Picture Farm Director Mentorship 2019
We are proud to announce Grace Kim as this year’s selected mentorship recipient.
Picture Farm offers a Commercial Director Mentorship Program in connection to the Picture Farm Film Festival. Initiated during last year’s event, the program awards a year long collaborative mentorship in commercial filmmaking to a particularly promising filmmaker. With an open application for any filmmaker with a film in the fest, it is designed to help emerging voices navigate the vocabulary and ingrained habits of the advertising industry and prepare their own process for the particular demands of brand content creation.
A shortlist drafted by the festival team was presented to a jury, which this year included Academy Award nominated producer Jeremy Dawson, celebrated actor Sarita Choudhury and Picture Farm partners Chris Bren and Toddy Stewart.
Ms. Kim is a Korean-American filmmaker interested in uncovering “humanity” at its core—what is the human “essence” that remains when one peels aways the superficial layers of race, gender, class, and circumstance. How is her translation of this universal humanity overtly or covertly feminine, Asian-American, or heteronormative? These are the questions she wrestles with through her filmmaking.
Her film, Loveseat, captivated the jury and audience alike with its humor and insight and Grace’s vision, ambitions and experience helped her capture the mentorship, which will be tailored to her availability and goals.
Picture Farm is proud to represent and support 2018 mentoree, Lorena Alvarado.
Since 2014, Picture Farm Film Fest has grown into an annual celebration of dialogue and craft. Screening a mix of topical and fanciful films across many genres, the festival has become a platform to celebrate emerging voices, inclusivity and the joy of the creative forum. Ultimately, the goal is to share films that exhibit diversity both in front of and behind the camera, and foster meaningful conversations long after each screening.
The festival developed as an organic outgrowth of Picture Farm Production, a commercial film and photo production and post production company with offices in Brooklyn, London, Berlin and Barcelona. Organized and produced by Picture Farm employees themselves, the event is a yearly labor of love, passion and dedication; a platform for making, doing, telling and showing.
Initially operating out of Picture Farm’s Williamsburg headquarters- which at the time doubled as an art gallery – the event moved venue up the street to the Wythe Hotel, who have generously hosted the event for the last two years.
2019’s edition saw continued growth, with 114 submitted films whittled down to 28 short-form pieces presented in three blocks over the weekend of June 14th & 15th. The showcase sold out all three blocks of short films, presenting varied and ambitious work from innovative and up-and-coming voices to our professional and neighborhood community alike.
Picture Farm Director Mentorship 2019
As part of the Film Fest, Picture Farm offers an applicant with the PF Director Mentorship, a year long deep-dive into the ins and outs of commercial production. We are proud to announce Grace Kim as this year’s selected mentorship recipient.
Read more about it, and her, here!
As mentioned, the PFFF is a collaborative effort organized by people who have a passion for the conversation where filmmaking, voice and enfranchisement intersect. It is a completely non-profit, volunteer-run event and depends wholly on the people who make it happen. Picture Farm is proud of this fact, and even more proud to be associated with the incredibly dedicated people who make it happen. Winnie Cheung, Jamie Lansdowne, Leslie Yoon, Claudia Perez, Katrina Bayoneto, Regina Spurlock and Stephanie Palumbo all went above and beyond this year in different roles. And there were so many more who made it possible with time and energy.
We are also indebted to the Wythe Hotel, Gilded Audio, and Endcrawl for their sponsorship and collaboration with the festival. Without individuals and companies like these, the neighborhood conversation simply wouldn’t be as interesting.
This year’s edition kicked off on Friday, June 14th with an Opening Night offering starting at at 7:30 PM, followed by an after-party at 10pm at The Gutter (featuring DJ Sunny Cheeba.) The festivus continued (after a pause for sleep and brunch) on Saturday with short film blocks In Hopes Of at 1 PM, and Stone Zone at 7 PM.
Tickets for all blocks were sold out!
The program of films from this year can be found below:
In Hopes Of
We are thrilled to finally announce the launch of our debut German office in Berlin, led by Executive Producer Andreas Von Lintel! The office will serve as an extension of Picture Farm’s existing European presence, providing its breadth of production services to local clients in the vibrant Berlin advertising and creative media market. Picture Farm’s offerings will specifically benefit brands, agencies and production companies working on campaigns at the heart of integrated commercial strategies. Von Lintel brings over three decades of experience in production across print, film and digital to this new role, having collaborated with such top clients as Apple, BMW, Cartier and Vogue. Working closely with James Stewart, Partner and Managing Director of Picture Farm Europe, Von Lintel will combine his artist and production backgrounds to provide solid service and creative support to German advertisers throughout Europe.
