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What do you think of the indie-film scene in Brooklyn and New York right now?
For exhibition, it's a golden age. There are just so many options. What's happened in North Brooklyn is amazing. A few years ago there were no cinema's and now there are probably a half dozen places with regular programming and at least four with nightly programming, many of it devoted to indies, repertory work, and, with Light Industry, experimental work. So that's really healthy. And BAM has obviously long been a stalwart of the scene. It's of course tougher than ever to actually live in Brooklyn, with rising rents and the costs of food and transportation and so on, which means its tougher to make meaningful work here, but that's a diatribe for another day. Or perhaps for the pages of n+1. People still manage to do it. It's cheaper than ever to shoot high-quality video. So there's that. That said, I hadn't seen a really great Brooklyn-set indie in a while until I saw Eliza Hittman's It Felt Like Love in Rotterdam last week.
Why Fire Proof?
It's a terrific space, the gallery and bar where the screenings will be held. There's obviously a lot of film related activity already going on there, they have one of the busiest set of soundstages in Brooklyn and they were very enthusiastic about starting something like this, both for people who do business with them, people who already attend other events in their space, and the neighborhood in general. So it just seemed to be a good fit.
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