Every year film festivals are held throughout the world. Usually they are a format for Hollywood to showcase feature films and roll out the red carpet for big name directors and actors. The Zero Film Festival of New York is different. This weeklong event is all about no-budget films that have been self-financed by their directors. It is a chance for independent filmmakers to have their work seen.
For three years, this film festival has short and long film screenings surrounded by parties consisting of DJ’d music and free booze. The atmosphere is fun, free and young. There are no red carpets, no big name directors, no celebrities, and no glam. Moviegoers tend to be part of the young, too hip for the mainstream and artsy. Casual conversations, loud music and freely flowing alcohol are a part of the evening events.
This year’s festival opened with a film titled, Urva. Somewhere Between Here and Now was the final screening. Many of the films were dark and brooding, some had a documentary feel and most were filled with unusual symbolism. Although some were truly lacking, others were of good quality with a good story. These films were not geared toward a mainstream audience.
This film festival is definitely not a family-friendly event. It also seemed to not be geared toward the over 40 crowd. For a twenty-something this could be a great time, though, kind of like a weeklong college-bar scene. Even if the films are not of interest, the opportunities to meet some interesting people and enjoy some music in Brooklyn can be fun.
Brooklyn, New York is a great place to visit. Beyond the film festival there are some great sites to see and interesting events taking place on the street every day. While “The ZFF” proved to be more appropriate for someone much younger than myself, I am glad I had the chance to have the experience. Fond memories of college and younger days came back with this trip.