BIFF 2017 – Day 1

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15

SPONSORED BY DOGWOOD

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK (7pm-10pm)

149th & Grand Concourse

(Directed by Andy & Carolyn London) (3 min)

A playfully animated documentary portrait of New York City and its diverse voices.

 

One For the Road

(Directed by Fernanda Faya) (12 min)

As she moves from Brazil to NY, the filmmaker looks back at her grandma’s migration as a way to find traces of her own identity.

 

All Appliance

(Directed by Chuka Umunna) (13 min)

Roy and Jack Vanasco are brothers who fought during WW II. Upon their return to their native Brooklyn, they opened All Appliance Refrigerator Company. After sixty-one years, they closed their doors. Chuka Umunna celebrates the authentic, the tactile, the forgotten human story. He’s dedicated to being around people, places and things with values and qualities from another time.

 

One October

(Directed by Rachel Shuman) (56 min)

Filmed in October 2008 on the eve of Obama’s historic election and an unprecedented economic crisis, this lyrical portrait of New York City follows WFMU radio reporter Clay Pigeon as he takes to the streets to talk to fellow New Yorkers about their lives, their dreams, and their relationship with the city. These revealing interviews are woven between vivid scenes of New York’s eccentric byways, which together reveal a city—and a nation—at a crossroads.

 

CITIES LOST AND FOUND: A NEW CONVERSATION ABOUT URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Following the screening of “One October,” director Rachel Shuman and the Beacon Independent Film Festival will bring together urban planners, developers, writers, and activists to discuss how to love the places you live and save the places you love.

 

OPENING NIGHT GALA @ DOGWOOD (10pm – ?)