The ninth annual Lower East Side Film Festival kicks off at Village East Cinema on June 6th. This year’s slate includes crowd favorites like themed shorts nights (Mind Fu*k Shorts, Strangelove Shorts and New York Filmmaker Shorts) plus an opening night film, Senior Escort Service, from Shaina Feinberg. Screenings start with an open beer and wine bar and the Opening Night Party happens at DROM, with open beer & wine bar for the first hour, a music showcase curated by DJ MATT FX, and special guests.
The indie festival prides itself on seeking out undiscovered and underdog filmmakers “who know that a huge budget does not equal a great film.”
LESFF has also launched a podcast on indie filmmaking, Below the Line, and secured distribution for its up and coming independent filmmakers.
This year’s jury includes actor and producer Rosario Dawson (RENT, Sin City, Top Five, Daredevil), Executive Producer Tara Simmons (Surviving R. Kelly, Growing up Hip Hop, Mary Mary) Cinematographer Sam Levy (Lady Bird, Francis Ha, Jerry Before Seinfeld) Marvel’s Executive Producer Joe Quesada (Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Jessica Jones) and Music Supervisor Mat FX (Broad City, Difficult People, In The Mix w/ Matt FX)
We’ll be taking a closer look at some of the films and talking with the filmmakers next week.
You can find tickets and more info here.