This weekend you can see lightning-strike victims, a corpse dumping ground, a half-naked Bushwickian and a battle for water rights in Michigan all in the same place. It’s the Red Hook International Film and Video Festival we’re talking about, a two-day showcase of shorts and features, Brooklyn-centric documentaries, fiction and experimental films hosted by Red Hook’s Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. Best yet, it’s all free, and that includes the popcorn and Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie.
The fest begin Saturday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. with two films about the waterfront, followed by a block of documentaries about living spaces in BK. The day finishes with a run of fun fiction like the recent Twitter fave, Va Fa Napoli Hipster. And if that’s not enough, there’s a mid-fest fest at Sunny’s Bar (253 Conover St.) at 6 p.m. with live music and… more free food.
On Sunday, the films return with awesome animation and documentaries by first-time filmmakers. A block of short portraiture anchors the day with films about a Brooklyn repair shop proprietor, a pizzeria owner and a late-night taxi driver.
All screenings will be held at the screening room of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, 499 Van Brunt St. Visit their site for all the details on the festival, films and, of course, the free pie.