Andreas Von Lintel, photo by Ana Cuba
Notes Von Lintel, ”Setting up in Berlin gives me the chance to connect German creatives with the outstanding capabilities of Picture Farm’s global shoot and post production offerings. This venture feels like coming back home at a truly elevated level.”
Adds Picture Farm Co-Founder Chris Bren, “It’s a total thrill to be partnering with Andreas and nothing makes more sense to us than opening in Berlin, where we can collaborate with so many vital and forward-thinking creative brands and makers.”
Von Lintel is an accomplished photographer, bringing a global perspective to his heralded portfolio ranging from commissioned work to gallery and museum exhibitions. He launched his prolific career capturing the fall of the Berlin Wall, earning the attention of AFP with his powerful images which quickly led to worldwide exposure and interest. His portfolio rapidly expanded to include an international cross-section of commissioned and original work, producing all of his own projects and refining his expertise for every aspect of the creative production process.
“Since 2014, Picture Farm Film Festival has dedicated efforts towards increasing dialogue within our local community by screening passionate films across all lengths and genres. Our program curation celebrates diversity both in front and behind the camera. We show films that foster meaningful conversations long after each screening.We know that it’s hard for emerging filmmakers to get an audience for their films which is why we keep our submission process free.”
The PFFF is near and dear to our hearts. An organic outgrowth of the Picture Farm Gallery, we are proud to put on an annual festival of making, doing, telling and showing, and this year’s film festival is only days away.
Usually held in the Picture Farm Gallery space, with our move to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Wythe Hotel has generously offered shelter to this truly neighborhood community event.
As part of an expanding concept, this year we are proud to present the first ever Director Mentorship Program, featuring a shortlist of young directors vying for a chance to be supported and coached for a year in commercial filmmaking by the Picture Farm team. This includes an event program inviting a diverse group of film and advertising industry experts to give invaluable insight into the elusive topic of landing commercial work for emerging filmmakers over the course of the weekend fest.
Check out the PF Film Fest site for more information and a link to buy tickets.
This year’s run of show:
OPENING NIGHT (4/13/2018) 7P
Izzy Dela Cruz on Sprit Keeping – Gracie Rothey
A brief documentary about a college student and her unique relationship with her roommates (who just happen to be ghosts).
Paloma – Giovanni Autan
A series of intimate vignettes are woven together by the memories and dreams of people in central Havana.
Walk For Me – Elegance Bratton
A contemporary coming out story set in present day New York City. Hassan Kendricks is a conflicted teenager torn between his devotion to his single mother and his desire to be himself. When his mother, Andrea, finds women’s underwear and a flyer to a Gay Ball in her son’s bedroom, she decides to track Hassan down and confront him about his decisions. Arriving at the ball, Andrea only finds a shock: under the wing of his adoptive gay mother, Paris Continental, Hassan has assumed the identity of Hanna. Andrea is confronted by a choice — deny her own son or accept her child for who she really is.
Waterman – Jessica Jacklin
A Hemingway style portrait of a man and his relationship to the menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay.
Beatrice – Lorena Alvarado
Beatrice Vio cultivated a passion for fencing when she was five years old. At 11, she contracted severe meningitis. In the hospital, the doctors gave her an unimaginable choice: Keep her limbs and risk death, or amputate all four to ensure survival. She chose life. Now, Vio is a Paralympic champion and the only fencer in the world who competes without arms or legs.
Jump Man – Ron Brodie
Curtis is at a crossroads in his life. His dreams to become a legend could be derailed by the easy way out. Heavily Influenced by what he sees on television, he believes greatness is at his fingertips; but it’s only if he is willing to get past the hazards that stand in his way. Narrated by his future self, Curtis reflects on some of the challenges he will have to face if he truly wants to make it.
Modern Love – Francesca Mirabella
Romance in the era of Snapchat.
Fill Your Hear With French Fries – Tamar Glezerman
“Fill your heart with French Fries” is a short sad comedy about a woman who gets dumped by her girlfriend at a fast food joint, and, too sad to go home, just stays there for a week.
