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Activism and the Environment Spotlighted at Greenpoint Film Festival

By Gwynne Hogan | March 7, 2016 4:36pm
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Greenpoint Film Festival;

GREENPOINT — Coming up next week, the fifth annual Greenpoint Film Festival will tackle pollution in local waterways and community activism, alongside international works.

Narrative, documentary, environmental and experimental shorts and features will screen at the Wythe Hotel from March 17 to 20 along with panel discussions.

Local activists with Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park who are pushing the city to fulfill its promise of a 27-acre waterfront park will be featured on the festival's opening night March 17 in a series of shorts documenting their activism over the past year, followed by a panel discussion.

Other shorts like "Greenpoint 2016" screening on March 20, will highlight environmental issues in Greenpoint and Newtown Creek and explore possible remedies.

While the surrounding neighborhood plays a role in some of the films on the screen, others hail from different parts of the country and the world. 

Take "Becoming Bulletproof," a feature-length documentary that captures a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of a Western flick which stars many actors with disabilities.

While "Roman Citizen," an Italian feature, blends thriller and mystery.

The festival takes place at the Wythe Hotel at 80 Wythe Ave. Individual screenings cost $10, day passes are $18 and full festival passes for four days of films cost $56. Visit the website for more information.