BROOKLYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PARTNERS FOUR COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS TO BRING FREE INDIE TO BROOKLYN

April 5, 2005

BROOKLYN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PARTNERS
WITH FOUR COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONS TO BRING FREE INDIE FILMS TO BROOKLYN


Brooklyn, New York, April 5, 2005 – The Brooklyn International Film Festival (BiFF) is proud to announce its partnerships with four of Brooklyn's most prominent community institutions: Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Historical Society, and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. BiFF will be showcasing some of the best films from the 2004 edition at these institutions from March-June.

"We believe in the power of independent vision, support uncontaminated messages, and share content with all. Indie movies are a powerful, educational tool to free people's mind and spirit. We aim to bring people of diverse age, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds together and partnering with these institutions is a great way to do just that," said BiFF founder and director Marco Ursino. "It is also an opportunity for BiFF to develop new Brooklyn audiences."

2005 Pre-Festival showcases at the Brooklyn Public Library include:
Fri, May 6– 6pm – Mojados: Through the Night - Dir. Tommy Davis, US, 63 min -Doc
Fri, May 13– 6pm - Anne B. Real - Dir: Lisa France, US, 91 min, Feature
Fri, May 20– 6pm - Collection of shorts
All films will be shown in the Second Floor Meeting Room of Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

2005 Pre-Festival showcases at the Brooklyn Museum include:
Sat, March 5- 7pm - Ferry Tales - Dir: Katja Esson, US, 39 min, Documentary
Sat, April 2- 7pm - Anne B. Real - Dir: Lisa France, US, 91 min, Narrative Feature
Sat, May 7- 9pm - Let the Church Say Amen - Dir: David Petersen, US, 87 min, Doc

2005 Pre-Festival showcases at the Brooklyn Historical Society include:
Fri, May 20- 6:30pm - The Dodgers Sym-phony - Dir. Pegi Veil, US, 28min, Doc

2005 Pre-Festival showcases at the Brooklyn Children's Museum include:
Sun, April 24 through Friday, April 29 —Selection of children's films daily at 3pm during Spring Recess week.

Through tremendous community support, long-term corporate sponsorship, flawless productions, and impressive programming, BiFF has built upon each year's successes. BiFF exposes and promotes local and international filmmakers while feeding its audiences with the best independent films the world has to offer. "We are a truly independent film festival and it shows both in our programming and all our operations," says Ursino.

For the 2005 edition, BiFF has already received 1,700+ films from 80 countries.

BiFF is a festival for and by independent filmmakers. BiFF's mission is to discover, expose, and promote independent filmmakers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for the arts. BiFF is a non-profit organization.

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent New York City library system serving the borough of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest in the United States. Its Central Library, Business Library, and 58 branch libraries offer free information, programs and computer access people of all ages. You can reach the Library's resources of over 50 reference databases, catalog information and news 24 hours a day at www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is the second-largest art museum in New York City and one of the largest in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections include more than one million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, with its own newly renovated subway station, the Museum is part of a complex of nineteenth-century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo.

Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), is a nationally renowned urban history center dedicated to the exploration and preservation of documents, artwork and artifacts representative of Brooklyn's diverse cultures past and present. BHS provides access to its unparalleled collection through extensive educational programs, exhibits, neighborhood history guides, community outreach and its distinctive Brooklyn Walks and Talks series. BHS's board and staff are dedicated to creating programming that helps Brooklynites young and old develop pride in their own cultural traditions while fostering an appreciation for their neighbors' differences and similarities.

An international model for museum and community programs, Brooklyn Children's Museum offers interactive learning adventures through hands-on exhibitions, multicultural performances, creative workshops, and an extensive collection of cultural artifacts and natural science specimens. Situated in the heart of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for over 100 years, with beautiful Brower Park as its backyard, the Museum welcomes 250,000 visitors a year and reaches another 500,000 annually through its national touring exhibitions. For information, hours and directions, call 718-735-4400 or visit www.brooklynkids.org.


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Brooklyn Public Library is an independent New York City library system serving the borough of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest in the United States. Its Central Library, Business Library, and 58 neighborhood libraries offer free information, programs and computer access to people of all ages. You can reach the Library's resources of over 70 reference databases, catalog information and news 24 hours a day at www.bklynpubliclibrary.org