The festival kicks off with the East Coast Premiere of Camilo Vila’s “5th of July” starring Jaleel White, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. On Sunday, August 11th, the festival’s last day, there will be an Awards Celebration hosted by Queens Brewery in Ridgewood.
The Festival of Cinema NYC will partner up with several organizations to provide a local experience immersed in film culture. The Queens Library Forest Hills Branch will be hosting five days of special screenings, presentations and workshops, all free and open to the public. The library is located at 108-19 71st Avenue.
Over at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, non-profit organizations Arte East and the Asian American Film Club will be presenting work from their respective organizations. On Wednesday, August 7th, Festival of Cinema NYC presents The NYC Indie Film Collective Filmmaking Challenge.
Throughout the month of July, 12 filmmaking teams have been challenged to create and produce a seven-to ten-minute short film. These films will be screened, in competition, for the first time at the Regal UA Midway followed by an after-party at Buffalo Wild Wings in Forest Hills.
The East Coast premiere of “Quest” by director Santiago Rizzo, which features Lou Diamond Phillips, Dash Mihok and Betsy Brandt, closes the festival on Saturday, August 10th.
Overall, the Festival of Cinema NYC film lineup includes 125 films from 40 countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Italy, South Africa, Turkey and more. There will be a variety of films in the categories of Narrative Features, Documentaries, Short Films, Web Series and Animation, Experimental & Music Videos.
Tickets to Festival of Cinema NYC are on sale and are priced at $16 for regular daily screenings. Opening, Closing and the Film Challenge Red Carpet Event are priced at $25 and include entry into the after parties following those screenings. For tickets and more information on the Festival, visit www.festivalofcinemanyc.com.
Here are our top picks:
5th of July - Dir. Camilo Vila, USA, 100 min., East Coast Premiere - While spreading his father's ashes on a mountain lake, Orlando Leal (Jaleel White) utters a curse. From that moment onward, the universe turns on him.
Batsh*t Bride - Dir. Jonathan Smith, USA, 81 min, New York Premiere - On April Fools' Day, just before her wedding, a bride pranks her fiancé by saying that she thinks that they've lost that spark and that they should call off the wedding and break up, only to discover that he feels the exact same way.
Greenfield - Dir. Julius Telmer, Australia, 74 min., East Coast Premiere - A dark shadow unsettles the town of Greenfield when one man’s secret is revealed.
My Soul to Keep - Dir. Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, USA, 91 min., New York Premiere - Like many young kids, Eli Braverman believes something menacing lives in his basement. When his older sister leaves him home alone one night, Eli discovers if this evil is real or all in his head.
This is Not a Love Story - Dir. Sidi Saleh, Indonesia, 87 min., World Premiere - Marlina, a paralyzed girl is found in a garbage truck by Jaya, a street vendor in Jakarta, and rescued. Jaya and his friend, Cak Nur want to use this opportunity to get rich.
Baba Babee Skazala: Grandmother Told Grandmother - Dir. Matej B. Silecky, USA, 69 min., New York Premiere - The little-known story of Ukrainian children torn from their homes in the crush between the Nazi and Soviet fronts in World War II. Spending their childhood as refugees in Europe, these inspiring individuals later immigrated to the United States, creating new homes and communities through their grit, faith and deep belief in the importance of preserving culture.
Over 18 - Dir. Jared Brock & Michelle Brock, Canada, 74 min,. Queens Premiere - Over 18 is a clear-eyed examination of modern pornography and its effects on kids, teens, parents and porn stars.
The Queens - Dir. Mark Saxenmeyer, USA, 99 min., New York Premiere - Part "Paris is Burning" and "Pose," part "RuPaul's Drag Race" and part Miss America, "The Queens” explores the transgender subculture of competitive female impersonation.
We Were All Nobody's - Dir. Charles Caracciolo, USA, 70 min. - Times change. Buildings come and go. But there are some places that become a part of us, places that can never be torn down. "We Were All Nobody’s” is a documentary film honoring one of those places, a Queens, NY rock club.
Race, Sex and Hold the Mayo (at the Queens Museum) - A series of short films presented by the Asian American Film Club.
For the full lineup, visit www.festivalofcinemanyc.com.