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Join us on Saturday, June 7, for another full day of the BFF Exchange. We are looking forward to the Exchange pitch panel, where Brooklyn doc filmmakers meet with industry professionals to gain valuable feedback on their in-progress projects. Along with lunch and our interesting array of discussion panels in the afternoon, we'll have a lot to talk about at happy hour!

Schedule of events to follow shortly - take a look at last year's program:


We are excited to announce the second edition of the Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange. As the Brooklyn Film Festival has grown over the past decade, we have been continually impressed with the variety and quality of work being created by Brooklyn filmmakers. Brooklyn is now a veritable hotbed of creative activity and BFF wishes to provide an outlet for these filmmakers, and others who wish to be a part of the Brooklyn film community.

Saturday June 8, 2013

indieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC
Breakfast, Kickstarter presentation, documentary pitch session and lunch at indieScreen. All afternoon panels next door at Windmill Studios NYC. Happy hour at indieScreen.
Address: 287 & 289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 map directions


9:30 - Meet and greet
Coffee and bagels will be served.

10:00 - Kickstarter University
Elisabeth Holm, director of Kickstarter's film program, will give us lots of insider information about how to use this amazing funding platform.

10:30 - Documentary film pitch session
Five documentary works-in-progress will pitch their films to a panel of industry insiders and receive valuable feedback. Each film will present 5 min. of footage and a 5 min. verbal pitch. This will be followed by 10 min. of feedback from our panel. This year's panelists are Andrew Catauro (POV), Basil Tsiokos (Programmer for Sundance and DOC NYC/Consultant), Tracie Holder (Women Make Movies/Producer/Director) and Mat Levy (Passion River Films).

    HOTLINE by Tony Shaff - A documentary about the intense connections that are made between strangers over the telephone, and explores these anonymous conversations people are often too hesitant to have with the people closest to them. Tony Shaff is the director and producer of Hotline. He recently directed for the docu-reality show Teen Mom 2 and is a Student Academy Award nominee. Bryce J. Renninger is a producer of Hotline. He is also the Filmmaker Toolkit Editor at Indiewire and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media Studies department of Rutgers University. MORE INFO

    DECADE OF FIRE: HOW THE SOUTH BRONX WAS BURNED by Vivian Vazquez - A documentary film about a child of the Bronx who returns to find out why her neighborhood burned down in the 1970s. Vivian Vazquez is Nuyorican and grew up in the South Bronx during the time of the fires. She left in 1980 but returned there to raise her own family. This is her first film project. MORE INFO

    THE FAITHFUL by Annie Berman - The Faithful is a feature documentary that explores pop-iconography, through the images and representations of Elvis Presley, Pope John Paul II, and Princess Diana. Filmed over a decade, The Faithful interweaves trips to Graceland, the Vatican, and Kensington Palace and reveals the conflicting relationship between art, religion, expression, and the law. Annie Berman is an interdisciplinary media artist whose background in photography and psychology inspires work about visual culture, religion, and the changing media landscape. Past President of the board of Women in Film and Video New England, and founder of Fish in the Hand Productions, Annie's credits include Director of Of Birds and Boundaries and Associate Producer of Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. She is currently a MFA candidate in Advanced Studies in Nonfiction Media Making at Hunter College, and a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. MORE INFO

    AMAZONIA by Juan Vallejo - A documentary that focuses on on the current clash between preservation and development in the South American rainforest, offering a series of four vignettes on four rivers of the Amazon River Basin. Juan Vallejo is a U.S.-born, Colombian-raised filmmaker. He studied Architecture in Bogotá, Colombia, and Film Direction at Purchase College (SUNY) in New York. He obtained an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Amazonia is his second feature-length documentary. Lewis Manalo (producer) is a writer and filmmaker. His film "The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh" won the Neo Sci-Fi award at the ConCarolina's Short Film Festival in 2012. A screenplay based on his graphic novel "Metamorphosis" was optioned earlier this year. His short fiction has appeared in Guernica Magazine and other publications. MORE INFO

    REVOLUTION OF THE PRESENT by Marc Lafia - An extraordinary array of contemporary mathematicians, engineers, scholars, scientists, venture capitalists, artists, historians and critics give description to our condition through the lens of networks. Revolution of the Present probes deeply into questions of how to map the present and invites us to radically think and re-think our presumptions and narratives about the individual and society, the local and global, our politics and technology. Marc Lafia works as an artist, filmmaker and information architect. Trained as a filmmaker with studies in philosophy, art history and criticism, his work extends across varied disciplines. His feature films, commissioned and online work, and multi-screen computational installations have been exhibited and shown worldwide. He was recently honored with a solo show at the Misheng Museum of Art in Shanghai. Three of Marc's films are in the Tribeca reframe collection. "Revolution of the Present" is his first feature length documentary film. MORE INFO

12:00 - Informal lunch/meet and greet time

1:00 - BFF alumni distribution panel
Brooklyn Film Festival alumni Kelly Anderson (My Brooklyn), Michael Galinsky (The Battle for Brooklyn), Christopher Nizza (Dear Mandela), and Katie Dellamaggiore (Brooklyn Castle) discuss how screening at the festival helped launch their films and walk us through the ins and outs of the distribution process, offering their advice to filmmakers about to embark on distribution of their own films.

2:30 - Short film distribution discussion
Roberto Barrueco of the Mecal Film Festival leads a discussion about how to get your short film seen on the festival circuit and beyond.

3:30 - Microcinema in Brooklyn
Some of our favorite boutique film screening venues come together for a discussion of how their operations work, their criteria for programming films, who their target audience is and more. Featuring representatives from indieScreen, reRun, UnionDocs, Nitehawk and more.

4:30 - Happy hour
Please join us at indieScreen as we close the Exchange with this opportunity to mingle with filmmakers and other members of the industry in a casual setting.

Born in 2012, its goal is to connect filmmakers with producers, distributors and other representatives from New York's vast film industry. The 2012 BFF EXCHANGE brought together reps from POV, Chicken and Egg Pictures, Zeitgeist, SnagFilms, FilmBuff and more.

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