With its countless gallery clusters downtown and top-notch graffiti, Brooklyn has long been associated with the visual arts. But what about the new filmmakers of the borough? Scene: Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Arts Council’s cornerstone film festival, aims to highlight a burgeoning renaissance of movie-making across neighborhoods. Tonight at 7:30 is a sneak preview of The Iran Job, a new documentary that follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard overseas, where he reluctantly takes a job in Iran and, through a twist of fate, ends up as an activist for women’s rights. It screens with I Am John Wayne—about an equally out-of-place urban cowboy—by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Christina Choe. Also on the five-day schedule is a program of shorts shot locally by borough natives, filmmakers’ workshops, and experimental audio-visual art under the Manhattan bridge. Action!
Thursdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: May 3. Continues through May 6, 2012