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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Brooklyn film, close up and illustrated

While BAM celebrates 150 years of performances, BAMcinématek is comparatively a wee babe—a spry 12 years old. Yet we’re continuously celebrating history—the current and past glories of The Seventh Art flicker on our screens daily—so we’re contributing to the sesquicentennial party by celebrating the county of Kings, and its place in the history of motion pictures (an art which did not even exist when BAM first opened its doors!).

To that end, we’ve commissioned Brooklyn artist Nathan Gelgud, a mustachioed Mets fan with a charming Southern drawl, to create a limited edition poster celebrating 90 years of Brooklyn film history.

A movie lover who created silkscreen prints of Godard and Truffaut films, including a delightful poster for a re-release of Truffaut’s Small Change, Nathan contributes to The Believer and the all-comics newspaper Smoke Signal, and moonlights as a film critic. We encourage you to visit his terrific blog here:

So, without further ado, we present you with Nathan’s musings on a few figures connected to the illustration, followed by the poster itself.

And now for the poster. Based on Nathan's original gouache, it features over two dozen films set in Brooklyn. The poster has also inspired an upcoming monthly film series entitled Brooklyn Close-Up, featuring many of the films drawn in the poster.

(For a bit more on the films and neighborhoods featured in the illustration, read THE PLAYLIST's write-up on the series and poster.)

The poster will be available for purchase at the BAM Rose Cinemas concessions stand and the Greenlight Bookstore kiosks in the lobbies of the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House and the BAM Harvey Theater beginning with the launch of the Brooklyn Close-Up film series on Monday, October 31.

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