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The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

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Photograph: Courtesy Art of Brooklyn Flim Festival
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Times vary. Seeking to promote Kings County’s cinematic indie cred, the second season of this showcase features 54 independent filmmakers—both first-timers and Hollywood vets—who have lived and worked in the borough. But this rule is relaxed a bit for the opening-night screening: The 1991 flick Out for Justice—in which Steven Seagal plays a Brooklyn cop avenging his partner’s murder—is merely set here. Be sure to slick your hair back and don a mandarin collar for a Seagal look-alike contest. Daily screenings throughout the event are grouped around themes such as documentaries directed by women (Sun 5), an experimental “Film on Canvas” series (Aug 9) and “Brooklyn Laughs” (Aug 10), an evening devoted to comedy. Instead of your normal movie-theater popcorn, a mobile food court provides concessions such as tacos (three for $7) from Big D’s Grub Truck or a kimchi-laden chosun bowl ($8) from Korilla BBQ. The festival culminates with an awards ceremony at Founders Hall, followed by a screening of the winning films (Aug 12 at 1pm).


Event phone: 718-522-2300
Event website: http://aobff.org
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