The 12th Greenpoint Film Festival announces next month’s return to indoors screenings in Brooklyn (August 2-6)

The 12th Greenpoint Film Festivalannounces next month’s return to indoors screenings in Brooklyn (August 2-6)

“Echoes of Ukraine” themed Opening Night features Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Roslowski’s

The Hamlet Syndrome Saim Sadiq’s Cannes Film Festival award-winnerJoylandisthe ClosingNight presentation

The Hamlet Syndrome,Joyland

New York, NY (July24, 2023) –Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Film Festival announced the filmlineup for its12thedition, which will return toindoors screenings for the first time in two yearsAugust 2-6. GFF will kick things off with an Opening Night “Echoes of Ukraine” theme featuring Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Roslowski’s documentary The Hamlet Syndrome.Saim Sadiq’sJoylandwill be the Closing Night selection.

As it has for more than a decade, the film festival will be screening and celebrating truly independent films and filmmakers, a world away from the studios and (especially notable at this time) the AMPTP.

The film festival will include 48 films (10 features, 38 shorts), with screenings at The Boiler / ELM Foundation (191 N. 14th Street). Along with the Opening Night selection, this year’s lineup has strong representation from Poland, along with Greenpoint FF’s solid survey of stateside indie films.Film industry catering favorites Wilson Rivas Crafts will have a food truck on the premises providing food and concessions for film goers and attendees.The Boiler’sbackyard will serve as the film festival’s film-centric community mixer epicenter – open to the public andserving food and beverages before everyone heads inside for that day or evening’s air-conditioned screenings.

Filmmakers and celebrity guests will participate in GFF’s green “red” carpet, and the Filmmaker Awards will be presented prior to the Closing Night screening.Short film award winners will receive a “Short to Feature Accelerator” prize by R2W2.

Greenpoint Film Festival Creative Director Ricardo Vilar, said, “We are thrilled to be returning indoors for this year’s edition of the film festival. We’re having fun when say we are “steaming” our films this year since we’ll be in The Boiler butour lineup definitely has a lot of heat with award winners, thought provoking subjects, exciting new talent, and more. For more than a decade, we have celebrated cinema here in North Brooklyn, and this year’s edition looks to be one of our strongest yet.”

The Opening Night presentation on Thursday, August 3 is themed “Echoes of Ukraine” featuring Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Roslowski’s The Hamlet Syndrome. The film looks at agroup of young Ukrainian actors, each with psychological scars of the war in Donbas, who are cast in an experimental theatrical production of Hamlet. As they confront Hamlet’s famous “To be, or not to be” soliloquy, the actors process their own dilemmas, mere months prior to Russia’s 2022 full-scale invasion of their country. The screening will be preceded by Orr Bortman’s short documentary Lesyk a.k.a. Words of Wisdomwhich profiles Astoria’s Alexander Lesyk Balaban, a Ukraininan stamp collector who’s prized collection is part of the fight for the survival of Ukraine’s identity and history.

The Closing Night selection is Saim Sadiq’s feature film debutJoyland. The first Pakistani film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize as well as the Queer Palm. The film follows a man who takes a job as a backup dancer at a Bollywood-style burlesque. His infatuation with another performer, a dynamic and strong-willed trans woman leads to trouble and complications with his family and wife. The presentation will feature a special pre-recorded interview with Sadiq and cast memberswith Siddhant Adlakha following the screening.

Highlights among the other features include two films from Poland with kids at the center of their stories.Piotr Stasik’s Film For Aliens is about a boy given the task to make a film for aliens that will help save the world, and Ana Maria Kasperska’s Hela focuses on a teenage girl who makes up her mind to track down her recently adopted little sister and bring her back so they can be together.

On Wednesday, August 2, Michał Kwieciński’sFilip will be screened at a special invite only Greenpoint FF preview at the Polish Consulate. Based on Leopold Tyrmand’s autobiographical novel, the film is a gritty character study focused on a handsome young Polish Jew who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and disguises himself as a French Gentile so he can work as a waiter in an exclusive hotel and restaurant in Frankfurt. He revels being in the center of luxury and romancing Aryan women – which is punishable by death. When the war begins to take a bloody toll on those closest to him, his intricately built alternate life and world starts to crumble.

Filmmaker-focused highlights include a special workshop, “How to Make a Documentary in One Day,” for young, aspiring filmmakers (21 years-old or less) and will be taught by Piotr Stasik (Director, Film For Aliens). The workshop will focus on ways the kids can tell stories via film.More information on the workshop is HERE (Google forms to apply).

