zerofilm1What’s better than a film festival? A film festival of awesome local film makers with no budgets, in one of my fave places in the world, Brooklyn! Here comes the Zero Film Festival. Originally launched in Los Angeles, this new fest promises some great times and great sights, so check out the launch party and a film or two.

From their site:

event: ZFF NYC launch party with special musical guests Kaki King, Soundpool, and Setting Sun and film premieres from Peru Ana Ana Peru, Alia Raza, Aaron Katz, and more.
time: 7:30pm, August 20th
place: Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn
cost: $10 advance online, $15 at the door
buy tickets here

Zero Film Festival, the first festival exclusive to self-financed filmmakers, has our New York Premiere August 20th at Galapagos Art Space, in build-up to our week-long festival in December.

Recession? What recession? Team Zero has built an explosive program of no Hollywood nonsense, zero budget filmmakers featuring some of the finest hidden cinematic talent of our day. Featuring festival premieres from Guy Ben-Ner, Alia Raza, Victor Varnado, Aaron Katz and Timothy Saccenti. (see details below)

Our first event in New York offers three distinct screening blocks. Open your free PBR and watch the films being created all around you by New York’s finest underground filmmakers in our Community Block. Next prepare yourself to be moved by our “Made for Zero” and “Heroes of the Zero Budget” block. Now our seriously visually enhanced After Party begins with music video premieres and live performances.

Contributing filmmakers include Guy Ben-Ner, Alia Raza, Victor Varnado, Rodrigo Lopresti, Sunset Television, Peru Ana Ana Peru, Jesse Gelaznik, Elaine Lima, Bianca Ahmadi, Lovisa Inserra, “Mike Smith”, Zach Clark, Mary Wall Bronstein, Casey RAnderson, Jacquelyn Gallo, Lena Dunham, Timothy Saccenti, Team Zero and MORE.

Tickets 10 advance, 15 at the door. This will sell out so book early and save cash! Come early for great seats as well, Galapagos is a lovely venue. Click here for ticket information.

Filmmakers: Call for Entry for December is still open, so come meet Team Zero!


Guy Ben-Ner is best known for his film “Stealing Beauty” shot on location in during shopping hours at Ikea stores around the world, exploring themes of displacement and commercialism, while expanding guerilla filmmaking procedures and ideals, stealing and remixing space itself.

Alia Raza is a visual artist who often explores themes of excess in lifestyle and beauty, and has worked with Chloe Sevigny, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Devendra Bahnhart.

Timothy Saccenti creates inspiring emotive visuals and innovative music videos, his roster includes Animal Collective, Chairlift and School of Seven Bells as well as a strong collection of visual art.

Victor Varnado is a stand up comedian, actor and film director who offers a humorous and unique voice in the world.

Aaron Katz helped usher in a new era of self-financed filmmaking with his ground break films Dance Party USA and Quiet City.

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