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Fri, Dec 13, 2013 6:30pm –


Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
at Clinton St
Brooklyn  New York  11201
United States
Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival Screening: "Brooklyn Realities - Documented"

BHS and Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival partner for this screening of short documentaries, which mix vintage Brooklyn films and contemporary Brooklyn-docs. Filmmakers and Brooklyn "characters" will be present for post-screening discussion with the audience.

The line-up includes:

“The Shoemaker“

Dustin Cohen's documentary introduces us to 91 year old cobbler Frank Catalfumo still plying his trade in Bensonhurt, Brooklyn. This extraordinary short film shows us the beauty of a life embodied in the hands and mind of an old world Brooklyn artisan as he reflects on time spent in his neighborhood since 1922. Filmmaker Dustin Cohen will join us to discuss his film.

“Project 2 x 1”

This is the first documentary ever shot on Google Glass. Project 2x1 is a short documentary film, exploring the cultures of the Hasidic and West-Indian communities of Crown Heights. The story tests the limits of Google Glass, the world’s newest and most intimate filmmaking device, by developing a truly collaborative narrative told through the eyes of as many community members as possible, capturing each community's rituals and routines, their similarities and unique differences. Project 2 x 1 filmmakers Mendy Seldowitz, Hannah Roodman, Celso White, Ben Millstein, Alexandra Coffey, and Ian Moubayed will be present to discuss their film.


Frankie Fidilio, filmmaker and Brooklyn metal scrap collector became Brooklyn's first reality-television star when the show he conceived about his life became a national hit. Excerpts from Frankie's documentary and the television show “Scrappers” will illuminate the hard-scrabble life as Frankie and his fellow Brooklyn junkmen cruise the streets of Brooklyn reflecting on life and scrap metal. Frankie will be be present to discuss his film, fame and the scrapping life.