Brooklyn Film Festival

(Photo: George Crumb and Margaret Leng Tan in ‘Twinkle Dammit!”

Earlier this week, we reported on We Are One: A Global Film Festival, free on YouTube from today through Sunday, June 7. During the same time period, you can also attend the Brooklyn Film Festival, with 149 films available free on-demand at

The lineup is broken down into six categories: narrative features, narrative shorts, documentary features, documentary shorts, animation and experimental.

Here are some of the feature films we’re looking forward to checking out:

Black Emperor of Broadway

Based on a true story set in the early 1920s, playwright Eugene O’Neill casts black actor Charles Gilpin as the lead in The Emperor Jones on Broadway.

Erotic Fire of the Unattainable

Per IMDb, “one successful writer, one eccentric Wall Streeter, one feeling ex con turned businessman, a witty literary agent and a sensitive woman – all of a certain age and then some — try to figure out this thing called love.”

Rotten Ears

From Poland, a comedy drama about a marital crisis and the couple’s unconventional therapist whose healing plan gets out of control.


This largely English-language thriller, set in Iceland and Berlin, concerns a disgraced journalist and a story that could revive his career: “Is the wife of a local really the notorious nanny who supposedly killed herself after being accused of murdering a child?”


A sci-fi comedy about Mennonites, Brooklynites, mysterious corn pods and an alien invasion.

Twinkle Dammit!

A documentary look at professional toy pianist Margaret Leng Tan as she embarks on a collaboration with avant-garde composer George Crumb.

Win Lose or Draw Straws

Could this year’s Presidential election be determined by drawing names from a hat? This documentary explores the varied ways of breaking ties in US elections.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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