Part and parcel of the Festival’s mission is to call for a green and eco-friendly future and with that in mind, the festival is teaming up with New York City’s largest soundstage company – Broadway Stages, who has made an unparalleled commitment to renewable energy by conveying solar power to their soundstages and productions. Similarly, all of the Greenpoint Film Festival’s venue dressings, provided by Universal Production Services are also eco-friendly, including a Step-and-Repeat made out of wood with replaceable logos instead of printing them and each year throwing out the prints.

To purchase passes and tickets and to findmore information on the Greenpoint Film Festival, please visit:

2023Greenpoint Film Festival Official Selections



Director: Michał Kwieciński

Country: Poland; Running Time: 125 min

In 1943, a Polish Jew, who managed to escape from the Warsaw ghetto, is waiting restaurant tables in Frankfurt while pretending to be French and taking revenge on the Nazis in his own unique way.


The Hamlet Syndrome

Directors: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Roslowski

Country: Poland; Running Time: 85 min

The Hamlet Syndrome is a powerful portrait of a vibrant young Ukrainian generation, the first one born after the collapse of the Soviet Union, shaped by the Maidan Revolution of 2013, empowered by political change and scarred by war.

Preceded by

Lesyk a.k.a. Words of Wisdom

Director: Orr Bortman

Country: USA; Running Time: 32 min

A moving portrait of Alexander Lesyk Balaban, an eccentric Ukraine stamp collector living in Astoria, NY for over fifty years. Told across four seasons and spanning over 1,000 years of history, come spend some time with Lesyk, who’s extensive stamp collection is part of the fight for the survival of Ukraine’s identity and history.



Director: Saim Sadiq

Country: Pakistan; Running Time: 127 min

The youngest son in a traditional Pakistani family takes a job as a backup dancer in a Bollywood-style burlesque and quickly becomes infatuated with the strong-willed trans woman who runs the show.


Film For Aliens

Director: Piotr Stasik

Country: Poland; Running Time: 73 min

Fourteen-year-old Jeremi is a YouTuber. His father, a space agency employee, promised to show him the launch of a real rocket, but called it off at the very last minute. Instead, he sends the boy to his grandpa’s place in the countryside. To distract Jeremi from spending time on the Internet, his father comes up with a competition. Jeremi receives a package with a small robot that gives him tasks to complete. The boy is supposed to create a message for aliens in the form of a film, which will help to save the world. At first unhappy, Jeremi gradually makes friends with a group of local kids. Together, they make the film until the secret plan comes to light.


Director: Anna Maria Kasperska

Country: Poland; Running Time: 84 min

When teenage trouble maker orphan Hela learns that her 5 years old sister has been adopted, she decides to run away from the reformatory to find and kidnap her sibling.

Mechanical Bulls

Directors: Jake Schick, Joshua Laufer

Country: USA; Running Time: 62 min

Mechanical Bulls is the story of four wayward twenty-somethings reconnecting after years apart. Taking place over the course of one day, the once close-knit group attempt to confront their personal truths and unresolved issues with each other.


The Artist and the Astronaut

Director: Bill Muench

Country: USA; Running Time: 100 min

The Artist & the Astronaut tells the unlikely love story between the artist Pat Musick, a civil rights activist, and the Apollo astronaut Jerry Carr as they participate in some of the most historic events in human history.

Into The Spotlight

Director: Thaddeus D. Matula

Country: USA; Running Time: 99 min

A heartfelt story of how a script, a stage, and a theater program composed of adults with disabilities celebrate their creativity, explore life’s complexities, and empower a community, in their own words and their own way.

Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science

Director: Geoff Haines-Stiles

Country: USA; Running Time: 100 min

Physicist and best-selling author Alan Lightman investigates how key findings of modern science help us find our bearings in the cosmos. What do these new discoveries tell us about ourselves, and how do we find meaning in them? Travel from the infinity of the small to the infinity of the large, meeting with the co-discoverer of one of the most distant galaxies yet known.

Stopping The Next Pandemics

Director: Xavier Deleu

Country: France; Running Time: 96 min

Stopping the next pandemic is a new challenge to the most prominent scientists. Their field studies around the world are showing that our health as humans depends on animal and environmental health. Diseases that occur in the remotest places are now our concern. We live in a connected world. We will have to preserve the environment to prevent future pandemics.


