Missing Person in Greenpoint Dana Bonanno

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Police are searching for a Brooklyn woman who sent panicked text messages to friends and family before disappearing last week.

Dana Lauren Bonanno, 33, who lives in Greenpoint, disappeared around 11 p.m. on July 22 shortly after sending texts to her mother and friends that said she was “scared,” according to her mother Donna O’Conner and the NYPD.

Bonanno, who is described as 5-foot-1 and 110 pounds with brown eyes, was last seen on Freeman Street in a blue dress.

(Reported by AM New York)

Winners of Flux Fest Short Form Narratives Based on Time Travel

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Movie poster for Flux Fest Best in Show winner: “The Misadventures of Incredible Dr. Wonderfoot,” Tiny Baby Bad Boys.

By Keith R. Higgons

Flux Fest 2013, equal parts short film festival, creative gathering and party, took place last night at Sandbox Studios in Bushwick. The festival theme was time travel and Flux Fest is the third in the ongoing “Fest” series. Flux Fest follows Spooky Fest and Love Fest. The goal of each “Fest” is to challenge a group of young filmmaking collectives to create short films inspired by creative prompts chosen at random. Flux Fest yielded ten interesting shorts created by ten different creative teams.

Technological advances have blown the doors open on visual storytelling and made the technology and distribution more accessible to the proletariat (how’s that for an SAT word). This is a good thing. Last night’s Flux Fest merged the concepts of “film” and “festival” quite well. This is also a good thing because I am not convinced that we need another high brow film festival in the area.

Flux Fest sponsors Mythic Bridge, Big Vision Empty Wallet, Royal Wine Corp and Sandbox Studios created an excellent creative and fun vibe last night. With doors opening at 6pm and the promise of a six-hour open bar, I had some reservations about what to expect. In my head, I had envisioned a drunken cinematic hootenanny.

Fortunately, it was nowhere near that. Sure, the lighting may have been an epileptic’s nightmare and the DJ certainly gave it that true “festival” vibe but by the time I arrived at Sandbox Studios, I had little time to mingle. I grabbed a soda and made my way back to the screening room to try and secure a good seat.

Now, my cynicism can sometimes overshadow my objectivity when it comes to covering things like this (a favorite game of mine is count the beards, starting with mine). And admittedly, I can tend to be hyper critical of some of the changes our neighborhood has seen over the past few years, but one thing I am never too critical of is the amount of creativity that thrives and continues to grow in our community. Last night’s Flux Fest is continued proof of a pulsating creative hive. For all the facial hair, it’s the creativity we should all be proud of.

Important to note is what Flux Fest filmmakers accomplished. Each filmmaking collective had eight weeks, from concept to completion, to create a compelling short form narrative based on time travel and randomly chosen creative prompts. The fact that all ten did so with such aplomb is a testament to their skills and the best of what our community offers.

While the Flux Fest vibe at Sandbox Studios was certainly cool enough, I’m not entirely sure this is the best venue to screen shorts. The acoustics are awful and made more awful by the incessant chatting of a lubricated crowd which bounced around the room like a rubber ball in a prison cell.

Acoustics aside, the projection of the shorts was spot on, aside from the absolute failure of The Misadventures of Incredible Dr. Wonderfoot. If you were seated anywhere behind the first six rows, you were completely blind to the subtitles and missed the short entirely. Which is a drag because based on the laughter of the first few rows, I suspect it was quite good. Sandbox Studios works for the DJ’ing and festival vibe, I’m just not sure it is best for the film part. Fortunately, the Flux Fest shorts usurped some of those challenges and ultimately, it is about the work.

And the work was good, really good. All ten shorts had something about them that resonated with me and I thought they all showed some of the best things about this hive of creativity most of us call home.

As is the nature of these things, there can only be a few “winners” and here are the Flux Fest 2013 winners:

Best in Show: The Misadventures of Incredible Dr. Wonderfoot, Tiny Baby Bad Boys

Runner Up: Hippocampus, Jarrod and Tessa Productions

Big Vision Award: Primogenesis, Present Day Productions

Audience Choice Award: Russell Curtis, Pocket Storm Productions

Congratulations!

I am not surprised that The Misadventures of Incredible Dr. Wonderfoot got Best in Show because from what I saw, it looked great. Apparently, I really did miss out on the whole Wonderfoot experience by not being able to read the subtitles.

