KCCS Free Screenings of Mosquito & Raising Victor Vargas at LaunchPad

When:Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Where: LaunchPad
721 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Kings County Cinema Society welcomes local directors to present some great shorts with local flavor, followed by Raising Victor Vargas.

First, local filmmaker Mark Kendall will introduce his latest project LA CAMIONETA- LIFE AND DEATH ON THE ROAD and discuss his Kickstarter campaign.

Writer/director Jeremy Engle will join in to introduce his terrific short film “Mosquito,” a coming of age story of a 13 year-old – nicknamed Mosquito by his tormentors – who fights to win their respect on a memorable Halloween night in 1974. The winner of the Spirit of Slamdance prize at last year’s Slamdance Film Festival, captures the gritty look and feel of NYC in the ’70s through the lens of Sundance Cinematography Award winner Ferne Pearlstein (“Imelda,” 2004). Alejandro Polenco, star of Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop (2007), leads the young ensemble cast.

Followed by Raising Victor Vargas (2002, 88min), the debut from NYC filmmaker Peter Sollett, a beautifully shot slice of Lower East Side life… comparable to Larry Clark’s Kids – minus all that unseemly teen sex and rape. An under-appreciated great latter-day city classic. “For those sick of the tired conventions of rom-coms, Vargas is a refreshing cure, frank about healthy teenage curiosity and sexuality in ways that don’t make them punchlines to smutty jokes.” – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Free popcorn provided, BYOB + snacks

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