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

THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR at Spectacle Theater!!

Just-announced special screening Saturday at Spectacle Theater:

THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR (dir. Ivan Dixon, 1973, 102min)
“Possibly the most radical of the blaxploitation films of the 70s, this movie was an overnight success when released in 1973, then was abruptly taken out of distribution for reasons still not entirely clear. A mild-mannered social worker (Lawrence Cook) is recruited by the CIA as a token black and proceeds to learn (and later apply) the techniques of urban guerrilla warfare in Chicago (though most of the filming was done in Gary, Indiana). Corrosively ironic and often exciting, this adaptation by Sam Greenlee of his own novel, directed by Ivan Dixon, remains one of the great missing (or at least unwritten) chapters in black political filmmaking.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum

Saturday 2/25 5pm sharp
Spectacle Theater, 124 S3rd St. in Williamsburg


Join KCCS Thursday the 23rd  at LaunchPad as  Joanna White-Oldham of the Center for Active Learning presents a tripple header of blaxploitation films!

6:00pm -The Mack (1973). Dir. Michael Campus. Goldie (Max Julien) comes home from prison and takes over the pimp game in the Bay Area. Also stars Richard Pryor.

Runtime: 110 min


8:00pm Claudine (1974). Dir. John Berry. Oscar nominated dramatic comedy starring Diahann Carroll as Claudine, a single mother raising six children in Harlem. Claudine’s love interest, Roop (James Earl Jones) struggles with managing his feelings for her, her children and his personal obligations.

Runtime: 92 min


10:00pm Cleopatra Jones (1973). Dir. Jack Starett. Tamara Dobson is Cleopatra Jones a US Special Agent sent to take out “Mommy” (Shelley Winters) a notorious drug trafficker.
Runtime: 89 min

Details: Thursday February  23 / 6:00pm / at LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave btw/ Park and Sterling. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave.
FREE / BYOB / popcorn provided.



2/1: Rare race films & Richard Pryor on 16, at Freddy's

Description: KCCS is doing another month of screenings for Black History Month, starting with a trip down racially insensitive memory lane: our friend and Park Slope film archivist Movie Mike and the Black Film Preservation Society’s Walter Taylor present rarely-seen 16mm film on the big screen in Freddy’s Backroom. Prepare to be awed by a deluge of political incorrectness as Movie Mike and Mr. Taylor unspool buried race cartoons and one-reelers time forgot.

Show includes Mike’s reel of ’30s era Race Cartoons, ’50s TV adventure Ramar of the Jungle, and Walter’s reel of Hollywood clips titled Great Ladies of Jazz, chock full of choice vocals. We’ll wrap with a performance film of standup by Richard Pryor. All on crisp celluloid.

From Movie Mike: ” We must keep a historical perspective when viewing this stuff, using film as time travel to visit our cultural past. We’ll experience social, cultural and political attitudes that time forgot!  To understand where we are now, we must see where we have been… If you are sensitive, this stuff may hurt your feelings.  Try to remember, history is not what we wish it to be, it is what it is, and it ain’t cute!”

Details: Weds. 2/1 8:30pm, free

At Freddys Bar & Backroom 627 5th Ave btw 17th and 18th St. N/R to Prospect Ave

1/26: Filmmaker meet up

Brooklyn Arts Council hosts a filmmaker meet up for at Launchpad!

Submit your film to the 2012 Scene : Brooklyn series in person and avoid submission fees. (At the event)

6-8pm happy hour at Crown Inn 724 Franklin Ave.

8-9pm screening and discussion across the street at Launchpad, 721 Franklin Ave.

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.

10/28: Sewage Baby at Spectacle!

Description: Midnight show at Spectacle! A film near and dear to our hearts: Sewage Baby (aka The Suckling, dir. Francis Teri, US, 1990, 80min). In the pre-Roe vs. Wade ‘70s, a young woman goes to a back alley abortion clinic (which doubles as a whorehouse), only to have her aborted, nuclear waste-drenched fetus return as an ungodly fanged monster and wreak havoc on her, her boyfriend, and everyone else responsible for its sorry fate. Lovingly filmed in Brooklyn in 1989, with zero regard for good taste and common decency.

Details: Friday October 28th at 11:59pm at Spectacle Theater

124 S3rd St. at Bedford. L to Bedford.
$5, seating limited.