1/4: "Welcome to Pine Hill" Kickstarter and "Blue in the Face" at Freddy's

Description: Our first show of 2012 – the year the world ends – will be at our old haunts-  Freddy’s Bar and Backroom. Director Keith Miller and DP Alex Mallis will present the trailer for their brand new Bk-shot feature Welcome to Pine Hill (headed for Slamdance in January) and discuss their kickstarter campaign (viewable here).

The story: A recently reformed drug dealer working as a claims adjuster by day and bouncer by night, Shannon Harper receives earth-shattering news that compels him to make peace with his past and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York. With a cinema verite style rooted in very real life,WELCOME TO PINE HILL features an extraordinarily intimate performance by Harper playing himself, supported by an eclectic mix of real people and improvised performers. Traveling from the backyards of Brooklyn crack houses to the lush Catskill Mountains, the film is a meditative journey about how we choose to live our lives. In collaboration with the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, of which director Keith Miller is a part, WELCOME TO PINE HILL is a 2011 Independent Filmmaker Lab participant and Miller’s debut feature.

Followed by Blue in the Face (US, 1995, 83min), Paul Auster and Wayne Wang’s follow up to Smoke, starring Harvey Keitel, Lou Reed, Michael J. Fox and Jim Jarmusch in a series of improvisational sketches about our favorite borough.

Details: Wednesday January 4th, 8:30pm at Freddy’s, 627 5th Ave btw 17th and 18th St. D/N/R to Prospect Ave.

Free, but of course we hope you’ll be inspired to chip in and help this project get out into the world (that means funds for color correction, mastering to tape, festival submissions, marketing and publicity expenses…)


12/22: Tom Stathes Cartoon Carnival: Holiday Edition at LaunchPad

Description: We’re oh-so-happy to welcome back cartoon collector extraordinaire Tom Stathes, who will thrill us with some antiquated ‘toon treasures on 16mm in time for Xmas. From Tommy: “To celebrate Christmas 2011, Tom Stathes digs out vintage Christmas cartoons for your enjoyment. We’ll be screening more of an hour’s worth of rare and obscure animation from the 1920s through 1940s on actual 16mm film with a projector. By doing this, Tom is not only keeping alive a form of film presentation that is now quickly dying but also replicates the old semi-professional projected 16mm film screenings which were common in schools, clubs, private homes, and neighborhood cinemas in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Come be a part of our fun and unique holiday experience!” More about Tom’s efforts at his site Cartoons on Film

We’ll have tasty and boozy holiday beverages for a suggested donation, and Tom will have DVD transfers of some of his vast ‘toon collection for sale for all procrastinating holiday shoppers.

Details: Thursday December 22nd 8pm at LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave btw/ Park and Sterling. 2/3/4/5 train to Franklin Ave.


12/16: "No One Can Predict the Moment of Revolution: Films From #OWS [so far]" at CUNY PSC

Description: KCCS programmer Nick Shimkin has curated a lineup of some of the more impressive, thoughtful, occasionally even artful, short docs and bits of media from the Occupy Wall St. movement so far. Join us on the eve of the three month anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park to enjoy the hard work of some incredible and vital media-makers and engage in a discussion on the role of film and media in people’s movements. More here soon; for now, details on the facebook invite

Details: Friday December 16th 6-8pm, CUNY Professional Staff Congress offices- 61 Broadway 16th Floor. trains: Wall St. 4/5, Rector St. N/R, Broad St. J/Z

Free, snacks generously provided by PSC’s “Labor Goes to the Movies” screening series. Hope to see you there!


12/7: RIP Ken Russell – The Devils at Freddy's

In memory of one of Britain’s foremost provocateurs, we’ll present a screening of Russell’s savage historical drama The Devils (UK, 1971, 111min)

Wed. December 7th, 9pm, Freddy’s Bar and Backroom. 627 5th Ave @ 17th St.