Test / Lazarus / The Good Boy / Guadalquivir
St. Francis College
180 Remsen St
Pre-Show Reception starts an hour before screening time. Q&A Talk-back with filmmakers starts immediately following screening.Test / Lazarus / The Good Boy / GuadalquivirTestDystopian Comedy, 10 min. USADirected by Jay LiftonBrooklyn PremiereA man takes bizarre test at a mysterious facility. Through his day he interacts with the odd, detached employees of the facility, who obscure the true intentions or duration of the test. Brooklyn Connection:Director Jay Lifton has lived in Brooklyn for the past 16 years.TEST Trailer from Jay Lifton on Vimeo.LazarusDrama, 20 min. USADirected by Kate CortesiBrooklyn PremiereOn a hot summer day on Fulton Street, a record store under the sidewalk fills the air with a mellow soundtrack of funk and soul. Rusty, the store’s owner, is a neighborhood fixture. His daily joy is helping customers browse his endless bins of soul, funk, disco and jazz.LAZARUS captures a moment in the life of a neighborhood teen on a mission to find a present for his grandmother. The kid is both drawn to and baffled by this den of old school sound, with its hand-drawn signs and its 1970s-styled owner Rusty who sits out on the sidewalk greeting passers-by with a smile and a nod. Rusty leads Lazarus through the trap doors, down the stairs, and behind the beaded curtain. The store, the music and the great Rusty himself cast a spell of warmth and goodwill over all who enter to which Lazarus succumbs in spite of himself. He starts to shed his cool teen armor as the two fall into easy banter about music, names and romance. With someone as kind as Rusty watching over you, it’s hard to do wrong. Very hard, as Lazarus will soon discover.LAZARUS is a coming-of-age story about a local teen, music, urban neighborhood life, and ways to be a man.Brooklyn Connection:Our movie is set in the very real and wonderful Israel’s Record Shop on Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, among the dollar stores and Halaal cafeterias. To enter, you go down -- through a pair of metal trap doors, down some stairs, through a beaded curtain -- to this vault of vinyl under the sidewalk.Like so many city gems, his shop will shutter one day. Before that day we felt we had to go in and point a camera at some fierce talent to tell a story and pay our respects to this neighborhood oasis. Thus the film LAZARUS was born. The store's owner, Israel Ben Yahuda, describes his shop as more than just a record store: "What I want people to feel when they come into my store is a little love, maybe reminisce of some good times they had...feel the vibes of this collection."The Good BoyDrama, 15 min. USADirected by A.L. LeeNYC Premiere"the good boy" is a coming of age story. What do you do when everything you want hinges on doing the unthinkable? Most people will do the right thing if they believe they don't have much at stake; but people will just as easily decide what's at stake is more than what they're willing to pay.Cal and his trainer Ray go to dive bars, where Ray bets on Cal to beat any challenger---man or woman anyone foolish enough to take him on. There's no losing or forfeiting for Cal because Ray only goes home with winners.“the good boy” opens with Cal impulsively accepting a bet to fight a big lug named Quinny, only to discover Quinny has the mental capacity of a five year old. Will Cal forfeit the fight and his relationship with Ray, or will Cal inflict on Quinny the punishment needed to win the fight?Brooklyn Connection:We shot the whole film at The Trash Bar in Williamsburg.GuadalquivirDrama, 35 min. FranceDirected by Francois ChaillouWorld PremiereIn 1983, Croco, 17 years old, is about to join "La Meute", small group of neo-nazis when his grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer's, leads him on an unusual, chaotic journey to the river Guadalquivir.Brooklyn Connection:The film was submitted in memory of a friend of the director who lived in Brooklyn.
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