|Lower East Side (Photo credit: Susan NYC)|
"Film | Lower East Side Film Festival
12 – 22 June
Now in its fourth year, the Lower East Side Film Festival has grown from humble beginnings in a pop-up theatre to being featured in publications like New York Magazine and Indiewire, attracting landmark venues and securing distribution for its filmmakers. Established in 2011, the festival seeks out what it calls ‘visionary low-budget films’ made by up-and-coming filmmakers with the purpose of giving the unsung trailblazers of independent film a platform while engaging with the Lower East Side community. Each year the festival recognises the best films screened with awards judged by the audience and industry professionals, which in the past has included actors Susan Sarandon and Willem Dafoe. Last year Chioke Nassor’s first feature film How to Follow Strangers – a tale of urban alienation in which a young man plots his own disappearance to see if anyone notices – scooped the Best of Fest Prix D’or award.
Venues across Manhattan’s Lower East Side"