Friday, June 4, 2010

It's Brooklyn Film Festival time again

By Thomas Tracy

It’s the Sundance that spans the seas.

More than 100 cutting edge films lensed from as far away as Uruguay and as close as Union Street will premiere starting tonight through June 13 as the Brooklyn International Film Festival celebrates its 13th year at Brooklyn Heights Cinema and Williamsburg's newest theater, indieScreen (learn more about that here.)

There’ll be the requisite dramas, documentaries, eye-popping animation and short films of every stripe — and there’s even a flick about bloggers.

Hey, what would a Brooklyn-based film festival be without “Colin Hearts Kay” (pictured), a delightfully wacky live action/animation comedy set in Park Slope that exposes the true danger about blogging — it’s hell on relationships.

But that’s just one of 13 feature films set to be screened. There’s also “The Dark House,” a thriller billed as Poland’s answer to “Fargo,” and “The Welfare Worker,” where a Dutch money manager running a con game becomes the next Bernie Madoff.

Festival screening director Nathan Kensinger said that more than 2,400 submissions from throughout the U.S. and more than 90 other countries were sent in for consideration.

“It was an extremely tight competition, but we picked the ones that stood out, the ones that expressed the most current, exciting and newest ideas,” he said.

But you’re not going to need your subtitle reading glasses for all of them. Sixteen of the films shown were made by borough filmmakers. Twelve of those were set right here in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn International Film Festival at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema [70 Henry St. between Cranberry and Orange streets in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 596-7070] and indieScreen [285 Kent Ave. between S. First and S. Second streets in Williamsburg, (718) 388-4306]. Opening night party at powerHouse Arena [37 Main St. between Water and Front streets in DUMBO, (718) 666-3049]. For info, visit


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