After closing out the Festival Internazionale del Cinema d’Arte in Milan, Italy this past weekend, I am now very happy to announce that my short documentary film GRAFSTRACT: The Bronx Street Art Renaissance has now been named an official selection of the 9th edition of the International Film Festival of Fine Arts in Hungary. The festival kicks off this week on the 12th and runs through Sunday the 16th. My film will screen on Saturday, October 15th at 3:30pm [full schedule of s HERE].
The International Film Festival of Fine Arts takes place in Szolnok, a city in central Hungary about 60 miles from Budapest. Its location on the banks of the Tisza river, at the heart of the Great Hungarian Plain, has made it an important cultural and economic crossroads for centuries (its earliest recorded history dates back to 1075!). The festival selects films that present or reinterpret pieces of art by means of cinematic methods or deal with the life or certain stages of one or more artists or art groups. They welcome works that discover certain tendencies or periods of fine arts or their social context.
The festival attracts film and art scholars as well as enthusiasts, renowned artists, journalists and musicians, and features numerous panel discussions and art exhibits. So, if you happen to find yourself in or around the historic city of Szolnok this week, stop by and check out the fine films as well as the fine art.
GRAFSTRACT: The Bronx Street Art Renaissance, a film I directed, shot and edited, was filmed in the Bronx, New York City, back in the summer of 2014 and tells the story of J. “SinXero” Beltran, Founder & Creative Director of TAG Public Arts Project. With the help of some of the world’s top street artists, SinXero’s mission of “Enhancing The Visual Landscape of Urban Communities with Art” is becoming a reality in the birthplace of graffiti, The Bronx.
The film won the Best Street Art Film award at the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film made its NYC premiere at the 2016 Bronx International Film Festival and has also screened at film festivals in Spain, Sweden, Albania, Turkey, Mexico, Chile, Scotland, Romania, Colombia, India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy and now Hungary.