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The Lower East Side Film Festival aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience through amazing events, neighborhood engagement, free industry panels, and film screenings of the best and brightest up and coming filmmaking talent.

Invites all New Yorkers to experience innovative films and specialty nights such as ‘Comedy Night’ presented by Showtime, ‘Mind F*ck Night’, Ladies’ Night Short Films, and more throughout the 8 day festival- plus free wine + beer at all events

This year’s festival judges include:
Sasheer Zamata (SNL)
Jeremy Allen White (Shameless)
Sam Levy (Cinematographer: Frances Ha, Mistress America)
Stephen Schneider (Broad City)
Paola Mendoza (Documentary Filmmaker and Artistic Director of The Women’s March)

Thursday, June 8th: Opening Night
The New York Premiere of Michael Angarano’s directorial debut film, Avenues, at Sunshine Cinema, June 8th at 8pm. The film stars Michael Angarano himself (The Knick), Nicholas Braun (How To Be Single), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby), Ari Graynor (Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist) and Maya Kazan (Frances Ha). Written and directed by Angarano, and produced by Michael Sherman, Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Angarano, Elyse Seiden and Jonah Quickmire Pettigrew.

Avenues tells the story of when Peter (Nicholas Braun) arrives in Manhattan to visit his best friend Max (Michael Angarano) and the two go out for a day on the town, hitting the tourist spots and all the while hilariously working through the baggage of their friendship. When they meet two young women, day spills into night and takes an unexpected turn. Angarano creates a portrait of contemporary New York City in his directorial debut that harkens back to the classics of the 1970s and is alive to new possibilities.
Opening Night Film, 8pm, Sunshine Cinema: Avenues
Opening Night Party Presented by Vimeo, 10pm, DROM

Friday, June 9th:
The Filmmaker Reception + Ice Cream Social, 7pm, MEET on Bowery
25th Anniversary Screening of Home Alone 2 + Christmas Party, 11:59pm, Sunshine Cinema

Saturday, June 10th: Comedy Night Presented by Showtime
Comedy shorts, a premiere of the first two episodes of the new SHOWTIME drama series I’m Dying Up Here, and live standup from Sasheer Zamata (SNL), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Jena Friedman (Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and more.‘Mind F*ck Night’ includes short films that festival programmers promise will f*ck with your mind. Ladies’ Night is a series of shorts with strong female characters.
Showtime Presents: Comedy Shorts, 7pm, Sunshine Cinema: Accomplice, Perfect Roast Potatoes, Bombing, Shy Guys
Showtime Presents: I’m Dying Up Here, 8pm, Sunshine Cinema: Episodes 1 & 2
Showtime Presents – The LESFF LIVE Stand Up Special, 10pm, Subculture: Performers include Sasheer Zamata (SNL), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Sergio Chicon, Jena Friedman (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Matteo Lane (Late Night With Seth Meyers, MTV’s Girl Code). Hosted by Kerry Coddett (The Nightly Show)

Sunday, June 11th:
Feature Film (Documentary), 6pm, Sunshine Cinema: Kosher Love

Monday, June 12th:
Ladies’ Night Shorts Showcase (where Feminists pay $16, and Non-Feminists pay $8,632 to adjust for the median annual earnings difference between men and women), 7pm, Sunshine Cinema: Fry Day, JessZilla, Smile, Kiss Me, Reflections
Ladies’ Night Feature Film, 8pm, Sunshine Cinema: What Children Do
‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ Shorts Showcase, 9pm, Sunshine Cinema: Tav Falco: Make Me Know You’re Mine, Kojo: A Short Documentary, Soy Yo, Sunday Saxon, Mixtape Marauders

Tuesday, June 13th:
‘Writing The Documentary Screenplay Panel’ with The Writers Guild of America East, 6pm, Sunshine Cinema: Panelists include David Riker (Dirty Wars), Sarah Burns (The Central Park Five), Jeremy Chilnick (Rats, Greatest Movie Ever Sold), Nelson George (Hip-Hop Evolution, A Ballerina’s Tale) and Moderated by: Michael Winship (President of WGAE)
NY Filmmaker Shorts, 7pm, Sunshine Cinema: Food City: Feast Of Five Boroughs, I Choose You, White Face, Kojo: A Short Documentary
Feature Film (Documentary), 8pm, Sunshine Cinema: NANA
“Queer Shorts: Best of NewFest,” with NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film & Media Arts Organization, 9pm Sunshine Cinema

Wednesday, June 14th:
‘Mind F*CK’ Shorts, 7pm, Sunshine Cinema: Fluffernutter, Staycation, Pizza Face, There Are Too Many of These Crows, Sunday Saxon, Everything’s Gonna Be OK, Birdhouse
Feature Film, 8pm, Sunshine Cinema: Sweet Parents
‘Under Pressure’ Shorts, 9pm, Sunshine Cinema: The Accomplice, Fry Day, Story 304, Mariner, Jailbreak, It’s Been Like A Year

Thursday, June 15th: Closing Night
Poop Talk is directed by Aaron Feldman and the film’s Executive Producers are Jason and Randy Sklar. The film stars comedians Paul Provenza, Adam Carolla, Nikki Glaser, Paul Scheer, Beth Hoyt, Pete Holmes, Eric Stonestreet and Nick Swardson, as well as media personality Dr. Drew Pinsky, among others. Poop Talk is an uncensored sharing of tales of the taboo that connects us all. We all do it but no one talks about it … or do we? Through the lens of 50 comedians and experts, Poop Talk is an authentic and hysterical exploration into how we as a society deal with poop and what that reveals about who we are.

To close out the 7th Annual fest, Mermaids is directed by Ali Weinstein and produced by Caitlin Durlak with Executive Producer Ronn Mann. A feature documentary about the powerful allure of a universal myth, Mermaids immerses audiences in a world where fantasies come to life. Following the stories of five extraordinary tail-donning women who are part of a growing “mermaiding” subculture, audiences voyage between mermaid theme parks, conventions, tail-making studios, and deep into the ocean where transforming into the empowered icon of the mermaid is possible.

Closing Night Feature Film (Documentary), 6:30pm, Sunshine Cinema: Poop Talk
Closing Night Feature Film (Documentary), 8:30pm, Sunshine Cinema: Mermaids
Closing Night Party, 9:00pm: Libation

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