My friend Hallie, with whom I was in a sketch class at UCB a few years ago, has sent along an invite to an event that sounds so awesome that I’m concerned it might be bait for some sort of Amanda-trap.
On Saturday, May 7, the Brooklyn Brainery will be hosting the world premiere screening of a short zombie movie made by kids at African Solutions to African Problems (ASAP), with the help of two volunteers.
Although donations to ASAP are encouraged, the event is free, and is sponsored by Chatham Brewing (“upstate’s favorite beer,” according to Hallie), Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, and Papa Bubble. Yes, that means that in addition to the kids’ DIY zombie movie, there will also be free beer, ice cream, and candy.
I wasn’t familiar with ASAP, but it sounds pretty cool. They support community organizations in South Africa that run daycare and drop-in centers for underprivileged children. You’ll note that I didn’t say “orphanages for orphans,” because they don’t believe in orphanages, and don’t distinguish between children who have parents, and children who don’t. (Both good ideas.) They operate on the belief that local communities already know what is best for their children, and so take a supportive role, and hope to make the programs self-sustaining after 8 years.
As for the film: “The kids had a blast shooting it, and the results are, well…perfect for a Brooklyn screening. Don’t expect festival worthy production values – do expect some laughs and a great time.” Or, in the words of the filmmakers, “At least our films are getting shorter and less frequent.”
When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 7th
Where: The Brooklyn Brainery, at 515 Court Street. (aka Carroll Gardens, mere blocks from the lovely, chlamydia-infested superfund site that is the Gowanus Canal! Yay!)
How to get there: take the F/G to Smith-9th (2 minute walk away), or to Carroll Street (6 minutes). If you need more exotic directions, perhaps involving one of them newfangled “cars,” I suggest using google maps.