For the record, my audience vote went for Old Timers which I thought nailed the comedic parts perfectly and it was just clever enough without being too clever. It was really a perfect short. Very well done Prash NYC!

Big ups to the founders, organizers, sponsors and creative partners of Flux Fest 2013, it appeared to be a huge success. It was the perfect coupling of quality visual storytelling and a festival environment. I’m not sure what “Fest” is around the corner but I look forward to what it is.

Greenpoint’s Yellowbirds Return in a Lazy Haze with “Songs from the Vanished Frontier”

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Yellowbirds’ new release, Songs from the Vanished Frontier.

Sam Cohen’s post-Apollo Sunshine solo project, Yellowbirds, returns as a four-member band with the release of Songs from the Vanished Frontier.

Since the release of his 2011 Yellowbirds debut The Color, Sam Cohen has added drummer Brian Kantor, vocalist/bassist Annie Nero, and her multi-instrumentalist husband Josh Kaufman. Their brand of psych-pop combines vibes that Cohen describes as “…psychedelic, but less aggressive.”

Fresh from a month-long residency at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side, Cohen is planning the next step for Yellowbirds, dedicating the month of July to pre-production for the next record.

So, when did you decide music was the path for you? Was your upbringing a part of it?
Yes and no. My parents were super supportive when I got into music, but I wouldn’t say I was brought up in a very musical environment.There were only a couple of records at my house. I remember what they were actually: Sgt. Pepper, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Volume 2, and the Blues Brothers soundtrack. And that was pretty much all we had, but that’s a pretty good three records.

You’ve just wrapped up a residency at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side. What’s next?
It has been a four week thing, and tonight is the last night. In July we are starting pre-production for the next record, just rehearsing and writing together. I mostly write the songs by myself, but we arrange together. July is kind of off as far as touring goes, then we are going to the West Coast to play some festival. Not super heavy touring.

Yellowbirds’ Sam Cohen, Photo by Victoria Stillwell

How has the road been a part of your journey?
Slow and steady (laughs). The challenges have just been relationships. You change as a person and people you are around change, and their needs change, and that’s really the only super challenging part. The rest is just a question of, in my case, resources have never been thrown at me. So it’s sort of a battle of endurance.

Is touring something you want to engage in as much as possible?
That’s kind of what we have done so far as a band, mostly out of supply and demand, it depends on how much I can reasonably do on the budget I’m working with. It’s hard to make touring work at this level, so I focus on records. I feel like my output has sort of sped up since I was a younger musician and I was touring all the time. I used to have a band called Apollo Sunshine. We toured constantly, like 100 days a year, and we didn’t really have apartments for a while. So creatively it was a little slower. I just try to keep producing music steadily, working on things that I am into, and that pay the bills. And I keep working towards the time when  we could make it work to be touring more often. There are so many places I would love to visit with this music.

So what does Songs From The Vanished Frontier mean?
The vanished frontier is the literal landscape, a frontier of Manifest Destiny, the west world expansion. That’s why the album cover shows a house on the edge of a cliff, it’s literally this structure hanging over the edge of settleable land. Also, what kind of space is left in our minds in this age?  Noise, and icons, billboards, email; I feel like there is less of a frontier for creativity—where can music go?  Or maybe I am talking about a giant lack of my own creativity and no one else is suffering from this, but it seems to be a thing. So all those things to me, is what that (record name) is talking about. And a song, Stop Tonight, it’s really a simple song about a couple that are kind of bogged down with work, no free time, they’re in a shitty cycle, and they just decide to break out of it. That is sort of  finding the open frontier that is left for them.

His future plans? “My goal and hope for the band would be that we could get to a point where touring is more sustainable. And creatively, I want to make people dance and cry, and react in ways they did not think possible. That’s kind of a main goal.”

Get Songs From The Vanished Frontier on CD or white vinyl, here:

PopUp Burro & Marginalia Reading Series @ The West

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B’klyn Burro Burrito PopUp Sat 27th

The West is host to B’klyn Burro Burrito PopUp , with burros, tacos, and quesadillas! They will be grilling in their backyard with music, and PEPE!

BONUS: Dulce Vida Organic Tequila’s crew will be making and giving out Margaritas.


Mental Marginalia July 30 2013

The West is host to a reading series too called Mental Marginalia. It’s an awesome poetry reading series. Come early to get a seat!

