Festival of Cinema NYC returns for fifth year to Forest Hills – QNS.com
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The Festival of Cinema NYC, a 10-day film festival, is back at the Regal UA Midway in Forest Hills.
The event, which returns for its 5th year from September 24 to October 3, will feature over 120 independent films with over 85 filmmakers expected.
The opening night film selection included John Carlucci and Brandon Laganke’s favorite film “Drunk bus, and the closing screening of the acclaimed LGBTQ film by Erin Granat & Machete Bang Bang, “The Manor of the Moon.” There will be several world premieres, including that of Samuel Tressler IV “LedaWhich will mark FOC NYC’s first RealD 3D presentation.
Tressler IV “Ledaâ, Which will air on October 2 at noon, offers a unique cinematic experience with many experimental aspects. The psychological thriller is based on the âGreek Myth of Leda and the Swan,â which is a story about the Greek god Zeus imbuing Leda with a modern twist.
He will tell the story of a “woman and her interactions with a divine swan which leads her down the path of mental deterioration”.
Another movie to look forward to is “” by Brandon Chi-Wei ChenBlue lanterns â, a coming-of-age crime drama about “two teenagers slowly getting involved in the Hong Kong triads and how it affects their relationship.”
For Chen, this project came with “a lot of firsts.”
This is Chen’s first film and the film’s premiere on the East Coast. The main cast is mostly made up of beginner actors.
“Blue Lantern” draws on Chen’s own life as well as the experiences of other friends. He noted that it is a “a coming of age story about brotherhood, family and friendship.
âGrowing up, I always appreciated friendship. The bond I had with my friends got me through some tough times and betraying that relationship is something I can’t even imagine, âChen said. âAs I got older, my circle of friends started to grow and I found myself influenced by the wrong people. I realized that I was getting lost and how easy it was to blur the lines of his moral compass. When I look back on my own experiences, it seems impossible to determine when I lost my innocence as if it had happened in my sleep.
The film, entirely in Cantonese, will be screened on Saturday, September 25 at 5:15 p.m.
On a lighter note, Emmy Award winner and stand-up comedian Alyse Kenny’s “Ally happy forever “ will be screened on Saturday September 25 at 2:45 p.m.
Kenny, who has appeared on shows such as “Orange is the new black, “Tonight’s show â, and the Netflix show “HalstonSays the film is based on experiences from her own life.
Kenny, who performed and wrote “Fortunately still an ally â, he declared. is “what the world needs now – a wellness comedy to help people escape”.
âIt celebrates diversity, is nostalgic, relatable and written and directed by women. It’s about never giving up in the New York City context and it’s just good ol ‘fashion fun, âKenny said.
Britney Lee Hamilton, 9-year-old former birthday princess, is the creator, writer and star of the short film “# PrincessProblems. Hamilton’s film follows a birthday princess and “wonders if princesses are still good role models for little girls.”
The film stars actress Shyrley Rodriguez, who also appeared in the critically acclaimed film “Knives out. “
Hamilton runs a studio in New Jersey called The Studio B. Lee Productions and gives private lessons in acting and singing. All the child actors of “# PrincessProblems “ happen to be his pupils.
#PrincessProblems will be playing on Monday September 27 at 6 p.m.
Festival of Cinema NYC founder and executive director Jayson Simba said that in their 5th year, they “continue to grow by almost every measure – submissions, selected films, screenings, etc.,” despite the pandemic. of COVID-19.
âWe couldn’t be more excited to return home to the Regal and see these incredible films on screen and meet the 85 filmmakers that we expect to join us here in Forest Hills,â said Simba. “We are proud to bring world cinema to the many moviegoers here in Queens, and this year’s lineup really delivers on that front.”
Tickets for the NYC Festival of Cinema are on sale now and are priced at $ 17 for regular daily screening blocks.
Tickets for the opening and closing night of the red carpet are priced at $ 30 and include entry to the after party following these screenings.
Discounts are available at the door for Seniors, SAG-AFTRA members, Queens Economic Development Corporation members, Forest Hills Asian Association, Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, Queens Chamber of Commerce, and Community members Board 6.
Tickets for Tuesday’s Cuba fundraising presentation will cost $ 35.
To purchase tickets and find out more about the festival, visit www.festivalofcinemanyc.com.