Bronx International Film Festival
The Bronx Stage & Film Company presents the 8th Bronx International Film Festival (BXFF) on June 17 - 19 at Lovinger Theatre/Lehman Stages at Lehman College showcasing new narrative and documentary films and filmmakers from around the world. Responding to the international evolution of the festival over the last several years, the Bronx Independent Film Festival is officially adopting the name Bronx International Film Festival to better represent the range of films and talent. Visit http://bronxfilmfestival.com for developing festival information. The reservation and information line is 718.907.0079. BXFF is also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BronxFilm and on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bronxfilm. Lehman Stages is conveniently located on the CUNY campus of Lehman College at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West near the #4 and D lines and just minutes away from Westchester and the GW Bridge.
Schedule of films:
THURSDAY, JUNE 17TH 8PM
SPECIAL WHEN LIT (UK) by Naomi Stevens
MY KIDNAPPER (UK) by Mark Henderson
FRIDAY, JUNE 18TH 8PM
A JOKE (USA) by Andy Brown
THE SCAVENGER (USA) by Erik Spink
NOUS DEUX ENCORE (France) by Heather Harlow
PENNY AND CHARLIE (USA) by Shannon Latimer
PRAYERS FOR PEACE (USA) by Dustin Grella
TICKED (USA) by Mortiz Rechenberg
WITH ANCHOVIES, WITHOUT MAMMA (USA) by Thomas Justino
LONELINESS COMES IN TWOS (UK) by Ant Dinham
SATURDAY, JUNE 19TH 8PM
STREKEN/"Blocked" (Norway) by Thorbjorn Magnus
DEFIN /"The Burial" (Turkey) by Goksel Ergene
THE TIME MACHINE (USA) by Mark Kendall
PAST EAST TREMONT by (USA) by Tommy Walsh
EXTINCION II (Spain) by Fernando Uson
F_ _ K (USA) by Rick Rodgers
A GIRL LIKE YOU WITH A BOY LIKE ME (USA) by Ruben Amar
COLD APRIL (USA) Kelly Anne Burns
MIND THE GAP (Canada) by Shaun Majumder
Background on the Bronx International Film Festival
A century ago The Bronx was home to two well-known silent film studios, The Edison Studios on Decatur Avenue & Oliver Place (a few blocks from the location of the Film Festival) and Biograph Studios a.k.a. The Gold Medal Studios at 807 E. 175th Street.
Edison Studios' notable contributions to cinema included one of the first horror films, "Frankenstein," released in 1910, and the first serial film, "What Happened to Mary" released in 1912. The 14-minute "Frankenstein," starring Charles Ogle, took an entire week to film. This was a highly unusual schedule for the time. Silent movies were usually filmed in one day. "What Happened to Mary" began a series of 12 episodes starring Mary Fuller. The silent film studio closed in 1918, but the Terry Brothers reopened the space in 1935 to start Terrytoons, employing Bronx artists to hand paint the first animated color cartoon films.
Biograph Studios launched many silent film careers including director, D.W. Griffith; cameraman Billy Bitzer; and actors Mary Pickford, Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Harry Carey, Lionel Barrymore. Some twenty years after the sound stage closed, Martin Poll restored Biograph Studios and reopened it as the Gold Medal Studios (the largest film studio outside of Hollywood) where TV's "The Naked City," "Car 54 Where are You?" and movies like "Odds Against Tomorrow," "A Face in the Crowd," "The Fugitive Kind," "Pretty Boy Floyd," and "Butterfield 8" were filmed. Mr. Poll worked to simplify NYC filming permits and had the distinction of being sworn in as the Commissioner of Motion Picture Arts (precursor to the NYC Film Commissioner) on July 21, 1959 by then Bronx Borough President Lyons.
The Bronx International Film Festival was established to honor and revitalize the history of film in The Bronx and provide a new opportunity for filmmakers to submit work and a hub for audiences to appreciate it. The Festival places special emphasis on film submissions with an urban appeal; however, all filmmakers with a visual story to share are encouraged to participate. BXFF showcases short and feature narrative, documentary, animation and experimental submissions from all over the world.
The Bronx International Film Festival is made possible with public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the support of Lehman Stages, Bronx News Network, BronxNet and Made in NY
Lovinger Theatre/Lehman Stages
250 Bedford Park Blvd West
Bronx, NY 10468
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