This week is New York's biggest weekend for film, art and music. The annual Williamsburg International Film Festival also known as the WILLiFEST begins on Thursday, September 19 thru Sunday September 22, 2013. The four day event is one of the largest film and art festivals in the United States and attracts celebrities, film, music and art enthusiast and local residents. From shorts, full lengths to videos and animations- the WILLiFEST film schedule of over 85 films presented during over the four days delivers a full course cinematic menu that includes a selection of musical desserts. The festival is led by its founders Michael Helman and Robin Adams. For full information including screening, panel and concert dates and times visit www.willifest.com. For film schedule visit http://willifest.com/2013/filmschedule. For film descriptions and trailer links visit http://willifest.com/2013/films
Screenings, panels and concerts locations:
Williamsburg Cinemas: 217 Grand Street (off Driggs Avenue) Brooklyn, NY
El Puente: 211 South 4th Street, (Williamsburg) Brooklyn, NY
The Knitting Factory:361 Metropolitan Avenue (off Havemeyer Street) Brooklyn, NY
Sandbox: 257 Grand Street (Lower Level) Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Williamsburg Cinemas
5pm-WILLiFEST Opening Night red carpet featuring celebrities, WILLiFest executives, other WILLiFEST participants including artist, filmmakers and actors. Alec Toller's raucous comedy "Play," starring new actress Kristian Brunn will premire at WILLiFEST Opening at the new Williamsburg Cinemas.
Friday, September 20, 2013
12pm- Screenings at Williamsburg Cinemas and El Puente
8pm- Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Knitting Factory.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
11:am- Family Films at El Puente
11:30am- 6pm Family Day- All-day Blockbuster Party (http://willifest.com/2013/blockparty) on Grand Street
3pm- Industry Panel (http://willifest.com/2013/panels) at Sandbox Williamsburg-
Getting it Made: Production Tips from Women Who Make Film, presented by Center for Active Learning
8pm- WILLiFEST Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop at The Knitting Factory.
Concert featuring the WiLLifest Dream Team and other special guest celebrities including Hakim Green of Channel Live.
Sunday, September 22, 2013 Location: El Puente
2pm-4pm Closing Day Screenings
Feature Film Jed Rothstein’s Before the Spring: After the Fall, a daring documentary that follows the filmmakers as they travel to Egypt to film young rock musicians fighting for free expression in a repressive society
5pm-7pm Awards Ceremony featuring the El Puente Dance Ensemble