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New York’s Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival

Written by: FFT Webmaster | August 5th, 2011

New Yorkers know the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan as a mix of urban toughness, theatrical personalities, edgy artists and overachieving yuppies. Well, the section (now referred to by some by its more genteel name of Clinton) is hosting its own film festival, adding yet another showcase of indie cinema to the New York film landscape. The inaugural New York Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival (NYHKFF), which will run from September 1 to 11 at the Producers’ Club Indiehouse theaters, will be “an all-digital festival founded to revitalize and bring attention to New York’s Hell’s Kitchen as a community of artists and film enthusiasts,” stated Ernest Tollja, one of the partners of the Producers’ Club. “The festival will provide a fresh, edgy New York audience and an intimate setting for independent filmmakers whose voices may still be new, undiscovered or unheralded……works that may have fallen through the cracks, are waiting to break through, or demand further attention.”


The Festival will open with the New York premiere of KEVIN, the non-fiction debut of acclaimed indie director Jay Duplass (co-director with his brother of CYRUS and the upcoming JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME). The film chronicles the story of the disappearance and redemption of renowned Austin musician Kevin Gant, who will be performing live after the screening, and a Q&A with director Jay Duplass to follow. The 11-day festival will showcase a wide array of new U.S. indies, foreign language films, shorts and student films, as well as hosting daily filmmaking panels and nightly after-parties at the in-house Producers’ Club bar/lounge. The full line-up of film programs will be announced next week. For more information, visit:

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