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Local Residents Come Together for Free Screenings Spotlighting Independent Film

Left to right: Elizabeth Berger (Downtown Alliance), Dennis Friedrich (Brookfield), Council Member
Margaret Chin, Katherine Oliver (MOME), Mark Standish (RBC) and Joana Vicente. Photo courtesy of RBC.

March 30, 2012 - New Yorkers recently gathered at the World Financial Center Winter Garden to watch an assortment of “Made in NY” independent films. Part of Spotlight on Independent Film, the free screenings took place on March 27 and 28 and featured Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey and Metropolitan. The event was presented by Arts Brookfield, sponsored by RBC Capital Markets and organized by Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP).

At the screening of Being Elmo, a crowd of approximately 600 were welcomed by Dennis Friedrich from Brookfield, Mark Standish from RBC Capital Market, Commissioner Katherine Oliver, Joanna Vicente from IFP as well as Council Member Margaret Chin and Elizabeth Berger, President of the Downtown Alliance. Afterwards, the audience was treated to a special post-screening discussion moderated by IFP’s Milton Tabbot between Corrine Le Pook, the producer of Being Elmo, and Tau Bennet, an aspiring puppeteer mentored by Kevin Clash, the subject of Being Elmo and the man behind the iconic furry monster on “Sesame Street.”

Being Elmo was screened at the Winter Garden as part of Spotlight on Independent Film. Photo courtesy of RBC.

The screening of Metropolitan was equally well attended on the next night. Shot on location in the City in 1990, it tells the story of a group of rich young Manhattanites who meet each evening during debutante season to while away the hours talking and debating. Before the screening, the audience was greeted by Jorge Hernandez from MOME, IFP’s Vicente, Debra Simon from Brookfield, and actress Isabel Gillies, who appeared in the film.
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