Lower East Side
2018 will mark the 8th Anniversary of the Lower East Side Film Festival.
In its inaugural year, the LESFF crew turned a Lower East Side pop-up space into a unique and intimate theater that featured a month long residency of sold-out screenings of some of the independent film community’s most innovative new talent.
This year will include numerous New York, US, and World Premieres, including Papillon starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek (more than 2 months in advance of wide release), personal appearance Ari Graynor (The Disaster Artist, I’m Dying Up Here) among others and retrospectives, parties, and events to butter up your moviegoing experience!
In addition, the full lineup includes Mind F*ck Night, a night of short films that festival programmers promise will f*ck with your mind, Ladies’ Night, a series of shorts with strong female characters (where Feminists pay $18.50, and Non-Feminists pay $8,632 to adjust for the median annual earnings difference between men and women), and New York Filmmaker Night, among others.
This year’s festival judges are Rosario Dawson (Kids, Rent, Daredevil, Jane The Virgin), cinematographer Sam Levy (Frances Ha, Mistress America), Matt FX (Music Supervisor for Broad City) and Heather Burns (Miss Congeniality, Sneaky Pete, Manchester by the Sea), among others.
The LESFF showcases low-budget and innovative independent films from all across the globe in all categories: features, shorts, documentaries, experimental, foreign, animation, web series, and music videos.
The Complete 2018 Lower East Film Festival Schedule is as follows:
Thursday, June 7th: Opening Night
Opening Night Film, GETTING NAKED: A BURLESQUE STORY 8pm, Village East Cinema
Opening Night Party: Live Burlesque Show! Presented by HEEET Vodka 10pm, DROM
Friday, June 8th:
WAVEFORMS – A Night of Music, Media, and Storytelling Presented by Audio Network, Viacom and The WGA – East – 7pm, MEET on Bowery
Feature Film: PAPILLON – NEW YORK PREMIERE Starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek) – 7:00pm, Village East Cinema
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST (Ari Graynor in attendance) – 9:30pm, Village East Cinema
Saturday, June 9th:
FILMMAKER HAPPY HOUR – 5pm, Juke Bar
LADIES’ NIGHT SHORTS SHOWCASE (where Feminists pay $18.50, and Non-Feminists pay $8,632 to adjust for the median annual earnings difference between men and women), 7pm, Village East Cinema
Feature Film: THE OUTDOORSMAN – NEW YORK PREMIERE Starring Sasheer Zamata (SNL) and Brent Morin ( Netflix’s The Standups). 9pm, Village East Cinema
Sunday, June 10th:
GOOD VIBES’ SHORT SHOWCASE. 6pm, Village East Cinema
Feature Documentary: SHOW ME DEMOCRACY – NEW YORK PREMIERE 8pm, Village East Cinema
Monday, June 11th:
NY FILMMAKER SHORTS SHOWCASE. 7pm, Village East Cinema
Feature Documentary: A SNIPER’S WAR – NEW YORK PREMIERE. 8pm, Village East Cinema
Feature Film: A MAINE MOVIE – WORLD PREMIERE Starring Gary Richardson (SNL, Don’t Think Twice), Jessica Frey (The Characters), Eleanore Pienta (Cocoon Central Dance Team, 7 Chinese Brothers), John Reynolds (Search Party, Stranger Things), Carmen Christopher (2017 Comedy Central ‘Comic to Watch’, The Chris Gethard Show), Ana Fabrega (The Jim Gaffigan Show, Portlandia’), Lorelei Ramirez (Adult Swim) and more. 9pm, Village East Cinema
Tuesday, June 12th:
THIS IS OUR YOUTH SHORT SHOWCASE. 7pm, Village East Cinema
Feature Documentary: MILWAUKEE 53206. 8pm, Village East Cinema
MIND F*CK SHORT SHOWCASE. 9pm, Village East Cinema
REAR WINDOW – RETROSPECTIVE 10pm, Village East Cinema
Wednesday, June 13th:
Closing Night Feature Film: WOBBLE PALACE, 7:00pm, Village East Cinema
Closing Night Feature Film: WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD, 8:00pm, Village East Cinema
Closing Night Party, 9:30pm: Coney Island Baby
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