Manhattan Film Festival | 2012

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Hey all! The crew of Norcross Media was present at this year’s Manhattan Film Festival to support our film Caroline of Virginia. Below are some of the photos that were taken during the course of the week and on the day of the screening. While the festival is still going on and we’ll continue to attend and view the films, the bulk of the imagery has been shot.

Lauren Meley, Kristina Harris, Eric Norcross & Jan Major

Lauren Meley, Kristina Harris, Eric Norcross & Jan Major

Lauren Dickinson, Alice Waters , Lauren Meley, Mike Bukosky

Lauren Dickinson, Alice Waters , Lauren Meley, Mike Bukosky

The MFF Lounge at the Producer's Club Theater

The MFF Lounge at the Producer’s Club Theater

The MFF Lounge at the Producer's Club Theater

The MFF Lounge at the Producer’s Club Theater

 

 

 

LumenFest 2012

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Readers, I am inspired.

On the evening of June 23, 2012 the borough of Staten Island in New York City, was the location of one of the finest examples of community building I’ve witnessed in a very long time. The annual Lumen Festival. Lumen is a festival of light, performance art, and film & video (of the avant-garde variety). I was interested in attending after seeing a photograph on their website, of a movie projector running, with a massive container ship behind it. Who wouldn’t go see something like that?

The event was free and to my surprise a lot of the vendors were giving away their goods for free as well. Free popcorn, watermelon and even bottled water. The pizza… not free but it was delicious and well worth the money. To prove that, the vendor,Carmelo’s, had a line almost the whole night – even though all the other foods were… well, free!

The live performance pieces were conversation starters in themselves, provocative, thought-provoking, some a little too out there for my taste and even annoying at times. Others like the one pictured above were impressive if not a little creep-a-delic. The light shows were inventive and original, others were the same neon tubes we see in Times Square. My favorite aspect of the festival was that it had been completely designed for and staged on an industrial waterfront – a salt dump to be precise. The Atlantic Salt Company forfeited their land for the day to let this happen. A good fraction of their salt inventory was used in the performances and lighting shows. Empty shipping containers were converted into little screening rooms and if this wasn’t enough, the view of the harbor and Manhattan in the distance would certainly blow you mind.

 

I was excited to see not just locals, but Manhattanites flocking to the festival. Most of the Manhattanites I know had no idea that the SI Ferry is free until I convinced them of the fact.  For this one night event, Staten Island was on everyone’s mind and I think I got more satisfaction from that, especially considering the island’s reputation as the “Forgotten Borough”.

I took lots of pictures and video and even produced a short experimental film out of the footage. The pictures are available on myFlickr account and the video is en-route.

Here is a link to the entire collection of photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norcrossmedia/sets/72157630269200104/

Thanks for checking out Breaking New Ground and looking forward to writing you later this week on my continuing experience with the Manhattan Film Festival.

-Eric

MFF Opening Night Meet & Greet

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Since my film Caroline of Virginia is an official selection of this year’s Manhattan Film Festival, I’ve opted in for a festival wide filmmakers pass and will be attending most of the events and screenings this week. My review for each day will be posted shortly thereafter. This is the first installment.

The Manhattan Film Festival‘s opening night party was attended by many if not most of this year’s selected filmmakers including my producer Jan Major,our lead actress Lauren Meley and yours truly. Most of the time it was filmmakers trying to get their peers to commit to each others screenings and I couldn’t help but to think the promise of attendance, on most of our parts, was BS especially since many people left advertising and other printed media behind.Without the reminder to go, there in lies the excuse to blow it off. Of course COV didn’t bring any of that stuff, we decided that the true supporters will be there and any the filmmakers who are truly interested in the work of their peers will attend the other screenings if they have the time.

With that said we did meet some interested and interesting people; the cast of a film called Dead Eye and a few filmmakers whom I previously interviewed for the NewFilmmakers New York Filmmaker Profiles series. Beyond that, it wasn’t much more than a mechanism for buying drinks (which I always avoid at all costs at work events) and meeting people who may or may not consider you a rival.

While it made for a good photo op, I’m hoping the events later in the week will prove to be more of what I was hoping for when we got into the festival. I’m also optimistic about the screenings, some of these films I’ve been wanting to see for some time and others I want to see again.

-Eric

Passerby Interview

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Hey all, in an effort to bring traffic to my fund raising effort for “The Spaceship” – Passer.by has interviewed me for their blog.

I talk about how I got started, some films that I dig and “lessons learned” through my experience as an independent filmmaker (which is essentially the point of my blog, isn’t it?)  - I got off about various resources that I wish I had known about in the beginning and money saving ideas.

You can read the full blog here: http://www.passer.by/films/the_spaceship

Caroline of Virginia at MFF 2012!

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I’m ecstatic to announce Caroline of Virginia is an official selection of the 2012 Manhattan Film Festival. The film will be screening on June 28th at the Producer’s Club in its first High Definition projection and by that day the fifth projection overall.

You can book your tickets to this screening at: http://www.screenbooker.com/events/view/272 and don’t forget to “like” the film on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolineofvirginia  and visit the Manhattan Film Festival’s website at: http://www.manhattanfilmfestival.org

If you wish to see the film sooner, you will have an opportunity on June 15th to see an SD projection at the Everything Goes Book Store movie night in Staten Island.  Jan and I will be hosting it and also showing films from other local filmmakers (including Bologna & Lettuce by Mario Corry, a film I edited and color graded).