Bushwick Beats



Century Larkspur Sun, Oct 7, 2018 4:30 PM
Sequoia 2 Mon, Oct 8, 2018 9:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:83 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:A. Sayeeda Moreno
Chloe Sarbib
Brian Shoaf
Sonejuhi Sinha
James Sweeney
Anu Valia
Producer:Aleksey Ageyev
Julie Christeas
Katya Yarotskaya
Lawrence Mattis
Screenwriter:A. Sayeeda Moreno
Chloe Sarbib
Brian Shoaf
Sonejuhi Sinha
James Sweeney
Susan Soon He Stanton
Cinematographer:Greg Cotton
Shlomo Godder
Edward Herrera
Shane Sigler
Ryan Wick
Gaul Porat
Editor:Arielle Sherman
Cast:Henny Russell
Britt Baron
Ronen Rubinstein
Melanie Nicholls-King
Nadia Dajani
Britne Oldford
Print Source:Aleksey Ageyev
Note Writer:Esther Liner


What do a single mother with ALS, a vampire, and two lovers stuck in separate timelines have in common? What about an aspiring young graffiti artist, a middle-aged widow, and a teenage poet? Though their paths don’t always cross, their lives unfold in Brooklyn's vibrantly multicultural neighborhood of Bushwick, which becomes a distinctive character that ties these six diverse shorts together. The street art, cramped apartment quarters, and sprawling rooftop views characteristic of Bushwick help give these otherwise stylistically disparate stories a sense of visual continuity, as the characters take on challenges that may otherwise be insurmountable if it weren’t for the power of unconditional love. At times poignant and at others absurd and comical, Bushwick Beats speaks to the resilience of the human spirit. This thrilling omnibus feature boasts a roster of diverse, up-and-coming NYC filmmakers, including Sundance Film Festival award winner Anu Valia (Lucia, Before and After) and Cannes and Tribeca Film Festival alum Sonejuhi Sinha (Love Comes Later).

Expected Guests: Director Brian Shoaf; Producers Aleksey Ageyev, Julie Christeas, Katerina Yarotskaya; Actor Ronen Rubinstein (All Screenings)

Additional Information

A. Sayeeda Moreno is a director, screenwriter, artist in residence at Bard College, & native New Yorker.

James Sweeney is an LA-based, Alaskan-bred actor-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker whose work has been featured on Short of the Week and other lovely places.

Chloe Sarbib is an award-winning writer-director whose shorts have played Palm Springs International ShortFest, Provincetown Film Festival, and more.

Brian Shoaf is a New York-based filmmaker, whose directing credits include the feature film Aardvark (Great Point Media/Universal) and the award-winning independent pilot Hamsters.

Sonejuhi Sinha, a New York filmmaker and the recipient of Tribeca’s IWC award, is currently in post-production on her feature STRAY DOLLS, starring Cynthia Nixon, Olivia Dejonge, Rob Aramayo and Geetanjali Thapa, which is listed in Filmmaker Magazine’s most anticipated films of 2019.

Anu Valia's past work includes LUCIA, BEFORE AND AFTER (Sundance Jury Prize for US Fiction), THE OTHER TWO (Comedy Central), SOFT FOCUS WITH JENA FRIEDMAN (Adult Swim), and TROLL (Vimeo Staff Pick).