A History of Sitting in Waiting Rooms

Director: Lorena Russi

Country: USA; Running Time: 9 min

A History of Sitting in Waiting Rooms is the coming of age story you never knew you wanted. Meet Lorenita: a rambunctious six-year-old with six cavities. One for each letter in her name no one can pronounce. Lorenita is a butch Latina fighting to find herself in the cacophony of Queens, NY in the 90s. With the help of her imaginary best friend, Boo, a civil war ghost, Lorenita will poorly navigate the drawn-out pains of puberty.

And Along Came Lily

Director: Danielle Hope Diamond

Country: USA; Running Time: 11 min

And Along Came Lily is an intimate story following a young woman’s journey to understanding the mythical orgasm. Media often portrays sex as all “sexy” “fun” and “adventurous”, but it rarely dives into how complicated and stressful trying to “find” pleasure in the bedroom is. Lily is a sheltered midwesterner struggling with what it means for her to have pleasure and with the help of her best friend Rachel, what that journey looks like.

Astonishing Little Feet

Director: Maegan Houang

Country: USA; Running Time: 9 min

Afong Moy, the first documented Chinese woman to come to the United States, realizes the men who separated her from her family only have interest in profiting off the peculiarities of her bound feet.

Bad Blood

Director: Caitlyn Johnson

Country: USA; Running Time: 11 min

On an Autumn Friday, 10-year-old Olivia receives her period for the first time. However, she shields the truth from her mother, Sharon, and her older sister, Andrea, in hopes of attending a sleepover at the family’s church. Blind to her young sister’s experience, Andrea continues to defy her mother’s wishes as she searches for freedom and her identity outside of their family unit. Unable to communicate as they wish they could, these two sisters find themselves navigating their coming-of-age stories as they try to overcome the guilt of their shame together.

Bowling 4 Eva

Director: Aelfie Oudghiri

Country: USA; Running Time: 14 min

A troubled teen girl spends her time trolling men online and bowling with her grandfather while becoming increasingly medicated by her psychiatrist.

The Confirmation (La Confirmation)

Director: Juan Pablo Daranas Molina

Country: USA; Running Time: 11 min

A tenacious biologist grapples with her beliefs when her ailing daughter turns to spiritual healing in search of a cure.

The Cookbook

Director: Pedro Chaves

Country: USA; Running Time: 22 min

After his father’s debilitating stroke, an estranged son returns home to Central New York where he’s torn between taking over his father’s Lebanese restaurant and carrying on family tradition or pursuing his own dream.

Daddy’s Night

Director: William Pinke

Country: USA; Running Time: 18 min

With Mommy out for the night, Daddy invites over Natalie. But when his daughter Betsy wakes up afraid of a monster, can Daddy put her back to bed in time to get in bed with Natalie?

The Ever Hours

Director: Ella Vance

Country: USA; Running Time: 8 min

In a dreamlike montage of tangible love, we follow three separate stories: Cleo and Noah, a mother and her young daughter, Elsie and Aaliyah, lovers, and Thomas and Kait, an elderly father and his daughter. We are touched by intimate moments of joy and peace in these love stories before transitioning to a lens of loss. The tone is not one of sadness but of hope as we transcend into an abstract interpretation of love as an ethereal and immortal energy that surrounds us even beyond death.


Director: Brittany Reeon Lee

Country: USA; Running Time: 36 min

Five people from different walks of life are joined by an art therapist whose sister was a victim of sexual violence. Together, they embark on a session in order to alleviate their feelings of guilt and regret. The session unfolds with each participant candidly sharing their deeply-rooted guilt, shedding light on the personal burdens they’ve been carrying. As the session continues, the therapist’s ulterior motive is revealed, prompting all but one participant to leave.

Fundamental Shapes

Director: Colin Alistair Campbell

Country: USA; Running Time: 15 min

Jacob, an unemployed actor, stumbles into an unusual gig: nude figure model for a fine arts class. When his next-door neighbor turns up, he must find a way to keep his identity hidden, and their budding romance intact. A gentle romantic comedy about vulnerability, surprising coincidences, and the unexpected ways we find love.


Director: Megan Brotherton

Country: USA; Running Time: 15 min

A recently widowed woman works through the complexities of grief with the help of friends, strangers and Tupperware.

Hot Tears

Director: Abigail Weinick

Country: USA; Running Time: 14 min

When a precocious eighth-grader develops a crush on her older sister’s 20-year-old boyfriend, the line between friendliness and flirtatiousness becomes blurred. Eve finds herself lost in his ambiguous nature. After a mutual attraction forms between the two, Eve has to face the consequences head-on.


