Northside Festival can seem a bit overwhelming since it features so much talent within a single week. We’ve already broken down some of the musical acts we’re looking forward to hearing and now we’re telling you the films we’re most excited to watch. With over 60+ features, shorts and episodics, Northside Festival gives you a ton of new imagery for your eyes to feast on over the course of 3 nights. What’s cool about these short and feature films is that a jury of experts chose them from the Northside DIY Film Competition, a submission process for short and feature films. See our picks below and tell us which film you’re looking forward to watching in the comments!
Monday, June 8th, 9:30PM at Nitehawk Cinema
This 2+ hour psychological thriller is based on a true story that took place in 1971. A Stanford University professor, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. This film has won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay. The Stanford Prison Experiment has been described as “a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment”. See more films from Northside Festival playing at Nitehawk Cinema here.
Wednesday, June 10th, 7PM at Union Docs
Nelly’s is a portrait of Nelly’s, a family-owned flower shop in the Southside of Williamsburg. The shop sits between elevated tracks and congested streets. During the 12-minute nontraditional documentary, we watch as this tiny oasis brings the local population together in ritual, memory and celebration. This documentary shows customer portraits, candid interviews with the store’s owner Nelly, and observational footage captured inside and outside the shop. See more shorts and documentaries at Union Docs here.
Monday, June 8th 9PM at Videology
Part of a group of three other episodics, Neighbors is a webseries based on daily interactions you may or may not have with other tenants in your apartment building. Each video is about 2 minutes long and offers laughs to make you feel better about your living situation. See more shorts at Videology here.
Monday, June 8th 9PM at the Wythe Screening Room
The film THULETIVALU is a real eye opener. Taking place in Thule, Greenland and Tuvalu, these are two places that are making headlines due to climate change. Thule is because of record ice melts there; and Tuvalu, because this remote Pacific island nation is one of the first countries on the verge of sinking as a result of rising sea levels. The film portrays how families are forced to abandon their traditional way of life and move towards an unknown future to survive. Other films can be seen at the Wythe Screening Room here.