Short & Sweet: The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective

The BFC will present a night of short films by its members.  Diverse skill sets and wide interests converge at the collective’s weekly meetings, where members present works-in-progress to receive feedback and criticism from their peers.  Beyond the workshops, members share resources, ideas, gear, and crew-power.  The collective is also excited to present the Brooklyn premier of Alex Mallis’ short documentary, Spoils: Extraordinary Harvest.

Program Runtime 67 minutes

Spoils: Extraordinary Harvest,
 Alex Mallis, 21 minutes, 2012

A short documentary that captures intimate portraits of three New Yorkers on a journey through the culture of dumpster diving, illuminating a practice as old as agriculture.
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Gawking Red, Iva Radivojevic, 5 minutes, 2011
Amid the polished Western European city of Amsterdam, swarms of tourists wander into the infamous red light district, colliding with the flesh of sex workers, peep shows, and each other.




The Hour That Passes, Lily Henderson, 3 minutes, 2012
“SOMETHING HAPPENS BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE THAT IS TRANSCENDENT.” Chairs are scattered all along the gracious lawn outside the hospice unit – haphazardly left from the conversations once had. Leon tells us about his own conversations had with the dying – many of whom have alzheimers. Inside, we meet Trudi, a hospice patient, who engages with Leon over a game of cards as if it were just another day. Trudi may forget. But Leon will remember this day forever. – This is an excerpt from the film Lessons for the Living.

Bela: L’Homme Chat, Paul Trillo, 5 minutes, 2011
Bela follows the day in the life of a street performer named Bela Erdei or “the cat man”. Bela, a recognizable face to some, travels hours by train throughout the south of France to perform with his affectionate house cats. An affable and eccentric character who has a real passion for what he does.



Willets Point: The Iron Triangle, Nick Weissman, 6 minutes, 2010
Located in the shadow of CitiField, the junkyard community of Willets Point, aka The Iron Triangle, stands its ground against eminent domain and planned redevelopment. Though the area is being declared a blight, taxpaying business owners argue that the city has created the situation by refusing to provide sewers, street repair, and proper waste disposal over the years. The main advocate for the workers of Willets Point is a native 76 year old resident who refuses to leave.

Leal, Begoña Colomar, 13 minutes, 2012
“Leal” tells the story of woman who is driven back to the place where she was born.Told in magical realism style the main character describes her childhood memories in the times of feudalism when a lord and his vassals had a contract based on loyalty and shared a large estate where peasant families lived a humble life together with their farm animals.As if in a carousel the car circling around the farmland compares to her life , tangled around her conflicted feelings about the economic disparities between the two social classes she grew up in.The animal kingdom becomes an example for a more just life, where animals rule humans with kindness ,respect and equality.

Dog, Jonathan Johnson, 15 minutes, 2012
Forced to move out after a break up, Ana finds that the one thing she can’t live without is her boyfriend’s dog. On their way up state, she meets a young hiker in need of a lift.




Alex lives in Brooklyn, NY. His films have screened at IFF Boston, Hot Docs, DOCNYC, New Orleans FF, UnionDocs, and on The Documentary Channel and BBC News. He recently completed Spoils, a short documentary about dumpster diving in New York City, and Right Here All Over, a widely viewed and shared short documentary exploring the community and culture of Occupy Wall Street. His collaborative short, Matthew 24:14, won Best Film and Best Directing at the 2011 International Doc Challenge at Hot Docs. Alex is an avid photographer and greatly enjoys the darkroom. He is an MFA candidate for Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College (CUNY) and an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and the Meerkat Media Collective.

Iva Radivojevic spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus before settling in NYC to pursue her artistic goals over a decade ago. Iva’s films explore the theme of identity, migration and immigrants . The characters she portrays tend to live in multiple worlds that allow for a form of hybridity. Rather than victims, they act as a mirror with which the viewer can better understand him/herself and the world they live in, creating a certain familiarity.

Iva’s films have screened at various film festivals including Toronto’s HotDocs Film Festival and were broadcast on PBS, The Documentary Channel as well as international networks. Her work was also shown at numerous galleries around the globe and her most recent collaborative film Matthew 24:14 won the 2011 International Documentary Challenge competition for Best Director, Best Film and Best Use of Genre. She is the recipient of 2011 Princess Grace Film Fellowship, 2012 Princess Grace Special Project Award and a participating talent at the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus. Sporting the titles of a director, editor and cinematographer, she is happiest when behind the camera lens where she’s transported into another world. Follow what she’s up to on her film blog

Lily works as a film director and editor. Her film, Lessons for the Living – a documentary about hospice volunteers – was recently endorsed by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation and is available for sale through the Tribeca Film Institute’s ReFrame program and the Filmmaker’s Library. Her work has shown on HBO, the Bio Channel, MoMa Doc Fortnight, Hamptons International Film Festival among other venues. She was a two-year resident and curator for UnionDocs and has been a member and co-organizer of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective for five years. She founded ThinPlace | Pictures in 2010

Paul Trillo is an New York based filmmaker who experiments with both narrative storytelling and visual approach. After graduating from California College of the Arts, Paul has created work that ranges from experimental music videos to character driven shorts and motion-filled adver- tising. His work has premiered on MTV, screened in festivals worldwide and been featured in ma- jor places such as Newsweek’s Daily Beast, Vimeo Awards, Creativity Online, Not-Cot, Marvel, The Atlantic and iDn Magazine. Recent work includes a short film created for Nokia and a pilot that will premiere on the Biography Channel.

Nicholas Weissman is a documentary filmmaker and Co-founder of Ugly Dog Productions based out of New York City. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Weissman found his passion for filmmaking at an early age largely through his interest in photography and storytelling. He went on to study Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA where he received the Academic Achievement Award, Departmental Award, Brooks NPPA Best of Photojournalism Award, and the College Photographer of the Year Award: Pictorial. After college, he moved to New York City where he works as a video journalist/producer/cinematograhper for various media outlets including National Geographic Channel, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, MSNBC, PBS, TNT, The History Channel, and Sony Pictures. His first independent film, The Minutemen Movie, directed by Corey Wascinski won both Best Documentary and the Grand Jury Award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival as well as the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Begonia was born and raised in Bilbao, Spain and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She has been an artist since she was a child, playing the piano and creating drawings, paintings and photographs, with motion pictures being her preferred form of artistic expression.

She worked as a CG lighting and color artist on an award-winning animated short film titled The Metamorphosis, after which she worked for some of the world’s top film and gaming studios–namely DreamWorks, The Orphanage and Electronic Arts. Her numerous visual effects, CG lighting and color grading credits include blockbusters A.I., Minority Report, Shrek, The Day After Tomorrow, James Bond 007: From Russia With Love , Tiger Woods PGA and  Dead Space. Begonia’s credits as writer and director include the short films Elsie, Dendral, Oda, Habit and Leal. She is currently in preproduction for a short film titled Reason and in development for a feature film called Luz.

Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, Jonathan is a graduate of Pratt Institute of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Film Production. Director of the short films, Dog, and The Choctaw Funeral Cry, his debut feature screenplay Everyone But You was featured as one of 25 top emerging narratives at the 2010 IFP Independent Film Week in Manhattan and IFP’s Script-to-Screen Conference in March 2011. He is currently in production on his first feature film, The Creek When He Came Back.

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