Tonight, check out Brooklyn Unplugged at Franklin Park, while tomorrow night, the Kings County Cinema Society offers a free triple bill at LaunchPad.
Brooklyn premiere of BIKELORDZ (2011, 16min) directed by Mikey Hart. “Bikelordz is a short documentary about the self-taught, self-invented bicycle culture that kids in Ghana have created. It follows crews of these young BMX gurus as they try and use their skills to make money, gain recognition and live on their own terms. Filmed on the streets of Accra in 2007, Bikelordz features a soundtrack of all Ghanaian music and shows a side of the city never before seen beyond its limits." Trailer and kickstarter campaign here. Introduced by Bikelordz editor (and KCCS captain) Tobias Arturi.
Followed by a showing of Native Sun (2011, 21min) a wild and visually stunning short film/ music video shot in Accra and rural Ghana. Directed by Terence Nance and Blitz the Ambassador, the film follows Mumin, a precocious young boy who makes the long trip to Accra from his home in the Ghana’s rural northern region. Featuring music from Blitz the Ambassador’s second full length album. From Brooklyn-based Media MVMT. Gotta see this one on a big screen.
Finally: West to Dakar for BADOU BOY (1970, 56min) a fantastic French New Wave-influenced coming-of-age story and the debut film by Senegalese master and celebrated experimentalist Djibril Diop Mambety (Touki Bouki, Hyenas). "A sarcastic look at Senegal's capital that follows the adventures of what the director described as a "somewhat immoral street urchin who is very much like myself." The contest pits the non-conformist individual against an absurdly caricatured policeman who pursues the protagonist through comedically improbable scenarios. Badou Boy celebrates an urban subculture while parodying the state." Check our site for a truly great trailer, from African Film Library.
At LaunchPad, our home the fourth Wednesday of every month.
721 Franklin Ave. btw/ Park and Sterling Pl. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin
Wednesday at 8pm, FREE, popcorn provided, BYOB.
total program: 93min | digital projection | programmed by nick shimkin | produced & hosted by david woodard jr.
**Just added: Brooklyn-based photographer Anderson Zaca will start off the night by introducing his kickstarter campaign for Block Party: Soul of Summer - an awesome project that aims to document and celebrate the city’s block party culture through beautiful b/w photography. Get a beer and get there on time and consider supporting this one with $$ - we love this project.
A night with Plug Ugly Films: Director Michael Sladek (fantastic recent art doc “Con Artist”) will bring a handful of short films, music vids, and other odd bits of cinematic excellence from the Bk-based production company.
Wed. 9/7 9pm at Freddy's Bar and Backroom, 627 5th Ave. btw/ 17th & 18th St.