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BHS and Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival partner for this screening of short documentaries, which mix vintage Brooklyn films and contemporary Brooklyn-docs. Filmmakers and Brooklyn "characters" will be present for post-screening discussion with the audience.
Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival Screening: "Brooklyn Realities - Documented"
Friday, December 13, 6:30-9pm
The line-up includes:
Dustin Cohen's documentary introduces us to 91 year old cobbler Frank Catalfumo still plying his trade in Bensonhurt, Brooklyn. This extraordinary short film shows us the beauty of a life embodied in the hands and mind of an old world Brooklyn artisan as he reflects on time spent in his neighborhood since 1922. Filmmaker Dustin Cohen will be join us to discuss his film.
“Project 2 x 1”
This is first documentary ever shot on Google Glass. Project 2x1 is a short documentary film, exploring the cultures of the Hasidic and West-Indian communities of Crown Heights. The story tests the limits of Google Glass, the world’s newest and most intimate filmmaking device, by developing a truly collaborative narrative told through the eyes of as many community members as possible, capturing each community's rituals and routines, their similarities and unique differences. Project 2 x 1 filmmakers Mendy Seldowitz, Hannah Roodman, Celso White, Ben Millstein, Alexandra Coffey, and Ian Moubayed will be present to discuss their film.
Frankie Fidilio, filmmaker and Brooklyn metal scrap collector became Brooklyn's first reality-television star when the show he conceived about his life became a national hit. Excerpts from Frankie's documentary and the television show “Scrappers” will illuminate the hard scrabble life as Frankie and his fellow Brooklyn junkmen cruise the streets of Brooklyn reflecting on life and scrap metal. Frankie will be be present to discuss his film, fame and the scrapping life.
When & Where
Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) functions as a library, museum, and urban education center dedicated to the people of Brooklyn, providing opportunities for civic dialogue and thoughtful engagement. Each year, 70,000 students and teachers use our innovative programs and resources to learn about American History and scholars conduct important academic research in our Library and Archives. Through partnerships with government and community groups, BHS reaches communities throughout New York City, serving as a hub for information and ideas about Brooklyn and its complex history.
Housed in a magnificent Landmark Building in Brooklyn Heights, designed by George Post in 1878, BHS maintains an important collection of historical manuscripts, books, photographs, maps, paintings, objects, and ephemera dating back to the 17th century. BHS is a long-standing yet modern institution in both outlook and action. We are Brooklyn’s preeminent history center, responsible for preserving and presenting Brooklyn’s history; our collection continues to grow through the acquisition of contemporary and historical works of art, photographs, documents, books, and oral histories.