Director: Xueni Yang

Country: Czech Republic; Running Time: 15 min

June, a standby dancer, is obsessed with dancing and wants to learn solo choreography with the lead dancer Lauren. However, as soon as she wins the opportunity from Lauren, she is distanced by the group. Thus, she decides to cancel her rehearsal schedule with Lauren and fixes her relationship with the others. When she thinks her life returns to normal, Lauren gets injured during the rehearsal for unclear reasons and has to quit the practice. Feeling guilty about Lauren’s injury, June wants to fill her position as the only person who learned her part to secure the coming show. However, she has to face the same isolation again when she does so.

Interview with Traveler #582

Director: Lisa Steindler, Jon Bernson

Country: USA; Running Time: 10 min

Drawing the power dynamics of a job interview out from behindclosed doors, Traveler #582 takes aim at this absurd capitalist ritualand its many tropes.

Leaving Yellowstone

Director: Kayla Arend

Country: USA; Running Time: 23 min

What starts as a romantic trip in the wilderness, turns ugly as Tessa fights for her life in the winter of Yellowstone National Park. Tessa is excited to visit Yellowstone National Park with her new boyfriend, Mark. However, when they arrive, Mark changes, aggression and cruelty building as Tessa starts finding disturbing artifacts around his cabin. What begins as an idyllic winter weekend slowly becomes a nightmare as Tessa realizes she’s alone in the woods with a man she really doesn’t know at all.

Let My Grandpa into Heaven

Director: Lana Bolycheva

Country: USA; Running Time: 8 min

On the day of grandfather’s funeral, 6-year-old Lucas hears his father Patrick in a fit of anger says that the deceased grandpa should be burning in hell. Lucas decides to do everything to help his grandfather avoid hell. By the advice of the priesе Lucas is trying to engage his father into grandpa’s soul rescuing but his father refuses. Their conflict leads to the accident. Lucas faints and gets the opportunity to visit his grandfather who is stuck in space for unforgiven parent’s souls. Their Lucas acquires a new vampire friend who is happy to help the boy.


Director: Anne Hu

Country: USA; Running Time: 16 min

When a Taiwanese American woman prepares lunches from her childhood, she struggles to forgive herself for pushing away her immigrant mother.

Made in Germany (OT: Zeitpunkt X)

Director: Simon Schneider

Country: Germany; Running Time: 25 min

A nearly finished construction site. The wiring is completed, the walls are painted, the final inspections are being done. The construction manager Thomas Zetzsche is proud of his achievement. The prestigious building he created is a modern dream come true. But suddenly that dream begins to crumble as more and more defects appear. Cables run into dead ends, the fire protection malfunctions and entire rooms go missing. Desperately Thomas is trying to fix the building until he finally accepts that the opening date has to be postponed. Now he must confront his own responsibility in this faulty system and draw the necessary.

Made in Heaven

Director: Yiqing Zhao

Country: USA; Running Time: 14 min

Serena, a closeted lesbian, accidentally finds her mother trying to reconnect with an old boyfriend. She sends her girlfriend to be her mom’s assistant, only to realize her secret can no longer stay hidden.

New Lives

Director: Joey Schweitzer

Country: USA; Running Time: 20 min

A psychological portrait of a Holocaust survivor navigating the trauma of her past with the pressures of assimilation, in 1950s Brooklyn.

No Other Gods But Me

Director: Alex Spott

Country: USA; Running Time: 7 min

In the midst of a sexual awakening, a religious teen finally musters up the courage to kiss her crush, but will lust send her straight to h-e-double-hockey-sticks?


Director: Caitlin Ferrell

Country: USA; Running Time: 10 min

Influenced by Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, Nora is confronted with her primal urges, when her husband is away on a business trip and she is left home confined to herself.

Powerful Stuff

Director: Justin Andrew Davis

Country: USA; Running Time: 17 min

Confronted by the inspiration for his most problematic character, an indie filmmaker fights to save his career at the premiere of his debut feature.


Director: Sam Motamedi

Country: USA; Running Time: 9 min

After sharing online a video of herself dancing, a young Iranian woman is being pressured to apologize on public television.


Director: Micah Stathis

Country: USA; Running Time: 11 min

Iris, a recently sober alcoholic, is due in court tomorrow: rested and prepared. Unable to fall asleep, she battles the voices in her head and her own desire for a drink as the night stretches on, seemingly without end.


Director: Heather Luscombe

Country: USA; Running Time: 10 min

Slim and Dani’s relationship has passed its expiration date, they ride their addiction of each other until it’s too late.


Director: Sydney Giacomazzi

Country: USA; Running Time: 9 min

A young man’s pet goldfish sits atop a dresser, observing its owner neglect his ambitions, relationship and livelihood in order to feed the only thing that matters: an opioid addiction.

