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.

3/6: Brooklyn Arts Council Filmmaker meet up @ Littlefield

Description: From our friends at Brooklyn Arts Council:

Calling all Brooklyn Filmmakers!

Brooklyn Arts Council and Scene: Brooklyn invite you to join us at our next filmmakers meet up! Enjoy drink specials, meet and mingle with other local film professionals, and submit your film to this year’s Scene: Brooklyn in person – for 25% off the regular Withoutabox submission fee. Brooklyn Arts Council staff will be on hand with information about our screening programs and services for film and media artists. This will be the last chance to submit work in person before this year’s screening series in May; the withoutabox late deadline is March 8. Hope to see you there!

Details: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 6 – 9pm happy hour specials

at littlefield – 622 Degraw St. between 3rd and 4th Ave

More on Scene: Brooklyn at BAC’s site