Tuesday, August 10, 2021

9th Annual Chain NYC Film Festival August 20th – August 29th 2021


Chain NYC Film Festival events will be LIVE, IN-PERSON! Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online through www.chainfilmfestival.com. Streaming options are also available.  All attendees must show proof of vaccination upon arrival. 

Personal stories. Original ideas. New work. 

Over 160 selections of features, shorts and web series, both narrative and documentary, will screen in-person and virtually over the course of 10 days. The Chain NYC Film Festival makes a special effort to curate each block of films by theme or genre. From short film comedy blocks to foreign documentaries, the Chain is a festival for the true independent film enthusiast. 

Join us in one of our two screening rooms at 312 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor and stay for in-depth talkbacks following each screening with the artists and filmmakers in attendance. Talkbacks are sponsored by Blue Point Brewery.  

The Films

FULL FILM GUIDE: https://chainfilmfest2021.eventive.org/films

Some highlights that are screening at this year’s festival: 

DRUNK BUS starring Charlie Tahan (Ozark, I Am Legend), directed by John Carlucci and Brandon LaGanke. Drunk Bus premiered at SXSW earlier this year and the Chain is proud to present it to NYC. 

If harrowing documentaries are more your speed, check out FIREBOYS by award-winning filmmaker Jake Hochendoner. The untold story of young men incarcerated in California who are offered a way out: by fighting wildfires. 

Watch your favorite actors stretch their creative muscles in short films--notably, SKELETONS starring Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham, Accepted) or UNSPOKEN with an all-star cast of Michael Beach (Lean on Me), Jamie McShane (Sons of Anarchy, Bloodline) and Jeante Godlock (Simone Biles Story). David Krumholtz (The Deuce) plays a brilliant, but eccentric, acting teacher in CLASS . 

How To Fest

Tickets are $12 and will be available online in advance or at the door. All audience attending in-person must show proof of vaccination upon arrival. 

The 2021 Chain NYC Film Festival will also be available virtually via Eventive—the premier platform for online festivals viewable on any computer, laptop, mobile device or television with the use of Apple TV or a Roku. 

The Chain will continue their tradition of hosting talkbacks with the filmmakers. This highlight of the festival is a favorite for audiences and filmmakers alike. 

Awards will be given out in a number of categories including a NY Filmmaker Award, dedicated to filmmakers living in one of the five boroughs of NYC, the Audience Favorite Award, where viewers may vote for their favorite online, and the Filmmakers Choice, where filmmakers vote for each other in the festival.

About the Chain NYC Film Festival 

Chain NYC Film Festival has screened over 1000 films in the past eight years. Past festival participants such as Lady in Apartment No. 6 have gone on to win Academy Awards. “Personal stories. Original ideas. New work.” The Chain NYC Film Festival is a multi-disciplinary event that serves the NYC community by bringing quality independent film from around the world. Content accepted is work that comes from a personal experience, a new outlook or idea in the world of film, and has been produced within the past two years. Chain regularly invites an award-winning giant in the film industry to come and speak about their work. Past guests include Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King, Behind the Candelabra) and Richard Price (The Color of Money, The Wire). This program was made possible by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs @chainfilmfest

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