Opening night is Thursday, September 18, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., a day festival founder Rosa Valado said manages to creep up just a little quicker every year.
“It’s a very exciting composite of films we’re putting together,” Valado said in anticipation of the fourth annual film festival. “We have films from Australia, France and one from Japan, but a bulk of them are from here in the community.”
Valado began accepting submissions for the festival earlier this year, and said she is looking forward to seeing the best of the best.
“This year we have a film that someone wants to show about the Unisphere, and one called Brooklyn Unemployed by a local filmmaker about a slice of life in the city,” she said. “It's about an artist trying to get their work out there, relationships and the struggles that goes along with that.”
Brooklyn Unemployed is by James Arrabito and is on the opening night program with a 7:30 showing.
New York-based actor, writer and producer Andrea Cordaro and her husband and cinematographer Francesco were among the panel of six judges that narrowed down the films for the festival this weekend.
“We must have watched 20 films between the two of us,” Cordaro said. “I hope folks come out to the festival. We really picked some great movies that everyone should see.”
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