Director of Film Screening
Assistant to the Festival Director Eden Seiferheld
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From Boerum Hill to Bergen Beach. Fort Greene to Flatlands. Cobble Hill to Canarsie.
It's only Brooklyn when you count every neighborhood and every community.
We founded the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (AoBFF) in 2011 because Brooklyn needs a major independent film festival. While there are several niche festivals in our borough, they're based around individual neighborhoods and are limited in scope. Founded and run by Brooklyn-born and based working artists, the AoBFFcreates the first large-scale, borough-wide platform for independent film.
The AoBFF is the only independent, international film festival built entirely around Brooklyn, a local independent scene with global influence. We focus on Brooklyn‐born, Brooklyn-based and Brooklyn-centric films and filmmakers and we screen work from all over the world whose creators live, work in, or are inspired by Brooklyn's indie film scene.
We conceived the AoBFF as a festival that speaks to Brooklyn as a whole, where many demographics overlap. We bring the new, artist-centric Brooklyn community together with "Classic Brooklyn" – natives and immigrant communities at a single event. We are as diverse, vital and international as the borough itself. And everyone is invited to our party.
Films are screened at 300-seat Founders Hall Theater at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, 300-seat Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn and select locations around the borough.
The AoBFF is the only festival in Brooklyn to screen films as part of ExChange, a network of film festivals in the US and Europe. This exclusive partnership gives our filmmakers a chance to screen at RxSM Film Expo in Austin, TX.
ABOUT THE ART OF BROOKLYN
The Art of Brooklyn is a not-for-profit organization that curates a conversation between the new, Brooklyn-based art community, immigrants, transplants and those born and raised in the borough.
“Brooklyn is the ‘Creative Capital of New York City’ and one of the most diverse places in the world. So what better place for the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival to bring together ‘new’ and ‘old’ Brooklyn… showcasing the extraordinary talents of everyone who calls our borough home.”
— Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
The Art of Brooklyn is a member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: JOSEPH SHAHADI
Joseph Shahadi has had a long nonprofit career, notably at the W.T. Grant Foundation, The Green Circle Program and the World Game Institute. Most recently he was Festival Coordinator for the DUMBO Dance Festival, where he curated and produced its first ever site-specific works, staged along the Brooklyn waterfront. Joseph also served on the DUMBO Dance Festival Board of Directors. He earned a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University where he was awarded the Corrigan Doctoral Fellowship and the Performance Studies Award. He contributed a chapter to the book Doomed By Hope: Essays on the Theatre and his scholarship appears in TDR (The Drama Review), the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism—in a special section he also co-edited—and the Journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Joseph is also a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, director and dramaturg. He makes live art, photographs, video, installations and works on paper. His work appears in several private collections and has been exhibited in New York, regionally in the United States and internationally in Europe.
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: JASON CUSATO
Jason Cusato is a native of Brooklyn, which is a major influence on his work as an award-winning independent filmmaker. His film “When Broomsticks Were King” (2001) won the Independent Features Film Festival Buzz Award and Rochester International Film Festival’s Shoe String Award. His latest feature, "Apostles of Park Slope", won Best Comedy Feature at the 2010 Manhattan Film Festival and Outstanding Feature at the 2010 Atlantic City International Film Festival. Jason brings his skills in producing and community fundraising as well as his love of independent film to The Art of Brooklyn, where he is excited to be an ambassador for Brooklyn filmmakers. He has received attention for his work from Denis Hamill of the New York Daily News, Huffington Post, The Park Slope Courier and News 12 Brooklyn.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS: ANTHONY DEVITO
Anthony DeVito has over 20 years experience in the world of advertising and marketing as an art director, copywriter and creative director, working on ads and campaigns for television, print, interactive and social media. He is also a SAG-AFTRA actor and comedian and a native Brooklynite. He writes comedy for TV, stage, film and the web. His acting credits include HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Rescue Me with Denis Leary on F/X, NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins, independent films Apostles of Park Slope and A Box Came To Brooklyn and national commercials.
PROGRAM MANAGER: ALFRED ACCETTURA
Alfred Accettura is an artist and a lover of all things from the borough he was born, raised and still lives in: Brooklyn. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, Alfred has trained in painting, figure drawing, sculpture and photography and is self-trained in computer graphics and graphic design. For the last 12 years , he has worked as an Art Director/Graphic Designer/Illustrator for companies such as Discovery Channel, Adidas, Alex Toys, Humanscale and City Theatrical Inc. Alfred is also Creative Director, Producer and actor for Park Slope Films, a Brooklyn-based film and production company.