Bed Stuy/ Bushwick

Saturday, The Zero Film Fest’s opening night indie fiesta

You gotta perk your ears up when an indie film fest promises “something different” from all the other indie film fests out there these days. And, of course, it’s in Brooklyn. The Zero Film Festival kicks off its annual NY week Saturday with an opening night fiesta of live music, a “DJ dance party til late,” free booze and, yes, a lineup of local and international indie films. And from there, you’ll be seeing nothing but indie for a week straight.

From Nov. 13 to 20, NutRoaster Studios and Invisible Dog Art Center will be home to Zero’s array of self-financed independent films from around the world. So says the festival website: “In the age where the majority of festivals are Hollywood marketing campaigns, and even “indie” and “underground” festivals screen financed films, we exist to offer something different.” We can’t really say how different, but opening night boasts two sets of shorts, starting with Veiled Shadows presented by Cinebeasts, followed soon by A Headless Nun on a Swingset that is on Fire, then eventually The Birds Upstairs. And then there are six more days.

Check out the Zero Film Festival site for the details of the whole week, and of the closing night fiesta, which should match its predecessor. Tickets to each night are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For now, let this doozy of a film from last year whet your appetite.

The Zero Film Festival: Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. to Saturday night, Nov. 20. NutRoaster Studios, 120 Ingraham St. at Porter Ave., Bushwick; The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St. between Court and Smith Sts., Cobble Hill.

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