. L train to Graham Ave. BYOB, snacks, blankets.