This is a new neighborhood center/cafe that is still developing and we're listening to ideas. Hope you can come to our Open House this Sunday,Oct 27, 4-8pm, 378 Myrtle Ave (and Clemont) (See Press Release below).
We are starting to book events for mid-November to mid-December. We can do small classes 10-12 participants in our office or intimate screenings or performances upfront in the cafe area (25 seated, plus 10-15 standing).
Trayce, Brooklyn Young Filmmakers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : BROOKLYN YOUNG FILMMAKERS - 10/15/13
HOW TO MAKE MYRTLE AVENUE PART OF THE DOWNTOWN CULTURAL DISTRICT
CLINTON HILL - Brooklyn Young Filmmakers Center (BYFC) is teaming up with Huey’s Chueys, an established storefront retro sweets business, to create the People’s Hollywood Cultural Center & Huey’s Chueys Café. It will be the only cultural center (with the only ice cream parlor!) on Myrtle Avenue in the Fort Greene / Clinton Hill area, which has a concentration of businesses that serve the working-class community, including public housing residents. The official public launch for the development phase of the People’s Hollywood Cultural Center & Huey’s Chueys Café is Sunday, October 27th, 4pm – 8pm, 378 Myrtle Ave (with a program from 5:30pm – 7pm).
The People’s Hollywood Cultural Center is located just across the park from Brooklyn’s growing Downtown Cultural District, where Theater for the New Audience has its brand new building and BRIC just dedicated a newly designed media center/performance space/art gallery. The People’s Hollywood Cultural Center is also just five minutes’ walk from the expanding industrial/artistic park in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is home to Steiner Studios, the largest film studios outside Hollywood that is enlarging to a 50 acre media campus. Twenty minutes west of the People’s Hollywood Cultural Center the Made In NY Digital Media Center will be opening soon in Dumbo. Millions of public and private dollars have poured into developing Brooklyn’s new cultural mecca, yet no beginning level center has been funded to help introduce local residents to the expanding cultural industry that now surrounds them.
The People’s Hollywood Cultural Center is envisioned as hub where teen and adults can be introduced to the artistic resources and careers in their community (with a special emphasis on filmmaking), and also a venue where local talent of all ages, types, and levels can be showcased. Brooklyn Young Filmmakers recently moved its office into a back room at Huey’s Chueys, where a redesign of the space is underway to facilitate holding intimate artistic events (film careers seminars, screenings, poetry readings, cooking lectures, make-up artist workshops, etc.) in the front café seating space, and running small classes in the back area. The cultural center will have an information rack and bulletin board, and an online blog to help keep local residents informed about the resources and events of the nearby cultural institutions , as well as at local colleges (Pratt, LIU, NYC College of Technology, etc) and high schools (Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School, Benjamin Banneker, Brooklyn Tech, etc). These resources will also be invited to do presentations at the storefront center.
Another goal of BYFC’s People’s Hollywood Cultural Center is to form an advocacy group to approach film productions shooting at Steiner Studios and in the neighborhood, and ask them to make a commitment to help educate and inspire the local community. Earlier this month Brooklyn Young Filmmakers, in its first such collaboration with the University Settlement @ Ingersoll Community Center in public housing and MoCADA’s “Public Exchange Series”, coordinated a sneak Brooklyn screening before its Harlem premiere of the award-winning Senegalese film “TEY”. The screening was followed by a Q&A with director Alain Gomis and actor Saul Williams, and the next day BYFC coordinated a special director’s workshop at Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School.
Since 2001 Brooklyn Young Filmmakers, a neighborhood non-profit staffed by volunteers, has been offering classes, workshops, and screenings at various locations in the neighborhood, while developing curriculum and educational formats to introduce community members to the art and business of filmmaking and its diverse careers. Over the last year it has been holding small educational events and screenings in local businesses on Myrtle while developing the concept for a People’s Hollywood Cultural Center.
BYFC director and founder and Fort Greene resident, Trayce Gardner, explains, “We’re want to create a center that has a big concept that can be realized cheaply. There are so many wonderful cultural developments going on around us and we want the community we are part of to benefit and contribute. Our establishing the cultural center is akin to shooting a low-no-budget film; we have a clear vision for the center but no funding. We’ve scraped together enough to cover our rent until the end of the year. By then we have to find angels who believe the Myrtle community should be part of local growth.”
Those who attend the Sunday, October 27, 4pm – 8 pm, Open House for the People’s Hollywood Cultural Center & Huey’s Chueys Café will hear more about what is planned for the space; be able to share their own ideas; and learn how they can help. They can also start their Halloween fun early. The program for the event, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, in addition to addressing the need for and goals of the new center, will also feature the Halloween theme “Film Characters & Movie Stars”. Participants will have different ways to celebrate our theme: 1) Come in the costume of, or with a monologue from, their favorite Film or TV Character or Movie Star. 2) Lead a group karaoke sing-along of their favorite film song or TV theme song. 3) Take to the small stage and tell the story of the film that changed their life.
For more information: [email protected] (718) 935-0490