We all love the movies. From dramas and sci-fi to low-brow teeny romps and those films of the adult persuasion, there’s just something irresistible about the cinema. So we’re proud to announce a special Nerd Nite Movie Nite. The folks at Videology in Williamsburg are unveiling their brand new watch-a-movie-while-drinking-cocktails theater, and we’re helping them kick it off. Join us on Thursday November 29, 2012 featuring presentations about the psychology of screenwriting, DIY filmmaking, and a humorous look at D-movies (you know, the ones that make B-movies look like blockbusters). Hooray for drinking and movie-themed presentations! Buy tickets ($10) at http://www.regonline.com/nerdnitemovies.
Nerd Nite Movie Nite
Thursday November 29, 2012 at 8pm
at Videology in Williamsburg
308 Bedford Avenue
Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
The Psychology of Scriptwriting : The Spooky World of the Scriptwriter’s Mind
by Jack Feldstein
Description: Writing a script? Join us for a wild and wacky tour into scriptwriters’ minds. Why do scriptwriters write scripts? What makes them sit in rooms and mumble to themselves obsessively for hours? Discover the inner workings of your own… scriptwriting mind!
Bio: Originally from Sydney, Australia, Jack Feldstein is an award-winning neon animator and scriptwriter. His neon animations have screened worldwide from Rotterdam International Film Festival to Lincoln Center, NY. As a scriptwriter, he writes for feature film, TV, theater and was an interactive scriptwriter for Superman, Xena and Spiderman webisodes. http://www.jackfeldstein.com
“Bending Steel”: Professional Filmmaking on a DIY Budget
by Ryan Scafuro
Description: Filmmaker Ryan Scafuro discusses his experience as the producer and director of photography of the feature length documentary “Bending Steel,” and how the advent of affordable high definition DSLR cameras and the popularity of crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding has opened up a new world of opportunities for independent filmmakers hoping to produce and distribute films on a micro-budget. He’ll also present outtakes from the film, talk about dudes bending nails and horseshoes and other cool shit with their bare hands, and inevitably cuss a bit too much.
Bio: By the time he was 8 years old, Ryan had been kicked out of his school’s talented and gifted program. At 10 he got a rock stuck in his head trying to jump over a dead frog on a BMX bike. At 14, he almost burned an entire suburban development down while trying to light a cigarette. Once he reached 16, he realized he could barely draw the simplest of stick figures, let alone paint a still life pear. So he came up with what seemed to be the obvious solution to his history of failure and apparent lack of talent – he picked up a camera. Since those early years, he has worked as director of photography on a number of social issue documentaries, including the Emmy Award winning “Just Married” (2004) which explores the epic battle over gay marriage in Massachusetts, and “Hidden Wounds” (2005) a film about soldiers returning from the war in Iraq with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Throughout his career he has traveled around the world as a photojournalist and filmmaker. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with a hyperactive dog, a variety of bad tattoos, and an unsettling urban gardening habit. “Bending Steel” is his first feature length documentary film.
Crappy Cinema Council: Nerds!
by Jim Van Blaricum and Jim Crocamo
Description: Comedians Jim Crocamo and Jim VanBlaricum will be presenting a special Nerd Nite-exclusive version of Crappy Cinema Council, their monthly celebration of sub-par films. They’ll show hilarious, undiscovered clips from the weirdest, worst movies that they watched so you don’t have to. This is your chance to see the show that Time Out New York described as “comedy” and “in Brooklyn”!
Bio: Jim and Jim are two dudes who watch bad movies and make fun of them in front of people. After subjecting friends and family to screenings of terrible films throughout their lives, they combined forces in 2010 to add “total strangers” to the list of those they’ve forced to watch weird garbage. Sometimes they post stuff on crappycinemacouncil.com. They are much better at comedy than they are at writing summaries and bios.