The BAC 41st International Film and Video Festival (May 5 ? 12, 2007) featured 58 films screened over the course of six days at four venues across the city. Three feature-length narrative films had their world or New York premieres at the festival. We also presented three award-winning feature-length documentaries.
The artistic range of the 2007 selections demonstrated BAC's commitment to diversity in filmmaking. Among this year?s films were eight award-winning short documentaries, fifteen short narratives, eight animated works and five experimental pieces. We also featured six installation videos by filmmakers from Brooklyn, China and Botswana as well as eleven films shot and directed by youth filmmakers.
In 2007 the Brooklyn Arts Council partnered with the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with the opening of the museum?s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. BAC curated a complementary film component to the museum?s Pharaohs, Queens, and Goddesses exhibition. This selection of films addressed issues pertaining to women?s identities, life cycles, and politics, and screened during the museum?s acclaimed Target First Saturday series. Films by independent filmmakers based in Brooklyn and around the world, along with ?After Hours? Select Works, an assortment of provocative new films, were also on view at the museum.
We were also proud to present New Visionaries, a showcase of films and videos from the College Student group and the sixth annual Women of African Descent Film Festival, sponsored by the Brooklyn chapter of the Links. Long Island University hosted both of these showcases in its Spike Lee Screening Room. We also presented a selection of work by our youngest participants, from the K-12 category, in Sony Wonder Selects Youth Videos at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab in Manhattan.
Additionally, BAC partnered with award-winning screenwriter Ela Thier to present Screenwriting Workshop: Story Structure and Creative Explorations. Participants of all writing levels learned to craft a completed screenplay in this workshop.
As they has for many years, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) joined BAC to assist Film Festival participants with legal issues pertaining to their projects. In 2007, in conjunction with the BAC 41st International Film and Video Festival, members of VLA provided free one-on-one consultations to filmmakers.