Hot on the heels of the Brklyn Film Festival, which continues mostly in Williamsburg-Greenpoint through June 9, comes the Lower East Side film festival, across the water. Running June 6 to 10, the fest will premiere shorts and features at Village East Cinema, with “Queen of the East Village” Rosario Dawson and other local fixtures as judges.
The festival, celebrating its ninth anniversary, kicks off Sunday with the new feature from Shaina Feinberg, creator of NYC-based web series like Dinette (“a candid, funny portrayal of living as a non-binary millennial,” per Broadly) and New York, Am I Right? (one of Indiewire’s favorites of 2016). Her latest effort, Senior Escort Service, a “funny/sad movie about grief,” was shot five months after her father died of a stroke, and weaves together archival footage of him, new footage of her and her mother in mourning, and some scripted footage as well (you can read about this bittersweet process in Feinberg’s Times op-ed). After the screening, if you splurge for the $35 ticket, there’ll be a party at Drom featuring an open beer-and-wine bar as well as musical performances curated by DJ Matt FX, one of the fest’s judges.
Among the shorts, we’re looking forward to Legal Smuggling w/Adam Lucas, about that time pun-happy street artist Hanksy met his namesake (well, one of them, anyway) Tom Hanks. If you missed the memo that Hanksy is the alter-ego of artist and prankster Adam Lucas, well, here’s your chance to get to know the man behind the myth.
La Bruja— written and directed by Eliza Cossio and starring her fellow Daily Show contributor Ronny Chieng– will also be part of the New York Filmmakers program. The short is described as “a bilingual dark comedy about a Mexican American woman who goes through a breakup, then meets a witch who offers to help.”
Other shorts are grouped by themes like Strangelove (“the highs and lows of love sweet love”), Female Protag Playlist (the festival’s films are 50-percent female-created) and Mind F*ck (self-explanatory).
Screenings will be preceded by open wine-and-beer bars and followed by Q&As, so check out the full schedule and grab an aisle seat for bathroom breaks.