It’s that time of year again, Brooklynites. The fourth annual Crown Heights Film Festival kicked off this Monday with a diverse slate of entries from neighborhood and international filmmakers. This “hyperlocal” festival showcases the Crown Heights area with an eclectic array of emerging talent.

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CHFF2011: The Empire State Essays: Essay #1,
Anton Cabaleiro, Brooklyn, NY


The festival, which started (as so many good ideas do) as a conversation over coffee between two friends, is bigger and better than ever this year, with new panel discussions and Aquaponic food by OKO Farms. Local eateries such as Mayfield and Catfish will also provide yummy, locavore grub. And as always, the festival will include a “Young Filmmakers Film Screenings” Saturday matinee, which this year features films appropriate for younger audiences.

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CHFF2011: Strange Thing Happens, Martin Toro, La Paz, Bolivia

From animation to documentary, feature length to short narrative, CHFF has something for everyone. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and at the end of the week you can celebrate with the whole gang at a benefit celebration and concert at FREECANDY, presented by Secondary Sound. Best of all, the screenings and panels are all free, free, free: It’s all part of the CHFF mission of increasing public access to film, celebrating the neighborhood and encouraging discussion and cross-arts collaboration.

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Crown Heights Film Festival schedule

Resource interviewed founders Erin Gleason and Pedro Marti last year about their passion for film and for promoting the neighborhood they love, one which is more likely to get press for riots than for cinema. You can read the story here.

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CHFF2011: The Day Everything Changes Between Us,
Rafael Moraes, Sao Paolo, Brazil

For more information about this year’s festival, and to see selected trailers from this year’s smorgasbord of films, check out the CHFF website. The festival runs through Saturday, Oct. 26.