Stay Don’t Go

Director: Brian Velsor

Country: USA; Running Time: 20 min

As the search for a missing teenage girl goes cold – Martha, a devoted volunteer, stumbles across a possible lead. When her warnings are met with indifference and exhaustion, Martha is forced to take matters into her own hands.

Sulam (Ladder)

Director: Noam Argov

Country: USA; Running Time: 11 min

When an immigrant teen must help her mother buy a ladder before a school exam, tensions of belonging in a new country bubble to the surface.

Till Eye Die

Director: Pimprenelle Rouyer

Country: USA; Running Time: 15 min

Isaac is a young painter who suffers from achromatopsia. Since birth, he only sees in black, white and shades of grey. His life changes overnight, when he takes a pill that will make him see in color.

Wild Geese Returning

Director: Ming Zhang

Country: USA; Running Time: 15 min

A blind painter who has never seen the sea is obsessed with painting it, hoping to capture its entirety—till the sea takes him.



Director: Manal Fadlalla

Country: USA; Running Time: 5 min

My documentary is about the way black hijabis are represented in the media through dance. I plan to enlighten people’s knowledge on us black hijabis through a preformative and cinematic documentary.The media is extremely biased in who they want to present to the public and I find that unfair. We work just as hard as others so why is our talent pushed aside?

Breadwinners: Raina Kennedy

Directors: Emily Delaney, Courtney Schaefer

Country: USA; Running Time: 11 min

Breadwinners is a five-part mini docuseries that examines the complex relationship between New Yorkers and the people who feed them. By focusing on farmers, food distributors, and home cooks, the series explores access to sustenance, the power of land, and the magic of community.Episode 4 features Raina Kennedy – co-owner and sourcer for Brooklyn Packers, a co-op that makes food more accessible by distributing fresh produce throughout Brooklyn and Queens without the grocery store pricing.

Faith in Blackness: An Exploration of AfroLatine Spirituality

Director: Charles Reynoso

Country: USA; Running Time: 27 min

“How can the creator of the universe be smaller than me?” Black Latine people around the world practice a myriad of faith traditions. This short-form documentary explores dynamic identities of these AfroLatine people and their journey for a home, a faith in Blackness.

Feeling the Apocalypse

Director: Chen Sing Yap

Country: Canada; Running Time: 7 min

A psychotherapist struggling with climate anxiety explores what it means to live in a dying world.


Director: Alex Ramsey

Country: USA; Running Time: 7 min

Edward, now 28, hasn’t seen his family since he crossed the US-Mexico border on foot 10 years ago. Trapped in the US by a maddening waiting game for citizenship, he grapples with the idea of leaving the life he built in New York behind forever in exchange for a long overdue homecoming. Will Edward reunite with his family or continue on in his self-imposed purgatory?

About Greenpoint Film Festival

The GREENPOINT FILM FESTIVAL had its inception in 2011 founded by Woven Spaces, Inc. and produced by Greenpoint Film Festival, Inc. built around a non-profit structure abiding by a simple purpose:To create a focal point in critically-acclaimed, thought-provoking, and upcoming filmmakers while simultaneously pushing the envelope in the local community and beyond. The festival is inspired by the stories yet untold and focuses on giving voices to the voiceless in the filmmaking industry while simultaneously bringing together the dazzling neighborhood of Greenpoint located in North Brooklyn. The themes of renewal and reclamation continue to play a major role in the social and creative fabric of the Greenpoint Film Festival as it constantly expands into a platform for thought-provoking and critically acclaimed stories, as well as a showcase for the fine arts and brilliant films.

GFF is also focused on expanding the local film network in North Brooklyn. The arts are historically proven building blocks of stories that we tell our elders, our peers, and our youth with hopes that more stories will sprout through the ages standing the test of time. GFF is positioning itself to be a prime incentive of inspiration for the local community and economic development with fundamental tools for communicating trends and ideas. We support philosophical and social movements towards sustainable use of our resources, future-minded urban planning, and growing partnerships across several disciplines and ways of life. The Greenpoint Film Festival hopes to be a cornerstone of visionary commitment towards this end and a principal resource to artists and to the community of North Brooklyn.

About ELM Foundation/The Boiler

ELM Foundation is a community-based nonprofit that promotes the healing and transformative power of the arts by advocating the benefits of art therapy and providing multidisciplinary arts education for kids. The Boiler is a gallery within ELM Foundation that plays host to a variety of events, contributing equitable access to exhibition space, creative resources, and mentorship.


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