A star actress flees her crimes in 'You Can't Escape Lithuania.'

A star actress flees her crimes abroad in ‘You Can’t Escape Lithuania.’

For a while there, Bushwick’s reputation as a Brooklyn neighborhood was mostly infamous, its personality largely reduced to reports of cultural appropriation and brutally unfunny SNL skits. But that game has tired, and so Bushwick has made it out of the (Heavy) woods of Brooklyn-mocking to reemerge in its pupal form as a hub for creativity and culture.

A prime example of the aforementioned is the annual Bushwick Film Festival, a juried three-day festival that showcases the work of independent filmmakers, the majority of whom hail from Brooklyn. From Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, you can catch all kinds of exciting cinema that covers contemporary issues: otherness, reproductive freedom, gang violence, entrepreneurship and more. This year’s festival also features a Women in Film Day on Saturday, which includes brunch, a panel discussion on women in film & television, plus films directed by women.

The festival kicks off tonight at 7pm at Bushwick’s Lot 45 (411 Troutman St.) with a conversation between filmmaker Ira Sachs (Love is Strange, The Delta) and festival director Kweighbaye Kotee.

It’s a juried festival, so everything you see is bound to be at least baseline enjoyable. But here are our topic picks of a few special flicks to look out for this weekend: (more…)

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Mmmm, looks delicious. (Pic by Rose Callahan)

1. Get your literary fix at the latest installment of the Sackett Street Reading Series, featuring novelists Sophie McManus, Tracy O’Neill, Ioannis Pappos, and Patricia Park. (Monday, FREE)

2. Or if you prefer numbers, head to C’mon Everybody for Bed-Stuy Bingo with famed drag king Murray Hill and burlesquer Dirty Martini. (Monday, FREE)

3. It’s time for everyone’s favorite groan-tastic evening: Punderdome 3000, a pun-filled elimination hosted by Jo Firestone and her dad, Rodney Dangerfield–impersonator Fred Firestone. (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)

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These people could be staring at your movie up there. via Facebook

So you came to New York City with Hollywood dreams, despite the fact that Hollywood is way the hell that way (we’re pointing west, trust us). Despite that not making much sense, you cobbled together a movie with some people, a movie you’re proud of, but you just don’t know what to do with it now. Forget Sundance and forget TriBeCa even, why not submit your film to the Bushwick Film Festival? You live there, might as well become known at the bar as “that person who won the Bushwick film fest,” right? Right! (more…)