EUDAEMONIA – Julia Ngeow
A talkative Australian traveller and a reclusive artist form an unlikely bond after an accidental ‘break and enter’ in Brooklyn.
SOUL CANDY MIXTAPE (4/14/2018) 12P
Afropunk – Simon Benjamin
Vitamins for Life – Grier Dill
Adapted from a series of micro-fiction tweets by @quietpinetrees, this amusing pastiche of educational shorts illuminates the benefits and dangers of lesser known vitamins.
Bob Swann – Anton du Preez
Bob Swann is your average American Bail Bondsman with a few hobbies ranging from tap dancing to shellacking peanuts.
Secret Admirer – Ashley Denise Things escalate quickly when Amanda receives a series of unmarked packages at her front door.
Nothing to Find – Ben Fee
A girl and her plant creature embark on a bittersweet road trip in their plant-plastered car, stopping to scavenge for supplies, dance, and do some lite grooming. The day takes a turn when the plant creature’s mortality rears its head at sundown.
Wrangling Russie – Ilie Mitaru
In 2011, Russia’s largest meat producer, Miratorg, began recruiting American cowboys to help restart a national beef industry that had been destroyed during the Soviet era Wrangling Russia follows four of these American cowboys as they attempt to train their Russian counterparts and create new lives for themselves and their families in this new unexpected Russian frontier.
Get Out Fast – Haley Anderson
A 15 year old boy remembers his best friend Coyote Boy: a free-living train-hopper who has gone missing.
blister – Emily Garland
Dealing with emotional turmoil post-breakup, Ramsey is faced with the option of wallowing in their pain or opening up to the possibility of new love.
Down Road – Kelly Wyndryck
When a couple makes a pit stop at a diner, they come across a young battered girl. While one wants to rescue the girl, sensing something is off with the owner of the diner, the other does not want to get involved and threatens to call the cops.
HEAVY BODIES HEAVY HEARTS (4/14/2018) 2:30P
Wind Up – Çağıl Harmandar
An animation attributed to feeling disconnected with your body.
Damals – Aksel Stansy
Damals (da:mals adverb: back then, at that time, in those days)
We’ll Do The Rest – Adam Golfer
We’ll Do the Rest concerns the intersecting dream narratives of a female drone pilot, the unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur, and a story of high school gang violence in Louisiana. Nightmare visions are described as two individuals recall and re-inhabit fragmentary and traumatic memories from their pasts. Recollections of watching a landscape from above bleed into a street corner hold-up in downtown Baton Rouge. Interviews, staged performances and found footage are collaged together to create an anxiety-laden visual landscape where fact and fiction blur together and nothing is what it appears to be.
Her Seat is Vacant – Bohdana Smyrnova
Vira, a forty-year-old Ukrainian immigrant in New York, is preparing for her sister’s funeral. Amongst all her responsibilities, Vira suddenly finds herself falling in love…
Are You Holding Me or Am I Holding Myself? – Cesar Brodermann
A self study examining the relationship between our minds and our bodies, our thoughts and our actions, and the sometimes insurmountable gaps between what we think we want to feel and what we actually experience.
Exit 9 – Joey Barglowski
Maddy finds herself stranded somewhere off of the highway after being stood up by a guy named Mike.
Penumbra – GREYZONE
A dark theater is consumed by a fantastical force. One by one, audience members undergo a metaphysical transformation as they are drawn to the stage and into the performance. Together on the stage they dance under the spell of the theater until they leave the stage for another realm.s
Summer Time – Kota Fudauchi
A story of one summer time. Fumi, Ryo have been living together at the apartment. They notice that the man who lives at the apartment opposite often take various women to his room. One day, Fumi just happens to meet him by chance at the street and… Have you ever had a special memory of summer time?
SPECIAL PRESENTATION (4/14/2018) 5P
195 Lewis – Chanelle Aponte Pearson
195 Lewis is a web series about a group of friends trying to navigate being black, queer and polyamorous in Brooklyn, New York. It really centers around one queer couple who decides to open up their relationship, and all of the drama that unfolds when that happens. First full season followed by Q&A
Picture Farm Gallery is proud to present “FIRING : Women Photograph” a photo and video exhibition featuring the work of female photographers and filmmakers the New York area who document surfing. A rare group show of all female voices, presenting distinct styles and perspectives on coastal culture.
Exhibition will be showing for two weeks with an opening on Friday, January 5th from 6-9 PM in the PF Gallery space in Brooklyn.
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