Opening night for the four-day film festival is on Thursday, September 19, at the new Williamsburg Cinemas, located at 217 Grand St., screening Alec Troller’s new comedy “Play” starring Kristian Bruun.
This year, the festival continues opening night festivities with a Hypnotic Brass Ensemble concert at the Knitting Factory at 361 Metropolitan Ave., and with a block party starting Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m.
“With the music series and local-focused block party, we bring the most diverse offerings of any major festival and each year we try to introduce something new,” said Michael Helman, co-founder of the festival. “People have come to expect the best in arts and culture from Williamsburg and New York City and we intend to meet those expectations.”
Helman and co-founder Robin Adams are partnering with Telemundo NY, Industry Magazine, the NY Daily News and the Brooklyn Nets to generate one of the borough’s premier independent film festivals.
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of hip hop, WILLiFEST will feature performances from Joya Bravo, The J Griff Band, Young Smilez, Hakim Green, Rahzel and Maleek.
The Blockbuster Party on Grand Street this Saturday offers up a special Brooklyn Nets’ Mobile Experience and outreach from dozens of local restaurants.
On Sunday, closing day, there will be a screening of Jed Rothstein’s “Before the Spring: After the Fall,” a documentary about young rock musicians in Egypt who fight for freedom in a repressive society.
"The festival provides artists of multiple disciplines the opportunity to enhance their careers by exposing their film and music to a powerful audience,” Helman said. “The festival also incorporates an educational component by partnering with leading New York City non-profits and offering panels and workshops by industry professionals.”
For a full schedule of the screenings at this year’s festival, visit the WILLiFEST website at willifest.com/2013/films