BIFF 2016 – Day 2



BIFF/ The CineHub Filmmakers Breakfast will include a panel from 10am – 10:45am called “Why Film Fest”: a discussion about film festivals as a venue for independent film and how they serve filmmakers. This will be an opportunity for the festival filmmakers, local filmmakers and other interested guests to become familiar with The CineHub, and local filmmaking resources over a light breakfast.


Laurence Asseraf – Founder & Director of BeFilm. Created in 2004.
Gregory Bray – Filmmaker and Professor
Kimberly Wright – Film Producer, Sesame Street
Caitlin Crowley – Director of Home Media Sales, Icarus Films
Gavin Briscoe – Release Manager, Monument Releasing.
FREE Admission.
Sponsored by Beacon Independent Film Festival, THE CINEHUB & Beacon Bagel

BLOCK 2 (11:15am-1:15pm)

Under A Stone

(Directed by William Klayer) (23 min)

A woman returns to her hometown for a family obligation. She reunites with her brother, but they clash in how they cope with their awful past.


(Directed by James Christopher) (90 min)

Chris, lost in his late twenties and scrambling to find a sense of identity, returns home to small-town Texas when he learns that his mother died. As he confronts the family, friends, life and love he abandoned, Chris must finally come to terms with his decision to run and try to take control of his own future.


BLOCK 3 (1:45pm-4:30pm)

The Bad Kids

(Directed by Louis Pepe, Keith Fulton) (101 min)

Teachers at a Mojave Desert high school take an unconventional approach to improve the lives of their struggling students.

WHY ART – Panel discussion (45 min)

WHY ART: A panel discussion about the access, efficacy and purpose of arts education and the many ways the arts are used to help our underserved youth find their voices. Hear from artists and educators in the field as we explore how media tools are used to tell powerful stories.

Our Panelists:

Michael Hines
Director of After School Programs and the Director of the Anti-Gun Initiative with New York City Council for Council For Unity. Michael runs innovative youth counseling/mini movie making programs throughout the city and leads students in youth discussions ranging from peer pressure to gang awareness.

Mary Ellen Iatropoulos, MA, MPS
Mary Ellen is an award-winning independent scholar whose publications and research center on the intersections of literature, media, and culture. She works as Director of Education at Spark Media Project, where her teaching and program direction focus on media literacy and production through a social justice lens.

Wilfredo Morel
Wilfredo is an established sculptor in the Hudson Valley and Founder of Arts10566, a free after school arts program that provides access to the arts for underserved youth in Peekskill. He also works with HRHCare as a community liaison assuring that the Mission of the organization as it relates to health disparities of Migrant Workers, HIV/AIDS and marginalized populations such as MSM and other LGBT populations.

Nicholas Pilarski
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Nicholas Pilarski works to create art that facilitates dialogue through documentary. Central to this practice is a focus on activism and restorative justice through the art-making process. Nicholas’s work has screened both nationally and internationally, including with the New York Times, MoMa, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Gene Siskel Film Center, among others. He was recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Sarah M. Bassett
Sarah M. Bassett is a Brooklyn, NY based artist and producer whose work has screened in the New York Times, Aspen Shortsfest, Full Frame Film Festival, as well as other festivals and venues internationally. With a background in urban planning, Sarah is particularly interested in the intersectionality between media arts, public perceptions of community, and space. She currently acts as Executive Director of People’s Culture, an arts organization focused on creating works that generates communal dialogue.

Moderated by Donna Mikkelsen: Artist, Educator, Community Organizer and Youth Advocate.


BLOCK 4 (5pm-7pm)

Solo, Piano- N.Y.C.

(Directed by Anthony Sherin) (5 min)

On a cold winter morning, a lone piano stands curbside in New York City. Passersby stop and play. Plinking slightly out-of-tune over the white noise of Broadway’s cars, buses, trucks, and sirens, the piano awaits its fate.

Kate Plays Christine

(Directed by Robert Greene) (112 min)

Director Robert Greene and actress Kate Lyn Sheil blur fiction and reality as they investigate and reconstruct the story of newscaster Christine Chubbuck, who infamously committed suicide live on-air in 1974.


BLOCK 5 (7:30pm-9:30pm)

Au Pair

(Directed by Enid Zentelis) (21 min)

AU PAIR is a dark comedy indie series pilot. Min, a young Chinese woman, is in America to realize her radical feminist agenda- being an au pair is a means to an end- but her host mother, newly divorced Cindy, intends to use Min as dating bait.

Women Who Kill

(Directed by Ingrid Jungermann) (93 min)

Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan’s new love interest is a murderer.


BLOCK 6 (10pm-11pm)


The Graveyard Shift

(Directed by Lara Arikan) (2 min)

It’s long past midnight when the tired and jumpy waitress decides to go and investigate the ominous noise she hears right outside the roadside coffee shop she’s working at. She discovers that she is being attacked by a Zombie! The zombie lazily wobbles inside the shop and corners the poor waitress behind the counter. How will she save herself? What will it take?

The Photograph

(Directed by Tim Hall)(13 min)

A photo of a mysterious house changes to reveal a dark secret. Adapted from the M.R. James story “The Mezzotint.”

Second Skin

(Directed by Charlie Manton) (20 min)

The Story Of A Girl In A Cardboard Box.

Chateau Sauvignon: terroir

(Director by David Maire) (13 min)

Chateau Sauvignon: terroir follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. When a doting woman and her indifferent son arrive seeking a tasting and tour of the winery, Nicolas sees an opportunity to help care for his mother, as well as prove his worth to his choleric father. However, his wayward plan quickly takes a turn for the worse, and his missteps put his family’s secretive murderous ways in peril of being unearthed.


(Director by Nick Rusconi) (30 min)

His name is Arthur and he is a serial killer. He wants to quit, though. Will he succeed?


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