Learn more about what’s happening at The West.

The Cause B Show: Whistleblow Your Mind

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TONIGHT:  ”The Cause B Show: Whistleblow Your Mind,” at Over the Eight (594 Union Ave, Union and Richardson) a stand-up comedy show featuring some of New York City’s top comedians raising money for The Bradley Manning Defense Fund. The event is the second in a continuing series of shows produced solely to benefit causes in need. In addition to the creators, comedians in the line up include Emma Willmann, Kendra Cunningham, Leo Martin, and The Lucas Bros.

**Chase Madar will be speaking at the event and available for question following the show. Chase is a civil rights attorney in New York and the author of The Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story behind the Wikileaks Whistleblower (Verso, 2013). He writes for the London Review of Books, Le Monde diplomatique, The Nation, The American Conservative, TomDispatch and elsewhere**

The Cause B Shows are the creation of comics Kerryn Feehan and Frank Liotti, along with local community organizer Victoria Varney (Greenpointers, Taste Williamsburg). Cause B Shows are performances by some of New York’s best comedians banding together to give voice to causes that are underrepresented, in the best way they know how; through laughter.

Bradley Edward Manning is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the website WikiLeaks.

Not a single person has been harmed by the release of this information. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has called the effect of WikiLeaks’ releases on U.S. foreign relations “fairly modest.” Yet the Obama administration has chosen to persecute the whistle-blower rather than prosecute the war criminals who were exposed. While the prosecution has declared it does not intend to seek the death penalty, they do seek to lock PFC Bradley Manning away for life, with the most ridiculous charge of ‘aiding the enemy,’ even though chat logs attributed to Bradley by the FBI clearly show intent only to inform the public and promote “discussion, debates, and reforms.”

Help us to promote freedom of speech. Help us to defend Bradley Manning.

** $5 Suggestion Donation gets you FREE Beer ** All donations go directly to the Bradley Manning Support Fund

Doors open at 9:00 PM
Over The Eight
594 Union Ave (Union and Richardson)
L to Bedford Ave, G To Nassau Ave

Flux Fest 2013 Film Festival in Bushwick

Film still from "Been Here Before" by the team, Something Arbitrary

Film still from “Been Here Before” by the team, Something Arbitrary.

Flux Fest Challenges Ten Teams of Filmmakers to Produce Short Films About the Passage and Continuity of Time in Juried Film Fest Sunday, July 28th from 6pm to Midnight at Sandbox Studios Brooklyn, 154 Morgan Ave.

Mythic Bridge, a non-profit organization committed to providing filmmaking education to underserved youth, presents Flux Fest 2013, a juried film festival in Bushwick spotlighting the work of up-and-coming NYC filmmakers. Ten teams were challenged to create short films exploring the passage and continuity of time. The shorts will then be screened for guests and judged by a panel of experts from the filmmaking community.

In 2012, Brooklyn filmmakers and Mythic Bridge mentors Ryan Garretson and Megan Stein teamed up to organize Spooky Fest and Love Fest, two grassroots film festivals featuring peer-created work. The third in that series of festivals, Flux Fest follows in the footsteps of its predecessors in challenging a group of young filmmakers to produce cinematic works to compete for the festival’s “Best in Show” and “Audience Choice” awards.

Flux Fest will take place at Sandbox Studios in Brooklyn at 154 Morgan Ave. on Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 6pm to Midnight. Visual design syndicate, Lumenoti, will activate the space through light-based, immersive installations and interactive experiences that will further punctuate the films’ theme of time’s passage and continuity. Doors open at 6pm, screenings begin at 8pm, and an awards ceremony presented in partnership with Big Vision Empty Wallet happens at 10pm. Tickets are $15 pre-sale at fluxfest.com, $20 at the door. Open bar will be provided by Royal Wine Corp and music by Luka Son of Wolf.

For more information, visit  fluxfest

A Comedy “SALISH” @ The Silent Barn

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Title:Point presents SALISH. Two isolated strangers must navigate through an obtuse landscape and its mysterious inhabitants to answer the question: Where did all of these severed feet come from? It is a comedy.

July 25, 26, 27 and August 1, 2, 3
Door: 7:30 pm Curtain: 8 pm Admission: $8 Running Time: 1 Hour

Seating is limited | Please RSVP to titlepointproductions@gmail with name and number of attendees | Pay at the door.